Many business users have a separate laptop and mobile phone when working remotely or in the office. However, Microsoft and HP have a new Smartphone solution which can revolutionise the way you work.
Due to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system and cloud services such as Office 365, this has provided a solid foundation for mobile phones that can be connected to a docking station and act as a business PC without even needing a laptop. Microsoft’s Continuum technology has been around for a few years, however it never truly gained any ground due to the unpopularity of Windows 8, and the previously slower mobile phone processors.
As Windows 10 has now proven itself to be easy to use and feature rich, and hardware technologies have improved noticeably, HP has taken the idea of Continuum and improved upon it with their high end Elite x3 Smartphone. The Elite x3 is our pick of the Continuum devices due to its:
- Build quality
Business-grade security and a customised app store all come as standard with Windows 10 mobile, although it is worth noting that you can only use the Windows Store apps rather than any 3rd party ones. If you mostly use Microsoft Office applications, browse the internet and check emails, then this device could be for you. However it cannot replace a conventional desktop PC or laptop in some circumstances. Usefully however, HP has included ‘Workspace’ which allows you to access some ‘x86 and x64’ apps remotely via your Elite x3 if required.
There are two accessories that you need to consider when purchasing an Elite x3, one of which is the Desk Dock (which is included with the phone) and the other is the Lap Dock.
The Desk Dock is designed to hold your Elite x3 phone when you are in the office and need to connect it to an external display, keyboard and mouse. This effectively turns your smart phone into a desktop PC whilst simultaneously charging it. For connectivity to your office network, the internet and to your peripherals, the Desk Dock includes the following ports: 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x USB, 1 x USB Type-C and 1 x Ethernet.
Perhaps even more exciting is the optional ‘Lap Dock’. This ultra-slim, near borderless 12.5″ diagonal display device with an HD 1080p resolution closely resembles a conventional laptop. However, it is simply a means of connecting your HP Elite x3 to achieve a seamless Windows Continuum computing experience as the phone itself provides all the processing power. The Lap Dock even provides a high quality audio experience via the in-built Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, which the phone also features as part of its feature rich specification.
In short, Vantage IT considers the Elite x3 to be a pioneer in the 3-in-1 category. It combines power and productivity, tablet portability and smartphone connectivity in a sleek and secure device that can dock with your screens and keyboards when you need to.
Please contact Vantage IT today for advice or a quotation on this excellent new device and retire your old laptop for good!