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HP - Spectre Folio Leather 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Cognac Brown-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful with a few compromises

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    3Tcubed
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    HP has made sure that the first impression of the Spectre Folio is one of exceptional quality. The packaging is first rate. The notebook is packed on top of the box with a black tissue paper wrapper, Upon pulling back the black paper, the high quality full grain leather wrapped around the notebook is revealed. It's soft and screams luxury. Upon lifting the notebook out of the box the smoothness of the leather is felt (mine was Cognac Brown); very nice. As you open the case you feel a nice balance between the top and the bottom of the notebook, both are about the same thickness and weight. On the right side are 2 USB C, thunderbolt 3 ports, on the left there is one USB C port. Any of the ports can be used to connect the USB C charger. HP claims the i7 version will get 15 hours on a charge and the i5 version will get 17 hours. During setup you are introduced to Microsoft's Hello, it's facial recognition technology that can be be used to login. It is similar to Apple's Face Id, except it also uses IR to iluminate the subject, so it can be used effectively in the dark. This was the first time I'd used Hello and it worked extermely well, you see some flashing red led's and your logged on very quickly (after you've registered your face). Included in the box is a USB C to USB A adapter, a HP Stylus (Tilt Pen which uses 1*AAA battery) with 4096 pressure levels and a 65W power adapter. When getting the notebook set up, one of the first things I noticed was the wonderful keyboard, given the thinness of the base, the keys still have a decent amount of travel and a great feel. The keyboard is very nicely backlit, with light around the key as well as some light thought the keys. The keys are nicely spread out with the feel of a nice full size keyboard (less the numeric pad). The next think I noticed the georgous, bright screen (400 nits), I adjusted the screen up and down and did not see any color shift, even at very wide viewing angle. Now about the screen it's quite diferent from most laptops, instead of being hinged at the bottom of the screen it's hinged in the middle, allowing the bottom to rest infront of the keyboard or to be pulled out so the bottom rests covering the keyboard with the trackpad visible (Tent mode). This would certainly be useful for watching a video or for giving a presentation. If you pull the screen further, it slides down flat over the keyboard, making the the notebook into a 13" tablet that's less than 1" thick at the spine, and less than 1/2" at the front. But it's very solid, there are magnets that guide and keep the screen in its normal, tented and flat positions. It takes a a little pull to release the screen from it's laptop position, but it's not an unreasonable tug. After having it up and running, you notice how quite, it is, no fans. But it has either a Intel i5-8200Y or i7-8500Y processor in it, these are Intel's latest, top of the line, low power processors they support turboboost up to 3.9Ghz or 4.2Ghz, but they only ramp up when necessary. This is suspose to greatly increase battery life. I did some testing, browsing, streaming video and watching video locally (at all times connected via wi-fi). All videos were very smooth (<10% CPU utilization), I ran for just over 10 hrs and the battery life had dropped to 20%, so I doubt it would have been 15 hours, but not that far off. Getting over 10 hours I consider impressive. Now this computer is suspose to have a fast charge function, and charge to 50% in under 30m. I did not see this speed in my initial testing (on any of the ports) - keep reading. The next thing I went to do was edit some photos, I looked long and hard for a micro SD card slot,some HP specs said it existed, others did not; my unit did not have one. I was dispointed there was no microSD card card slot. So I attached a handy multifunction USB C device with a SD and microSD card reader (and multiple USB 3 ports + HDMI & LAN) and it was promptly recognised, and I could easily move photos to the notebook (guess I could have also gotten them from one of my cloud accounts, but since the camera was handy it was the first thing to come to mind). All the editing was smooth, I used the pencil (tilt) to mark up a photo, it worked well, allowing different thickness of lines based on the pressure on the stylus, It allowed me to outline objects with great accuracy; one function I really wanted to see/use. At first I was editing like a laptop, I then "tented" the screen, I found this much more easy to do and more accurate. Pretty happy about the pen's usefullness. Now having used the system for sometime (on a table) I reclined to my couch, and used it in my lap. I found a new use for it, a leg warmer (not a heater). The base of the unit does get warm, but not really hot; the leather feels nice warm. The leather really feels nice in you lap compared to the usual hard plastic or metal. I then streamed some music throught the onboard speakers.... kind of tinny; I then played with the audio controls and the sound was greatly improved, but still lacked any low end. I streamed to an external BT speaker and I