HP Spectre x360 (13-inch) Review: Worth Every Peso


We review HP’s newest iteration of their Spectre x360

HP has officially launched their new, 13-inch Spectre x360 2-in-1 notebook in the Philippines today.

The new iteration of the Spectre x360 looks similar to the device released by the company for the Philippines last year, though this time around the 13-inch notebook has an insanely beautiful AMOLED panel on board, as well as Intel’s new 10th generation processor.

Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Very thin and light
  • Sharp display
  • Very long battery life

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Lots and lots of bloatware

The old design is as pretty as ever

HP is sticking with the same chassis design on last year’s model for the newest iteration of the Spectre x360, and we understand why.

The aluminium chassis is chamfered all around, with the corners of the notebook near the hinge diagonally cut for that extra visual pop. Our review unit came in a nice metallic grey color with copper accents on the chamfers.

Overall weight for the notebook came in at just 1.27 kilos, and it was surprisingly thin, at just 16mm thick.

You can immediately tell just how well built the notebook is when you pick it up from the table. There’s zero flex, zero build quality issues anywhere in the body, which is kind of what you’d expect from such a premium product like this.

Gorgeous AMOLED display that’s to die for

The biggest upgrade this year is the 13-inch, 4K UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED display. The display is absolutely amazing to look at, and has 400 nits of brightness – bright enough for outside use.

If that wasn’t enough, the display is touchscreen capable and has 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. That means the display is accurate enough for serious photography and video editing work.

Since the HP Spectre x360 is a 2-in-1, you can flip the display over and transform it into a tablet, or lay the display on the table if you want to. HP throws in a stylus with every purchase so you can draw and doodle on the Spectre x360 if you need to.

The bezels on the sides and top are very thin, thinner than last year’s model which is great. Even with the smaller bezels, HP has managed to squeeze a tiny webcam up there which has a physical on and off switch at the side of the chassis.

That webcam measures a mere 2.2mm, which makes it the smallest IR webcam in the world.

Plenty of ports and the keyboard feels good to type on

Despite being a small notebook, the Spectre x360 has quite a nice selection of ports to plug devices into.

There’s a USB 3.1 port that uses a clever hinge mechanism that hides it out of sight on the left side of the notebook.

There are two USB Type-C ports on the right side near the diagonally cut corner, with one doubling as the notebook’s charging ports.

The keyboard feels good to type on, with plenty of travel on the keys. The only thing I don’t like is the keys are a little too scrunched together, which led to a few mistypes when I was writing too fast. The keyboard is also backlit, making for easy use even in dim environs.

Even the notebook’s touchpad, which is usually the biggest issues with notebooks like these had no issues and was pretty precise.

There’s also a fingerprint scanner included that resides right below the arrow keys.

More than enough grunt to get you through the day

HP’s significantly bumped up the processing power of their newest iteration of the Spectre x360, as our review unit came with a 10th generation, Intel Core i7-1065G7.

That’s paired with 16GB of LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM, Intel Iris Plus graphics, and 1TB of PCIe NVME M.2 SSD storage.

The notebook runs Windows 10, and if there’s one thing we don’t like about the overall package is the fact that the notebook ships with quite a bit of bloatware from the factory.

There’s enough power under the hood to run most applications without any issues, and Intel’s Iris graphics that is included with the Spectre x360 is powerful enough for casual gaming, though you will have to manage game’s graphics quality.

As far as battery life, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the notebook managed to run for around 10 hours on a single charge, making it a perfect companion for people who are upwardly mobile.

Verdict: Very nearly perfect

HP’s newest refresh for their 13-inch Spectre x360 has everything you need from a notebook: looks to die for, an ultra-sharp, vivid touchscreen display, performance that won’t let you down and incredible battery life.

We don’t know yet what the specific price our review unit goes for, though reps for HP tells us that the 13-inch Spectre x360 starts at Php 79,990 for the base model.

That’s a reasonable price tag for the kind of performance you get from this particular notebook.

2 comments

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    Hi! Did HP announce when will this be available for purchase here in the Philippines? Thanks!

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    Where to buy?

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