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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 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 is the bloatware, but fortunately that’s an issue that can be fixed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So close to perfect but still great

    Posted
    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 haven'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 haven't tested my drawing programs with the pen yet but the little I have 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 have 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

    Almost There

    Posted
    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 this notebook 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 is nothing 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. This notebook 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

    Stunning

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect except for the touchpad

    Posted
    CactusJax
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    I've had this laptop for a little over a week. I generally purchase 17" desktop replacements with gaming specs for my work. The problem with them is that I really don't like traveling with them. I tried traveling with a couple of different high end tablets but found that I really want a real keyboard regularly. Traveling with a tablet, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse wasn't the answer either. I had tried early net-books and found them unsatisfactory. Then I saw this and decided to give it a try. I like having an I7 chip. The hard drive is smaller than the typical 1Tb I usually want, so I went to Best Buy and picked up a 256 Gb UHS3 micro SD as a supplement. I got all 185 GB of my music and all of my documents on the micro SD with 40 Gb to spare, leaving the supplied hard drive as empty as it was out of the box. So far I really love the size, I don't need a large briefcase to lug it around. It comes with a vinyl pouch that holds the laptop and the included pen. It does not have a spot for the power supply. The power supply is very small and is a nice change from the bricks that some of my other laptops have had. I have used this in place of my work laptops this week just to get used to it and test it. It has done everything I do with a computer perfectly. I will admit I really miss having a numeric keypad when creating spreadsheets but I hope to avoid this when traveling. The packaging is great. The interior box looked and felt like something from a top tier luxury department store. Setup was quick and easy with Cortana. I answered a few questions, logged in to Microsoft, gave a couple of e-mail logins and everything was up and running smoothly. Battery life has been great, I have yet to use more than 1/3 of the battery during my typical work and home activities on a computer. Graphics are great while working, surfing or streaming. I was surprised at the volume and sound quality that came from this compact unit. Fold it over, hit the tablet mode button and it works great as a tablet too. This is my first 2 in 1 unit. It has everything my high end tablets have, other than the higher screen resolutions, but it has all the functionality of a full blown computer. Plus, everything is in one location. My one complaint is the touchpad. When scrolling graphics intensive pages, catalogues, photo thumbnails etc. it does a couple of strange things. At times the scrolling seems to freeze, when I try to scroll it acts as if I'm trying to flick the page away. At times it kind of quickly bounces up or down moving on its own to another location and sort of resists the scrolling gestures. At times I have to tap an extra time or two to go to a link. At times I stop the scrolling gesture and the page continues to creep in the same direction. I will say that I have experienced these behaviors on other computers but not nearly to the degree that this one does it. I haven't yet researched this to try to find a remedy and hope a software or driver update will soon cure it. While this is a bit frustrating, it is not a deal breaker for me. This is a full blown computer in a small package that also does a great job as a tablet. I'm very happy with this computer.

    I would 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied now that I have a working product

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    KatieM
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    I originally purchased this product in the store and had it shipped to me as they did not have the model in stock. I received it in 2 days as advertised. The track pad mouse and several keys did not work, straight out of the box. I installed all of the appropriate drivers, made updates, uninstalled and reinstalled drivers and the mouse still did not work. I spoke with HP, Microsoft, and Best Buy support and the consensus was I received a faulty product. Fortunately I was able to exchange the computer and my local Best Buy then had some in stock. Now that I have a computer that works, I am happy with it.

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for Beginner

    Posted
    Keith
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    My wife needed a small, light weight computer for basic Microsoft office use and video/picture storage. As a beginner, this computer was more than adequate to meet all of her needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop! Sleek and versatile.

    Posted
    Vanny
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    I love the look and design of this laptop. Works great but the downside is it does get hot fast. Overall, I’m happy with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It’s good

    Posted
    Gengen
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    I love this laptop and it’s absolutely gorgeous. My only issue with it is that the fan is extremely loud.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good product

    Posted
    mary
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    I like some of the features that the old ones don't have like the touch screen

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good laptop

    Posted
    Rajan
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    Good two in one laptop. The only thing I don’t like is it heats up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Laptop

    Posted
    Workman
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    I got if for my mom for mother’s day and she loves it so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good performance

    Posted
    caren
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    Has everything that I need. Performs beyond it's expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop

    Posted
    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