Review: HP Elite x2 is a combo tablet for the enterprise

HP's latest tablet comes with a top-notch keyboard case, a digital pen and the ability to be repaired in-house.

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One of the latest device types to hit the market is the 2-in-1 -- a tablet that, with the addition of a keyboard, becomes a full-fledged computer. This isn't a new idea -- there have been Bluetooth keyboards available for tablets practically ever since "tablet" became a tech term. And there have been tablets that came with attachable keyboards as well. But now it looks like the category has matured to the point that the 2-in-1 is seen as a possible computer substitute, especially for people who travel and use their systems to make presentations..

HP's recent contribution to this market is its HP Elite x2, which is available for a retail price of $855 (Amazon price - What's this?). What sets the Elite x2 aside from some its competitors -- such as Microsoft's Surface Pro, Apple's iPad Pro and Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S -- is that it is aimed squarely at the enterprise user. HP is pushing not only the Elite x2's usability, but also its security and its ability to be repaired by in-house IT departments.

Like the Surface Pro 4 and the TabPro S, the 12-in. Elite x2 is a Windows 10 system that includes a detachable keyboard. In fact, the package includes both the keyboard and an HP Active Pen stylus (built with technology from Wacom), which sets it apart from both the Surface Pro (which charges extra for its keyboard) and the TabPro S (which doesn't come with a pen).

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