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HP - Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.3" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 256GB Solid State Drive - Ash Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 96 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speed of processor

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    Margie
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    Met all my expectations of performance speed and clarity of image

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great graphics

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    Kade
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    Picture quality and graphics are awesome and very crisp! I love the lightweight design though the touchscreen is very sensitive. Overall it's a great laptop!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best

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    Tony
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    This is my second Spectre. The last is still working and I have had it for 5 years. The new one is fast and the display is excellent. It even has a USB port.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2 in 1 and lots of fun - and capable too!

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    jhancock
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    Very speedy, great design structurally and ergonomically, crisp, fast, accurate display, nice keyboard, super battery life, light weight, low heat generation and with Windows 10 easy to use. Great sound is provided by Bang & Olufsen audio accompanied by low fan noise. It comes with a very nice, protective slip case (with stylus holder - a nice touch) and an HP two button stylus that I find ergonomically pleasing. For someone that travels a lot and has a reason to use both a tablet and a laptop this 2 in 1 is a very capable alternative to lugging both a laptop and a tablet around. The Intel graphics provide entry level gaming or video editing capabilities. This looks and feels like a quality computer and while very handsome it is not ostentatious.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superior Design and Performance Meet

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    MRWilson
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    There are numerous high end laptops anymore and it is difficult to distinguish which ones are actually worth it. To which I can definitely say the Spectre x360 is definitely worth the price. Firstly, with the overall packaging you can tell this is a high end product which leads into the intricate design of the laptop itself. The minimalistic design is great, but at the same time the laptop is not only limited to a single usb c port like many others on the market. The minimal bezels is another small detail that I can appreciate as how small they were able to get this laptop with a 13 inch screen is wonderful as it makes it extremely portable. Overall nearly every aspect of this laptop is designed very specifically to provide the most superior design in order to function the most optimally. Then with the actual performance of the laptop it was exactly as to be expected within this price range. The most noticeable thing is the inclusion of the ssd and how much quicker the laptop boots up than even mid range laptops. This goes for nearly every aspect of this computer as the ssd paired with the 8th gen i7 processor loads nearly everything instantaneously and has been able to run everything I have thrown at it. The screen and speakers are both great as well. The screen may not be 4K, but at this size it is not even necessary as I was plesantly surprised with how sharp and vivid it is as originally I had thought I needed a 4K screen since that is what I use for my desktop PC and quickly learned that for a laptop it isn`t needed. Then the speakers are very strong for how small this laptop is and I was definitely satisfied when watching Netflix and YouTube. The battery life is one of the key selling features of this computer and it does not dissappoint as it is easily able to make it through an entire day of heavy usage. The other feature I did want to reference was the inclusion of the fingerprint sensor on the side as I originally thought this was an odd spot, but after using it I came to actually prefer it. The only negative aspect I have even heard mention of that I want to disagree with was the keyboard as it does differ slightly from traditional keyboard placement, but is rather effective and paired with the enlarged trackpad I find it to be extremely effective from a productivity standpoint. Overall, I really don't know what else you could ask for in a laptop as nearly ever aspect from the design to performance is exceptional and I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a high performance laptop that is great from a portability and power usage standpoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not the best HP product I have owned

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    Jack3535
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    I bought this unit intending to use it with a docking station and 2 20" monitors. Unfortunatey, the docking station Best Buy sold me limited me to use the tiny laptop screen and one 20" monitor. I then purchased the HP Spector docking station, only to be told by HP that the HP Spectre docking station does not work with the HP Spectre laptop. Finally got a docking station to work. This laptop might be nice with Windows 7, but 10 is a nightmare. smaller than usual keys are not help and the tough screen to so over sensitive that sometimes even hovering over a spot will activate a link without touching the screen. Battery life okay but not great. I have used HP desktops for years with out issue, but this laptop is my 4th and will not be buying another HP laptop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Laptop In A Tablet World

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    masc360
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    I kind of do not get two in one laptops, they want to be a tablet sort of device and a laptop, but they never seem to be good at both. I feel that way about this Hp laptop as a straight laptop it works great, I love the spacing on the keyboard, I love that it is back lit and you can change the brightness on the back lit and the screen is very good looking. The device is also very thin and portable, when you go into tablet mode I am a bit more meh on the product. It is not detachable you have to flip the screen entirely around so you do have the keyboard on the other side so it is not quite as nice to use as a regular tablet. and because this is built as a pc first and foremost the UI is not as well made in my opinion to function as a tablet as the other tablet makers have on their tablets. I think if you are in need of a laptop and you want something small and compact that works well then this will probably work for you. If you are looking for something that is compact to watch videos play some games and occasionally type on they you will probably be better off with a tablet and buying a keyboard for it. Overall I think this is a very solid and good looking Laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best laptop I've used

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    PracticalSandy
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    The HP Spectre is a great laptop. The sleek design has a brushed type metal body with hinges that allow the laptop to be used as a tablet - which is perfect for using with the stylus that is included. It seems to be resistant to fingerprints. The keyboard has a fingerprint sensor for quick access to unlock the laptop, a responsive and large touch pad, and is back-lit - wonderful for working in the evening while watching TV. The setup was easy - and fun with Cortona giving step by step directions on the new Windows 10. I linked it with my Android phone using Microsoft Launcher. I was skeptical at first, but have to admit I like the functionality on my phone better than the original setup. This laptop is fast, has a beautiful display, is lightweight, has plenty of storage space and all the needed ports - USB, micro SD, headset jack, and a small switch to shut off the camera lens. This is definitely one of the best laptops I've used.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    lots of issues in the first few months

