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HP Spectre x360 13 review

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HP's updated Spectre Laptop has an eye-catching design and good overall performance, albeit at a predictably high price point.

  • Angular design that's used for more than just visual spectacle
  • Decent performance
  • Good keyboard response
  • It’s expensive in many configurations
  • Battery life doesn't live up to the hype
  • Can double as an inadvertent lap warmer if pushed hard
HP's Spectre line of 2-in-1s has a long heritage of delivering attractive business-centric laptops, and with just a few nips and tucks in the design department, along with some new innards, that's exactly what the latest model of the company's HP Spectre x360 13 delivers. In a market where there are a lot of copycat designs, the HP Spectre x360 13 certainly stands out.


Design

  • It's angular everywhere
  • 13-inch 4K OLED display – for a price
  • Fingerprint or Windows Hello for login
  • Physical camera shutter
close up of the HP spectre 360

Performance

  • Core i7 model works well for most business purposes
  • Not a graphics powerhouse
  • Good keyboard
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Battery life

  • Battery can run for a working day, but not quite to HP's claims
  • USB-C charging
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Verdict

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Overall:
Finder score: 3.5

  • An appealing package, but there's plenty of choice at this price point

The HP Spectre x360 13 is in some respects a specifications bump wrapped in a slightly modified design from previous years. There's nothing essentially wrong with that, and in this space, there are a lot of designs that tend to end up looking bland. You can't accuse the HP Spectre x360 13 of that, and for its core business traveller market, it's an entirely suitable choice.

That being said, this market is awash with choices and a lot of competitive price-cutting, so it's well worth looking around and comparing your choices at the time of purchase.


Pricing and availability

Price: RRP $1,999 for Full HD/IPS LCD display

Where to buy: The HP online store, The Good Guys


Specs

Product Name
HP Spectre x360 13
Display Size
13 inches.
Resolution
3840 x 2160
PPI
339 ppi
Processor
Intel Core i7-1065G7
RAM
16GB
Storage
512GB
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Battery
Up to 10.5 hours
Dimensions
30.88 x 21.79 x 1.47cm
Weight
1.3kg

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