Top positive review
30 people found this helpful
on 25 January 2014
I will admit I never purchased this off Amazon but I do buy a lot of things of Amazon and reviews to me are important especially when purchasing costly items, so I thought as an owner of one I would write a review. I have the i5 version and to sum up this is a great product.
Reading reviews elsewhere some people to say that it is not really a tablet as when split in tablet mode the tablet itself is heavy. This is true but this is a combo device which means it is a laptop which can detach to become a tablet PC.
If you want to run windows applications properly and have the benefit of a full windows system then this is the right device. You can of course get windows RT which is designed for tablet devices and these tablet devices will be smaller and lighter but Microsoft have said they will probably drop windows RT in the near future, and of course with windows RT you are restricted as to what you can use from the windows store.
This device has the full blown windows 8 (with the option to upgrade to windows 8.1 free).
The device is very fast and boots up in around 3 -5 seconds and also shuts down just as quick.
It is stable and built of good quality.
Personally I design windows applications both web and desktop and I have installed MS SQL Express 2012 along with Visual Studio both Web and Desktop and these run very well and very quickly without any issues. In fact the install time was the quickest I have ever seen.
It comes with 64GB in the tablet but when docked you get the full 500GB as the docked option gives you not just the keyboard but the additional hard drive and additional battery.
Battery life is ok but again this will depend on what you are doing.
In tablet mode I have no problems with it and can watch films, read the news, weather, emails and get the full blown windows 8.1 experience. The sound quality is great. personally I use tablet mode more for leisure but when it comes to work I simply dock and get a proper powerful laptop experience.
This is not so much the device but more windows 8.1. Creating a backup using the conventional means in windows 8.1 is causing a lot of users problems. However HP provide a one time backup option. Please note that you can backup to an external DVD drive if you have one or a USB drive. If as I did you use the USB option HP backup will not recognise a drive larger than 32GB. Why? I am not sure and a bit of a pain as I purchased a 64GB usb drive just for this. However I purchased a Kingston 32GB and the HP backup worked fine. Not to worry as the 64GB USB is now working as the File History backup device on this system and working very well.
Overall as a programmer this device is excellent, I can remote into my server, but as it is windows 8 also install everything I need on the local machine. The screen is nice and bright and I have had no problems in attaching other devices such as a wireless mouse, external storage etc.
Networking is good and have had no issues with joining a home group and using media player as a shared resource from either Xbox, or other window 7 PC's and also printer sharing works fine. I also installed on a different computer windows server essential R2 and connected with the connection app and that apart from backups (windows 8.1 know issue) worked with a hitch.
I run Office 365 home premium (subscription) and this also works without an issue and connects to SkyDrive without any problems.
This is a bit of a heavy device of which some people complain about, but if you want a combo PC of which you can do more or less anything on then this meets the bill fine. I am not a games player so I cannot comment on that side of life.