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    LS438
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    I spent more money hoping for higher quality but I'm very disappointed. I'm a data scientist so I need a computer that is can work hard. The computer isn't as fast as I'd hoped. It has had overheating issues from Day 1 and I haven't even tried putting it through the paces of heavy data analysis yet. Everyone I know who has this model has the same issue with the rubber feet peeling off. It looks tacky and makes it clear there are heating issues. Now less than 4 months after I bought it, HP is requiring I send it to them for repair if I want a resolution. Eek. I regret buying this machine. I feel like I might as well have spent a few hundred more for a Macbook.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK Laptop for Light Office Tasks

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    mdh4pennstate
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    Overall I give the HP 13" Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx Laptop/Tablet a 3 out of 5 rating. Based upon my usage of using this device as a mini-laptop performance was average at best. I had to set-up my Windows 10 account as I have on my desktop computer so I could share documents via the cloud. I did find the keyboard layout easy to navigate and like the tactile feel of the keys to include their back lighting to allow for easier typing in dimly lit rooms. I did find the need to increase the magnification of the screen at times to 125% and greater to reduce eye strain when working on lengthy Word and Excel documents. Upon closing the notebook in reverse turns it into a tablet and allows for use of its stylus to write/draw on its screen. Personally I am a daily user of a 10.1" Android tablet and find using this HP as a tablet has it's short comings on the Microsoft Store. Other Android or IOS platform users may be too reluctant to purchase a Windows based laptop/tablet as all their apps sync between their Adriod/IOS phones and Android/IOS tablets. There are not many Windows based mobile phones with great specs on the market making this HP laptop/table an expensive proposition at $1,000+. Pros: Good for light use of Microsoft applications due to small screen size Great for web browsing in tablet mode Cons: Too small for heavy use of Microsoft applications Not an easy transition for faithful users of Android or IOS devices

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spectre

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    Marvlus
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    She's a rose gold beauty! Everything about this HP is slick and slim. I didnt read the instructions, instead I just dove in and had to laugh because I couldnt find the power button which is flush mounted on the back left side corner. So after turning it on and Cortana walking me thru setup, which included fingerprint security (If you want) I quickly logged into my WI-fi and went to Netflix to watch Spiderman 3. My subscription is for 4K and the screen on this computer did not let me down...AWESOME! The Bang & Olufsen speakers needless to say are phenomenal, at full 100% sound there is 0 degradation and yes its loud. I then downloaded Chrome as my browser which was quick and smooth web navigation on this powerhouse is no problem. The screen automatically rotates to whatever orientation you have it in, just like your cell. When you fold it it becomes a tablet which disengages the keyboard, it's now in touch screen or you can also use the included pen, which unfortunately can't be stored in the compter but does have a slot in the included case. With 1 USB port, 2 USB Type C ports, a Micro SD, the finger print reader and camera I'm still exploring all the extras this little dynamo has, and am very happy with it so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Looking Laptop with Excellent Battery Life

    Posted
    SamG
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    The Spectre x360 is almost as premium as it looks. It's got a fantastic look and build, specs that are just right, and it runs for hours. The amount of bloat that comes preinstalled is a little appalling, but otherwise this is an excellent laptop. I think the design of this laptop is going to be a bit polarizing. I'm personally a big fan of the dark gray color with the copper accents. The angles on the sides are a bit odd, but I do like them. It feels like the designers tried really hard to give the Spectre a 'premium' look and people who prefer a more understated look may find it a bit gawdy, but I think it looks great. The one thing I didn't like so much was size of the bezels around the screen; it feels like there's a lot of extra space that's could be used by a screen with a slightly taller aspect ratio - maybe 16:10 instead of 16:9. The build feels very solid; nothing creaks or flexes, the hinges are solid, and I don't feel any gaps running my fingers around it. The specs feel just right to me. With a quad-core i7-8565U, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 802.11ac with Bluetooth 5. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like any of the internals are upgradeable, so that's something to consider before going with this configuration. The screen is 1080p and it looks good; I do wish it was a little bit higher, but it's plenty sharp on the 13" screen. There's a good mix of ports too with 2 USB-C and 1 USB-A port (no dongle required! @@@@@@@ . I've been happy with the performance so far. My previous laptop had a dual-core Y-series i7 and I definitely notice the difference with the quad-core U-series. Everything loads quickly and transitions and animations are smooth throughout. Battery life is also excellent; HP quotes 22.5 hours of 'mixed usage' and I'm getting more like 14-16 hours, but it's the best I've ever experienced and I can confidently say that I could take this out for the day without my charger. The backlit keyboard is good; the keys have decent travel and good spacing between them. The trackpad is also good; it's pretty big and it supports all of the Windows 10 gestures, but it feels like there's the slightest input delay that I can't help but notice and haven't been able to correct in the settings. There's also a stylus included. I don't see myself using the stylus that much, but it does work well, probably about as well as the Surface Pen. The webcam on top of the screen is good, but not great. The image is pretty soft in all but best lighting. It does support Windows Hello for login though, which is super-fast. HP also added a hardware switch for the camera on the side, so those concerned about privacy won't have to tape over it. If you're not using Windows Hello to login there's also a fingerprint scanner next to the keyboard that works well too. I wasn't very happy with the amount of bloat that came preloaded on the Spectre. At least a third of the tiles pinned to the start menu was just a bunch of extra crap - games, Dropbox, McAfee, some frivolous HP apps. Some of it might actually be useful to some, but most of it just feels insulting; something in this class of PC shouldn't have all this advertising clogging up the UI. It's easy enough to remove, but it shouldn't have been there in the first place. The tablet mode works well enough, but Windows 10 and what I use it for just doesn't work as well with just a touch screen. The Spectre x360 is technically a 2-in-1, but if I've got the option I'll usually use the keyboard and trackpad before the touchscreen. That's either a testament to how great the mouse and keyboard experience is or how unrefined the touch experience is (or a little bit of both). Overall I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a great all-around Windows laptop, especially if you can appreciate the design and battery life. My only real issue with it's the bloatware, but fortunately that's an issue that can be fixed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Leader of the Pack!

