Don\u2019t be fooled \u2014 people aren\u2019t moving away from notebooks in favor of tablets, but they ARE expecting the power of a notebook shouldn\u2019t come at the expense of features only a tablet can provide. So the solution is to combine both notebook and tablet in one. That\u2019s the idea behind HP\u2019s Split X 2, which equips the Split X 2 touch-screen the keyboard uses with a resolution of 1366 x 768 and all the functionality of a stand-alone tablet. But does that make problems when using it as a notebook (or "laptop" if you prefer) or as a tablet? As was discovered, the answer was no.\r\n\r\nAt first glance, the Split X2 seems to be a solidly constructed notebook with a metallic feel that immediately is discerned as being comfortable to carry from place to place. It\u2019s heavier than those \u201cair\u201d type notebooks\/netbooks, but it\u2019s fair to keep in mind that there\u2019s a fully functioning Windows 8 PC operating, with all the additions expected (like WiFI, Bluetooth, etc.). The full sized keyboard\u2019s keys have a quick response and a good \u201cbounce\u201d to them: on the left side rim is a USB and headphones connection plus a SD card slot. On the right is the power switch, an HDMI output for Full HD video transmission and a super speedy USB 3.0 input. I also wasn\u2019t surprised that there was no Ethernet connection, since WiFi can be used (however, a USB to Ethernet adapter can always be had). I\u2019ll add that speeding up on the keystrokes didn\u2019t cause the Split X 2 to start bouncing either. For comparison, take a look at our review on HP's Stream: Tries to take on the MacBook Air and the Chromebook.\r\n\r\nThe Split X 2 almost begs to be opened up, with the hinge putting the screen at a comfortable angle. The 13.3\u201d screen hinges up with a secure heft and has, unlike with notebooks\/netbooks, a micro-SD card slot, headphones, volume control and power button on its bottom edge. These are for use with the screen is removed and becomes a stand-alone tablet. And obviously, the screen is a touch-screen (power switch and volume control works when connected also). As a tablet, the screen has a fair amount of heft to it, but more importantly its solid construction can take the abuse of being attached\/detached from the keyboard over time.I also discovered over time that WiFi is maintained even as the \u201cscreen\u201d is removed from the keyboard to become a tablet. I\u2019ll give HP a well done for that. I\u2019ll double down on that for the small fan that is inside the tablet and which can be barely heard. So take off a bit of weight in any assessment of the tablet because of its presence.\r\n\r\nSpeaking of which, once a real problem with notebooks was that the connection between the screen and keyboard body could be severed from the hinge\u2019s continued use. Here, the screen\/tablet connects through a connector on the keyboard\u2019s body. Clicked in with a hearty \u201csnap,\u201d it\u2019s secure. To remove, a tab is moved for the screen to be pulled out. That makes it pretty hard to do wrong.\r\n\r\nWhen I first turned the Split X 2 on, I was surprised at how fast I could start using it \u2014 that\u2019s due to the solid state drive (128GBs). That\u2019s not a huge amount of storage, but there is the ability to use memory cards as well as \u201cCloud\u201d storage to take up the slack. Another surprise came at the volume and the quality of the sound I could get out of the built-in stereo speakers (that there was a stereo microphone as well wasn\u2019t expected either). But add to my surprise to find that the speakers were not only made by Beats, but where on the tablet. So that meant that the speakers worked whether I was using the Split X 2x in notebook or tablet mode. I also appreciated that charging while as a \u201cnotebook\u201d takes care of powering the batteries in both the keyboard and \u201cscreen\u201d together.\r\n\r\nWindows 8 is included and is designed to work with both keyboard and touch-screens. With the keyboard attached, the response onscreen was very fast, no lag that I could see, even when playing games being streamed over WiFi. Not that the Split X 2 was designed as a gaming machine, but for casual gaming that doesn\u2019t get extreme hard-core, along with standard applications, there\u2019s no complaints. Used as a tablet, touch-screen response was similarly quick and the orientation sensor never got confused when rotating the tablet. For example, tapping the Netflix tile brought it right up. Gaming on the tablet becomes immersive, since it\u2019s easy to hold and use.\r\n\r\nBottom line: The Split X 2x is just the right size for portability; slipping easily inside of a briefcase, backpack, or tote bag without taking up much room. For $Split X 2x you get a fully functional Windows-based notebook, along with a fully functional touch-screen tablet. That\u2019s two great deals in one.