Hp Spectre x360 Review: Builds in Conjunction with Microsoft

HP and Microsoft comes together to build this almost perfect 2-in-1 convertible laptop.

HP Spectre x360 is that sexy 2-in-1 laptop that would blow your mind, from its extremely-slim size and attractive design, to its superb 360 degree convertible feature with the aid of smooth hinge. If you call it a tablet, you are right, if you call it a laptop, you got it right because this hybrid laptop with a full-sized keyboard and ultra-wide trackpad got it all. HP Company collaborate with Microsoft’s team Engineers to build this spectre x360. You know what to expect when big brains like this work together on a project, everything looks perfect from the usual fan noise to well optimized performance. Ever since I set my eyes on this laptop, I have been willing to write a review on it but thank God, it’s finally happening, stay tuned as I give a full review of hp spectre x360

Looking at the x360 specs and features, it’s has close competitors with similar features, the likes of MacBook Air, Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display, Chromebook Pixel, Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, Dell XPS 13, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, Acer Aspire S7-392, Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Some of these laptops will be review later on this blog, but some comparisons will be made with Hp Spectre during the review. Lets get started.

Design

As seen in MacBook and Lenovo Yoga, HP Spectre x360 is also crafted with quality aluminum which gives it a sleek and awesome look, this does not jeopardize it’s thickness as it is just 15.4mm in thickness, you might be disappointed with the weight though, it weighs 3.2 pounds which is heavier than MacBook Air that weigh 2.9 pounds and Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro that weigh 2.6 pounds.
Hp Spectre x360 design includes a full 360-degree hinge which moves smoothly and with enough stiffness to make it support four different modes, laptop mode, tablet mode, tent mode (which will be useful when watching movie) and stand modes. Mind you, this is not detachable as seen in Microsoft’s Surface pro 3. As said by Hp, the x360’s hinges contain a set of 3 interlocking spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement. Just Like the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, the rear portion of the lid and the bottom section are each rounded and connected by two shiny hinges. the front edges of the lid are rounded, while the rear edges has a sharp right angle. At the bottom of the lid is a “Hewlett-Packard” beautifully written on it.

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Looking at its folding design, the power button is located on the left edge, and also the Windows button placed at the right. At the right is a volume rocker, useful when you are using it in tablet mode.

The notebook comes with a backlit keyboard that are well spaced that makes typing experience smooth, it requires just 62g of force to press. At the first top row of the keyboard is a set of keys that let you perform actions such as volume increase/decrease and adjusting brightness without you having to combine the function key. Like most Hp laptops, it have a rounded end design at the keys located at the four edges.

Display

The display features of spectre is very impressive, If you’re looking for high-resolution displays, Hp Spectre x360 got you covered, It’s one of the best laptop display I have ever seen, viewing it from different angle, it is superb. It features a standard 1920 x 1080p Ultra HD display with the option of a Quad-HD display with 2,560 x 1,400-pixel resolution which is only available on the expensive configuration. Similar to Apple MacBook Pro, It offers 227 ppi that gives high-resolution viewing. However, the Spectre x360 is a touchscreen with Synaptics Digitizer stylus support.

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Thanks to its glossy glass fronted display, you can use it outdoor even on a sunny day. The display is just perfect!

Performance

With the 5th-generation Intel Core i7/Core i5 Broadwell processor the HP Spectre x360 is equipped with, it makes it a step ahead of its competitors. It comes with 4GB or 8GB of RAM while the storage starts at 128GB. Thanks to Intel HD 5500 integrated graphics chip and with the higher-end GPU onboard, the Spectre x360 perform well in gaming with smooth performance.

Different configuration inludes a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i5-5200U processor powered with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, and the one with 8GB RAM, also a Core i7-5500U processor powered with a 256GB SSD and that of 512GB SSD.

Frankly speaking, its overall Performance is more than adequate and very pleasing.

Connectivity

It support USB 3.0, Mini-DisplayPort, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/c, HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.0, and built-in micro-SD port.

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Looking at the left side of the notebook, there is one USB 3.0 port, a SD Card slot, power button and a jack for the power plug. At the right side, there are 2 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone port, miniDisplay Port and a full-size HDMI port.

Battery Issue

When a machine packs all these features, you know battery usually pay a price but surprisingly, x360’s 3-cell 56-wHr battery will last you 9-12 hours depends on your usage, impressive, huh? Hp worked together with Microsoft engineers to tweak drivers and settings so as to maximize the laptop run time duration, the removal of the traditional hard drive activity indicator light is part of it, Obviosly, the tweaking of many drivers and settings yield a great result.

Hp Spectre x360 Specs

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Basic Information
Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (Hp)
Laptop Type 2-in-1 Convertible laptop
Product Name Hp Spectre x360
OS Version Windows 10
Display13.3 inch HD Touch display
Dimension12.79 x 8.6 x 0.63 inches
Display Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixel
Processor ModelIntel Core i5-5200
CPU2.2GHz
RAM4G/8GB
Graphics DisplayIntel HD Graphics 5500
Weight3.26 pounds
Touch sensitive screenYes
Hard drive capacity
128GB/256GB SSD
Bluetooth4.0
WebcamHP TrueVision Full HD WVA Webcam
Usb Ports3 USB 3.0
Wireless LANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Battery Details3 Cell, 56 WHr Li-ion Battery

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THE PROS

– Long battery life

– Fast performance

– Premium design

– HD graphics display

– Comfortable keyboard to work with

 

THE CONS

– Trackpad lags a little

– Compare to MacBook Air, it has a heavier weight

 

VERDICT

Spectre x360 is a convertible notebook laptop pack with powerful processor with fast performance, long battery life and attractive design, It is consider one of the best hybrid laptop you can buy. However, it has close competitors that offers better experience in some case, like the weight issue which MacBook Air offers a lesser weight, also is the convenience in table mode, that the Yoga 3 pro offers. Believe me. this laptop is almost perfect!

In case you don’t know, the first time I set my eyes on this laptop was during one Microsoft event some months ago, to be sincere I fell in love with it, I call it love at first sight, there is also a similar laptop of the same physical appearance but with lower price, I will be reviewing that in one of my next updates, stay tuned and watch out!

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