    Posted
    rtbestbuy
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    Over the last couple of years, HP has completely rethought their laptop line. The Spectre 360, a premium convertible ultrabook, has seen incremental improvements over the last couple of years that have resulted in a true leader. I've been using this laptop daily for the last 10 days and feature for feature, I don't think there is anything that compares to the new HP Spectre x360 13" 2-in-1. First thing you notice out of the box is the beautiful, solid construction. There is nothing about this laptop that feels cheap or fragile. The next thing you notice is the weight, or lack thereof! At under about 2.7 lbs, it's easy to carry around all day. The multi-touch touchscreen is beautiful, bright and ultrasharp and protected by Gorilla Glass. It stretches edge to edge with no ugly plastic bezel. The keyboard has full size keys and is very usable. It is backlit with a couple of different levels of lighting, a nice touch. The battery life is absolutely phenomenal! My usual routine involves about five to six hours actively on the computer daily. With the Spectre 360, I would do my usual routine, just close the lid between sessions to sleep the cpu. At the end of the day, I still had over half a battery left! HP claims 14 hours of battery life and I don't doubt it. As an experiment, I went two days without recharging overnight, and made it through with about 15% battery to spare. I didn't think I would use the tablet mode much (a 13", 2.7 lb tablet? really? @@@@@@@ , but it was surprisingly useful. Window tablet mode actually works pretty well, although I'ven't used the included pen much other than to try it out. However, for apps like Kindle and Flipbook, putting it into tablet mode and using the touchscreen interface worked very nicely. The display is a full HD (1920x0180) touchscreen. The display scaling came default set to 125%. Setting back to 100% allowed the same scaling as my desktop screen with lots of room for program windows. The display was complete usable and readable by me even with the 13" screen. Performance is definitely not an issue, with an eighth gen I7-8565U (4 cores, 8 threads) running up to 4Ghz. 8GB on board ram is more than enough for most uses, and the SSD (256GB) is very fast. One note however; as with almost all ultrabooks, the ram and disk are not user upgradeable. You should select the sizes that you feel you need without thinking you can upgrade later. The keyboard has a fingerprint reader built-in which can be used with Windows hello for login instead of a passphrase. There is also a full HD camera, which has excellent video for chatting, that can also be used for facial recognition for login. The camera has a power switch on the side of the chassis if you're paranoid about someone using it to see you. There are two USB-c connectors and either one can be used for charging the laptop, which is very convenient. Additonally, HP added a USB3.0-A connector for legacy (really most) usb devices rather than having to carry a usb-c to a converter cable. There is the ubiquitous mini-jack for audio and a slot for a micro-sd card rounds out the list of connectors. Bluetooth works very well with headphones, phone, speakers, and a couple other devices. The latest bluetooth version, 5.0, is supported, which enables multiple device connections at once and higher transfer speeds. All in all, I am really, really pleased with the new HP 360 Spectre 13 2-in-1 ultrabook and highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic, versatile laptop

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    SgtRock
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    This is the best looking laptop I've ever used. The box itself just looks sharp and expensive. The laptop itself is sleek and impressively small. At 2.6 lbs it's the lightest laptop I've ever used (though I'm sure there are lighter out there) even if it's not the smallest. The laptop boots very fast, thanks to the 500gb SSD drive. For a laptop this feels like ample storage (depending on your usage, of course) and is fairly standard. It can always be upgraded to a larger SSD, at somewhat of a hassle, or you can simply use micro-SD cards! This is a great option and one I'm not used to seeing on laptops. The computer and screen are gorgeous. The display looks great at normal HD settings. After looking over forums I'ven't tried to figure out how to get it to 4k as it appears there are some driver issues right now. This is a super-fast, super-responsive computer. Programs open right away, and I've experienced no "hangs" yet, even with multiple programs running. Out of curiousity I ran it through "Novabench" to see how it compares benchmark wise to other laptops. The majority of the computer is in the top 80-90% (memory, speed, cpu, etc). The only thing that really brought the score down was the lack of video card. The onboard processor is very limited--you'll probably want to look elsewhere for gaming. I've seen other reviewers mention external video card set-ups. This computer has the profile to work great with an external set-up if that's your preference. The inputs are terrific and more than what I'm used to from a light, modern laptop--there's not an ethernet port or HDMI, but that's standard for lightweight laptops anymore. It does include a USB-3 connector, which is hardly standard anymore and very nice to see. So many things still use USB that this is still a very necessary connection so it's nice not to have to use an adapter. It also includes two USB-C connectors (one is used to charge the battery when needed). My only gripe so far about this computer is the awkward placement of the charging connection--it's kind of at an angle between the back and side. I'm used to being able to charge from either the right or the left directly on the side. It causes the cord to stick out at a slightly strange angle. Not a big deal, but just a little odd. The laptop ran warm at first, but this seemed to mostly be due to initial set-up and updating. After the first few light sessions I updated the BIOS as well as some HP and Windows updates and haven't noticed it get any warmer than any other laptop I've used. The fan also kicks on fairly often depending on usage, but it's negligible sound (and again, much softer than older laptops I've used). I also liked that it has 5ghz connection capability. This is what I usually connect to, since that's frequently the less-used wifi connection anywhere I'm. My internet speeds are great as long as there's even a semi-decent connection around. The pen that comes with it's easy and fun to use. I use Windows ink and have really enjoyed it. The screen in tablet mode is very responsive, and the resolution makes detailed artwork possible (not that I've done any to speak of yet--I've just mostly experimented with detailed doodles to test what kind of art can be done). I'm going to invest in a better art program and see how that goes, but with the screen resolution and processor speed I expect it will run as well as anything else. There is no real "bloatware" installed, so that's another plus. I replaced the McAfee right away with Bitdefender and Malwarebytes (both of which I already had subscriptions for), but McAfee is a decent program so feel free to use it if you need anti-virus software (and honestly Windows does a pretty good job of that itself these days--couple it with another free program here and there and you shouldn't need much of anything). If you're looking to replace a high-end work laptop (or drawing tablet) you can't go wrong with this one--just don't expect to do much gaming without further investments.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful computer in a small package