was impressed, very impressed. So the B&O speakers did not impress me, they could get loud, but they did not sound great. The HP Audio Boost with them works pretty well, especially with better speakers. I was pleased with the enhancements for music and for video. I also connected a HD monitor to the USB C Multi-function adapter (mine not supplied) to insure the notebook could drive a second HD monitor, No problem! I then tried attaching a 4K monitor, it was promptly recognised and I extended my diplay to have the HP Folio notebook + a 4K monitor as a second display. Yea, it worked as I'd hoped. I then connected a Ethenet cable and it was up and running on my LAN, again just I'd expected. This is one of the big advantages of USB C and Thunderbolt 3, the ability to attach multiple high speed peripherials, this notebook has 2*Thunderbolt 3 ports + one USB 3.1 C port; really a lot of expansion functionalty. After some more testing I found there was a HP Bios update (throught the HP Update utility); after applying it I re-tested the fast charging and it now seemed to work, the BIOS update said it fixed a issues where the "system incorrectly reports the status of the battery as fully charged", that must have been it. Another note, I have the 256GB unit without WAN support; after the system is fully installed there is only 194GB available after cleaning up the system install/update files. So plan your purchase accordingly, this notebook cannot have it's memory or storage upgraded, what you purchase is is what you get. HP's web site says it will ship with SSDs of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB & 2TB. Given what the base price of this unit is, I'd suggest starting with more than the 256GB SSD. Especially since you can't just insert a microSD card to update the storage available (this disapointed me the most about this machine - loose 1 star). But it you choose wisely it's a beautiful notebook, which will surely get a second look wherever you take it. And whereever you take it it feels good in your hands, just over 3.2 lbs with possibly 15 hrs battery life, it is still a powerful notebook. Especially if your looking for something different or just want to show off a little, it is pretty (and nice).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brains, Beauty, Style, & Grace! OUTSTANDING 2in1

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    Wraith
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    I have never really cared for 2-in-1 designs. I always felt that the tradeoff for the switch-ability between tablet and laptop always kneecapped one or both of the modes. Now I have had a few work computers that were 2-in-1s but I never used their tablet mode. The HP Spectre Folio is the absolute first where I've used both modes, and feel that both of them are an outstanding experience. First, let me start off by saying that you will be spending A LOT of time showing this thing off to people when they see it. The Folio makes a statement and people are digging this computer. I have had computers where people have said, 'Hey, that's a nice computer.' but this is the first where people have wanted to touch it and play around with its different configurations. If I were single, I would say that it would be almost effective as having a cute dog in starting conversations with women! If you are anti-social or an introvert, this may cause you some discomfort if you take it out in public. Ok, with that out of the way, how is the Spectre Folio in use? It is an outstanding laptop and 2-in-1. I won't be playing any games on it so I really don't care that it only has a 2-core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. I plan on using this mostly for writing and research and it has been a stellar experience doing both. Typing on this things is so nice because the keyboard is almost absolutely silent and it is so nice to have your palms resting on the leather instead of cold aluminum or plastic. The trackpad may be small but it is incredibly responsive and easy to use. In tablet mode, it covers the keyboard instead of just flipping the screen around and having the keyboard on the back. Yeah, I know that those other 2-in-1s deactivate the keyboard when you do this, but I always thought it looked silly and quite frankly, I didn't like the knocks that the keyboard deck would take when used that way. With the screen folded over, it makes it so nice to use the pen in landscape mode to sketch out ideas with the really great pen that HP gives you, but in portrait mode it REALLY shines. Scrolling through web pages is so great this way because you can see so much of the page in this tall mode and the way it is folded over makes one side thicker than the other so it is kind of like holding a folded back magazine and not just some big slab of computer. It is even great using while standing up and walking around because it is so easy to cradle in the crook of your arm and writing with your other hand on the screen. I've NEVER felt that that was a great way to use a computer but I've already done it twice and it just feels right. I won't probably ever be using it for watching videos, I've done that before and invariably the person in front of me will recline their seat and then I have the keyboard jabbing me in the gut in order to see the screen properly. This is the first computer where I might try again on my next flight. Its 'tented' mode puts the screen at