HP ENVY x2 looks like a Surface Pro 3 clone, but is it just as good?
Last night, we stumbled upon a promo video from HP hyping up the new HP ENVY x2. This new device from HP is an all-in-one detachable PC that can be used as a laptop or tablet whenever convenient. But one thing caught our attention in the promo video — the device looks just like the Surface Pro 3.
The HP ENVY x2 is powered by Windows 8.1 and features various Dual-Core processor options, a 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD display, either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and comes with Microsoft’s Office productivity suite. The device starts at $749.99 and includes a keyboard. You can watch the video advertisement of the new device below.
“A mode for every mood. Get the power and portability you need with this 15.6-inch ultra-versatile detachable PC. Enjoy the flexibility of an all-in-one, notebook, and tablet in one device,” the video description reads. Microsoft, on the other hand, touts the Surface Pro 3 as a tablet that has the power of laptop in a lightweight, versatile form, with a 12 inch display. However, the starting price for a Surface Pro 3 is a bit more expensive — $799.
So both devices look quite similar, especially the kickstand, but which device is the better choice? Let’s take a quick look.
The Surface Pro 3 starts at $799, but features a 64GB SSD storage option powered by an Intel Core i3 processor at 1.5GHz. The Surface Pro 3 weighs 1.76 lbs. The HP ENVY x2, on the other hand, features a 500GB 5400 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive with a Core M 5Y10 processor at 800Mhz (up to 2Ghz Max Turbo frequency). The HP ENVY x2 weighs 4.04 lbs (5.42 lbs with the tablet and keyboard attached).
So as you can see, the Surface Pro 3 is the premiere option, however, the HP ENVY x2 is the cheaper option. If you like the design of the Surface Pro 3 but don’t want to pay the high price, get yourself the HP ENVY x2. You will get a keyboard cover for the price, but a thicker device with slower specs.
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