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    CraigB
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    Pros Light and powerful Thin Convertible to tablet, easel, or tent Bright screen Very good off angle viewing Feels more sturdy than previous generations Speakers are loud Fan rarely runs and is quiet Can last through a workday on battery for most Fast processor and hard drive Keyboard feels good and is responsive Trackpad is smooth most of the time Has both USB-A and USB-C/Thunderbolt Includes Windows Hello using cameras and fingerprint reader Windows Hello camera is near instant Uses USB-C charger Has hardware switch to disable camera Attractive design and finish Three levels of keyboard backlight Fast Wi-Fi Sturdy chassis with little flex Includes active stylus Includes laptop sleeve Cons Can run through battery quicker than expected in heavy use Mouse sometimes acts as if click lock is on when it's disabled Finish seems as if it will wear quickly Finish is a fingerprint magnet Gestures randomly stop working requiring restart Hinge moves too easily allowing screen to change angle Top and bottom screen bezels are massive Tablet mode is awkward with keyboard on the back Webcam is blurry except in bright rooms close up Speakers distort at high volume Windows Hello Camera sometimes fails requiring restart Myriad of HP programs are complicated and feels like bloatware Not long ago saying you had a Windows laptop was synonymous for a poor quality, poor battery life, heavy laptop. Thankfully for fans of Windows the competition keeps getting better. The HP Spectre X360 is the latest generation of HP's high-end convertible laptops Ultrabooks. Previous generations received good reviews but were marred by flimsy chassis and dim screen. Design The 2018 version of the Spectre X360 feels very sturdy with little flex. The screen takes a good amount of force to distort. The decorative grill at the base of the screen feels very sturdy and doesn't flex like as it would in previous generations. The edge is chamfered on the top and bottom with a cooper finish that HP likens to a gem. It gives more a sense of thinness and does have an attractive look. Long term durability from drops might be a concern with the force concentrated to a smaller edge but of course dropping a laptop often ends in damage. The back corners of the base have a 45-degree angle allowing access to the power button on one side, regardless of mode, and a USB-C charging port which is also accessible regardless of mode. The finish is called dark ash which is a fancy word for dark brown. The copper and dark brown colors compliment each other well although it lends itself to showing every fingerprint. A fingerprint scanner is at the bottom right of the keyboard and a Windows Hello camera is above the screen. For those concerned with privacy there is a hardware switch on the right edge of the base to disable the webcam Ports The left side has a single USB-A port. On the right is angled USB-C/Thunderport port intended for charging, an additional USB-C/Thunderbolt port, headphone jack, and microSD slot. Angling the charging USB port is a nice touch for those who are right handed using a mouse as it helps keep down the clutter. However; with every other port on the right side it might get a big cluttered if you are using a mouse on the right side too. Display The display is a 13" full HD display which one source reports as 650nits. Without a way to measure it's hard to say but the display can get very bright. There should be no problems seeing the screen even in brightly lit rooms and possible some outdoor use. Glare is present as the screen isn't anti-glare but overall it's manageable and allows more contrast. Off angle viewing is very good with minimal color shift for the class but glare does become much more evident. The FHD display is good for a more affordable price, battery life, and laptop use. If you have good eyes and are using it in tablet mode close up the pixels are detectable and text is less sharp but overall clarity is still acceptable. If there was any criticism of the display it would be the hinge and the huge bezels. It's very easy to open but the loose hinge can mean that the screen can change angle during use due to movements. It's a tradeoff as you wouldn't want to make it hard to open but you may find yourself periodically readjusting it. As for the bezels, it's hard to say HP's motivation on this but the bottom bezel is a massive 1" and the top is a solid 3/4". It'sn't a deal breaker but just feels excessive in 2018. Performance This laptop is surprisingly fast between the Core i7 and the, assumed, NVME SSD. CrystalDiskMark clocked in read speeds over 3000MBps and write speeds nearing 1600MBps. At no point did the laptop ever feel sluggish. In fact, it's very surprising how quickly it responds to most requests. Even during heavy usage, the fan rarely kicks on and is nearly silent. Heat is manageable, and the fan settings can be adjusted further if needed in the HP Command Center. Opening Word seems nearly instantaneous and using the integrated Windows Hello Webcam logs in so fast it might make you question if your computer was locked. The integrated fingerprint scanner is slower but that seems more to do with the sensor than the speed of the system. Battery life In the default settings in HP Command Center the system tries to dynamically figure out what performance works best for your needs. On this setting, it leans heavily towards performance, leading to about 7-8 hours of usage. If you change the settings to more battery efficient the system still feels very snappy during standard office use with the processor throttled down and fan usage is avoided at all costs. In this setting, the battery lasted much longer. On this mode it consumed approximately 1% every 10 minutes which could potentially mean battery life in the 15-16 hour range. Battery tests are highly subjective overall but unless you are a heavy power user this system should last you through a workday without a problem. Even if you do need a charge, the USB-C based charge means you can use a phone charger to top off. This is probably part of the reason the included carrying sleeve has no place for a charger. Keyboard and Trackpad For the size of the laptop, the keyboard is quite spacious and doesn't feel like a sacrifice. Key travel is very good and ends with a soft, distinct thump at the bottom. No hint of lag could be detected as even fast typing faithfully caught each keystroke. The movement feels more like a scissor key than a chicklet style. The keyboard is backlit with options for off, low, and high brightness. Key contrast is good with the white letters on the dark background and the backlight distinctly shines through the letters to light them up instead of just around the keys like some. The trackpad is a little less refined. It's very large as most newer laptops favor this design and is usually good. The movement is less natural than some other high end Windows laptops and periodically decides to act as if click lock is turned on causing you to drag items across the screen unintentionally. It seems HP has the sensitivity too high where it detects your finger above the trackpad when not actually on it. Hopefully HP will refine the sensitivity soon as the use is otherwise very good. This seems more of a need for a drive update as the system also stopped responding to gestures requiring a restart to fix. Thankfully restarts only take a few seconds so it's only a minor hassle. Webcam The webcam is thankfully at the top of the screen so no Skype sessions filming your nose. It works extremely fast for logging in with Windows Hello but, unsurprisingly isn't intended for taking photos. Skype video is a bit dark and blurry unless you are in a very bright room close to the screen. It's perfectly acceptable for its intended use. On one occasion Windows Hello stopped working until a quick restart so it seems some more driver refinement is still needed. Speakers The speakers are surprisingly loud. You can easily play music or dialog and hear it across the room. In fact, music at full volume close is uncomfortably loud. The speaker range is lacking in bass as are most thin devices in the category. At full volume the speakers begin to distort with highs becoming uncomfortable harsh. Fortunately, in most cases turning it up to max volume is unnecessary. At lower volumes the range is very respectable for such a device. Software HP has never known for being lean on the software front adding lots of bloat to their system. In this case the only third part application, outside the ones that come on every Windows 10 system, is McAfee trial. The rest of the included software are HP utilities. The number of utilities seems excessive and complicated but, in most cases, you will rarely need to access them. That said, some refinement and simplification of the myriad of included HP utilities could really improve the overall experience. Final thoughts Although tablet usage is a bit awkward with a keyboard on the back, thickness for a tablet, and large bezels the overall package still feels very high quality. There are certainly design compromises, but it seems HP understands most people use it as a laptop first and the least number of compromises are in that mode. Disregarding the convertible capabilities this is one compelling laptop. The extra modes are just a bonus. Some 13" laptops feel small in use, but HP has done a nice job making a small laptop feel large in use. If you are in the market for a Windows Ultrabook, the Spectre X360 2018 edition should be on your short list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elegant, modern and powerful