a perfect viewing angle and leaves the trackpad available to control playback. Look, I can gush all over this thing for a ton more column inches but here is the bottom line: if you want a stylish computer that is as equally easy and nice to use in both tablet as well as laptop forms, just go get the Spectre Folio! I have only two things I would like HP to address in subsequent iterations of the Folio: 1: Make it so the pen holder can go on either side. There is a slight indent on the back of the right side of the screen but not one on the left. Another way me and my left-handed people are spit upon. 2 - HP FINALLY made a nice brick for a laptop (it is just like my favorite from Dell) but they insist on pairing it with a long outlet plug. Please add an attachment that can go onto the brick that adds the plug in a fold in/out configuration. I've added an aftermarket plug adapter to make it more compact but it doesn't have to be this way. The Folio is so stylish and slick, and they went about 3/4ths of the way with this power brick design but the actual plug could be better. You will notice that neither of the two concerns/issues revolves around the leather. That is because I think this stuff is going to be virtually indestructible. I mean, I have had a ton of metal computers get scratched up and I expect this one to be no different but this auto-grade leather seems super tough to me and it might 'weather' to a really cool distressed look. If you want an extremely nice computer that is quiet, functional, and stylish, I can't think of another 2-in-1 that fits that bill. I can't see anyone being disappointed in this computer. If you are seriously considering the HP Spectre Folio, just pull the trigger and get it, you have shown already that you have style and taste just by considering it. Show that you have the brains too by buying it! (BTW, in the pictures I forgot to put the USB-C to USB-A dongle in the photo, but HP does give you one.)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The most beautiful, portable 2-in1 I've ever used

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    Telstar
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    HP Spectre Folio This is a premium device exuding quality, beauty and even the soft fragrance of a fine leather coat. Technically, it’s a 2-in-1 laptop, but with a much more intuitive and stable mechanism to slip from one mode to another with minimum effort, fuss or disturbance. There’s the laptop mode, media mode, tablet mode and, finally, folio mode (when it’s closed). Carrying it in folio mode is more secure than carrying other laptops due to the leather exterior and certainly more eye-catching as well. While you can put other devices in leather folio cases, they will be thicker and more cumbersome due to the device merely riding in its folio pocket. Not so with the Spectre Folio with the leather fused to the metal framework of the device to actually form its outer surface. With its rich, solid, quality appearance it’s as neat as it gets! The design of the hinge system is genius, and it's smooth and simple to take it from laptop to presentation/media mode to tablet mode and back. It's solid and very stable in any of its configurations. Its laptop mode is far more stable than any folding cover base or kickstand available and is even more stable than a number of laptops since the Spectre Folio screen isn’t top-heavy as some are. Strong magnets lock the screen in laptop mode and presentation/media mode, so it stays where you put it with virtually no movement while touching it or typing as, unfortunately, some laptops do. The 2-level backlit keyboard works wonderfully for me with good spacing between keys and good response from the keys for such a thin device, and it isn’t noisy while typing. The touchpad is highly accurate and smooth as silk. I noticed no false taps or touches on the touchpad while typing, and every time I tapped it (not clicked it down), it acted as though I had clicked it each and every time. Some prefer to fully depress the touchpad rather than just tap it, so it’s adjustable for that and other things too. Of course, the touchpad handles zooming in and out as well as other gestures. The power key is just above the keyboard on the left so you’ll have no accidental bumps allowing it to turn on while in your travel bag or otherwise known as “hot bagging.” The response of the CPU (i7-85550Y dual core 4 threads generation 8) is fast and sure, and despite all the downloading & installing I was doing at first, there was no heat, just a very slight warmth on the bottom, and that with no fan. Yes, this is a fanless design so no fan/air noise with only minimum warmth at times. Overall the HP Spectre Folio is quite fast with the i7 and the PCIe SSD in whatever you’re doing. Sound is a quad speaker arrangement through Bang & Olufsen running under a grill above the keyboard and below the screen when in laptop mode – sound is a little different when in presentation mode or tablet mode but still plenty loud for even old ears. Two powered Thunderbolt 3 ports are on the right side so you can handle 40 Gbit speeds with a Thunderbolt 3 dock while using only one USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 cable even while your Spectre Folio charges from a powered dock. That leaves you 2 other ports for other things. The 3rd port is a powered USB-C 3.1 port, but you can charge your Folio through any of the 