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Exceeding expectations

The HP EliteBook x360 is the company’s most impressive convertible yet, combining the best of the Spectre, Folio and Elite designs.

HP EliteBook x360

If there is a challenge in reviewing a notebook like the HP EliteBook x360, it’s coming up with sufficient superlatives to describe one of the most stunning convertibles to emerge from any vendor R&D department yet.

It is billed as ‘the world’s thinnest business convertible built for the mobile professional’. It’s hard to deny that claim. This super-cool device combines just about all the great features (and there are plenty of them) of the HP Spectre’s powerful thin and light design, the collaboration capability of the HP EliteBook Folio, and enterprise security and durability of the HP Elite. This makes it just about unmatchable in every respect; it is supremely slender, crammed with features and it looks fantastic.

The precision-cut, unibody CNC aluminium frame gives it a beautiful, modern look. The eponymous x360 hinge design rotates right through the compass five modes. It’s fast too. Under the bonnet, there are 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 vPro processors driving the engine and up to 16GB of DDR4-2133 SDRAM, and between 128GB and 360GB of SSD storage.

Even more for mobile warriors

What more could any professional or enterprise mobile warrior want? Well, how about 16 hours and 30 minutes of battery life, exceptionally good security and management options, and an optional, integrated privacy screen?

While these three features may be just another bullet point on the spec sheet to some users, for many they will make a real difference. While the real-world experience of battery life often differs to a vendor’s expectation, HP Inc clearly does expect this to be a notebook you can use all day without carrying the charger around. And if you do happen to return to base for a short while, you can get charge of up to 50% in just half an hour.

Security and manageability come in the form of HP SureStart self-healing BIOS-level protection, and HP WorkWise SmartPhone App for PC management. The optional integrated PC privacy screen is a new innovation that will strike a chord with the many corporate and public sector organisations that already insist on users having privacy filters.

Tough enough

This may seem implausible, but the EliteBook x360 is also extremely durable; designed to pass 12 US Department of Defence MIL-STD 810G tests. All this technology and in such a svelte chassis, yet it is able to stand quite a bit of rough treatment and certainly cope with the everyday rigours that mobile workers are going to put it through.

This is quite simply, a stunning piece of design and engineering from HP, and one that is going to impress a lot of buyers. The HP Elite design has become iconic and synonymous with sharp, smart, professional looks and performance and features to match. Resellers may have noted that HP Inc has really picked up the pace of innovation since it became independent of the Enterprise business, and in the EliteBook x360 it has exceeded expectations once again.

Key selling points
• Stunning unibody CNC aluminium design
• 7th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 vPro
• 16-hours plus battery life with 30-min fast charge to 50%
• Integrated security and privacy screen option

To get more details on the HP EliteBook x360, please check InTouch, or contact the Tech Data PC Systems team on 01256 788 000

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