    Posted
    JustBeingHonest
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    First off, this laptop looks like something out of a James Bond film. It is extremely elegant, and even the box it came in was designed with character. This tells me that every detail of this laptop was intentional, and that the designers put forth a lot of effort in making a beautiful product. It even came with a high quality carrying portfolio. The keyboard has a rubbery feel to it that gives it great grip when typing. @@@@@@@@ I'm typing on it now and it feels great). The keys click nicely and sometimes you forget you're on a laptop. The HP Spectre is not only elegant, but also powerful and very practical. It acts both as a laptop and a tablet. The included stylus is very handy. It has two buttons which you can program, and the stylus uses one AAA battery. Also, depending on how much pressure you put on the pen, the line will be thin or thick, which gives the stylus even more usefulness with certain applications. The only drawback in my opinion is that the laptop doesn't have a stylus storage, but that's a small price to pay for what you get here. Speaking of drawbacks, the webcam is not great. It is your typical 2.1 mp webcam, and it doesn't do great in dim light (as most others, I suppose). The processor on this one is an 8th gen Core i7 and 8 gb RAM, so you can run multiple apps with no issues. Especially everyday tasks. 256gb solid-state as well. The highlight of this laptop however has got to be the sound!! Speakers by "Bang & Olufsen" give this 13" laptop the BEST SOUND I'VE EVER HEARD IN A LAPTOP THIS SMALL!! I'm not exaggerating, it is amazing. I couldn't believe the sound coming from these speakers. I was extremely impressed with it. As a bonus, the HP Spectre comes with a fingerprint reader as well as facial recognition software to make log in easy, depending on your taste. The fingerprint reader is small and unobtrusive so you barely even notice it. 1 USB and 2 USB-C included. The laptop is also very light and very thin, but with a very beautiful thin bezel display. This one is not 4k, but beautiful display nonetheless. Overall, I think HP did it right with this one. Whether using it as a laptop or as a tablet, the Spectre responds quickly and is elegant with every feature included. I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Computing in a To Go Package