3. I like that the power/data ports are on both sides, so you can charge it from either side, which is helpful depending on where the plug is located while you use the Spectre Folio. Obviously, with these ports you can run a host of devices along with multiple monitors to fill the role of workstation while allowing you to fold it up at the end of the day and take it with you. The 13.3"16:9 screen is clear and sharp (FHD 1920x1080 touch IPS panel) with a 4K screen option before the end of the year. Screen position in laptop mode is adjustable to work well on your lap or desk…at least, if you’re under 7’ I would say. I heard someone complain that you couldn’t adjust the screen enough while in laptop mode on your lap, but I’ve used it on mine and can easily see the screen even if I tilt it forward somewhat to avoid overhead light glare on the screen. No real problem with this unless, like I said, you are really tall putting your eyes way higher than the vast majority of people. It also has a HP TrueVision HD webcam with Windows Hello for facial recognition along with dual mics for conferencing. In tablet mode, the top side of your screen is a little higher than the bottom of your screen so using the included stylus is much easier than if it laid flat on your desk. The stylus has two programmable buttons for various options according to your preference – one of mine is set to erase and the other button to right-click for context menus while using the pen for navigation. I found that the pen writes very well on the screen. I used OneNote to test this out, and I was not disappointed; however, I’m no artist so my comments must stop with notetaking or rough sketching only. The nib in the pen is somewhat hard so it slides very easily on the Gorilla Glass 4 screen and does make little tapping noises while writing. The pen comes with a couple of other nibs, but I haven’t tried them as yet. A little softer nib will provide more friction for those wanting a more pen/paper feel while writing and will offer a less tapping noise. There’s enough weight (3.2 lbs) even when opening it without having to hold the lower part down while doing so. It feels substantial whether being carried or opened on your lap or desk. The leather exterior gives it a sure footing opened or secure handling while carrying in “folio” mode. Frankly, I appreciate a little weight in a laptop device, but don’t think it’s a burden to carry. Unless you’re married to 1.5 lb tablets, you will appreciate the solidity, stableness and feel of the Spectre Folio. It’s only .57” thick with the leather, so everything feels solid. It comes with a 65 Watt charger that can give you from zero battery charge to 50% charge in as little as 30 minutes. Battery life is claimed to be about 13+ hours with the i7 model, but from what I’m seeing a reasonable expectation from 9 to 10 is more like it; however, that will cover most people all day without charging. The HP Spectre Folio will offer another color of leather (Burgundy) by the end of the year as well as the 4K screen option. You can also opt for the i5 rather than the i7 and also for a 512 GB SSD or a 1 TB or 2 TB SSD along with 16 GB of RAM and the option for LTE 4 too. You can have a lot of options in one solid, beautiful package. Since the HP Spectre Folio gives you the feel of something to tuck under your arm and take with you wherever you go, there’s probably one thing HP could have included. If you’re a student or attend a lot of meetings or travel quite a bit, an added camera on the backside of the screen to take photos of board notes/white boards/expense receipts etc. would have rounded out the experience for these folks. The HP Spectre Folio is something special and unique. It is a very capable and attractive device offering just about anything you can desire. Of course, like most 2-in-1’s, it’s not your first pick for heavy photo/video work, 3D cad work or running AAA games. You could use it in conjunction with an eGPU through one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports, which would certainly up your game quite a bit in these areas. Short of that, it’s an ideal business and/or personal/classroom device that shouts quality and refinement while offering plenty of chops when it comes to productive work for nearly everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My New Daily Driver

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    Titan5178
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    I wanted this laptop cause I love tech and especially unique tech. A laptop that is made out of genuine leather? Sign me up! This is certainly a unique and welcome take on the popular 2-in-1 laptop that we see so much of today. When I took it out of the box I was shocked at how thin and light it really is. Using the leather as the body of the laptop results in one of the thinnest laptops I’ve ever seen, and there’s obviously never a need to outfit it with a case. Sit it on a desk and unless someone sees the HP logo on it they will just think it is an executive portfolio notebook. The leather is premium but I do wish it came in black though instead of brown (also comes in burgundy). It is built surprisingly well, look and feels like a laptop in a leather case so I do not doubt it’ll do well against daily bumps. What makes the Spectre Folio so unique is its three screen positions: laptop, media, and tablet. Laptop is exactly like it sounds, there is a