HP EliteBook x360

PC Mag declared it the “best convertible hybrid laptop” at CES 2017 and it’s had rave reviews elsewhere. What’s so great about the EliteBook x360?

The EliteBook x360 is the hybrid laptop you’ve been waiting for. A high spec machine - equipped with the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, including the Intel® Core™ i7 processor, and up to 16GB of RAM - that’s perfectly suited to work, play and anything in between.

Hard-nosed tech reviewers have praised its boundary pushing combination of beautiful design, enterprise performance, military grade endurance and innovative, integrated security features.

That design is the first thing you notice CNET

It looks stunning drawing favourable comparisons to Apple computers. The chassis is diamond cut, brushed aluminium in a unibody configuration, with an HD Gorilla Glass screen.

It’s not the thinnest laptop on the market. But it is thin. Ultra-thin. And the little extra weight just means there’s more to love. As CNET put it, “At 14.9mm thick and weighing 2.84 pounds this isn’t the thinnest or lightest laptop around… But in that added bulk is room for both traditional USB-A and newer USB-C ports, plus an HDMI output – all features rapidly falling away from consumer laptops.”

And you know what else is in that “added bulk”? A bigger battery. One that’ll keep you going for 16 hours and charges to 50% in just 30 minutes. It’s not fat. It’s muscle mass.

The keyboard is one of the best I’ve tried at CES, with a lovely clicky feel… that makes typing a breeze TrustedReviews.com

It’s a joy to use. The keyboard, touchpad and optional stylus were designed to delight people who’ll use it all day, and relax with it at night. TrustedReviews.com say, “It feels great, with a shell made from brushed aluminium. It feels strong and will probably stand the rigours of years being shoved into your backpack or laptop bag.”

Which it certainly will. Military grade testing means we’ve dropped it onto wood, steel and concrete, exposed it to high temperatures and shaken it to within an inch of its silicon life. Withstanding years of being thrown around in a backpack isn’t doing the EliteBook x360’s robustness justice.

I am very, very impressed with what HP has brought to the table with these security options for the EliteBook x360 Forbes

And that robustness extends to your data. The EliteBook x360 may be “sexy” but it’s also seriously secure. HP Sure Start resets the BIOS if it detects a threat. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) uses facial, iris and fingerprint login to ensure that only you get in. HP Sure View privacy screen obscures the display from the sides, preventing onlookers from seeing what you’re working on: “It works like a charm, thwarting prying eyes without the need for one of those unsightly films.” (PC Mag)

As the Forbes review put it, “the better the tools that IT provides… the less likely their employees will bring their own devices and create more security challenges.”

It’ll appeal to anyone who values privacy, or wants a system that can work from almost anywhere Digital Trends

It’s been designed with mobility in mind. Insert your 3G/4G SIM for internet access when there’s no Wi-Fi. Make conference calls from any location with clear amplification technology and HP Noise to cut out the background. Pump your motivational music when working on the road with the Bang & Olufsen speakers.

As convertible laptops go, this business-personal crossover has everything we could want Pocket-lint

The HP EliteBook x360 is an anywhere, anytime, any use device. For creating, sharing, collaborating, presenting or simply entertaining yourself. The reviewers love it, and so will you. For professional, personal and whenever the two collide.

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