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    Njuice
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    HP has really made a name for itself in the last few years for being a top of the line product when it comes to Windows Laptops. This HP Spectre x360 is no exception and really packs a punch! PROS: - The design is beautiful! I really wasn't sure of the angular edges but it really grew on me. It has virtually no bezel on the sides of the screen and overall is really compact and thin. It feels really easy to carry around too. - The ports are minimal but great. In an increasingly USB-C world I like how they still included one USB 3.0 port as well as a headphone jack. Just provides for better backwards compatibility while everything catches up. - Set-Up was a breeze, it doesn't have too much bloatware but any that does come with it you can easily uninstall. - The HD screen looks incredible and really pops while watching videos, the added Dolby Atmos support on videos (including Netflix) is a nice addition as well. Also when comparing 13" to 15" I think the 13" is very ideal for on the go and portability. - Typing on it is very smooth. The key's provide enough feedback to feel firm but are still low profile and comfortable. The Camera privacy switch is another well made addition. Also it has a fingerprint sensor for signing in and other features and it works quickly and effectively. - Finally, the pen provides great additional functionality in tablet mode. And if you aren't a big note taker, it can still come in hand for doing some designs or using as a stylus so you don't smudge the screen. CONS: - I can see the hinge of the laptop screen becoming a problem over time. It's very functional in laptop, tent, or tablet mode but I worry that over use could cause it to be flimsy as sometimes I notice the screen can womble when I carry or move it around in laptop mode. I know this is a difficult compromise to make for 2-in-1's as you don't want the hinge to be too tight or too loose. It's just something to consider with longevity but I could be wrong. - This is not a 4K screen model and that's okay, but I think at least HDR should be standard on new laptops as they are on most cell phones and tablets. - I wish the laptop had an easier way to carry the pen with it. Either magnets or some sort of storage or attachable component. It's just not as easily accessible as it should be. - There are no USB-C adapters that come in the box. It's just another purchase you will have to make if you want more ports or HDMI and ethernet access. BOTTOM LINE: HP's Latest Spectre x360 is another great achievement. It's fast, thin, and can do pretty much anything you need from a laptop. Immediately when you use this, it will be your go to do it all sidekick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic High-Performance Laptop

