HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 Review: A More Secure Screen
Security and privacy are cherished by all, and they are factors you may want to consider when purchasing a new laptop. If you’re frequently in open areas with sensitive information on the screen, then you might want to look into HP’s EliteBook x360 1020 G2. It will cost $1,379.00, but it may give you peace of mind.
If visual hacking — someone looking at your screen to learn your private information — is a potential problem for you, then an EliteBook x360 1020 G2 offers a solution: SunView technology. This is integrated into the laptop’s 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 screen, and the feature is turned on or off with a press of the F2 button. When off, the screen is very similar in appearance to your standard laptop display, but it becomes whiter and harder to read, especially from an angle, when it’s flipped on. It will not stop an onlooker who’s situated directly behind you, but it’s nevertheless a useful tool. Moreover, the screen is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
An Intel HD Graphics 620 card and a seventh generation Intel Core i5-7200U processor power the device, and Windows 10 Pro 64 is the operating system. Two Thunderbolt-enabled USB 3.1 Type-C inputs, an HDMI input and one input for your headphone and microphone adorn the machine. A 720p webcam likewise is built-in, which is used for face authentication. Furthermore, this EliteBook only weighs about 2.5 pounds, so it’s easy to carry around. Bluetooth 4.2 and Intel’s Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac are supported wireless connectivity methods, too.
Disappointingly, the battery life could be better. Although HP claims its battery can last up to 15 hours and 30 minutes, CNET‘s testing found the battery life kept for 7 hours and 39 minutes, and over an hour can additionally be lost if you make use of the SunView feature.