The HP device has powerful and battery configuration with good duration, but few bother design details.
It was already easier to differentiate a tablet of a notebook via computerdo. Tablets were black rectangles with touch screens that run Android or iOS. Notebooks had physical keyboard, screen without sensitivity, and run Windows or Mac OS.
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Currently these differences disappeared and sorting equipment such as tablet or notebook is increasingly difficult. Especially after the launch of Windows 8, the market was flooded with hybrid devices, which function as notebook and tablet.
Almost all of the hybrids on the market use Windows 8, system that does better in notebook mode than in tablet. In the case of HP SlateBook x 2, it’s the other way around. The appliance uses the Android system, very good in tablets, but not so much in notebook mode, as we will see below.
-Plenty of room for files (2 card entries + space in the cloud)
-Good battery duration
-Android has some limitations in the notebook mode
-Battery can be charged via USB
-Headset only in tablet mode
-On/off and volume Buttons on the back may not appeal to some users
The design of the product has ups and downs. The matte plastic finish is not as sophisticated as the metal models, but it looks sleek, despite accumulating fingerprints easily. The keyboard, considering the small size of the product, has well-spaced keys is comfortable. The latch used to dock the tablet on the keyboard is sturdy and easy to use.
But there are also negative points. The headset, for example, can only be used with the tablet. This is because the output of the phone lies on part of the tablet that is attached to the keyboard. So, in the notebook, you can not use the headset. Strange.
Another problem is that, as a conventional notebook SlateBook battery x 2 can only be loaded using a conventional source of notebook. The product has no microUSB port, but only one entry, only compatible with your source.
So even if you go just use the tablet, will have to download the source trambolhuda to any place if you want to charge the battery. Is a disadvantage in relation to conventional tablets, which can be loaded more practice just by connecting a cable to a desktop or notebook computer with USB port.
Also calls attention to the unusual position of the buttons turns on/off and volume. In a conventional notebook, they usually are just above the keyboard for easy access. In the SlateBook x 2 they are behind the screen.
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As all components are working on screen, that’s probably the easiest position to include the buttons, from the point of view of engineering. But it’s strange to have that by the hand behind the notebook just to increase or decrease the volume.
In tablet mode the situation does not improve much. With the tablet, the volume button is at the top of the appliance, on the back, little intuitive position. The position of the buttons is more natural with only the tablet horizontally. In this orientation, the buttons are naturally under the fingers.
This is a strong point of the SlateBook x 2. The product has the most powerful NVidia Tegra processor april 4 cores and 2 GB of RAM, more than enough to run off any Android application. The iG has tested the device with AnTuTu benchmarks (28,600 points), Quadrant (7,527) Vellamo HTML 5 (2,594) and Vellamo (1,093). In all cases the results were great, over smartphones as the Galaxy S4 and second only to very powerful devices, as the Galaxy Note 3.
The iG also tested the unit with a variety of games, including some “heavy”, as Trigger and Raging Thunder. All driving too fast and without gagging. Good experience of use also occurs in the conventional use of the appliance. Transitions between apps and application loading also happen quickly.
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The unit comes with 12 GB free for use and has two inputs for memory cards (microSD in a tablet and other SD on the keyboard). Who buys a also gains 50 GB of space on the online service. In short, space is not a problem.
With IPS technology, the SlateBook screen x 2 has a good viewing angle. The 1,920 x 1,200 resolution is good, but it’s below some tablets like the top-of-the-line iPad Air and Nexus 10. The same goes for the brightness. But, overall, the quality of the images is good. When the unit left the factory late last year, some users complained of a yellowish tone of the screen. The problem was fixed with a software update, which also updates the device for the 4.3 version of Android.
The SlateBook x 2 wheel 4.3 version of Android, with very few modifications. In tablet mode, the choice of Android is obviously right, since the system is the most popular among manufacturers of tablets and has great variety of applications.
In the notebook mode there are some annoyances. When surfing the web, Android is, of course, identified as a system of tablets and smartphones.
So, the sites displayed in the SlateBook x 2 are always mobile versions, usually with fewer resources and design geared toward vertical browsing. When the product is used as a notebook, the result is a navigation “lame”, with a lot of wasted screen space and access to less powerful versions of many sites.
Also keep in mind that Android apps are designed to be used in tablets and smartphones. Some of them may not work properly with the mouse.
But, in General, the restriction on navigation is bothers most. Other common activities of anyone who uses a laptop to work, such as editing documents, are resolved with Office packages for Android or Google’s own services.
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Another example of this is in the file manager. HP has included an application similar to Windows Explorer to manage documents in the SlateBook x 2. It works fine, but some operations are not intuitive when you’re in notebook mode.
You can’t, for example, to select a file just by clicking on it with the mouse or trackpad. When we do that, Android opens the file, but do not select it. In fact, the only way to select a file is to press the screen for some time until it is selected. This is the default behavior of Android, but who are used to select only files by clicking on them takes some time to realize that the “desktop behavior” doesn’t count in this and in other situations.
HP included a few applications in addition to the basic package of Android, which is good. Among the most useful applications are the aforementioned file manager and the Box, which provides 50 GB of free space. In addition to these there is the HP print-oriented applications, the package Kingsoft Office and also a video player.
In tests of the iG in tablet mode (highlighted on the keyboard), the SlateBook battery x 2 showed good breath. Were 7:30 with Full HD video in full screen, glitter tops and Wi-Fi turned on. Not much of a value comparable to Apple tablets, but is above the average of 6 hours achieved for many tablets currently on the mercao.
It is worth mentioning that this duration may be longer still, since the keyboard of the device has an extra battery.
The SlateBook is practically the only hybrid with Android instead of Windows 8, on sale in Brazil (there’s also the line Transformer, the Asus, but she’s not officially distributed in the country). It is therefore difficult to compare it directly with one or another product.
But, in General, it can be said that, for those who want a hybrid with small screen, under 12 inches, he is a cheaper alternative than its main competitors with Windows 8 (Dell Venue Pro 11, Lenovo Yoga 11s, Sony TAP 11). Its main competitor in terms of price, ends up being the LG Slidepad (with Windows 8), also in the range of R $2000. It is worth noting also that with R $2,000 is possible to buy an iPad and a good keyboard of Logitech, another option for those who want to combine keyboard and tablet.
The system causes the SlateBook x 2 is easier to use than its rivals in tablet mode. In desktop mode, there are some limitations. Therefore, the purchase of the appliance depends on the profile of each user. For those who will use the tablet with more frequency and need the keyboard just to enter basic texts and use online services, the SlateBook x 2 can be an interesting option.
SlateBook 10-h010nr x 2
Price: R $1,899
Configuration: NVidia Tegra processor 1.8 GHz, april 4 cores and 2 GB of RAM, 4.3 Android system, 12 GB free storage (+ 50 GB in the Box and two memory cards), 10.1 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, 0.9 MP cameras (front) and 2.1 MP (back), USB 2.0 and HDMI (the base), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.
Dimensions (w x h x d in cm):
25.8 x 18.2 x Tablet-0.9
Notebook (closed)-25.8 x 19.3 x 2.5
Weight: 598 g (tablet only)//1.25 pound (tablet + keyboard)
Battery: 7:30 (tablet mode) with full screen video, Wi-Fi and maximum brightness. Autonomy is greater with use of keyboard battery.
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