HP SlateBook x2

The Good The HP SlateBook x2 tablet includes a physical keyboard hub, dual batteries, full USB and HDMI ports, and two storage expansion slots.

The Bad The screen has a constant yellowish tint, apps take their time to load, the keyboard is cramped, and the tablet's ridges are distracting when you attempt to hold it in one hand. The price feels high given what you get overall, and there's no GPS hardware.

The Bottom Line Though it boasts plenty of ports and a physical keyboard, the SlateBooks x2's offerings don't quite match its $480 price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 6.0
6.9 Overall

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Review

A fine tablet not quite worth its asking price

The HP SlateBook x2 is a "woulda, coulda, shoulda" Android tablet that doesn't quite justify its $480 price tag.

No, it's not a bad tablet. There are plenty of connectivity ports, the screen resolution is high -- if not impressively so -- and while in gaming performance it can't match the $300 Nvidia Shield, Hewlett-Packard's Tegra 4-fueled device still manages impressive frame rates on most benchmarks.

But the display and keyboard are problematic. The screen suffers from a garish yellow tint that looks...well, let's just say it puts me in mind of a restroom, and leave it at that. The included detachable keyboard, meanwhile, appears at first to be a major added value; however, despite its extra-wide touch pad and multitouch features, it feels cramped in the face of more innovative tablet typing options.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $480
  • Brand HP
  • Diagonal Size 10.1 in
  • Type Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Monitor Features Full HD ultra wide-viewing angle (UWVA) anti-glare
  • Weight 2.8 lbs
  • Color Category gray
  • Installed Size 2 GB
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