Review: HP Spectre x360
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With the Spectre name comes the legacy of style, slim designs and portability, and the 2017 edition of the HP Spectre x360 doesn’t disappoint. It still remains quite light (tipping the scales at 1.32kg) and is 13mm thick, which means it can be slipped into your handbag. The hinge mechanism allows the display to be pushed all the way back, and it can be used as a tablet when required. It is gorgeous, and that really matters when you spend so much on a laptop.
The Spectre x360 runs a Core i7-7500U processor with 16 GB RAM. This packs in a 512 GB solid state drive (SSD) as well. The amount of power this machine packs in, in such a slender form factor, needs to be experienced to be believed. Needless to say, if the Apple MacBook Pro doesn’t interest you, this could be an ideal alternative in the same price bracket. HP bundles an Active Stylus Pen with the Spectre.
While the debate about 4K screens on laptops rages on, HP has done the sensible thing and given the Spectre x360’s 13.3-inch display Full HD (1,920x1,080) resolution. This is more than enough for computing tasks as well as media viewing, and will be less of a drain on the battery than a 4K screen would. In terms of brightness, vividness and crispness, this screen gets it pretty much spot on. Yes, there is some amount of reflectiveness but the brightness levels mask that most of the time.
Battery life is good for around 6 hours on a typical workday, considerably lower than the MacBook Pro 13’s 9-12 hours but fairly robust compared to other Windows laptops . One reason for this is the reduced power consumption of the latest generation of Intel Core processors.
The keyboard layout remains flawless. The spacing between each key is adequate, and easy to get used to. Each key press elicits a consistent and assured response, so it’s easier to type quickly.
With this sort of performance and battery life, there really isn’t much doubt that the HP Spectre x360 is the best convertible that money can buy (and it is a lot of money) at the moment, and the best ultrabook you can splurge on. Yes, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (Rs1,35,990) is an alternative if style is paramount—but it has a lower-powered Core i7-7Y75 chip.