The affordable HP Pavilion x2 switches between tablet and laptop

The affordable HP Pavilion x2 switches between tablet and laptop

HP's latest Windows convertible is light for both your wallet and your hands.

Weighing just under 600g, the HP Pavilion x2 is a 10-inch Wi-Fi tablet with a detachable keyboard accessory. The keyboard cover helps to protect the screen from scratches, and more importantly, supports the tablet so you can use it like a laptop. The tablet and keyboard together weigh less than a kilogram.

This Windows 8.1 device is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom chip with 2GB of RAM. So don't expect it to beat the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 on performance, though the x2 is much more affordable at $499.

Internal storage is fairly typical at 64GB and can be increased with a microSD card. You can also connect an external storage device via its USB 3.0 port.

HP says that the Pavilion x2 will last over 11 hours on a single charge. It will be available from October 6.

HP Envy Beats All-in-One

HP also announced a desktop computer featuring Beats Audio-branded speakers. The HP Envy Beats All-in-One comes with a 23-inch full-HD touchscreen and is equipped with quad speakers and subwoofers.

The graphics, however, is entry-level and will likely struggle to run the latest PC games. The computer packs a 1TB hybrid hard drive and 8GB of RAM.

The HP Envy Beats All-in-One is priced at $1,599 and will go on sale next month.

New HP Envy printers

Three new HP Envy printers designed to let users print from their smartphones and tablets were announced at the same time. The HP Envy 7640 and 5640 all-in-one printers have a Wi-Fi Direct mode that connects the printer with mobile devices for easy printing. The 7640 also comes with near-field communication (NFC) support and supports automatic two-sided printing. It is priced at $299.

Meanwhile, the 5530 ($159) and 5640 ($199) are equipped with a colour touchscreen. All three inkjet printers will be available on November 1.

This article was first published on Sep 24, 2014.
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