As a preamble to this test
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Touchscreen SPLIT X2 to surf the Internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is to respond to this type of need that HP has developed this Touchscreen SPLIT X2.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s almost the perfect tool for travelling. A screen 13.3 inches that makes this model transportable anywhere. The manufacturer offers a processor Intel Core i5-3339Y; A mid-range orientation. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The size of the hard drive makes this laptop one of the biggest. Even with 628 Gb, you can be sure that many video and audio files are continuously stored. This Touchscreen SPLIT X2 allows you to save locally, and guarantees that you can watch all the movies you want without internet access.
Finally, the autonomy of 4 hours is one of the worst on the market. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Touchscreen SPLIT X2 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Touchscreen SPLIT X2 for videos?
High quality, the engineers of HP have chosen to make this Touchscreen SPLIT X2 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 13.3 inches, with a 1920×1080. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The only criticism that could be drawn is its size, which makes it a small device compared to other competing models at the same price; over a whole day, it can tire the eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 2.5 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Touchscreen SPLIT X2. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i5-3339Y, which today is rather light for this kind of use. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, HP has made efforts with available 4 ports. Much better than most of the competition. You will be able to connect all your peripherals to it.
It Touchscreen SPLIT X2 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. With its autonomy of 4 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Touchscreen SPLIT X2 the right choice for travelling connected ?
Easy to carry, and usable wherever you go. So we put this test to the Touchscreen SPLIT X2. Is it made to be taken on trips, packed in your luggage ? Will it be designed for your home-to-work transfers? Should you only consider it for weekend trips with your family? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.5 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. It’s bulky, and when you’re on the go you’ll only dream of having one of these ultra slim models of the competition. The main cause is due to the size of the screen. The 13.3 inches screen is barely enough to surf the internet or write e-mails.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
Despite the absence of a shiny slab, you have good image definition. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
Too bad for the processor Intel Core i5-3339Y that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of HP; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 4 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because use is likely to consist of travel and traveling, this laptop was thin and relatively light with 2 hard drives, one SSD, the other normal, for an overall size of 628 Gb. The SSD for speed and lightness, and the standard disk for storing personal data (photos, music and your movie collection). With an absence of moving mechanical parts on the OS and startup part, it means less risk in terms of fragility and generated heat that can cause the laptop to fail. And if you still need more storage, you’ll need to add an external drive, or take out a private cloud subscription.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. With a screen of 13.3 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. It is thus at the top of the ranking, compared with other laptops on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
HP clearly provides with this Touchscreen SPLIT X2 a very good choice for the trip.
Touchscreen SPLIT X2 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. Clearly, this Touchscreen SPLIT X2corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Since the last generation designed by HP, there have been many improvements on the components. This laptop will facilitate multitasking, and you will be able to simultaneously run applications such as Photoshop, Magix Video or Vegas pro with an operating Windows 10 system.
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. It is possible to edit, but it is not the task that the processor Intel Core i5-3339Y does best. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 628 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
For audio and video editing use, it is interesting to have a laptop combining hard drive and SSD; hard drive for large storage capacity, SSD for fast flash memory. The storage size of 628 Gb is one of the best on the market in this product range. It’s one of the best models on this point. In case you need an additional external storage drive, no problem with a connection to external media. And if necessary, via its USB port, you can transfer files at high speed to external drives.
With 4 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. With most competitors on the market, this figure is better.
For the connector part, the Touchscreen SPLIT X2has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
With the Touchscreen SPLIT X2, you’re moving towards a very good product. Perfectly designed for audio video use. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
Touchscreen SPLIT X2 the right choice to play online?
Considering that today’s games involve a lot of fast movements, with thousands of calculations per second and requiring a lot of resources, this laptop can be made for that. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. On this Touchscreen SPLIT X2, HP has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
This laptop has one of the largest internal storage spaces. The 628 Gb of Touchscreen SPLIT X2 can still be used by a large number of players in the case of locally installed games.
For online gaming, it Touchscreen SPLIT X2 has high quality Wi-Fi. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
With 2.5 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
One of the lowest battery life 4 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
Clearly, a good quality rendering on the graphics, a size of 13.3 inches, thin and rather light (2.5 Kg), make this Touchscreen SPLIT X2 an excellent one for a video game use. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. Perfect for a sustained gaming session!
Is the Touchscreen SPLIT X2 adapted to office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. This Touchscreen SPLIT X2 is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Customary of this OS, HP has chosen as usual. In this case, it is Windows 10.
It Touchscreen SPLIT X2 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. With a weight of 2.5 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
Key spacing will be important for office use. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
It has a storage space of 628 Gb.Today it is one of the largest storage capacities available.
In conclusion, the Touchscreen SPLIT X2 is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
The Touchscreen SPLIT X2 – in summary
This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. Compact, elegant and efficient, the Touchscreen SPLIT X2 is the perfect tool for anyone who wants a mobile computer.
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
In summary, we advise this model for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks