Review: The HP EliteBook x360 Is Our Favorite Premium Laptop Right Now

The HP EliteBook x360 isn't perfect, but it's pretty close.

At least if you're looking for a high-end laptop for workplace use. The 2-in-1 notebook is built with the needs of the business power user in mind, and while it's got plenty to offer for consumer-y purposes, it also has features you probably won't need outside working hours.

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And it's got a premium price tag, too.

But with the lines between home and work getting ever-blurrier, the EliteBook x360 is a well-timed, well-executed device seizing on the trend.

In a lot of ways, the 13.3-inch laptop feels like the MacBook Pro refresh that Apple should have made last fall (rather than the one it did make).

The EliteBook x360 certainly has the appearance of a MacBook Pro, with a slick-looking aluminum body, and the touchpad is just as good as that of a Mac touchpad (a rare feat for a Windows machine).

But unlike Apple and the new MacBook Pro, HP doesn't shun work-friendly ports with the EliteBook x360 (it's got two USB-A ports, HDMI, ​USB-C/Thunderbolt 3, microSD and a smart card reader).

The laptop is also just about as thin as you can get -- 0.59 of an inch thick -- while still having those ports, and the weight is a manageable 2.86 pounds.

The performance is killer on the EliteBook x360, meanwhile; our model came with a seventh-gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM, which enabled plenty of speedy multitasking.

And the battery life is terrific, too. We got seven hours and 40 minutes of battery life, after heavy usage (including of the touch screen) and setting the screen to 100 percent brightness. In our experience, that's superb battery life for a touch-screen laptop at full brightness.

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