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    optimummind
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    ======= Summary ======= The HP Spectre x360 - with its fantastic design, build quality, ergonomics, bright display, performance, and long battery life - is an All-Around Winner~! This is the BEST laptop I've ever used. HP FTW~!! _______ Pro's: 1. Bright, crisp, & responsive 1080P touch-screen (1-Watt, 400-nits). 2. Relatively light (~2.9 lbs) and thin (~14mm) for a 360-degrees convertible laptop. 3. Tent and Tablet modes are useful and nice to have. 4. Pen support. 5. Excellent keyboard and touchpad. 6. Great design & excellent build materials and quality. 7. Good selection of ports - both USB Type C & USB Type A. No need for dongles~! 8. Excellent performance from the Intel Core i7, SSD drive, and 8GB of RAM. 9. SSD is upgradeable (NVME M.2). 10. Fantastic battery life. 11. Great cooling design = quiet operation. ________ Neutral: 1. Fingerprint magnet on this dark surface material. ________ Cons: 1. No Microsoft Precision Touchpad driver. But there is a workaround... ==== Design & Build Quality ==== The HP Spectre x360's new Gem-Cut design language is sleek, modern-looking, unique, and very pleasing to my eyes. It reeks premiumness and feels great in the hands as well. It feels dense, high-quality, and solid as a tank. Love it~!! HP did an ingenious job by placing the power button on the top-left corner of the laptop base and the charging port on the top-right corner. Not only is this an excellent use of space, it is also very practical by avoiding clutter with other accessories and preventing accidental power-on and power-off. Brilliant~! Other thoughtful & smart design decisions include the user-facing speakers located right above the keyboard area as well as the fingerprint scanner located right below the arrow keys. As a result of its placement, any music and videos you watch and hear will sound louder, more detailed, and fuller. The fingerprint scanner worked very well and I was easily & quickly able to log-in to my Windows account. The touchscreen worked accurately and in a very responsive fashion allowing the switch to Tent or Tablet Mode to be seamless and frustration-free. The only thing I can complain about, and it is a small First-World complaint, is its tendency to easily show fingerprint smudges and marks. With that said, I've owned several darker laptops before in the past and I'm used to cleaning it up frequently. 10 out of 10~! ==== Display ==== The special Intel-developed 1-Watt 1080P display, which can still get as bright as 400 nits, is crisp, has great color accuracy and contrast, and is a pleasure to stare at. For peace of mind, it is good to know that HP is using the protective and durable Corning Gorilla Glass on it. Touch functionality worked flawlessly as did writing with the HP pen. 10 out of 10. ==== Speakers ==== The sound on this thin & light ultrabook from its quad-speaker configuration is great. Bass, of course, is weak but that is normal for a thin ultrabook. The intelligent placement of the speakers above the keyboard area results in sound that is direct-facing, loud, crisp, and more fuller-sounding compared to laptops that have their speakers underneath. 10 out of 10~! ==== Network & Connectivity Options ==== The excellent Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11AC Gigabit Wifi is inside the Spectre x360 and it performed very well in my home network. Also included in the Intel package is Bluetooth 5.0 which is forward-looking and up-to-date. I experienced no connectivity or connection speed issues. Everything was peachy. 10 out of 10~! ==== Ports ==== I absolutely LOVE not having to use a dongle on the x360 to plug in my USB flash drives~! My older HP Spectre 13 laptop from 2017 had no USB Type A ports and it has been a frustrating and annoying affair on a consistent basis. That's why I chose the x360 this time around for its better port selection. With one USB Type A port, two USB Type C Thunderbolt ports (40Gbps), a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader, I'm set and satisfied. 10 out of 10~! ==== Performance ==== With an 8th-Gen Intel Core i7 Whiskey Lake quad-core CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a Western Digital SN720 NVME SSD, the x360 performed fantastically at everything I demanded of it - Chrome browsing with >25 tabs, photo & video editing with Cyberlink PowerDirector, and general multi-tasking. On Geekbench 4.3.3, the x360 scored 4775 Single-core and 12,789 Multi-core. On CrystalDiskMark 6.0.2, I got 3023.4 MB/s Sequential Read and 1615.8 MB/s Sequential Write. I only wish the storage size was bigger, like 512GB. I'm planning on upgrading to the new Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB NVME SSD in the near future. 10 out of 10. ==== Keyboard & TouchPad ==== Typing on the keyboard is a delightful and supremely pleasant experience. HP, very wisely, is NOT following the design decisions of Apple Macbooks & certain Dell XPS line of laptops and is instead using a very comfortable, responsive, and tactile keyboard mechanism with great key travel. As a result, the keys have good spring, great damping, and are very quiet in operation. I absolutely adore this keyboard. The same cannot be said, however, of the touchpad. HP, for some reason unknown to me, is STILL not using the excellent Microsoft Precision Touchpad drivers. Instead, HP is using Synaptics drivers which is vastly inferior in functionality and custom gesture support. So I did what I did with my older 2017 HP Spectre 13 laptop. After uninstalling the Synaptic touchpad driver from Device Manager, I manually installed the Microsoft Precision Touchpad driver from the Lenovo website. The specific driver version I used was 19.3.4.111 and it is for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen6 laptop model. If you Google it, you should still be able to find that older driver. To prevent Windows Update from automatically updating the Lenovo Precision driver to the newest non-Precision HP Synaptics driver, I used the Microsoft "wushowhide.diagcab" utility to hide the Synaptics driver update. With the Precision Driver installed, I was back to creating my own custom three- and four-finger gestures and getting tremendous pleasure using the touchpad. HP seriously needs to terminate whatever agreement they have with Synaptics and start installing Microsoft Precision drivers in their Spectre laptop lines ASAP. 9 out of 10. ==== Battery Life ==== This is the best battery life I've ever experienced from any laptop I've owned & used throughout the years. I didn't achieve the crazy 22-hour battery life that HP is marketing but got about 8 hours out of it with brightness set to 100%. Fantastic...Simply fantastic. 10 out of 10. ==== Software ==== The Spectre x360 came loaded with Windows 10 1803 which I promptly upgraded to 1809. There was the usual assortment of bloatware from both Microsoft and its third-party partners. I counted 10 third-party apps, 17 HP apps, and some Microsoft apps such as Xbox and Skype. Removing them, as is usual for Windows 10, is easy to do from Settings. I found some of HP's apps to be genuinely useful such as the HP Support Assistant (firmware & driver updates), HP Audio Control (speaker sound effects & equalizer), and HP Command Center (setting laptop thermal profiles). 10 out of 10. ==== Upgradeability ==== The Spectre x360, being a thin & light ultrabook, doesn't offer meaningful upgrade options except for the NVME SSD drive. So one needs to be thoughtful about their current and future computing needs and select the components wisely. With my particular model, I feel confidently fine with the Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM. I just need bigger storage down the line (at least 1TB SSD). 9 out of 10. ==== My Verdict ==== The HP Spectre x360 with its Gem-Cut design is an excellent laptop that gets almost everything right. Fantastic build materials and quality, great-looking design, slim & lightweight form-factor, superb keyboard, excellent touchscreen display with pen support, flexible viewing options (e.g., Tent Mode), and all-day battery life. The only subpar area is the lack of the Microsoft Precision Touchpad driver which, fortunately, can be "fixed" by installing the Lenovo Precision Touchpad driver. All in all, HP has crafted a fantastic and unique laptop that I thoroughly enjoy using. It is a very delightful machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value but poor reliability record

