Christmas and New year is a great time, we all recieve gifts and make lots of promises for the new year that has arrived. So I recieved a Elite X 3 for testing and promised myself to really focus on nwow in 2017. This means limit travel as much as possible,replace face to face meetings with technology if the situation allows it and follow a schedule that “works” meaning professional activites will be performed outside of business hours if required . Time to unwrap …
The box is shiny, the material looks solid, nice. The hardware of the X3 is really impressive, fast, has 64 GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, 8MP hello enabled camera, fingerprint reader and dual sim. It uses USB 3.0 type C connector for the docking.
The docking has Displayport, USB, RJ45 connection and kensignton lock.
The setup of the continuum is pretty much like a normal Windows 10 setup.
I’ve setup the device using my work account firstname.lastname@example.org and after verification with the Microsoft Authentication app the device was correctly registered. Then I’ve added my personal hotmail account.
From time to time you’ll get the message that some apps are not supported yet… So it will open on the smaller phone screen instead of on the external monitor.
The goal is to verify if I can really work with just this device the elite X3 , I’ll test for one week but I’ll hold my Revolve 810 as a backup ! I am really curious to know if the continuum can step up to this. Keep in mind that you cannot run legacy Windows Aapplications on the Continuum platform.
For starters I must say that the phone itself is pretty big compared to my regular Nokia and if you want to do some work on the road you’ll need the additional Laptop dock : https://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/HP-Elite-x3-Lap-Dock/productID.5069318900
Okay here we go …
Bummer one … The citrix app is not working in continuum mode … This means that the vdi connection is showed in the screen of the mobile device making it completely useless. HP Workspace has got a service that can solve that issue http://www8.hp.com/us/en/business-services/computing-services/workspace.html
For the rdp connections there is a “Microsoft Remote Desktop Preview” App available in the store that looks ok, as a replacement for the desktop variant “remote desktop connection manager”.
Office : you can only use the mobile version of office for now.
Biometric security : really impressive !
I must say that the Windows Hello and the iris camera work very well. As soon as you activate the feature it works like a charm.
Go through the setup and as soon as you lock the screen you’ll notice the friendly looking for you icon. If you move in front of the camera you’ll be recognised and the device will unlock automatically.
Same for the fingrprint reader … Go through the wizard for setting up
Touch the sensor with at least one finger and from different angles.
And that’s it … You can now unlock the device using your fingerprint.
So I must say a good start for 2017 !