The chiclet-style keys are large the letter keys in particular and well-spaced for easy finger-finding.
That's really saying something when the type cover only measures two-thirds of a centimeter thick.
All this keyboard focus does have an unfortunate downside: the trackpad suffers from Oliver Twist syndrome.
It's squat nature is particularly noticeable during vertical scrolling.
Here is the HP Elite x2 1012 G1's configuration sent to techradar for review:
CPU: 1.1GHz Intel Core m5-6Y54 dual-core, 4MB cache, up to 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM
Screen: 12-inch, 1,920 x 1,280 FHD UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen
Storage: 256GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD
Ports: USB Type-C with Thunderbolt support, USB 3.0, headphone/mic combo jack
Connectivity: 2 x 2 Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
Camera: 2MP FHD 1080p front-facing webcam, 5MP FHD 1080p rear-facing
Weight: 1.8 pounds tablet , 2.65 pounds tablet with travel keyboard , 2.79 pounds tablet with advanced keyboard
Size: 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches tablet , 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches tablet with travel keyboard , 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches tablet with advanced keyboard W x D x H
Few 2-in-1's can deliver a great non-mobile gaming experience, and the Elite x2 is no exception.
Here's how the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
3DMark: Cloud Gate: 3,548; Sky Diver: 2,016; Fire Strike: 494
Cinebench CPU: 218 points; Graphics: 24.44 fps
GeekBench: 2,915 single-core ; 5,739 multi-core
PCMark 8 Home Test : 2,447points
PCMark 8 Battery Life: 3 hours and 53 minutes
Battery Life techradar movie test : 5 hours and 1 minute
Considering its hardware, its not surprising the Elite x2 is no graphical powerhouse.