HP’s Spectre x360 is back this year with new specs on the same old convertible body that won it a place in all the best laptop lists of 2016. Hardcore users and enthusiasts have welcomed its return.
The Spectre x360 is a capable machine for everyday use by executives, artists, and even college students. Microsoft recently announced Windows 10 S, a version of the OS aimed exclusively at students, and revealed HP would work in partnership with them to develop cheap laptops that run this system.
HP Spectre x360: Specs and Design
HP returns with a thinner, lighter, and more powerful Spectre x360 than ever before. It is back in its two original size configurations: 13.3 and 15.6 inches. The smaller model is just 0.55 inches thin and weighs 2.89 lbs, while the larger version has a 0.7-inch profile and weighs 4.42 lbs.
The 13.3-inch display on the Spectre x360 can be either FHD 1920 x 1080 or 4K. The 15.6-inch model is exclusively 4K, and both laptop versions are touch-enabled and have a slim border display. They are available in Ash Silver and Copper trims, or just plain Natural Silver color.
Both 2-in-1s come with 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, support up to 1 TB of PCIe SSD storage, and up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 SDRAM. The smaller Spectre is available with either Intel HD Graphics or a NVIDIA GPU, while the bigger one comes only with a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX card with 2 GB of DDR5.
HP’s 13.3-inch Spectre x360 has two USB-C ports, one USB 3.1 port, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and a dual jack for microphones and headphones. The 15.6-inch model has the same setup with an extra HDMI port and SD card reader.
The two laptops come with an HP Wide Vision Full HD IR webcam with dual array digital microphone integrated. They support Microsoft Hello face sign-in, and they pack quad speakers provided by Bang & Olufsen.
The HP Spectre x360 can stand up to 16 hours of continuous use and up to 11 hours of FHD video playback on its smaller model. The larger one, however, can only play video up to 9 hours. Both 2-in-1s support Microsoft Ink when used as a tablet with a digital pen.
HP Spectre x360: Price and availability
HP’s Spectre x360 currently starts at $939.99 with the most basic spec sheet possible. All configurations run Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro, and their availability depends on whether the company has it in stock or not.
While that is the starting price of the convertible laptop, HP offers a wide range of accessories and services coverage that can ramp up costs up to $1,800 for the most expensive model.