The HP Elite x3 allows you to stay in contact with the office while out and about, working remotely, says Peter Ellis, of Riverbank IT Management.
Founded in 1997, Riverbank IT Management employs more than 30 people and supports more than 2,000 computer users in businesses across Oxfordshire, the Thames Valley and London.
Often liaising with affiliates overseas, we work with a range of professional organisations, including bioscience, marketing and consultancy.
As a present Windows phone user, the start of the HP Elite x3 trial was an easy transition. I could use my existing Live account to connect and regain access back to my documents on OneDrive. The HP Elite x3, being a much larger screen than my existing phone, passed the first test by actually fitting inside my shirt pocket.
The screen is a nice size and very clear, which makes working with it a good experience, to the extent that on a few occasions I connected just a keyboard and mouse to the dock with no external screen and used that to write some documents without any problems.
The phone is well built and has good audio quality. The camera is also good quality and works well in most light conditions. Even though I did not test this, the option to put two Sim cards in (possibly work and personal – or if you work or travel abroad, have Sims from different providers to get round signal problems) would be a great advantage in the future.
The battery life is good if you’re using the dock as it’s continually charging while at work. The memory and storage levels are at the higher end, but not exceptional for the price.
The inclusion of the desktop dock made it a good device to test, but it would have been better if the lap dock had been included as well. This would have allowed a fuller test of the phone as a work replacement machine when out of the office.
But the Office applications work well and integrate with OneDrive both for personal and business documents, allowing you to stay in contact with the office while out and about.
The Microsoft Office applications are slightly cut down compared with the full PC Office package, but most users will not notice the small limitations.
One of the issues if you wish to use the phone as your main computer is the limitation of not being able to install extra PC-based software unless there is an app for it. This can be got round by using HP Workspace to access a server environment, both of which do have apps available to use.
Overall for a business device, the HP Elite x3 works well and has a good look and feel, allowing you work from a single device and allowing you to dock when in the office and be fully mobile when not.
The screen size makes working with the onscreen keyboard easy and a pleasure. My only issue could be a limited number of available apps at the moment (you can get Candy Crush), but for a business machine this should not be an issue.
I’d upgrade to this phone.
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