hinge that allows you to open and close the screen just like any ordinary laptop. The second position is called media and you pop the lower half of the screen out and set it between the keyboard and trackpad. This is similar to the “tent position” on other 2-in-1s, where you can prop it up to watch movies or TV but this new way is much more elegant and practical. Finally, the tablet position is where the screen sits on top of the keyboard. The hinge used for laptop mode keeps the screen at a slight angle so it’s not completely flat-perfect for using the pen on the screen. When in tablet mode your hands will be against the leather bottom of the laptop. It feels much more natural than the awkwardness of a plastic keyboard like you would find on other 2-in-1 convertibles. There is one major downside to the tablet mode though which is you cannot wake up the device without positioning it out of tablet mode. All of the buttons including the power and touchpad are sitting under the screen and the screen does not support tap-to-wake. This is a big bummer to what otherwise would be a near flawless device. The backlit keyboard itself is very good, plenty of travel considering the thinness of the device and there is a lot of space between the island-style keys. The trackpad is small but works fine. The touchscreen could be a bit more responsive. As expected on a device this thin, the B&O speakers are not going to blow you away but surprisingly they get very loud. I’m not much of an artist and my handwriting is horrible so I never take notes, but I do appreciate that it comes with the pen and an adhesive backed holder that can be attached to the leather body if needed. Spec wise you have a Core i7 dual core (4 threads) with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB M.2 storage. It’s certainly not the most powerful laptop you can buy but with a fanless design it also will never make noise. It won’t be the best choice for gaming or CPU intensive tasks like photo and video editing. However, it’s no slouch either. I have been using it as my daily Windows PC for over a week now and I have not had any issues with performance. HP’s battery life claim is an insane 21 hours of video playback. Obviously that is best case scenario and likely with the i5 CPU. I haven’t timed it but it is definitely more than I’m used to based on the fact that I’ve only put it on the charger twice and have used it at least 3-4 hours a day. And if that’s not enough it supports fast charging that’ll get you to 50% in about 30 minutes with the 65W charger that it comes with. I also love the fact that I just need to pack one USB-C charger with me to charge both my 2018 iPad Pro and Spectre Folio. Pros: Three usable positions: laptop, media, and best of all, tablet. 13” Full HD IPS 16:9 Touchscreen Leather folio design is ingenious and premium Quiet – Fanless Design Efficient Core i7 Dual Core Incredible Battery Life Fast Charging USB-C Charging 2 Thunderbolt 3 Still includes Headphone Jack Includes pen Well designed keyboard Cons: No convenient way to wake screen in tablet mode Touchscreen could be more responsive Brown (wish it were black) Overall, I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an ultraportable convertible laptop. Especially if you’ve been disappointed by the 2-in-1 devices you find on the shelves today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Unique Computing Experience

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    scovartwo
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    This HP Spectre Folio Ultrabook has a unique design which includes a rare media viewing mode, in which the display tilts forward and covers the keyboard. The digital pen works best to draw on the display in media viewing mode, because the screen has no wobble at all in the media viewing mode, this is as a result of the display being held in place with a series of magnets when it is in media viewing mode. The best thing about this HP Spectre Folio, is that this computer does not have an internal fan. This HP computer has a mobile version of the Intel i7 processor, which allows it to function while using less power, and the mobile type of processor is why it is able to be fan less without overheating. Fans inside computers do build up dust over time, which needs to be cleaned periodically to prevent the fans from being less effective at removing built up heat. It is really nice when a computer does not need an internal cooling fan, with that said, I point a fan at myself and this computer while using it, of which the airflow does blow away any built of heat from the HP Spectre Folio, but this is really only be necessary at times when I am using the computer in a hot room on a hot day. The unboxing of this HP Spectre Folio was what is expected from a premium priced Ultrabook, it was packaged in a padded box within a box, of which the inside box is really nice. The HP Spectre Folio Ultrabook and accessories were cradled by form fitted plastic sections. This form fitted plastic packaging, has a better feel compared to cardboard materials for the inner packaging materials. The 65-watt power adapter kit is quite nice, it has a braided cable on the USB-C cable side, and the power cord which plugs into the power adapter, is a premium round power cord. This HP Spectre Folio has 3 USB-C type connectors, two of which are Thunderbolt compatible. Included is a USB-C extension dongle which allows