HP Spextre X360 Review & Rating
Operating System–Windows 10 Home
CPU–2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-7500U CPU
RAM Upgradable to
Hard Drive Size–512GB
Hard Drive Speed–n/a
Hard Drive Type–PCIe SSD
Secondary Hard Drive Size
Secondary Hard Drive Speed
Optical Drive Speed–n/a
Graphics Card–Intel HD Graphics 620
Wi-Fi Model–2×2 802.11ac WLAN andBluetooth
Touchpad Size–4.7 x 2.3
Ports (excluding USB)–USB 3.1 with Type-C
Ports (excluding USB)–Thunderbolt 3
Warranty/Support–1-year limited warranty/90 days
technical supper for software and setup
Size–12.03 x 8.58 x 0.54-inches
HP’s design has really matured over the past few years,as the company tries to capture more of the high-end market, and the Ash Silver color is really stunning.
The color is the same hue as found on the 15-inch model that we reviewed earlier this year, and it’s unmistakably HP by design.
Finished in a unibody aluminum housing with a brushed,
anodized dark coppery grey tone and polished copper
accents on the sides, the HP Spextre X360 looks more like a piece
of modern desk art than a technological tool to
accomplish work. On the matte lid, this color combination
really looks sophisticated, with HP’s angular logo etched
in golden copper.
The HP Spectre x360 is just as slim and light as it is beautiful,
measuring 12 × 8.5 × 0.5 inches and weighing 2.8 pounds.
Its size and weight compares favorably against rivals
in this space.
Because of the dramatically thinner design of the new HP Spextre X360, HP originally made some trade-offs in the
screen, but rectified that with an early 2017 refresh that
added both Active Pen support and a 4K/UHD display
The 4K/UHD display is a stunner, a bright and colorful
IPS screen that runs at a native resolution of 3840 x 2160.
It stretches almost to the edges of the clamshell top,
at least on the left and right, though the top and bottom
retain fairly large bezels, and accommodate a properly
situated webcam (suck it, Dell XPS 13) and, on the bottom,
that new HP logo.
Thanks to the thinner display, HP provides wider hinges
for the new HP Spextre X360, and I haven’t noticed any obvious screen
wobble in real world use across the two models I’ve now
If you opt for aHP Spextre X360 with 4K display, on top of the
higher resolution, you get even better color range that
covers 131.5 percent of the sRGB spectrum, while
brightness and accuracy remain nearly the same at 305 nits
and 1.53, respectively. And when you put this all together,
when I watched the trailer for Justice League, watching the
glinting Batarang fly in slowmo towards
The Flash in 4K is downright mesmerizing.
Is a fast-running system with Intel’s latest processors.
Our review unit is loaded with an Intel Core i7-7500U processor
compiled at 2.7GHz, 16GB of RAM and a state-of-the-art 512GB
What sets the HP Spextre X360 apart from the competition is how
much technology HP is able to pack into such a compact device
at this price point.On the Surface, you’ll get a 3:2 aspect ratio
display, but you won’t benefit from the 4K resolution or the
convertible form factor, and Microsoft’s laptop also doesn’t seem
to be as future-proof of an investment as it lacks Thunderbolt 3 and
USB Type-C ports. Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1 shares the Spectre’s
360-degree hinge, but sacrifices performance in favor of a more
anemic processor, and at the starting $999 price, you’re compromising
on screen resolution, inking support, storage and RAM.
With the 2017 HP Spextre X360 13-inch, HP delivers a more balanced,
high-end notebook at a great value.
Inking comes standard on the 2017 13-inch model. Like the larger
15-inch Spectre refresh, the 2017 13-inch model ships wit
h HP’s Active Pen, which utilizes the same N-Trig technology found
on Microsoft’s Surface Pen on the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4,
Surface Studio and Surface Laptop.
• Battery Life
An area that actually takes a real-world performance hit when it
comes to the new high resolution 4K display is battery life. In use,
with the display set to around 75 percent brightness, my HP Spextre X360 is able to deliver close to eight hours of battery life, which
should get you through most of the work or school day.
If you do need to recharge, the nice thing about the Spectre is HP’s
fast charging technology, allowing you to replenish up to
50 percent of your battery in as little as thirty minutes.
That means filling your spectrum HP Spextre X360 over 30 minutes will
give you approximately four additional hours of use.
With a clever quad-speaker setup by Bang & Olufsen, the HP Spextre X360
is built to deliver an optimal listening experience in any mode.
Two loudspeakers are between the keyboard and the hanger,
while the other two are located on either side of the system.
It gives you a more powerful, accurate, powerful volume of full volume,
and unlike other laptops, there are no distortions to the maximum
While the HP Spextre 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
• Screen Size
• 10 to 12 inches: The thinnest and lightest notebooks however,
you may sacrifice keyboard size for portability. Many laptops
in this class double as tablets.
• 13 to 14 inches: Provides the best balance of portability and
• 15 inches: The most popular size, 15-inch laptops are the least
expensive and provide plenty of desktop real estate.
• 17 to 18 inches: A 17- or 18-inch system will likely provide
everything you need for work and play.
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