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Up close with HP's Elite x2 hybrid

It's like a Microsoft Surface Pro, but the HP Elite x2 includes a keyboard cover where Microsoft doesn't.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

HP's Elite x2 is a thin, fanless Windows tablet that transforms into a laptop by magnetically snapping into a fabric-backed keyboard dock that flips up to cover the screen.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

When closed, the Elite x2 looks like a fabric-bound notebook, complete with pen...

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

...but pop out the integrated kickstand and flip down the keyboard, and it works like a laptop PC.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

Each HP Elite x2 comes with both the stylus pen and the keyboard cover for free. No need to buy the keyboard separately like with Microsoft's Surface Pro.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

The pen can fit right underneath the lip of the keyboard, where magnets (the same strong magnets that let you snap the two halves of the PC together) hold the pen in place as well.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

With screws underneath the kickstand, you can open up the Elite x2 to change its battery, storage or Wi-Fi module. (You may need to wait for this animated GIF to load.)

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

Even with the keyboard cover attached, the HP Elite x2 weighs under 2 pounds and is just half an inch thick.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

You don't get a lot of ports with the Elite x2: one full-size USB 3.0 port, one microSD slot for expanded storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the USB-C port you'll use for charging and docking.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

Around back, you do get a handy fingerprint reader to quickly sign into Windows. It's the swipe-your-finger-across variety, not one where you just touch your finger down.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

While the Elite x2 has Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers, they're nothing to write home about. The screen, on the other hand, is crisp and colorful with wide viewing angles.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

One last shot of the new Elite x2.

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HP Elite x2 1012 (2016)

Don't confuse the new Elite x2 for last year's model, which had a fabric tri-fold kickstand instead of the current metal arm that pops out of the frame. Last year's model is the 1011, this year's is the 1012.

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