plugging in standard USB devices. The HP Spectre Folio Ultrabook is covered in a really nice quality of leather, and this leather encased Ultrabook, makes for a unique computing experience. I guess you could say this HP Spectre Folio might be less likely to be stolen, as it might appear as if it is nothing more than a leather folder containing paper. The HP digital pen that is included is mostly made of aluminum, except the end shirt clip section is plastic. The plastic shirt clip allows this digital pen to be placed on a tabletop and it will not roll away and fall on the ground like other round-only digital pens have a tendency to do. The digital pen holder is not optimal in my opinion, as it is made of leather, and the digital pen already fits too snugly in the holder, making it slightly a hassle to fit the pen into the holder, and since leather shrinks, if it ever got wet, the pen holder would end up being an even tighter fit for the pen. A rubber molded style of pen holder, which is magnetically attached, would have been a better option, but choosing leather for the pen holder was an understandable choice, since leather is the theme of this Ultrabook. I chose not to attach the leather digital pen holder to the HP Spectre Folio, since I use it at home all the time, and I place the digital pen next to the Ultrabook, and that is good enough for me. The HP digital pen does have two buttons which can be programmed. This HP Spectre Folio has 4 speakers which actually sound great, I am not sure if it is the tuning of the speakers that is done by Bang and Olufsen, or if the speakers themselves are actually Bang and Olufsen speakers, but they do sound about as good as small speakers are capable of sounding. I find it best at times when I want to hear louder music, to simply connect a Bluetooth speaker to the Ultrabook. Also, when connecting a Bluetooth speaker to the Ultrabook and playing the audio with the Bluetooth speaker, this uses less of the Ultrabook’s battery. When lifting the display, it is best to grab it with two hands by the front left and right corners while lifting, as there are two sets of magnets, which hold the lid securely to the lower keyboard section. The hinge for the display, has just the right amount of tension so as to make it perfectly easy to lift. The screen in laptop mode is secure enough to use the digital pen on, but it is common for touch screens to wobble a bit when using a digital pen, and so the digital pen does function much better when the HP Spectre Folio is in media viewing mode. I am rating this HP Spectre Folio at 4.2 out of 5 stars, as it is a really unique computing experience, and I would suggest this Ultrabook to anyone who can afford the premium pricing category that this computer is in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally something new

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    Johnnyboy84
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    HP has been on a roll and it has not been afraid to try new things to the market. This Spectre Folio is a perfect example of that. HP decided to partner with Intel to bring the product to the market. Upon opening the box you can tell immediately that this is a premium device. The box itself is of a minimalist design and I appreciated that. This leather clad 2 in 1 is just amazing and I really love this more than I thought I would. The leather is real and feels great in the hands and aesthetically speaking there is nothing else like it on the market which makes it the first of its kind. It is also a direct competitor to the Surface. :::Hardware::: The hardware in this product is decent and under the hood you will find a Intel Core i7-8500Y processor it is dual core with 4 threads. It also includes the following; 8GB of ram, 256GB of fast SSD storage, 13.3 inch FHD 16:9 touch sreen with stylus support right out otf the box. You will also find 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, 1 USB Type-C 3.1 first gen port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. :::Functionality:: Now there is no doubt that this is a sleek and attractive deivce. But that comes at a price. HP opted to go with a more energy efficient parts in the Folio 13. The i7 performs well but is only a dual core and is more on par with a i5 in terms of processing power. The I7 is no slouch but still I would have preferred a different version of the i7. The amount of ram could have been better in my opinion a low voltage DIMM would have been a better choice here. Most premium devices offer anywhere from 12-16GB of ram. Battery life is not what HP claims I have managed to get 8 hrs of battery life mixed usage. It takes about 2 & 1/2 hours for a full charge. The screen is plenty bright for most users it is a tad shy of 300 nits of brightness. For those who opt for the LTE model using this in bright outdoor light is not practical. The 1080p screen has good RGB coverage, and good enough for my use. The screen is not detachable and I am just fine with that. It has three modes regular, flat and what I will call media mode. laying the screen flat works great when using the stylus. Media mode the screen sits a slant and the keyboard will be hidden. The stylus uses a AAAA battery and is active and has good accuracy and minimal lag input. I found it to be great when using One Note. Sound quality is respectable with HP usual B&O branded speakers. The sound is rich and has