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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

    Love this puter

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    Montananani
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    I love this puter it is fast and compact. I travel with it and love that it is as light as it is. Love how fast it boots up and I have no issues with it at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    good laptop

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    Julius
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    Good laptop,it is so fast and funtcional,it works very good.I like it for its size and comfortable.It runs so fast and its battery works very good.Good for students and everybody.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    well built laptop

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    kenny
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    fast convenient lightweight overall happy with this product

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for anyone

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    Ry31
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    This laptop runs programs fast and is really light weight. I would recommend it to the average person.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop

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    RayRay
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    Performs great has a very sleek look. Has very good speed and very clear images.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and light laptop

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    Dave
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    This is a very versatile laptop. It is a very good laptop and a very good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    fast for college online assignments

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    shaw
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    laptop was purchased as an investment for college and career. Everything works great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop

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    Lima
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    Better than any I have ever used. Really fast and easy to carry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful & effective

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    Lhthomaz
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    Nice looking machine with a lot of capabilities. Very fast and the battery lasts the entire day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful laptop

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    Sergio84
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    Fast and reliable computer. Light and portable. No negatives so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop

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    KJM80
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    So far this is the best laptop I have purchased. I travel for business so the slim design and laptop case are great for traveling. I love the touch screen and the speed is great.

    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: 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

    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

    Computer. Neat, functional

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    Myreview
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    This is a great computer. Good speed. Runs all of my office programs with no problem. It is compact & portable.

    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

    Premium, sleek and super fast!

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    Zaid
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    First off. This convertible notebook is premium cutting edge and not an average device. I've spent 3 days working on it only to assess its performance and battery life. Machine performed at its peak performance and smooth at zero lag under multitasks, battery lasted more than 4 hours while I've watched videos and worked on PhotoShop. Little concerned about heat coming out of the back that needs to be kept open to exhaust heat properly and fan tends to be a little noisy NOT significant loud under high performance "not a big deal since doesn't compromise the performance" Multi-touch screen with breathtaking resolution HP stylus pen - enabled works smooth and has no latency or delay.2 USB-C and 1 USB 3.1 port, fingerprint reader, Camera privacy switch, Bang & Olufsen,speakers are loud and crystal clear.I I'm appreciated that HP included its genuine leather sleeve with this notebook. I loved this notebook from my first look, sleek and luxurious masterpiece.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Latest laptop

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    Syghs
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    This is a significant step up in quality. I have owned Dells for years. This is like a Chevy owner changing to Ford. The speed, convenience and utility are well founded. The lightweight aspect is a secondary gain. Not initialy appreciated. Very evident on the first trip though. All in all s very positive upgrade

    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