There are plenty of laptops today with different types of built quality and design. Sometimes, for some us, the style or looks are important as or more than the notebook performance itself. It’s not just because it looks elegant, colorful, and attractive in visual, but it gives us different experience when using it.
The 2-in-1 portable computers are one of the great products in the laptop world these days, and it’s also known as Laplet, convertible laptop, laptop tablet, and many others. On late 2018, HP has made some critical improvements on the Spectre X360 2-in-1 laptop.
As for the appearance, this updated Spectre x360 doesn’t look much different from its predecessors. The manufacturing company kept up the build quality, but, somehow made it even more fashionable, and I am impressed with it. So, today’s review is on the new 13.3-inch of HP Spectre x360 2-in-1.
- Product Brand: HP
- Product Series: HP Spectre x360
- Model Number: Spectre x360 13ap00 Pro McAfee
- Screen Size: 13.3 inches
- Style: 2-in-1 Laptop
- Color: Dark Ash
- Weight(lbs) : 2.8
- Optical Drive: None
- Editor’s Rate: 9.5 out of 10
New HP Spectre x360 13 Gem Cut
The HP Spectre class is a famous HP laptop computer mock-ups that present premium features. As time passes, the manufacturer has taken another step further with the 2018 improvements on both 13.3 and 15.6 inches of Spectre x360 latest series.
As they’ve announced the new design of this convertible machine, HP company also claims of the tremendous improvements on the battery life. It also comes with the latest Intel “Whiskey Lake” processor and added security features.
Thanks to the dual eSIM support and gigabit modem, HP Spectre x360 provides with an optional 4G LTE connectivity and built for Windows Ink. So with all these features, this unit can be categorized as Windows Tablet such as the Microsoft Surface 2.
HP Spectre x360 Specifications
- Screen Size: 13.3 Inches
- Screen Display: Full HD Touch Screen, IPS Technology for Wide Viewing Angles
- Resolution : 1920 x 1080
- Max Resolution : 1920 x 1080 pixels
- Dimensions : 12 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
- Processor: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U
- Processor Count: 4
- Base Performance: 1.8 GHz
- Max Performance: 4.6 GHz
- Graphics Card: Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Card Description: Integrated
- Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
- Storage Type: SSD (Solid-State Drive)
- Storage Capacity: 512 GB
- RAM/Memory: 16 GB DDR4 SDRAM
- Optical Drive: No
- Finger Print: Yes
- MicroSD Slot: Yes
- Webcam: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes (5.0)
- Wireless: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2) Gigabit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5 Combo
The Spectre x360 line is widely known as convertible laptop model by many, especially for its classy build quality, HP still kept this on the modern reproduction of this unit, but, in addition to that, the manufacturer also makes it more elegant than its predecessor.
With the aluminum chassis, they’ve modified and provides the convertible Spectre x360 with what most people call the “gem-cut” style which forms angular edges.
According to the company, these dual cut edges make the lid easier to lift no matter which sides its users opening it. Since the sides aren’t flat anymore, the fingerprint sensor moves to the main deck.
HP also claims the angled corners on the rear are not just for show. Instead, it has fit with USB-C port (right corner) and power button (left corner), which makes cable management more effortless.
It’s allowed you to change into the adjustable modes without disarranging the plugged in cable charger. Just like the previous one, the mentioned laptop compactness is incredible and very light to carry around too, it’s just about 1.3 kg of weight and 1.3 cm of thickness.
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Keyboard & Touchpad
The whole design of its keyboard is excellent and receive much positive feedback, and it delivers comfortable keystrokes and satisfying clickiness, the keys are flat and allow for good key-travel. The keyboard type is an island-style backlit keyboard with typical white color and has three adjustable brightness.
Which means, you can adjust it depends on the environment. Furthermore, the touchpad placement gives enough spaces for palms when typing, and has a slightly smoother texture than the keyboard keys, although, it’s not glossy or has illuminated numeric key on it like Asus ZenBook 14.
Moreover, the webcam becomes one of the outstanding features on this unit, because the HP manufacturer gives a camera kill switch on this laptop, and it electrically turns off the webcam when flipped on.
HP company has come with the same concept for privacy purposes like MateBook X Pro pop-up camera and Lenovo ThinkPad’s ThinkShutter. By these features, maybe it’s slightly better than those two cameras. Also, IR camera for Windows Hello for easily log onto your Windows 10.
As for the connectivity, there are two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 capability and a USB-A 3.1 port for connecting advanced monitors, external drives, and many other peripherals.
Moreover, theoretically, it’s also can connect to the external GPU for gaming and graphical performance. Plus, a microSD card reader and headphone or microphone combo jack.
Screen & Display
The screen display is a touch screen, installed with the IPS technology for wide viewing angle, and covered with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, and it is for additional security to help against scratches and drops.
This convertible laptop is a 13.3-inch size, the notebook’s bezel has been reduced slightly, but still, the display looks similar to its predecessor. A privacy screen which able you to limits the viewing angles is one of the unique features comes with this laptop, it can be configured with HP Sure View.
HP Spectre x360 comes with two screen configurations, it is Full HD (1920 x 1080) and 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolutions, also the display can be configured with HP Sure View privacy technology.
The manufacturer claims not only this device the have option to add 4G LTE connectivity, but also it can reach 22.5 hours of battery life. However, it most certainly the Spectre x360 with the Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory.
The actual battery life may notably less than they’ve stated on this unit because it’s using the Core i7, it also depends on the configuration and software uses, power management, and other elements.
So, overall the new HP Spectre x360 is a visually considerable convertible 2-in1 laptop with only a few minors. With the Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and 16GB of RAM, you can do word-processing, blogging, and view web content, watching online video without any issues.
The Intel UHD Graphics 620 integrated graphics card is not meant for a serious gamer, but you can play some games at low settings and do light video editing. Also, if you want to stick with a clamshell laptop, the latest Dell XPS 13 may help you out.