Is the HP Spectre x360 the right convertible laptop for me?
There are a few things the HP Spectre x360 does really well: it's stylish, powerful, and versatile. But is it right for you? We run down the features that could make the difference between you picking one up and you looking in another direction.
The HP Spectre x360 truly looks like it costs a fortune. The 13.3-inch model's slim aluminum body is available in two color options: natural silver and ash silver with copper. The darker option is a nice change from the sea of silver aluminum laptops out there. The 15.6-inch Spectre x360 is available in only natural silver, though.
When the laptop is sitting closed, it's only 0.62 inches (15.9mm) thick. Don't let the size fool you; the durable body is crafted with the same process that's used in the aerospace industry. This is no flimsy plastic chassis.
Versatility and strong body do not come without a price, which is the weight. The 15.6-inch model weighs 4.02 pounds (1.8 kilograms), and the 13.3-inch model weighs 3.2 pounds (1.45 kilograms). Yes, this might seem a bit heavy for a tablet, but don't forget this is first and foremost a notebook.
The aluminum body is durable and you can expect the HP Spectre x360 to remain an attractive portable for quite a while.
Want a device that can be as versatile as you are? Fold the screen all the way back to enter tablet mode for compact web browsing, fold the keyboard back to act as a stand for watching movies, or set it up as a tent for maximum stability. The geared hinge system is firm enough to hold each configuration in place, yet moves smoothly when apply pressure. Like the rest of the laptop, the hinges on the HP Spectre x360 are built to last for a long time. There is, of course, the standard notebook mode for when you need to put your head down and get work done with the keyboard.
The 15.6-inch Spectre x360 has one more port than the 13.3-inch model: a USB 3.0 Type-C. Both laptops have three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a Mini DisplayPort.
If you're in the market for a convertible laptop, the HP Spectre x360 should be near the top of your list. If you want a notebook that doesn't change shape, you might want to look elsewhere — other options are lighter and slimmer.
There are several touch display options to choose from here between the 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models. If you want a 13.3-inch display, you can have either a 1920x1080 IPS display, a 2560x1440 OLED display, or a 3200x1800 IPS display.
The 15.6-inch models come with either a 1920x1080 IPS display or a 3840x2160 IPS display. Thanks to HP's customization options, you can upgrade your 15.6-inch display from 1080p to 4K UHD for only about $60 — that's really cheap!
There are a lot of display options to choose from, so it shouldn't be an issue when choosing a new laptop. Whether you're an avid web browser or a keen-eyed multimedia editor, the Spectre x360 has you covered.
Hardware configuration options range quite a bit; you can choose from 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM, you can choose from a 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD, and you have your choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors.
Intel HD Graphics and Intel Iris Graphics are both available depending on which processor you choose. HD Graphics are good for light gaming, whereas Iris Graphics are good for medium gaming. If you want a laptop for heavy gaming, look elsewhere.
No matter your workload, you'll be able to put together a laptop with the hardware that suits your needs. Throw in a battery that lasts up to 12 hours, and you have a powerful, versatile tool at your disposal.
Should you buy it?
- Great design
- Lots of customization options
- Sturdy hinge
We Don't Like
- A little heavy
- Bottom can get warm
If you're looking for a convertible laptop that looks and feels like it cost a lot of money, this is it. No one has to know that the price is actually pretty low considering what you're getting.
Configurations start at about $900 for a 13.3-inch laptop with a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. HP's customization menus make upgrading individual parts easy, so you won't feel like you're spending money in the wrong place. If you go all out on a fully-optioned 13.3-inch OLED or 15.6-inch 4K model you can expect to hit around $2,000.
The HP Spectre x360 is durable and can be backed by HP's excellent warranty — expect to have this laptop for quite a while if you decide to pick one up.