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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 101 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great unit, checks all the boxes

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    Kevin
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    Nicely specked out unit. Not the cheapest but you get a very good touchscreen panel, nicely spaced and comfortable keyboard and includes the digital pen. Only gripe is power button is more difficult to find that it should be

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great package for a thin laptop

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    swimjim
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    Was surprised at how light and thin this product was. Great build quality and feel. Also, the laptop comes with a nice quality carry sleeve and pen. Only wish was that it came in the different darker/blue shade of color.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

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    LisaHCC
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    As a writer and small business owner, I wanted something that would be powerful enough to do the tasks I need, but light and easy to take with me. This is aesthetically-pleasing, converts to a tablet and has a stylus, and is great as a traditional laptop as well. Easy to carry with me, fast to boot up and works well. I am pleased with it.

    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

    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: 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

    Great 2-in-1 Laptop with Stylus

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    mstanleynh
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    I've been searching for a small yet powerful and functional 2-in-1 laptop for a bit and I think the search is finally over. I recently received the HP Spectre X360 13" laptop and couldn't be happier. When it arrived, I wasn't sure if it was a piece of artwork being unboxed or a laptop...it's a little bit of both in my book! Included in the box is the laptop, stylus, carry sleeve and USB-C charging/power cord. At first glance, this laptop is absolutely amazing, it's super small and thin and has some really great beveled edges that make it like no other laptop I've owned. The Dark Ash Silver color and gold edges is really top-notch and distinctive. In hand, it feels small yet really well built and solid. It was shipped fully charged and ready to be turned on and set up. It took about 10 minutes for the initial setup. I've continued to fine tune things, but it's pretty much ready to go right out of the box. Windows 10 is fully installed along with Microsoft Office and a bunch of other useful apps. I used Windows Hello for setup vs. the fingerprint option. I love the ease of logging in with this option and was very easy to setup. With it's 8th generation Intel i7 processor and 8 GB of RAM, there's plenty under the hood to keep any type of user happy from a casual to "pro" user. For me, this may just end up being my "daily-driver" as it's been more than enough in terms of performance for everything I've thrown at it from work to Netflix streaming. The 13.3" touch screen is great, this was one of the biggest surprises to me. It remains relatively clean regardless of using is as a tablet and then switching back to laptop mode. The response and feel is very similar to any tablet, so no surprises there. . other than a little lag when using the included stylus. Colors are bright and it rivals any HD TV I've watched recently. I find myself using it to watch movies on Netflix instead of using my HD TV at night. The 360o hinges allow the unit to be used as a laptop, tented or as a tablet. I've tended to use it as a tablet and laptop most often and haven't had any issues with folding or unfolding the screen/hinges. The Bang & Olufsen speakers are pretty amazing considering the size of the laptop...I love not having to wear my headphones every time I need good audio output! I'ven't had a chance to really put the stylus to use, but with limited use find it to be very serviceable. . as mentioned early, there was a little lag on some apps. It's definitely something I want to learn to use more and get back to writing vs. constantly typing, so it's a great addition. Pros: - Overall build quality is very impressive, feels really sturdy in hand or on the road. - Touch screen provides beautiful output and functions as expected - Very powerful machine in a small package, has not let me down yet - Aesthetically this is one beautiful machine - Touch pad is a great size and supports a ton of gestures - Keyboard is solid with great tactile feedback Cons: - Little bit of lag with stylus on 3D app and others. . nitpicking on this one - Some glare from under the keyboard when used on my lap at certain angles Overall this is my new favorite "machine" for doing everything from working from the road to watching Netflix at home. It will certainly replace my current laptop and tablet for the foreseeable future!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elegant, modern and powerful

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    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

    Great performance, solidly built

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    BenisJ
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    The HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx is a solidly built, every day performer. Body: The body of the 13" Spectre x360 is very solid. The copper accent trim is a stylish touch. I am not certain what the primary material is for the chassis, but it feels solid unlike a plastic, entry-level laptop. Although lightweight at only 2.91 lbs (1.32 kg), it actually felt a bit heavy in the hand for such a small laptop. Nonetheless, it is very easy to transport. The hinges are solid and well tuned to hold the screen at any angle. There is slight display wobble and shifting when you pick it up open, but there is no fear of the screen flopping completely open or closed. At full 360? @@@@@@@@ tablet mode) it feels a bit thick but still comfortable to use as a touchpad or to write on with the included stylus. I could hear the fan when it was working to cool the laptop but the noise level is average when compared to other laptop fans. The keyboard has big, illuminated letters and is comfortable to use. The mousepad is also very responsive and comfortable to use. Specifications: With only 8GB of memory (RAM) but an i7 processor (CPU), this laptop is in a strange place somewhere between entry level and professional level. 8GB RAM isn't enough in my book to think of a 2018 model laptop as "pro" or "elite" but then again, it has a 4-core Intel i7 processor rather than the more standard i5 cpu. The 256GB SSD hard drive is fairly standard in capacity, but very fast. The integrated IntelR UHD Graphics 620 are more than adequate for the average Netflix watcher but would be lacking for the hardcore gamer or video editor. The infrared camera is a nice touch that allows the user to take advantage of Windows 10 facial recognition technology to unlock the computer. The 1080 HD screen (rather than 4K screen) keeps it out of the elite class, but then again, the screen is made of Corning Gorilla glass. There is a headphone/microphone jack but there is no ethernet port, only support for wifi & bluetooth. There is 1 USB "traditional" port and 2 USB-C/Thunderbolt ports and 1 MicroSD port. That is it for ports. If you need to power the laptop, use the other USB-C/Thunderbolt port for a monitor, and connect a printer via traditional USB you will be maxed out. There are no serial ports, no HDMI ports, no DV ports, etc. If you need more port connectivity you will have to add a USB-C/Thunderbolt external port replicator. Performance: You can read what you want about benchmarks on the HP website or via other reviews. In the real world, this machine boots fast, authenticates quickly, runs simultaneous apps like Word/Excel/Outlook (not included), multiple browser tabs, and streaming music very well. The touchscreen is responsive and the stylus works and is comfortable in your hand. @@@@@@@@ I don't do anything that really needs a stylus so I cannot comment to whether or not it is any better than any other pen. @@@@@@@ Unlike a Microsoft Surface and some other laptops, unfortunately, the HP Spectre x360 doesn't have an on-board slot or magnet to store the stylus with the laptop. [Note: The HP Spectre x360 does come with "sleeve" style case that has a notch for the stylus.] Battery life is rated at an astonishing 22 hours of mixed use. I have not pushed the laptop beyond "normal business use" of about 8 hours--which is easily supported. Charging feels a bit slower than other laptops, however, there are no stats to support that claim. The power cord is in two parts: the approx. 3' power cord and the approx. 6' power brick with braided USB-C connector for a total of 9' of cord length from wall to laptop. The B&O speakers perform better than your average laptop speakers with ample volume. [Note: Out of the box, my laptop audio failed and required some tweaking in the Windows 10 settings to function.] Summary: The HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx is a well built, solid and stylish machine with adequate specs. It is more than your typical entry-level laptop but not quite an elite machine either. It likely won't meet the demands of a gamer, a videographer, an architect, or anyone else with high memory or gpu needs but it will definitely meet the needs of your average road warrior, student, or home user. The stylus (pen) is nice if you need it but easy to lose. The laptop has the latest technology and connectors which could be a problem for a user with older devices to connect. Rated battery life is impressive. Overall it is a very nice machine and is a safe bet if you don't have specific technology demands.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium Laptop

