The HP Spectre x360 is a Windows notebook with a 13.3 inch display and an Intel Broadwell processor. Push the screen back 360 degrees and it becomes a Windows tablet.
HP has been offering convertible notebooks under the x360 brand for a little while, but the Spectre x360 kicks things up a notch by offering premium design, a thin and light case, and a promise of all-day battery life.
It’s also reasonably affordable. The HP Spectre x360 is available now for $900 and up.
An entry-level model features an Intel Core i5 Broadwell processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of solid state storage. It has a 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display.
HP also offers models with Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and 2560 x 1440 pixel displays.
The notebook measures about 0.6 inches thick and weighs about 3.3 pounds. It has a full-sized, backlit keyboard, a wide glass touchpad, three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and mini DisplayPort, a headset jack, dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, and Intel Wireless Display support.
The HP Spectre x360 has a 56 Wh battery which Intel says is good for up to 12.5 hours of run time (although you should take that figure with a grain of salt).
I’ve been using the machine for a few days and while I love it in general the screen ratio is irritating. It just feels like my view is constantly compressed from above and it hurts my eyes to some degree. In reality I’ve mostly used it in bed so far in “stand mode” while laying down with the keyboard facing down and using the touchscreen for control. It’s absolutely wonderful in this position and the excellent hinges basically removes any wobbling when I touch the screen. Still due to the screen ratio I’m thinking about returning the unit. I’m just not sure what the alternative would be? I really do want the 2-1 mode and for this price I can’t find any good alternatives. Any suggestions?
I know lots of people are impressed with this machine and I get it. Personally, a screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio doesn’t work for me – 16:10, 3:2 are far more versatile. Quite a few sites are calling this a 2-in-1 but it’s more of a 1.5-in-1 without a detachable keyboard. A 3.26lb tablet? Been there, no thanks. MS’s PS3 is starting to look like the only option right now for me, though I would have to settle for their flimsier keyboard/kickstand solution.
Love the long battery life and multitude of ports.
I second that about the screen aspect ratio. Heavy landscape table and wider display laptop for holding, meh, no. Microsoft, Apple, Google have all put out devices with useful aspect ratios. It time PC makers request different displays. SP3 display in a mainstream laptop design, even without touch would be interesting. It’s ok to have just a good 1:1 device.
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