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HP Spectre Folio hands-on (video)

HP this week took the tech world by surprise with its new Spectre Folio, a laptop that swaps out the traditional aluminum design found on premium notebooks for a bit of leather-clad luxury. The result is an incredibly unique entry in the company's powerful Spectre lineup, and HP has done some pretty impressive engineering work to make sure it all comes together nicely.

But how does it actually feel? Check out our brief hands-on video above to get the full skinny on our initial impressions.

Of course, we'll have a much more in-depth look at the Spectre Folio with a review once it becomes available. But for now, if you're ready to dive in, the HP Spectre Folio is up for preorder now, starting at $1,300, at Best Buy (opens in new tab) and HP (opens in new tab).

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  • That price is something to really recoil about, IMO. $1,300 gets you a low-power dual-core. I know that's a lot different than going to a Pentium or Atom of the past, but $1,300 is where you get big-time gaming laptops. It really seems like they're pricing it against a MacBook to claim a premium product by price, rather than by building a great product. The leather body is just a nightmare to think about. The wear and tear that thing will probably be put up against by the average consumer isn't great for leather. I'd be curious to see what it looks like for a power user after 1-2 years, probably very worn, a bit stained, and kinda gross. They're asking a lot of money for not a lot of PC, much more of a fashion statement. This and the Surface Laptop are two of my least-favorite devices, as they seem to be made out of "premium" materials that more punish you into have an irreparable laptop. They're more designed to be replaced, rather than upgraded or repaired properly. That's the kind of consumer abuse usually reserved for Apple.
  • You think that's bad, it's $2800 for the entry level model in Australia. That is insane, it's even more expensive than the Surface Book 2, and that's not a cheap machine here either.