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    Josh76
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    This HP Spectre laptop is a beautiful machine that was thoughtfully designed to be used in any scenario. It comes in an elegant box and is packaged nicely with a pen and a USB-C charger. The packaging definitely stands out as opposed to cheaper laptops and would look great as a gift. The laptop comes with a Quickstart guide, which I, of course, ignored, so it took me a few minutes to find the power button. When I got it on, I went through the Windows 10 setup which was very easy. I've a MacBook Pro and a Chromebook and Windows takes a little longer to set up but it was not bad. This is my first laptop with facial recognition so I chose that option over the finger print reader...I may change my mind. The laptop has 2 USB-C ports which I love, all of my devices and peripherals work with USB-C and I like the ability to transfer data and power from the same port. It's also less clumsy than the old charger types. I wish HP made a more streamlined USB charger though, the one that came with this is pretty bulky but still an improvement over prior Windows devices. The battery life is incredible. HP says it gets 21 hours of use and I believe it. I've not gotten the battery down to zero yet after 4 days of use, pretty spectacular. One of my favorite features on this Spectre is the keyboard. Typing on this is an absolute joy and unlike any other laptop that I've ever used. It's comfortable to type on and I never hit the wrong button accidentally. The letters on the keys are big as well and the backlighting is perfect. The hot keys are perfect as well, everything I need is right there. The touch pad does not perform nearly as well as the keyboard. Gestures cannot be changed in Windows settings which is a downer. Microsoft Edge is supposed to be the best browser to use in Windows 10 but I just don't like it. Chrome and Firefox are far superior browsers. The downside to using Chrome though, is that a two-finger swipe does not go back and forth between web pages like it does in Edge. Major bummer, could be a Windows issue? The touchpad is also not always responsive to two finger taps to right click. The screen, while not 4k, is beautiful and everything looks crisp and colorful to me. The speakers are fantastic, nothing earth shattering, but really good for a laptop. Music and movies sound great at all volumes and there are plenty of EQ options as well. The laptop works really well in tablet mode as well. It's really light and sturdy and I've enjoyed using it in all sorts of modes whether I'm at my desk, on the sofa or in bed. The body is very sturdy in a nice dark metal and brownish/gold finish that looks really nice. This is a premium laptop in every way. Facial recognition is hit or miss, I may change to the fingerprint option soon, but when it works it's terrific and fast. Mine came with a pen, which is nice, I use the pen on my Surface to sign up new clients, but a magnet or some way to stick it to the laptop would have been ideal. There weren't really any annoying preinstalled programs on here which was nice as well, I think I only uninstalled a few. All in all, I'm very happy with this Spectre laptop and look forward to using it for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elegant Design

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    CoppinFam
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    At first glance, the laptop design catches my eye immediately with the black and rose gold design by Bang and Olufsen. It has a sleek design and even comes with a leather like pouch to put it in. It also comes with a pen and the USB-C charging cable. The product looks very lightweight but it feels a little heavy, mainly the bottom keyboard portion. When you open it there is a protective sheet, duster for the keyboard. The on button was a little hard to find and it is located on the left top side of the laptop. I love that it is not in the keyboard area but I think that the spot that was chosen is a good choice. To unlock the laptop, there is a facial recognition or a fingerprint option. There is a tiny square for the fingerprint on the bottom right side of the mousepad. There is also a keyboard password setting if you choose not to use the fingerprint or if it does not work (not your fingerprint. @@@@@@@ The keyboard has a high, medium and off lighting setting for typing in the dark. The computer screen in my opinion is a great size, 13 inches. It is great for carrying on the go, small enough to fit in a tote or backpack but big enough to watch a movie. I feel like the keyboard letters are proportioned properly for someone with big hands. If you have used Windows 10 before then set up will be easy. This laptop is also a tablet and it also comes with a pen. The pen comes with an quadruple "A" battery to get you started. You turn on the top button and it immediately connects to the computer by pressing on it with the pen. When flipping the tablet it goes back easily with no force. The charging cord is very sturdy, as it is braided. The laptop so far has great battery life, and runs smoothly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost There

