HP Sprctre X360 | details and specifications
From top to bottom, the new 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).
What I love most about the Spectre x360 is how precise it feels. If the hard edges on its all-aluminum body were any sharper, they’d cut you, and the polished sides provide a great highlight accent to the Spectre x360’s large swaths of smooth brushed metal. Simply put, the Spectre x360 is one of the most attractive laptops on the market, 2-in-1 or otherwise.
However, if I had to nitpick, I’d say I wish the Spectre x360’s hinge were a bit stiffer. When the machine is sitting on a table in laptop mode or propped up in tent mode, it’s fine. But if you pick the 2-in-1 up and walk around, those little bounces sometimes cause the screen to slowly shift out of its original position.
I can’t wait for when we can finally ditch the boxy, USB ports of old for the slim, multipurpose USB Type-C ports of the future. But until that happens, we’re going to need both varieties in order to avoid carrying annoying dongles around. Thankfully, the Spectre obliges, with one USB 3.1 Type- A port and two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 3 and power delivery. That means if you have the right dock or monitor, you can use a single cord to carry video and data and recharge the system, instead relying on the bird’s nest of wires you’d need on older systems.
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.
By cramming in a larger, 57.8-watt-hour battery, HP has greatly increased the 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.
With a clever quad-speaker setup by Bang & Olufsen, the Spectre x360 is built to deliver an optimal listening experience in any mode. Two speakers are hidden beneath the grille between the keyboard and the hinge, while the other two are located on either side of the system’s bottom. This gives you fuller, more immersive audio, with pretty potent volume that easily fills up a room. And, unlike with a lot of other laptops, I didn’t hear any hissing or distortion at max volume.
In addition to a revamped design, the 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.
|2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-7500U CPU
|Windows 10 Home
|RAM Upgradable to
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|Intel HD Graphics 620
|2×2 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth
|4.7 x 2.3
|Ports (excluding USB)
|USB 3.1 with Type-C
|Ports (excluding USB)
|1-year limited warranty/90 days technical supper for software and setup
|12.03 x 8.58 x 0.54-inches