HP Slatebook x2 – Battery Life
One of the real benefits of a convertible like the HP Slatebook x2 is the ability to ramp up staying power by offering battery from the tablet and the dock. HP claims you should be able to get 12 hours from both combined and around 6 hours just from the tablet.
Running a video on loop with the brightness on 50% and the Balanced Power battery setting disabled, the tablet manages just under the six-hour mark. That is still considerably less than the Nexus 10 and the Transformer Pad TF701T (12 hours) minus the dock.
Things, surprisingly, don’t really improve when you snap in the keyboard dock. The battery drains quickly and only really adds a couple of extra hours of battery life. An eight-hour battery life sounds good for a laptop and manages around the same as the Surface Pro 2, but when you compare it to the potential 17 hours you can get with the Transformer Pad Tf701T and standalone tablets like the iPad Air, it’s not that impressive given the extra weight the combination adds.
Should I buy the HP Slatebook x2?
In an already congested convertible market, the HP Slatebook X2 simply doesn’t do enough to stand out of the crowd. It does offer a good typing experience and the Tegra 4 innards means it’s fast, but there are plenty of nagging issues to raise. It’s pretty uninspiring to look at, the screen is not best in class and more disappointingly, the battery life is pretty average for a device of this kind.
You can get the 32GB Slatebook x2 for £380 but if you are sold on an Android tablet/laptop hybrid and can afford to spend a bit more, the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T (£430) is the better investment. It has the better specs, superior battery life and screen quality, and offers the same impressive Tegra 4-powered performance.
If you can live without the tablet and keyboard dock mash-up, meanwhile, you could grab the iPad Air (£399) and invest in a keyboard like the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio (£89.99) and you have yourself the best 10-inch tablet available right now with a similar typing experience. And if you set on an Android tablet, we suggest looking at our best Android tablet roundup.
The HP Slatebook X2 is a powerful Tegra 4-powered Android convertible let down by an average battery life and disappointing screen. It’s not dreadful by any means, but there’s little here that makes it stand out.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 6
Screen Quality 6
Battery Life 6
Build Quality 7