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HP Spectre x360 Review And Recommendations By Tecbaba

HP Spectre x360 Full Specifications

General

BrandHP
ModelSpectre x360 LTE
Release dateJuly 2019
Dimensions (mm)217.90 x 308.80 x 14.50
Weight (kg)1.32
ColoursDark Ash silver
MaterialAluminium
Operating systemWindows 10

Display

Size13.30-inch
Resolution1920×1080 pixels
Touch ScreenYes
Refresh Rate120Hz

Processor

ProcessorIntel Core i7 8th Gen 8565U
Base Clock Speed1.8 GHz
Burst Clock Speed4.6 GHz

Memory

RAM16GB

Graphics

Graphics ProcessorIntegrated Graphics Processor

Storage

SSD512GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Inputs

Web CameraYes
Pointer DeviceTouchpad
Backlit KeyboardYes
TouchpadYes
Internal MicYes
Speakers4 Speakers
Finger Print SensorYes

Ports and slots

Number of USB Ports3
USB Ports1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A), 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type C)
Multi-Card Slot1 Micro SD Card Reader
Headphone and Mic Combo JackYes
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DESIGN OF HP SPECTRE x360

Like an artist refining their trade, HP has improved the design (HP Spectre x360) of its laptops with each new product. Now, with the new Spectre x360, the company has crafted a masterpiece.

The Spectre x360’s sleek aluminium chassis is beautifully crafted featuring faceted edges and sharply chamfered corners that look as if they were cut by a master jeweller. These aggressive angles give the Spectre x360 the sort of sophisticated elegance you’d expect from exorbitantly priced accessories sold by a luxury fashion designer.

On the centre of the laptop lid, there is an HP logo in gold chrome; there is a gold-trimmed touchpad next to Spectre branding. Above the keyboard, there is a speaker grill drilled into an attractive triangular pattern. The fingerprint sensor resides on the bottom-right corner of the deck.

The attention to detail is outstanding and even extends to the Spectre accessories: The included faux-leather sleeve has a built-in stylus slot and the laptop’s charging cord is wrapped in nylon.

HP removed the boring silver finish we criticized last year’s model and replaced it with two unique colours: Dark Ash Silver and Poseidon Blue. As a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 can be rotated into both tablet or tent mode, and although the laptop may look like a jewel, its flexible hinges and rigid lid feel sturdy.

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But for all of my praise, I can’t ignore the Spectre x360’s chunky top and bottom bezels, especially since nearly all of its competitors now have edge-to-edge displays. Also, instead of improving the volume rocker on last year’s model, HP did away with it altogether. Now you’ll need to tap your way into the volume settings when using the machine in tablet mode, instead of adjusting audio via a physical button, which is a good improvement.

COMPARISON

The HP Spectre x360 is a very portable device, at just 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches and 2.8 pounds. In comparison, the LG Gram 14 2-in-1 (12.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches, 2.5 pounds) is thicker yet lighter than the Spectre x360, while the Lenovo Yoga C930 (12.6 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches, 3.1 pounds) and MateBook 13 (11.3 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches, 2.9 pounds) are heavier but just as thin.

PORTS IN HP SPECTRE X360

The Spectre x360 doesn’t have too many ports, but those it does have are functional and futureproof. On the right side, there is a Thunderbolt 3 charging ports which offer blazing-fast transfer speeds and the ability to connect to multiple 4K monitors or an external GPU.

Headphone/mic jack and microSD card slot is also on the right side of the laptop. On the left side of the laptop, there is a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a welcome addition considering most modern ultrabooks are abandoning it for a slimmer design.

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A second Thunderbolt 3 charging port hides on the HP Spectre x360’s right chamfered corner. The clever positioning makes it very easy to connect a power cord without having to shift the device around, and the port’s rear-facing angle keeps cords out of the way.

On the other hand, the illuminated power button on the opposite corner is somehow problematic. The button presses into my palm when I hold the Spectre x360 in tablet mode, and quite a bit of pressure is required to actuate it, you can inadvertently induce sleep mode if you’re not careful.

KEYBOARD AND TOUCHPAD

HP did it again, by fitting a super-comfortable keyboard onto a razor-thin chassis. With 1.4 millimetres of travel, the HP Spectre x360’s chiclet-style keyboard depresses deeper than most of its ultrabook competitors. Yes, a bit short of our 1.5-mm preference, but the keys still feel punchy and provide excellent tactile feedback, perhaps because of their ideal 70 grams of actuation force.

Better yet, the keys are large, well-spaced and offer two backlit brightness levels, the highest level is quite luminous. Getting back to the beauty, even the large, simple font HP used on the keys looks sophisticated.

The HP Spectre x360’s 4.7 x 2.3-inch touchpad responded quickly to my swipes, and I appreciated how much real estate my fingers had to execute gestures, like swiping with three fingers to change windows or pinch-to-zoom, swiping with two fingers to scroll.

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PERFORMANCE OF HP SPECTRE X360

Loaded with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and 8GB of RAM, the HP Spectre x360 accommodated my demanding web-browsing habits without breaking a sweat. I simultaneously loaded 20 Google Chrome tabs. There wasn’t even a hint of lag.

The Spectre x360 performed well in our synthetic benchmarks, but competing for other ultrabooks edged it out on most tests.

The 256GB SSD inside the HP Spectre x360 performed well on our File Transfer test, duplicating 4.97GB of mixed-media data in 13 seconds for a rate of 391.5 megabytes per second. That matches the rate of the Gram 14 2-in-1 (512GB M.2 SATA SSD, 391 MBps) and tops with the Yoga C930’s (256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 339.3 MBps) efforts. None of those ultrabooks could keep up with the blisteringly fast Huawei MateBook 13 (512GB NVMe SSD, 636 MBps), which topped the premium laptop average (548.4 MBps).

The HP Spectre x360 also lagged behind on our Handbrake video-transcoding test. The HP laptop needed 22 minutes and 30 seconds to transcode a 4K video into 1080p resolution, whereas the Gram 14 2-in-1 (21:17), Lenovo Yoga C930 (20:45) and Huawei MateBook 13 (18:30) completed the task a bit more quickly.

GRAPHICS

Because it all relies on an integrated Intel UHD 620 GPU, the HP Spectre x360’s graphics performance is average for an ultrabook. You won’t run into issues running demanding programs, like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Spark or even playing modern games at low settings, but a discrete GPU is required for more graphics-intensive tasks.

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BATTERY LIFE

HP Spectre x360 is a champion and when it comes to the battery, in fact, it could easily last into the second day of use, it all depends on your workload. With an outstanding runtime of 12 hours and 7 minutes on the battery test with continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Spectre x360 outlasted the Lenovo Yoga C930 (8:09), Huawei MateBook 13 (6:15) and the category average by several hours.

FINAL VERDICT

The HP Spectre x360 performs best in almost every area. This laptop attracted me with its premium design and enchanted with outstanding battery life, a world-class keyboard and powerful speakers. HP Spectre x360 offers strong performance and its 13.3-inch display, 1080p touch screen display is sharp and colourful. Along with its new design, this year’s model introduces new features, like a physical webcam kill switch and a fingerprint sensor, which add up to make it one of the best laptops.

For one, competing ultrabooks are thinner and lighter, and the Spectre x360’s chunky display bezels nearly compromise otherwise elegant design. Also, the display doesn’t get as bright as its competitors, and the Spectre x360 is filled with bloatware.

Overall, HP knocked it out of the park with the Spectre x360. It’s a compelling 2-in-1 and undoubtedly one of the best laptops on the market right now.

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I hope my HP Spectra X360 review is helpful for you.

Check out my previous post on Apple MacBook Air.