HP Envy x2 for $525: I had to buy one at that price

Summary:The HP Envy x2 tablet plus keyboard dock captured my attention when it was released, but the high price held me back. An online promotion got me to pull the trigger.

I like tablets with keyboard docks as made popular by the Transformer line of Android tablets by Asus. When HP entered the hybrid fray with the Envy x2, I was quick to check it out at a local retailer. I really liked it, but the $750 price tag put me off and the Envy x2 was off my wish list.

HP Envy x2
Image: HP

That changed tonight, when a Twitter friend (@MobileHG) pointed out that Office Depot has a promotion for the HP Envy x2 for just $599. That got my attention, as I believe the x2 is certainly worth that price.

I was about to pull the trigger when another Twitter friend (@jeffkibuule) pointed me to another promotion that is even better. Staples is also offering the Envy x2 for $599 and also has another promotion for Windows tablets that can be stacked on top of this one. It takes another $75 off, so the HP Envy x2 is only $525 for another few days.

That was enough to push me over the edge, so an HP Envy x2 will be here in a few days. The promotion includes free three-day shipping, so the deal couldn't be better.

I'll review the Envy x2 when it gets here, but these are the specs that have me excited:

  • OS: Windows 8

  • CPU: Intel Atom 1.8 GHz

  • Memory/storage: 2GB/64GB

  • Ports: 2x USB 2.0; HDMI

  • Audio: Beats Audio

  • Cameras: 1080p webcam (front); 8MP (rear)

  • Connectivity: wi-fi; Bluetooth

  • Battery life: 7+ hours tablet; 12+ hours with keyboard dock (has second battery)

  • Display: 11.6 inches, 1366x768

  • Weight: 1.5 lbs tablet, 3 lbs with keyboard dock.

Topics: Mobility, Hewlett-Packard, Tablets, Windows 8

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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