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    Balthazar2k4
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    The 2018 refresh of the HP Spectre X360 is a bit of a mixed bag for me. It checks the right boxes, but doesn't completely execute on many of them. DESIGN This falls straight into "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" for me. The gem cut edges are an interesting stylistic touch. Not exactly my preference, but it definitely helps HP stand out in a crowd. Also makes opening the lid more difficult than I expected as my finger couldn't quite find and edge to grab. The aluminum bodywork feels very high quality and the copper/bronze color is a nice change from the more traditional silver or black. The downside to the finish is it is a fingerprint magnet. I swear it gets smudged just looking at it. So if you have an OCD about that sort of thing keep it in mind. The machine is also very thin and svelte so lugging it around should not be a problem. The display has some pretty healthy bezels around it. At the top it allows for the Windows Hello camera, but the bottom is probably more for balancing out the top bezel. It looks a tad dated in my opinion, but isn't a deal breaker by any means for me. The power button placement also took me a bit to find. It is located just adjacent to the left hinge on one of the 45 degree angles. At least you probably won't bump into it. PERFORMANCE The only thing to say is thisn'tebook is FAST. The Core i7-8565U is a speed demon and coupled with the 8GB of DDR4 RAM it zips though most activities like a hot butter knife to butter. The processor is far more robust than the older dual-core ULV processors of yesteryear. Also, 8GB RAM should be good for most people. If you are doing heavy duty activities such as video editing you might consider more. The 256GB NVME SSD is from Western Digital which is a bit of a surprise as Samsung is usually the go-to OEM supplier for such things. Read/Write sequential performance is 1970/771 MB/s which is pretty average for an NVME drive. DISPLAY The 13.3" display isn'thing extraordinary. It can get very bright if needed and has good color. The touchscreen layer is responsive to touch and also has a digitizer layer for the included pen. Display has good uniformity and no backlight issues. Thisn'tebook also comes with Windows Hello capable camera. A nice touch and works very well for quickly logging in to Windows. The notebook also has a handy switch on the right side to disable the camera if you are of the paranoid variety. KEYBOARD & TRACKPAD Keyboard feels very good, spacious layout, and is backlit. The trackpad is a touch small, but responsive and has gesture control. I only wish HP would ditch the Synaptics setup for the Microsoft Precision trackpad. Maybe next year. There is also a fingerprint sensor that is Windows Hello capable too. So if the camera isn't your thing you have a second option. PEN The included pen is a nice touch and I am glad to see it included especially at this price point. The pen is responsive and writing feels very good. I would say it is on par with the Microsoft Surface in terms of latency. I do have some nags though. The buttons are nearly flush to the pen surface making grabbing the pen more of an exercise than it should be. Also, there is no place for the pen on the notebook. No holder. No magnetized clip. Nothing. At least it comes with extra tips to fine tune the writing experience. Overall, HP still has room for improvement in this area to make it feel like less of an afterthought. CONNECTIVITY The Spectre X360 comes equipped with 802.11ac wi-fi with Bluetooth, two USB-C ports, and one USB-A. There is also a headphone jack and MicroSD card reader. Charging is handled by USB-C which is great. BATTERY LIFE This is probably the single most important aspect of the notebook for me. I am seeing about 9 hours with it doing basic tasks. My workflow usually consists of Excel and Word with some Chrome sprinkled in. Important to note this is at the suggested 40% brightness too. Not exactly best-in-class, but gets me through a day so I can't really complain. Obviously, cranking up the brightness should you need it or doing more complex tasks will exhaust the battery faster. SOUND I just don't understand HPs partnership with B&O. The speakers on this machine are passable at best. They get mighty loud, but don't sound real good doing it. Bass is almost non-existent so keep that in mind if you see yourself using this without headphones regularly. Lenovo and Apple both offer a more refined experience. Overall, the HP Spectre X360 is a nice notebook with enough speed and storage for most people. I can see why it remains popular each year and most of my quibbles are not deal breakers. If you are in the market for a thin-and-light notebook, put this on your short list.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Looking Laptop with Excellent Battery Life

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    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

    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

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    So close to perfect but still great

