It has been quite a long time since an HP business device made me sit up and pay attention, but the newest Elitebook x360 is different that. In a world where manufacturers continue to push tablets with keyboards as productivity devices, I increasingly believe that convertible laptops are the highest choice.

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The Elitebook x360 1030 G2 is first and foremost a very good laptop and the ability to become a decent hefty tablet or an illustrating surface is really the cherry on top. While the competitors may have neglected what the ‘Pro’ status, HP has combined modern designs and techniques with a robust attitude towards a safe and protected computing atmosphere.

Crafted from aluminium, the physical design on the Elitebook is stunning, and it has a little bit larger 32x22cm footprint than last year’s G1 forerunner. At a width of 1.49cm, HP has handled to shave a couple millimetres off, but the new G2 tips the scales at the little bit bulkier weight of 1.28 kgs or more, based upon on configuration.

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Compared to the two-year-old Lenovo X1 Carbon, for reasons best known to luck and circumstance, the G2 seems bulkier even though the specifications piece says it isn’t, but your mileage may vary.

The HP EliteBook x360 G2 is the business laptop. It’s decorative, has a great keyboard for writing on the go, and battery life that will last throughout the day. While you’d be unlikely to use all of the 2-in-1 ways on a day-to-day basis, it’s nice to have the choice.