decent bass for a small device. I a glad that this device has a 3.5mm jack. The keyboard is good and the keys feel good when typing. The keyboard lettering is bold and I appreciate that being that my vision is not the best. Most keyboards have small lettering on the keys.It is also backlit and that is a plus for a device like this. I was surprised this came with a stylus and it functions well. For a device like this I expected HP to provide a leather care kit but they did not. Anyone who owns leather items know that you must maintain the leather to keep it clean & hydrated otherwise it will age poorly. I think some may be concerned about the quality of the leather I believe it should not be a concern as long as you care for and maintain the leather just like you would in your car. :::Pros::: - Sleek & professional design - Stylus included - Braided USB C charging brick - Good battery life :::Cons::: - Paltry amount of ram (8GB is too little) - A leather care kit was not included :::TL;DR::: This is an attractive device that brings something new to the market. It will give its competitors a run for their money. Sure it is not perfect and despite a few flaws I still would recommend this device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Luxurious, Stylish 2 in 1 Laptop-Tablet Folio

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    Cupra
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    The HP Spectre Folio 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop is a technical marvel. Really enjoy picking it up and using it. First off, the packaging makes it look like you are unwrapping a high end piece of jewelry or expensive clothing. Black paper with a discrete 'HP' sticker holding it together greets you, along with a lovely aroma of quality leather. Unwrap the black paper and you see the cognac brown laptop, looking just like a folio notepad. This helps make it look not like a typical laptop, but something a lot more discrete. And this is NOT a typical laptop. Sure, it opens up into a traditional layout with a screen an a keyboard, all the while protected in a nice leather package, but instead of hinging all the way around back, leaving the keyboard exposed on the back, there is a hinge half way up the back of the screen allowing the screen to fold face up over the keyboard, keeping it protected and leaving the leather on the back side to protect the laptop. The screen also slopes forward in front of the keyboard to stand the screen up like a tablet would, for watching movies. You can have the laptop ask you with a prompt when it transitions from laptop to tablet or to just do it automatically. Full Windows functionality remains when it's in tablet mode. Included with the laptop is a Windows Ink pen and an included AAAA battery. With the touchscreen on the laptop, and when in tablet mode, you can use the Windows Ink Pen to navigate, write, draw, scribble on the screen. Very intuitive buttons and smooth action make it very easy to get to grips with. I'm a Graphic Designer, so it's nice to be able to sketch ideas while writing in meetings, rather than just typing meeting notes. I downloaded Plumbago, a Microsoft product which allowed me to have different paper types to write on and a variety of pens/colors etc, and it works flawlessly on this laptop, especially in tablet mode. The keyboard is very MacBook-esque, low profile, sharp travel keys, backlit and responsive. I'm typing this review on it now and its smooth and fluid. There is an indent on the back of the screen on the right side to attach a stylus loop to store the Windows Ink Pen. It would be nice to have the option to mount it on either side of the laptop for those left handed people (myself included) out there, but it's hardly a deal breaker, but a nice to have. Video quality is fantastic on the 1920x1080 touchscreen with dark blacks and crisp images. The Bang and Olufsen speakers, sure, they work, but they sure are small in this package and don't pack a tremendous punch. But this isn't an audiophile computer to start with, and it is so beautiful, that the sound can be forgiven. The laptop is a little heavy, definitely heavier than your average folio, but that does mean that you can open the top with just one hand as the weight keeps the keyboard on the desk. But placing it in a backpack to go to work, it didn't feel noticeably heavier than any other laptop I've carried around. One of the standout features to me, compared to my previous HP Spectre, is the lack of fan sound. My previous laptop would constantly have the fans running and get unbearably hot on my lap. Not with this new HP Spectre Folio... it's quiet as a church mouse and doesn't appear to get too hot at all. Performance has been fantastic so far, picking it up throughout the day in both laptop and tablet mode, it fires up quickly each and every time I open it, and it locked by optional facial recognition. Overall very happy with the performance, design, weight, resolution and practicality of this 2 in 1 laptop - tablet combo. It's become my goto, for quick browsing of the internet, to taking notes with sketches in meetings. I've already recommended it and shown it off to several work colleagues who are also besotted with how it looks and how it performs. Nice work HP, nice work. The Spectre line continues to get better and better with each iteration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultra premium luxury tech!