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    MadSquabbles
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    I'm not a stranger to owning expensive high end laptops, but never had one focused for business and light entertainment. All my previous serious laptops have all be gaming ones so my opinions will be based on someone who's used to having power hog types of machines. The screen is, although "just" 1080", it's a high quality screen with excellent viewing angles. The colors seem pretty accurate, but I'ven't taken time to measure it; most people won't care anyways. The brightness can go up to painfully bright but the lowest setting should have been set just a little lower. It's just a hair too bright in dark rooms. Intel's brand new i7-8565u powers this unit and even though it's a low power chip it powerful enough to do desktop work. Coupled with 8GB RAM and an M.2 256GB SSD make this one heck of speed demon. Transferring a file over wifi AC1300 I was able to sustain ~80MB/s transfer while within 10' line-of-site to the router. I've attached a few benchmark results - PC Mar and CrystalDisk Mark. PC Mark and Crystal shows the power the Spectre x360 brings to the table. The weakness is, of course, gaming. But this isn't what the Spectre was made for. Still it's nice knowing you can game a little with it on your down time. 3dmark score was 417 in Time Spy, 364 graphic, 2585 CPU. VR Mark (the 620 is min spec for Windows VR) was 681 with 14.85 fps on Orange Room test. The Spectre x360 comes with a sleeve and a Pen. I'ven't tested my drawing programs with the pen yet but the little I've done is probably the biggest disappointment of the Spectre. As good as the laptop is, the pen is just poor. If you have a heavy hand then you won't many problems with it, but you will have some missing strokes. Drawing fine lines is a big hit or miss. The included pen is no where near suitable for drawing. Doing the "scribble from corner to corner" test there were at least 3 breaks even when pressing with a heavier than normal amount of pressure. Good thing I purchased a third party Windows Ink pen ahead of time. Using the third party pen was night and day. Thin strokes were perfect and the scribble test passed with various pressures. In my opinion, toss the pen and buy another from a company that specializes in making drawing tablets. So far battery life has been hours more than I'd ever expect from a laptop - remember I'm a gamer, my laptops die after 3hrs. Surfed the web for 30 min and I'm still seeing 100%, an hour later and I'm still over 90%. What kind of magic did they put in there? I put the battery profile one setting over battery saver for on battery use, but use full power when plugged in (all tests were full power). It's kinda weird having a laptop that I can draw on that can outlast my tablet I used for drawing AND more powerful. Being 13.3 inches and made of aluminum makes for pretty easy 1 handed used for me. I fold in in half an slip on finger between the halves to clamp on and add stability. I've used this grip with all my tablets and haven't dropped one yet. I've to get used to windows tablet mode. Although I'm used to this kind of interface with tablets it's just weird using window like that. I'm just used to seeing all those floating windows. Sure I could turn off tablet mode, but it's actually kinda neat. I need to spend a bit more time in it to see if I'll actually start liking or hating it. So, I'm in love. The HP Spectre x360 is the Windows tablet I've been waiting for going on 5yrs. Sure it's a bit on the expensive side, but thunderbolt, newest i7 mobile processor, speedy m2 ssd, and excellent wifi chip... maaaan you'd be crazy to look anywhere else. I'll have to test gaming a bit when I go to my Dad's house during some down time. I'm sure I can play some early 2k games easily - even Crysis!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stunning

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    dharr18
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    I have to admit this is a stunning looking laptop. Possibly one of the best looking I have ever seen. There is a bronze(? @@@@@@@ accent around the edges that is just beautiful to look at. The feel is top rate, a very sturdy build. By look and touch, you can tell this is premium. There are some design elements that are very well done. The hinge is really well done, it blends perfectly into the laptop. There are angled cutouts on the back corners that host the power (left) and a USB-C port ( right) at a 45 degree angle for perfect powering without getting the cable in the way of other ports. This design is quite nice and I think the first time I have seen on a laptop. The laptop comes with a nice pleather sleeve and a HP branded Windows Ink Pen. The sleeve has a pouch for the Windows Ink Pen. Everything you need is there in the box short of a mouse, I am not a track pad fan. As for performance, the i7 Gen 8 is a great processor. The onboard/integrated graphics perform as well as can be expected for onboard graphics. Bluetooth 5 is a nice add, very minimal if any sound lag over BT. The 8GB of memory is almost a bare minimum these days, some cell phones have that much. Overall it performs at a really nice level. As an example, Fortnite (cringe) runs very nicely at medium settings. My son tested that part for me. I had no issues playing Rocket League, but never checked what the default setting popped for Rocket League. The 13.3" screen is beautiful, HP has done a great job here. It also includes Gorilla Glass on a FHD screen with minimal bezels. Ports: headphone, 1 USB 3.1 and 2 USB-C Now for my gripes, I was way too positive to start. I have to deduct a star for the touchpad and keyboard. The keyboard seems like the keys are oversized but measuring them in comparison to other laptops there really is not much difference. They just feel large. There is also an odd feel typing on them, it strangely took me back to Atari 400 days where it just never felt like the keyboard gave me that feel the key was pressed. Travel was very short to recognition, but it felt weird. Second half star deleted, the touchpad. It is very sensitive, almost too sensitive. It is large enough I would accidentally touch while typing. There is no shortcut key to turn off the touchpad either, I need to go into settings and find it. Even when intentionally using the touchpad it would pick up a second finger touch while my finger was still hovering above the pad. had my son test this also and he had the same results. Overall this is a really fantastic performing and beautiful laptop. I wish some extra thought when into the input to match the rest of the design. I am sure the trackpad can be fixed with software updates, but the keyboard will take some time adjusting to for me. YMMV. I would definitely recommend this laptop to anyone looking for a top of the line feeling laptop but would warn to test drive one in the store to make sure it feels good under finger.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, powerful convertible

