HP Spectre x360 :
When I tell people they should buy a 2-in-1, systems like the HP Spectre x360 are the reason why. It’s got all of the utility of a standard laptop, with the flexibility and intimate usability of a tablet. You also get rakish good looks, up to an Intel Core i7 CPU, and even a 4K display with stylus support if you want it. And with a starting price of just $1,050 ($1,300 as reviewed), the Spectre offers an exceedingly premium and adaptable system for a surprisingly agreeable price.
From top to bottom, the new HP Spectre x360 is the most striking 2-in-1 HP has ever made. And by shaving excess metal off from almost every side of the machine, HP also made the x360 one of the most portable 2-in-1s available. This spring, the Spectre x360 gets even better looking, thanks to a new copper and black paint job (which HP inexplicably calls Ash Silver).
Featuring a new, glossy, 13.3-inch, full-HD display with superthin side bezels, the Spectre’s screen is a great complement to the 2-in-1’s gorgeous design. It’s bright and colorful, and when I watched the latest trailer for Rogue One, the Spectre x360 dazzled as crimson and verdant blaster bolts flew across the display.
On our tests, the Spectre x360’s screen put out 317 nits of brightness, which is more than both the Samsung Notebook 9 spin (283 nits) and Lenovo Yoga 900 (284 nits), and about the same as the more-recent Yoga 900S (320 nits).
The Spectre’s color range was also quite good, as the panel covered 101.7 percent of the sRGB spectrum. That beat out numbers from both the Yoga 900 and 900S, although the showing didn’t quite match the spin 9’s richer 135 percent.
In addition to a revamped design, the HP Spectre x360 also features a new Intel 7th-Gen Kaby Lake CPU. You can choose either a Core i5 processor or a Core i7 chip like the one in our 2.7-GHz Core i7-7500U, 16GB of RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD-equipped review unit.
Keyboard and touchpad
HP says it has put a lot of effort into finely tuning not just the amount of force needed to press a key, but also the level of pressure you get through the entire stroke. That effort paid off, because even with the keyboard’s 60-gram actuation weight and a 1.3mm keystroke that
would feel short and abrupt on another system, typing on the Spectre feels near perfect. This kind of attention to detail leaves you with a fantastic, clicky key-press that mimics the same feel that people love in mechanical keyboards. Adding an extra row for the Delete, Home, Page Up, Page Down and End on the right is a nice touch too.
The Spectre’s 4.7 x 2.3-inch touchpad is also a thing a beauty. Its superwide shape gives you a ton of room to mouse around, and even though there aren’t discrete left or right mouse buttons, the system never confused different types of clicks.
While the HP Spectre x360‘s side bezels have shrunk down to almost nothing, HP smartly left a bit of room above the display for two cameras: a 1920 x 1080 camera for videos and a slick IR cam for unlocking the system via Windows hello. There’s also a pair of mics for stereo voice recording.
This positioning prevents that awkward under-chin/neck view that you get on systems like the Dell XPS 13
that have their webcams below the screen, and the dual mics and full-HD camera work together flawlessly to provide a premium video-chatting experience. Audio was crystal-clear, and while I could do with a little less grain, pictures and videos looked pretty sharp, too.
By cramming in a larger, 57.8-watt-hour battery, HP has greatly increased the HP Spectre x360
‘s endurance. The battery life has gone from 8 hours and 36 minutes on our web-surfing battery test all the way to 10 hours and 6 minutes. That’s more than a 15 percent increase and is good enough to put the Spectre above other premium 2-in-1s, including both the Lenovo Yoga 900
(7:57) and 900S (8:46), the Samsung spin 9
(5:38), and Asus’ ZenBook
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