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    joecaffe
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    I'd been looking for a laptop for a while now and was settling on the fact that not much is available as far as performance and versatility without spending thousands. Upon setting my eyes on this device, I was amazed at the novel way the screen folds in ways no other unit does. The leather added a nice touch and I thought it would help protect it. So when I received it in this obsidian black jewel box with magnetic closure, I was surprised as I've never received a laptop with such flair. Typically they come shipped carefully wrapped in efficient packaging with minimal attention to detail. HP has added a new level of luxury to tech and it's quite refreshing! Unboxing was a treat: obsidian black jewel case with thin silver script "SCEPTRE" in the center opens to reveal tissue paper held closed with HP label wrapped around a black fiber satchel within which is the HP Sceptre in all its glory and with it, the luxury leather scent permeating the air. Yes people, this is real top grain leather in cognac brown not unlike that found in fine Italian sports cars. It comes well accessorized too with pen, usb-c to usb-a adapter, and a cloth braided power cable to boot. Power it up and you have a crisp 1080p screen, full sized backlit keyboard, ultra premium B&O sound system, and face ID. Setup was quite easy and the onscreen assistant was courteous. Face ID works great with the IR sensors picking up facial contours It's very fast and responsive for only 8Gb of RAM, though I'm sure the SSD has something to do with that. One thing that's missing is the fan, quiet just like a tablet. Having such a powerful processor like the i7 and no fan sound made me think this thing was going to start burning my legs at some point; slight warmth though I couldn't tell if it was my body heat transferring to the leather back. In laptop mode, the screen bends to about a 75 degree angle to which (at 6'5") was not uncomfortable. Movies and Youtube vids came in loud and clear when in theater mode with the now rear firing position of the speakers and surround sound is exceptional in any position. In tablet mode, I loved the way the screen completely hides any clue of a full keyboard rather than every other convertible unit folding it on the back. Pen input was precise and using the Paint program allowed me to familiarize myself with it though I didn't quite like the tapping sound tip to screen made. You don't fully understand the quality and unique abilities of this unit unless you fold the screen over in laptop mode and let it hang, then you truly see just how thin it is and how you've found the perfect combination without compromising anything! I have only 2 cons: highly reflective display made viewing difficult in some situations and the keyboard skips characters after using the trackpad while writing this review to make corrections which is a bit disconcerting, but manageable. If cognac brown leather and specs don't wow you enough, you'll want to wait a couple of months for a Bordeaux leather, 4k screen, up to 16gb ram, and possibly bigger SSD. Hp always had their eye on a premium experience with the higher end units; I believe combining good specs with cutting edge design and premium materials has elevated this model to a luxury experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful design, solid performance

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    PhilipM
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    HP Spectre Review Overview With this latest in the Spectre line, HP has hit on a winning combination of style, power, versatility, and usability at a competitive price point. Pros - Attractive and innovative design wrapped in a leather finish which looks good, feels good, and protects the laptop. - 8th generation Intel i7 CPU delivers solid performance for most computing tasks and light gaming - Beautiful 1080p 13” IPS display is big enough to do work and enjoy media. - Innovative design allows use as a true laptop while still allowing options for tablet style use. - Good keyboard feel and backlighting - Solid battery life and no leakage in sleep mode - 3 USB C ports and a proper headphone jack - Pen included (and works well) Cons - Keyboard layout with home/pg up/pg dn/end keys on the far right may take some getting used to. - The GPU is fine for light 3D gaming, but won’t hold up to more demanding titles. - Track pad works well, but could be a little larger - The clever folding design that allows a tablet mode does limit the angle of the screen a little while in laptop mode. - Volume keys hard to reach when in tablet mode. - I’d ideally prefer less pre-installed software Design HP has crafted a truly attractive and comfortable laptop with this new Spectre. Whether you’re using the unit on your lap, on a table top, or folded into tablet or tent mode, this versatile unit is comfortable to use and works well. The design wrap the laptop in a leather look surround which looks and feels great. The cover is fully integrated into the laptop, including leather like material surrounding the track pad, providing a great feeling rest for wrists while typing. When closed, the laptop resembles a leather folio, making it easy to carry and safe to stuff into a bag or briefcase. Unlike many convertibles, this unit makes relatively few comprises when used as a laptop. I sometimes wished the screen would tilt a little further back, but overall it works very well as a laptop (better than the Surface Pro, which I love, but is less comfortable on the lap). There is a clever folding mechanism in the screen that allows it to fold up and then back down over the keyboard with the screen facing out. This allows a tablet mode of sorts, and also allows you to open the hinge a little to create a tent mode to keep the unit standing up on a table, bed, or your chest as you watch Netflix in bed. The keyboard is well spaced, nicely backlit, and has good travel and feel. The main drawback is that the home/pgup/pgdn/end keys are at the far right of the keyboard, so if you’re used to reaching to the far right to hit backspace or enter you may find yourself hitting home or pgdn instead. It’s something that one would adjust to after some use and the layout makes sense given the width of the unit. Overall, the execution feels high quality throughout and looks really great. Performance With 8GB of RAM and an 8th generation Intel Core i7 mobile CPU, performance for everything from web surfing, to Office apps, and even light gaming is exemplary. Good looking 3D games like World of Warships ran fine, but a more demanding title like State of Decay 2 needed a drop in resolution and still exhibited a low framerate which only the most dedicated would call playable. But this isn’t meant to be a gaming machine, and gaming performance was just fine for this class of laptop. It’s worth noting that at no time did I encounter fan noise. Battery life was also excellent, and this unit should easily get you through a day o