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How to add storage to the HP Envy x2 on the cheap

HP's Envy x2 is a stunning 2-in-1 PC with ample amounts of space for most owners. Should you be one of the few who may run out of space, you can use a microSD card to increase the amount of storage available.

Products Used In This Guide

  • Powerful convertible laptop: HP Envy x2 (opens in new tab) ($890 at HP)
  • Great value 400GB microSD: SanDisk Ultra (opens in new tab) ($56 at Amazon)
  • Premium 512GB microSD: Samsung EVO Plus (opens in new tab) ($90 at Amazon)

How to increase capacity

Let's face it, files are getting larger with each passing day. Movies can quickly take up a massive amount of space on a PC and the HP Envy x2 is no exception. Luckily, although the manufacturer offers 128GB and 256GB versions of the device, depending on requirements, there's also a microSD slot that can lend a hand.

All you need to do is buy a microSD card and throw it inside the tablet. Can't figure out how to insert a microSD card into your HP Envy x2? It's easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Insert a pin into microSD slot.
  2. Pull out the tray.
  3. Lay the microSD card onto the tray.
  4. Re-insert the tray into the device.

And you're done! Just make sure Windows 10 is okay with the expanded storage by formatting the card ahead of use.

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Here are the microSD cards we'd recommend purchasing right now for the HP Envy x2.

When portability is what you truly desire, you should go with the Envy x2. The ability to detach the device from its base makes it possible to use it as a light notebook and a tablet, depending on the immediate needs. The only drawback is the battery life, which is around 8-10 hours less than the Spectre Folio. That is unless you get the ARM version, which we recommend over Intel.

The SanDisk Ultra lineup offers plenty of size options — from 16GB up to 512GB — so that you can find what you need. With the 128GB card priced at only $30, it's a great way of adding more capacity to your portable PC without spending too much.

This series of SD card has a UHS-1 (U1) Class 10 rating with read speeds up to 100 MB/s. We've recommended these cards in the past and they've earned a solid reputation with thousands of positive reviews from owners.

Like the SanDisk Ultra, the EVO Plus is a UHS-1 (U3 rating) Class 10 microSD card with maximum read and write speeds of around 100 MB/s and 20 MB/s, respectively. It's also waterproof, temperature, and X-ray proof, as well as highly resistant to magnets, making it ideal for travel.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.