HP Spectre X360 15 2-In-1 2019 Review

The HP Spectre X360 is one of the accessible 2-in-1 notebook computers that featured with the excellent build quality and stylish design. At the end of 2018, the manufacturer has taken another step ahead by the latest Spectre X360.

The essential elements, such as design, power, endurance, gaming, connectivity, and many others significantly has improved. So, all of these enhancements may make its users wow, especially for the Spectre X360 fans.

Today, it’s hard to find a convertible laptop that has almost powerful to the clamshell notebook in term of graphics power and performance. However, this 2-in-1 device may deliver you both performance and versatility.

 


  • Brand: HP (Hewlett-Packard)
  • Product: HP Spectre X360 15
  • Screen Size: 15.6 Inches
  • Item Model Number: HP Spectre x360 15 df0002na
  • Style: 2-In-1 NoteBook
  • Color: Poseidon Blue
  • Weight(lbs): 4.8
  • Optical Drive Type: None
  • Editor’s Rate: 9.3 out of 10

 

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PROS: HP Spectre X360 15 is a classy design and versatile notebook with reliable performance, graphics power, and impressive battery life. Also, it comes with a reasonable price which delivers a 4K UHD display and comfortable keyboard.

CONS: The upper and the lower bezel is a bit thick, a bit too large for a tablet mode, and as for the graphics content, the display should be better on brightness.


 

HP Spectre X360 15


When talking about the 2-in-1 portable computers, it should give you the versatility in both style and use. However, most of the convertible laptops today are not close enough to the clamshell laptop when it comes to graphics performance.

Fortunately, with the HP Spectre X360, it gives us both the performance and graphics with versatility. In short, this unit delivers great 2-in-1 features without abandoning much of the power.

As for the looks and appearance, HP has still kept up the built quality and makes the latest Spectre X360 15 are even more modern and elegant than its predecessor. Additionally, with the beautiful 4K display and comfortable keyboard makes it more sufficient in style.

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Specifications


  • Screen Size: 15.6 Inch
  • Screen Display: 4K IPS Touchscreen with Anti Glare Micro Edge WLED Backlit and Stylus Support
  • Resolution : 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Dimension (Inches): 14.2 x 9.8 x 0.8

  • Processor/CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i7 8750H
  • Processor Count: 6 (Hexa Core)
  • Base Performance: 2.2 GHz
  • Max Performance: 4.1 GHz

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with Max Q Design
  • Video Memory: 4 GB
  • Video RAM Type: GDDR5
  • Card Description: Dedicated
  • Storage Type: PCI NVMe SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Storage Capacity: 1 TB
  • RAM/Memory: 16 GB
  • RAM Type: DDR4 SDRAM

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Professional Upgrade
  • Optical Drive: No
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Yes
  • MicroSD Slot: Yes
  • Webcam: Yes
  • Bluetooth: 5.0 (Multi-User MIMO supported)
  • Wireless : Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2)

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Design


When it comes to design, the manufacturer conducts its best on the Spectre lineup on all occasions, especially on the convertible ones. There are two options of color which available so far, and it is the Poseidon Blue and Dark Ash Silver.

However, the one that under review today comes with Poseidon Blue color. Similar to the 13-inch version of Spectre X360, HP makes this laptop even more fashionable than the previous version. Plus, while maintaining the built quality of X360, the latest reproduction makes it more attractive.

Spectre X360 15 is famous for its gemstone angle design and cut. Besides, the modified “gem-cut” style that forms angular edges makes it more unique in style when it comes to design.

 

 

The angle of the two corners on the rear fits with Thunderbolt 3 and power button. Also, since both left and right cut edges design are meant to make the lid easier to lift, it may give the users the comfortability in use on this device.

Since Spectre X360 is a 15-inch laptop, it’s a sizeable 2-in-1 notebook with thick bezels (upper and lower) when compared to the computer like Asus ZenBook UX533, and a bit thicker and substantial to Dell XPS 15.

However, when the structures matter is under consideration, those few downsides are not crucially as the latest assets which Spectre X360 15 comprises. So, as a whole, it’s a great design with minor flaws.

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Keyboard & Trackpad


As for its keyboard, the design remains excellent and also receives many constructive reviews from most of its users. It is a typical backlight island-style or chiclet laptop keyboard with standard white color.

It has several adjustable brightness for its backlighting keycaps so that you can adjust the lighting effect or level depending on the environment. Also, it has a well-spaced keyboard layout, flat keycaps, and good key-travel.

The keyboard also includes a dedicated numeric pad, useful shortcuts lining on the top keys (airplane, media, backlighting, and others). Plus, it delivers with excellent and comfortable keystrokes.

It comes with 11.9 x 5.8 centimeters touchpad, which is more spacious than typical sizes trackpads featured by many other laptops today. Besides, it is a slightly smoother texture than the keyboard keys and provides decent clicks.

However, since it’s reasonably broad, it needs time before you can get used to it. Additionally, the HP Spectre X360 15 operate with Synaptics drivers instead of Windows Precision drivers. It would be better if HP also opted for the Microsoft option.

 

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HP Spectre X360 15: Performance


This unit is the latest 15 inches laptop of HP Spectre X360 15 model (2019), and it is a 2-in-1 laptop. However, this convertible laptop is surprisingly powerful, which is possess the same power as other equal 15 inches clamshell notebooks.

Our X360 15 review unit features with the 8th Generation of Intel Core i7 H-series, 16 GB of onboard memory, and 1 TB PCI-NVMe SSD type drive. These specs are way too powerful if it just for word processing, web content, and online video streaming.

The Intel Core i7 H Series is one of the famous processors that installed in many high-end notebooks. Plus, with the 16 GB of RAM, it is more than enough in acquiring any content you need.

Also, the PCI-NVMe SSD is fast in reading and writing data. It is very responsive when it comes to running and accessing applications and games, and boot quickly too. Besides, it delivers sufficient room for storing files with its 1 TB storage capacity.

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Graphics Card


Spectre X360 15 is not technically for gaming. Although, HP provides the review unit with dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics card, which makes it dependable on gaming too.

Because of the combination of its video card and RAM capacity, you can run most the AAA games with reasonable settings on this laptop. So, despite not being a gaming powerhouse, still, you can enjoy the excellent gaming experience. Besides, don’t forget that this device is a 2-in-1 notebook.

However, the Spectre X360 15 is primarily for an original multimedia purpose. Briefly, this machine has respectable performance in term of creativity on image and video processing.

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Screen Display


One of the best features of HP Spectre X360 15 is its screen display. Proffers people with the beautiful 4K (2160p resolutions) touchscreen and IPS panel display, the graphics are worthy of attention.

The display cover with Gorilla Glass, it’s a high-grade material and very well built too. Since it’s not for gaming purpose, the display capacity running at 60Hz refresh rate like most modern laptops does.

The touchscreen track precisely and ease, responsive when navigate, and it has beautiful color. Unfortunately, the display is unexpectedly dim since this laptop is for creative productivity.

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Ports & Connectivity


Of to this matter, HP should add more USB Type-A ports to makes it more sufficient. Additionally, with the Spectre X360 15 body size, HP does only provides it with a fundamental basis of interface connection.

You’ll find two USB Type C Thunderbolt 3 which supports HP Sleep & Charge, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, a microphone, and headphone combo jack, and one slot for microSD media card reader.

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Webcam


When talking about the front camera, the manufacturing company comes with the same idea for privacy rationale. Similarly to Lenovo’s ThinkShutter and Huawei’s pop-up camera, X360 15 provides with HP’s Privacy Camera Kill Switch.

The built-in front camera features with HP TrueVision Full HD IR Camera with Dual array digital microphone. Besides, the Kill Switch feature can automatically turn the Webcam off when its user flipped it on.

Also, with the IR camera, you can use the Windows Hello to log into your system quickly since Spectre X360 15 support facial recognition as an option other than using the fingerprint reader and typical login system (pin & password).

 

HP Spectre X360 15: Battery Life


This laptop packed with 6-cell, 84 watt-hours capacity of Li-ion battery, it isn’t bad for a notebook with 4K UHD display. Spectre X360 15 able to serve you long enough in an entire day. While when using it for gaming, it approximately can last between two to three hours.

 

Conclusion


HP Spectre X360 15 is an elegant powerhouse. It is a perfect choice for someone still searching a great convertible laptop. You can experience and feel the versatility of 2-in-1 device without forgoing much power.

While the price tag is about $1,800 is not cheap, but for delivering many premium features including design, performance, creativity, endurance, stunning display, adequate connectivity, and many others, it is an outstanding value.

However, Spectre X360 15 also has few minor flaws like its dim display, a bit weighty and large for a tablet mode. Compare to the clamshell laptop like Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and Dell XPS 15 these two are better in terms of screen brightness.

The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a direct competitor of the convertible laptop to this notebook when it comes to performance. However, all of these three laptops are notably very expensive than the review unit.

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