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    aarondr
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    There is no doubt about it, the HP Spectre series is one of the most prolific and well known ultrabooks/convertibles. This latest iteration brings not only a nice visual refresh, but also Intel's Whiskey Lake platform which replaces the previous Kaby Lake R. There are also a few key differences between this model and the previous which might make this the right choice for you. First of all, this model comes in a nice box that looks rather chunky compared to what you'd expect. Inside the box you'll find a sleeve designed for the Spectre that has a holder for the included pen. I'm excited that manufacturers are including niceties like this - and HP's sleeve is quite nice, with a simulated leather externally and soft interior. Speaking of the included pen, it appears to differ from previous models in that it doesn't use USB-C to recharge, but rather it's powered by a single slim AAAA battery. This is taking a cue from Microsoft whose Surface Pen is also powered by the same battery. I'm not sure if this was a cost saving measure or what, but it does seem like a bit of a regression. The pen itself is a n-trig unit with the standard two side buttons. There is no eraser here or other button. We do have pressure sensitivity, which seem to work well, however I'm no artist so I can't really weigh in on it other than through basic sketches. It doesn't appear to support tilt. Also inside the box you'll find the included USB-C 65w power brick. This power brick has a braided cable that feels quite durable and solid. Time will tell how it holds up (some braided cables snag and then unravel, but no doubt that HPs feels higher quality that most), but it's a welcome feature for me. The power brick does include a ground plug (3 prong outlet). Once you take the laptop out you'll be immediately hit with its color. The 'Dark Ash Silver' definitely falls somewhere between an ebony and dark brown with a trim color that's a dark gold color. The sides highlight this polished metal color, along with the hinges and HP logo (speaking of - HP that logo is macho - I say using my best Lego Batman voice). The material of choice here is gem-cut anodized aluminum, which means the finish should hold up reasonably well compared to painted chassis. The build quality is impeccable - with a solid feeling and rigidity that only comes from metal chassis. The sides play into the previous generation's hinge design (which has carried over) feature of jutting angles. Thost angles have been further extrapolated as corner cuts angling at the rear of the laptop. This offers up a unique design feature of having both the charging port and power buttons angled away. This keeps you from accidentally hitting the power button while on the other side keeps your power port from interfering with your mousing area or other port usage. Due to the various size issues that come into play with USB-C dongles, this is wonderful. Speaking of USB-C, you get the angled port that supports Thunderbolt 3, followed by a small pinhole for the charging LED, 3.5mm AHJ combo headset jack, another USB-C Thunderbolt port, a camera off switch, and finally a MicroSD card reader. The left side offers the power button and a USB-A 3.0 port, a welcome addition in such a thin machine which means plugging in a thumb drive doesn't require a dongle. Opening the laptop up you'll be greeted by a 13" IPS 1080p screen flanked by 2-3mm bezels. These thin bezels help maintain a very compact form factor: fitting in my Fossil man bag that otherwise could only hope to contain a 12" Macbook. Overall dimensions are: 12.16" x 8.58" x 0.57" at less than 3lbs. Of course the thin bezels on the side are paired with nearly 1" thick bezels on the top and bottom. It's clear that we've reached a point where 16:9 is no longer serving the design and engineering of convertibles well. Comparing this to something like the Surface lineup's 3:2 aspect ratio or even older 16:10 it seems obvious that there is opportunity here for HP and other manufacturers to start pushing towards aspects that can be not only more useful for convertibles, but also decrease these unsightly bezels. The keyboard found inside is generous in its travel and feels pretty good. Compared to an Apple butterfly keyboard, the travel is at least double. The keys feel more comfortable for longer typing sessions, and they are dead silent which is probably a boon to some. The keyboard is backlit in white, with two brightness settings (low and high). The font on the keyboard is oversized compared to previous versions. Below the keyboard is a oversized trackpad that stretches from the spacebar through over half of the right Alt key. This trackpad, like most recent Windows laptops, is excellent. You get a solid smooth surface and built in Windows gestures like three and four finger swipes. Flanking the trackpad on