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    christiandiaz117
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    This laptop's strongest selling point is by far the bang for your buck that it offers. No other product line has everything that this laptop offers at this price point. Elsewhere, you either get less features for the same price or the same features at a higher price. Such value proposition has a price though: This product line has a poor reliability record. Personally, my laptop is well built and has been pretty reliable so far. However, I have read a lot of horror stories about HP Spectre X360's having reliability problems right of the box. My recommendation here is to test EVERYTHING immediately after purchasing this laptop. This laptop is a GREAT purchase IF you get a well built, reliable one. When you unbox this laptop you get a decent outer box with a plastic briefcase handle. And a fancy inner box (which I suggest you keep). Inside you will find the laptop, a 65W USB-C charger, a basic stylus with an AAAA battery included and a leather sleeve. Style wise this laptop is very, very stylish and luxurious looking. HP describes it as a "gem cut dark ash silver with copper luxe". The gem cut part is easy to ascertain from looking at online photos. As for the color: Dark Ash Silver is a dark brown/gray with an anodized, sandblasted finish. Copper Luxe is chromed bronze with a brushed finish. Function wise, my review is as follows: In terms of 2 in 1 ultrabook functionality this laptop is very portable, the hinges strike a good balance between resistance offered and flexibility and the touchscreen is very sensitive and precise both with your fingers and with the included stylus. On the battery front with the default power plan it last roughly 10 hours of everyday use and takes roughly 2 hours to fully recharge. However, if you play games with this laptop battery duration plummets to around 3-4 hours. On the security front both the IR camera and the fingerprint sensor are easy to setup and use. The IR camera is faster than the fingerprint sensor. The webcam's resolution is best in class but has a noticeably grainy image. You do get a physical switch that turns it off COMPLETELY. That's great for privacy. The screen has amazing image despite being a FHD panel. It seems to be Windows HD Color compatible when on charger power only. The speakers have amazing sound. The 4 speaker arrangement does a good job at ensuring you always fully hear everything. No matter how you place the laptop. The keyboard feels great and has two backlit levels. Be warned that it isn't compatible with Alt codes right out of the box. The glassy touchpad also feels great. However the included drivers don't seem to fully make use of its multi-touch gesture capabilities. Both the Intel Core i-7 8565U processor and the Intel AC-9560 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module are very powerful and future-proof. Nevertheless, due to the Intel UHD-620 GPU it can only do light gaming. It does light gaming quite well though. Windows 10 is surprisingly resource hungry when its comes to the included 256GB SSD and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. Fortunately, both are very, very fast during everyday use. On the available ports front it has few ports but the ones it has are quite potent: 2 Thunderbolt 3, 1 USB-A Gen 2, 1 microSD card reader and 1 headphone/microphone combo. Finally, regarding bloatware this laptop is neither bloatware free nor it is riddled with bloatware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect, great laptop

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    psyclopps
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    The latest model of the Spectre x360 feels very polished overall. I was very impressed during my review with very few bad things to say. Lets explore. Unboxing: This is a treat. The outer box is simple brown packaging but the actual Spectre packaging is inside. That box is two tone and high quality. Upon opening everything feels very premium and well thought out. You will find documents, the laptop, a carrying case, the stylus (with battery) and the 65 watt adapter. The adapter is great as much of the cable is wrapped in fabric and feels durable. It charges via USB-C. Set up: Pretty standard Windows 10 setup here. The only changes worth noting are you will set up Windows Hello via facial recognition or via fingerprint initially. You can use both with further configuration after the initial setup. Use: Typing this review on the laptop, I am overall happy. The keys feels just right to type on but are a little offset to the left since the home, pg up, pg down and end keys are on the far right side. It takes some getting used to but is not a huge deal. The track-pad is wonderful. It feels high quality and is very precise. The touch screen is bright and responsive to touch. The screen is easy to move in different positions which is a pro or a con depending on how you look at it since it opens easily but will push back easily if you try to touch it in laptop mode. Design: It looks amazing. The ash silver model looks more brown and gold to me than ash silver. The gem cut is actually very practical and not just a pretty design. The power button is on the left corner which keeps you from accidentally pressing it. The right corner has a second USB C connector which keeps the charger out of the way. The screen is bezeless on the sides but has a large chin and forehead. My main problem with use is when it is in tablet mode. It is kind of hard to use as a tablet since the new gem cut design creates lots of rough edges. This makes it somewhat uncomfortable to hold in your hands as a tablet. Therefore, it is somewhat difficult to take notes on. The fingerprint reader is a nice touch but it sometimes takes a few tries. I seem to have better luck unlocking with the face recognition. Weight is not too heavy and can be help for long periods. Display: The color reproduction feels good enough and I tried to edit some photos on it with no issue. The blacks are a little bright which affects the overall contrast. It is a 1080p display but this is more than adequate for a 13 inch laptop. I couldn't find what % of sRGB it supports but colors seem vibrant enough for me. The display is bright and crisp. Battery: HP claims there should be close to 22 hours of batter life. I don't see that at all. I am getting more like eight hours or so (not timed, estimate) but that is way more than enough for me. It will easily last all day Performance: I was a little concerned with having 8gb of RAM vs 16 gb but in practical use, this is one zippy laptop! The 8th gen Core i7 is plenty fast for most of my needs including photo editing. It only has a Intel 620 GPU so simple gaming is ok but I wouldn't push it too hard. The SSD is extremely fast and I attached a screenshot of Crystaldiskmark and Geekbench to show performance. For the average user, this computer is more than fast enough, for a power user it should meet most of your needs. Audio: The speakers are great on this baby. This is the first convertible laptop I have had where you get great sound in both laptop mode and in tablet mode. The speakers fire on both sides of the keyboard section so no matter the orientation it will sound great. As for headphones, the output is clean and static free but it only supports 24bit 48000hz. For most people this is no issue but for some who listen to high res audio it might be a bit lacking. Connectivity: You will find a good number of ports here. There is a USB A 3.1 port of the left side, the right side has two thunderbolt USB C ports. Either can be used for charging. There is also a micro SD card slot. I tossed a 256 gb card in there for music storage and it works great. It is a cheap and easy way to effectively double your hard drive space. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a switch to turn off the web cam as well. Bluetooth 5 is present and works well as well as a Intel 9560 WiFi chip which works great via AC networks. In summary, this laptop is a head turner. It looks amazing, especially if you like gold. The laptop meets 90% of my needs and I am very happy with it. My only changes I would fix if able are better keyboard placement, higher res audio output, and a little more curve on the edges for tablet mode. These are minor gripes and this is a solid laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend