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HP Spectre X360 Review – Seductive power. Take it for a spin.
Seductive power. Take it for a spin.
This is the redesigned HP Spectre X360 convertible, which was the world’s thinnest when it was launched. This two in one laptop/tablet combo update from Hewlett Packard has made some major changes, even though at first sight it looks exactly like its predecessor especially with its matte silver metal unibody.
Similar to the first one, this new model has a 360 degree hinge, which lets users to play along with it in one of its four modes. It has a touch screen, a trackpad, and a keyboard. It also has the same screen size, 13.3 inches with a full HD panel and brightness rating and color gamut you can change.
But, of course there have been major improvements in this new HP Spectre X360. One of them is that this one is a lot thinner, making it more believable as a tablet. It has USB-C ports, which also supports charging and Thunderbolt 3. Apart from that, this new laptop promises to have a longer battery life. It also boasts of a 12 percent wider web camera. Plus, it also supports Windows Hello. Furthermore, it takes pride in its faster SSD speeds and wide viewing angles.
• Thinner than ever
• Unibody design
• Light but solid construction
• Uses USB-C to charge
• Long battery life
• Great video display
• No HDMI or VGA display port
• Unibody can get hot
• Fan can get noisy
• No SD card reader
HP Spectre X360 Review
This laptop runs on a Windows 10 Home operating system. It has a hard drive size of 512 Gigabytes, a hard drive type of PCis SSD. It features the latest 7th generation Intel core processors, and you can choose between an i5 or an i7.
It comes in a 13 inch model and a 15 inch model. These new models have a slimmer display bezel and thinner chassis. Its dimension is 12.03 x 8.58 x 0.54-inches and weighs 2.85 pounds. It has a cooling vent, rounded rear edges, and dual chrome display hinges. It also has a keyboard backlight. The trackpad of the Spectre X360 is wide; it measures five inches across and about two inches in width. It has a display resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD. The screen provides satisfying viewing angles, with a great contrast and color. As for the audio, it has a quad-speaker system: above the keyboard is a speaker grille and another pair can be found on the laptop’s underside.
The almost bezel-less design notwithstanding, it still has space for two front-facing cameras. The color camera has a 1080p resolution. The second one is an IR camera specifically used for Windows Hello. The front-facing cameras also have a pair of microphones.
Sound is excellent. It has two speakers located at the top of the keyboard and another two at the bottom of the keyboard. This makes for good surround sound reproduction. However, when viewing movies, you should make sure that the bottom speakers are not covered. This may be a bummer for those who watch videos while in bed. They may need to prop up the bottom so that the sound is not muffled. It would also help if you can have air blowing to the bottom to prevent overheating.
The SD card reader as well as the HDMI video out both have been left out in the design of this new 2 in 1, and instead, users get two USB-C ports. Apart from the two USB-C ports, there is one USB 3.1 Type-A port and a headphone jack. HP claims that the battery life of this redesigned model can last up to 15 hours and 15 minutes max. This is all because of the 57.8Wh battery.
It is good that it has 2 USB-C ports as well as a USB 3.1 Type-A port. The unit charges with the USB-C port. It also has no HDMI and no VGA port. You would have to use the USB-C to run the video to a stand alone monitor.
This is an impressive model by HP. HP as a company creates well thought out devices when they put their mind to it. There are few times that they missed. This one is not a miss. The Spectre 360 is a solid computer. This and its predecessor are worth a look when you are buying a thin notebook. The long battery life is worth it.
The 1080p screen may be a bit less than what other new releases feature. Tablets this size typically have more pixels. However, as a notebook, it is just the right resolution for a 13 inch screen.
One thing to remember about this 2-in-1 is that it is priced at $1,050, which is about the same price as most other 13-inch notebooks. Pricing competitively with this feature set makes it a standout. However, this is not meant to compare or compete with the Surface Book, especially with the Performance Base. That is a totally in a class of its own. However, it can be seen that the HP Spectre X360 holds up on its own and is a better value proposition compared to the Microsoft product.
With its great design and long lasting battery, the all new HP Spectre X360 is worth your money. Plus, the all new audio boost feature and a faster processing unit makes it even better than its predecessor. The touch screen is great, but people have to be wary with the trackpad as it can be unpredictable, leaving the cursor where it should not be.
Thanks to HP for making this model thinner, it is much easier to use it now as a tablet. However, its weight and size will still make you want to use the keyboard, as it is too heavy to hold for over a long period of time. Be weary however as the battery can get hot, and the fan can get noisy. Overall, this new HP Spectre is a big improvement from the previous one. With its new features, we are glad that HP seems to be listening.