the right is the fingerprint reader which supports Windows Hello. Unlike the previous version of this convertible, the fingerprint reader is more conventional. The previous iteration placed this sensor on the side of the notebook. Some might not like this change, but frankly it's not a big deal, because just like the Surface lineup - the HP Spectre includes an IR camera they dub the HP Wide Vision FHD IR Camera. This enables Windows Hello facial recognition which is the shiz. Trust me, it's amazing, and you'll want to use it. Just like the iPhone X, Windows Hello w/ IR camera can log you in with your face. Microsoft was doing this years before Apple and it shows, as it flawlessly logs you in just by looking at your laptop. From a technical standpoint, big update is Intel's Whiskey lake platform. Besides conjuring up images of dark liquor, it offers several hardware mitigations for Meltdown and Spectre exploit variants (google if you don't know, it was a huge todo). It also brings the Intel 9560 WiFi and other platform enhancements. Other than that, it's not as big an update as Kaby Lake R, which it's closely patterned after. You get the i7 8665U, which offers 4 cores 8 threads at an astonishing 4.6GHz boost. Of course you need to be plugged in to get these crazy high boost clocks, but the HP chassis helps maintain boost clocks relatively well while maintaining a non-vacuum level fan noise. The 4.6GHz boost puts this half inch thick machine in good company. In Cinebench R15, the single-threaded score (184) comes within spitting distance of my overclocked 4.6Ghz 7820x desktop (195). The multithreaded score puts up a valiant fight against 95W desktop CPUs of last generation with it's score of 630. The score are much more consistent than what I've observed with my work laptop (a Surface Book 2), where concurrent runs of Cinebench maintain scores within a margin of error. It does come at the cost of living at the edge however, as temperatures of the package and CPU cores on the Spectre routinely can reach 100C (212F) when operating in High Performance mode. While this is within the specs of the operating temperatures of the CPU, it's something to consider. Like I said, the Spectre gets away with this without sounding like a vacuum, so that's a plus, and it never goes above the 100C mark during load, but yet maintains >4.0GHz clocks across all cores. Storage wise, you get a 256GB WDC SN720 SSD. This is an M.2 NGFF PCIe x4 drive which maxes out the PCIe 4 lane bus at over 3 GB/s, but writes come in at around half that (1.6 GB/s). This is definitely a drive that keeps up with other OEM drives (like the PM961 from Samsung), but is a cut lower than say the WD Black drives or Samsung Evo/Pro drives. Storage performance does hum along at a good clip, so it's hard to complain. Battery wise, I've no real complaints. Like most recent Windows laptops, HP claims a high number of hours, obviously with specific optimal conditions. Day to day battery life here is around the 8hr mark give or take depending on load. It's not bad for a thin and light laptop, but it's far from the 20hrs I've seen in some marketing material. Then again, realistically 8hrs on battery alone is pretty impressive considering the amount of processing power on tap. So what could be better? The screen: in both aspect ratio and brightness level. It's not horrible by any means, but it's not nearly as bright as what you'd find on an Apple or Microsoft premium machine. At least both the viewing angles are good, and the screen appears to not exhibit any nasty PWM (flickering of the backlight on lower brightness levels). The panel used here is shared between the Spectre Folio (referenced observation from a forum on tabletpcreview.com) and is a lower powered screen from AU Optronics called the AUO572D. If screens are your thing, you won't be impressed. However if you're already used to a 1080p screen at 13", this unit will be perfectly fine for you. In fact, 1080p is still my sweet spot here, as I can get away with 100% scaling in windows which still is more compatible than scaling with a higher resolution. Another item is sound. While the 4 Bang & Olufsen speakers found in the chassis can get loud, they cannot get deep. What you end up with is rather tinny sound, even if it's loud. It's hard to get too cranky about this is a chassis this small, but there are other manufacturers who can somehow get this to be a bit more balanced. The USB-C support for charging also needs work. Both the F.06 (shipping BIOS) and F.08 BIOS if I use an Apple USB-C charger, or any other USB-C charger the computer doesn't just reject it, it locks up cold. Perhaps a newer bios will fix these issues, otherwise you're tied to the included power brick and/or other HP accessories. The Spectre X360 13-ap is a great example of a wonderfully engineered computer that has evolved it's already superb design in the past couple of year.

    I would recommend this to a friend