HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 Review
The new HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 is well and truly gorgeous. It’s sleek, styled and most importantly, secure! With an all new ‘sure view’ feature, we’re very excited to get stuck in and find out just what this device can do.
Visually, as with all recent HP device releases, I’ve been very impressed. HP are simply hitting it out of the park with their sleek, minimalist designs that just work. As a two in one device it’s slightly bulkier than a regular HP laptop, and slightly weightier for it too, coming in at 1.29kg, but it’s so worth it.
This device features a seemingly endless 13.3inch touchscreen that runs at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with thanks to it’s Intel HD Graphics 620 chip. Colours were clear, bright and full making this the perfect device to house your adobe editing software.
One optional feature for this device is the added security of ‘sure view’. By pressing the f2 key you are able to turn your screen into a glossy, bright blanket that disguises the screen and its content from any angles other than the user directionally in front of the screen. With the increased risks of security, this feature is a breath of fresh air, and any travelling business person would find it of great use.
The model we looked at came with an Intel i5-7200U processor that runs at a speed of 2.5Ghz. It also houses a respectable 8GB RAM and 256GB storage space on an SSD hard drive. HP also provide an option for a slightly higher spec model that runs with an i7 processor, larger RAM and larger storage, but as you can imagine this consequently means a larger price tag.
The Windows 10 Pro 64 operating system supports the Windows Hello security features, allowing for finger print scanning, facial recognition via the 7.2mp webcam, a pin code and the standard password. This adds to those all important security features that in today’s surroundings are oh so important.
One thing I’m glad to see if the array of ports that come on this model after being slightly disappointed in the Spectre laptop for this reason. One side features the power socket, a USB 3.1 slot, a HDMI port, a USB type C port and a Micro SD slot. The alternate side features the power button, another USB 3.1 port, an audio jack, a volume rocker and an Smart Card slot.
As aforementioned this Elitebook model is suited to the business person and the addition of a HP Active Pen with App launch makes the perfect partner. The active pen made for easy note taking mid document, sketching designs, and for easy screenshot annotations – the HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 rivals the Microsoft Surface as a designer’s best friend.
The Active Pen can also be used as a navigation tool, setting your favourite and most used apps to differing function buttons on the pen, making the 2 in 1 tablet function even easier to utilise.
One downside to this is that the UK HP store currently is not offering this as part and parcel and the Active Pen with App Launch will set you back a further £57.60 on the HP store. Though in our personal opinion, if you’re willing to splash out for a great device such as this, it’s a small addition to pay to optimise your devices features.
Whilst it isn’t a gaming pc we could help but give some light gaming a go and Window store games, such as Minecraft ran seamlessly. You may be tempted to test the device out with some heavier games but you’ll likely find a lagging end to your favourite heavy duty games. This device isn’t a gaming laptop and at no point does it claim to be.
The 1920 x 1080 HD resolution comes to life when utilising streaming apps and sites allowing you to catch up on your favourite series on the move, especially with the option of a 4G model available making it even more on the road friendly.
One thing I noticed, though I can’t say I particularly had an issue with, was the keyboard. It’s optionally backlit and said to be spill resistant but it felt somewhat spongy in the way it bounced back. That being said it did the job absolutely fine and was incredibly responsive, perhaps its just personal preference.
The HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 will set you back £1,426.80 from the HP store however prices vary from £1,378 – £2,002 depending on your chosen spec. It seems a tall price to pay, but for a device that not only looks incredible and is user friendly, you’re also getting a device with security built in as second nature.
For any designer, travelling business person or just in general for fans of all things technical, this device is definitely one to consider.
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