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HP Spectre x360 review – Beautiful 2-in-1 laptop

Last Updated on 3 years by D.Fili

Like other laptops in the HP Premium range, the HP Spectre X360 is a beautiful 2-in-1 laptop that can keep up with the best Ultrabook on the market. If you’re wondering how we got here, it’s the HP backup product and re-evaluating its alignment, resulting in a new chasses, backed by more powerful components and a stylus included.

With the HP Spectre X360 2018, HP has improved many of the buttons and even just the design, going up to include a microSD card reader. Therefore, it’s not hard to see why the HP Spectre X360 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops on the market, even on the disappointing battery life and an uncomfortable keyboard.

An Elegant Silver-plated aluminium enclosure wraps the entire chassis, divided only by bright buttons or speaker grids. The material is something like the oldest designs of Spectre, so it’s likely to show some wear and tear over time.

There is a microSD card slot, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a 3.1 USB port, and an integrated light power button on the left side of the laptop. On the right, you’ll find the HP Spectre X360 fingerprint sensor, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a Rocker volume.

This X360 Spectre is not exactly and overflowing with doors, but having both USB type A and USB-C is a welcome approach to get rid of the pain of living that dongle life. Any of the Thunderbolt 3 ports can be used to charge the HP Spectre X360.

With a measurement of 12.04 x 8.56 x 0.53 inches (30.6 x 21.8 x 1.36 cm) and a weight of 2.78 lbs (1.26 kg), the X360 Spectre is lightweight and compact.

HP is proud of the lifetime of the X360 spectrum battery. On the website, it has up to 16 hours of use. Although this might be the case with a minimal workload, we couldn’t get there.

Both our video loop playback reference and our actual test resulted in a battery life of less than 8 hours, or about half of what HP claims.

Eight hours are enough to spend a whole day working, no doubt-not to mention all the flights across the United States, Australia and western Europe. But, you’re not going to be able to work a whole day and then go home and dock a bit of Netflix without before driving out the HP Spectre X360 charger.

At first, we were a bit desconceradosed by the fingerprint sensor. It Looks more like a power button, or a kind of covered door, than a biometric scanner.

However, putting the fingerprint sensor on the side of the frame is a great idea and makes it easy to access, no matter how you’re using the HP Spectre X360. When you are in portable mode, quickly rest your finger on the side feels totally natural. At the same time, in tablet mode, the fingerprint sensor is still available to access your account.

The same can be said for the power button and volume controls, both of which are readily available regardless of how the X360 Spectre is used.

It’s amazing that this software is still pushing consumers so disrespectful. Users should not be reminded every two hours to enroll in a service.

HP Spectre X360 is a fine looking laptop. Its smooth appearance with shiny reflections calls it practically. The fingerprint sensor hidden on the side is convenient for use in any mode, and the pencil is included in the box.

The HP Spectre X360 is a strong machine full of surprises. Between a conveniently placed fingerprint reader and a touchpad that is large and sensitive, to a rather strange column of keys, there is much to appreciate and just a little displeasure.

The Overall performance is strong, and is a 2-in-1 laptop of reasonable degree, especially when compared to the competition. Including an HP pen is a good touch, saving the end user some money.

We have no problem recommending the HP Spectre X360 to those on the market for a 2-in-1 that has enough battery to get through a day’s work, and can keep up with everyday use. photo:HP

HP Spectre x360 specs:

CPU: 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U (quad-core, 4MB cache, up to 4GHz)
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Screen: 13.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) touch panel (WLED, IPS)
Storage: 256GB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, M.2)
Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 1 x USB 3.1, 1 x microSD, 1 x 3.5mm audio jack
Connectivity: Intel 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
Camera: HP TrueVision FHD IR webcam
Weight: 2.78 pounds (1.26 kg)
Size: 12.04 x 8.56 x 0.53 inches (30.6 x 21.8 x 1.36cm; W x D x H)

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