We go hands-on with HP Spectre the 'thinnest laptop in the world'

HP's Spectre laptop comes in at just 10.4mm thin, and boasts 9.5 hours of battery life per charge and doesn't have an outrageous price tag to accompany it. Is it possible that something so thin and light could provide enough power and speed to get you through your daily tasks? The short answer is yes. The HP Spectre is quite powerful, packing either an i5 or i7 inside depending on which model you opt for. Paired with the processor of choice, you've got 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD internal storage.

On the back, the laptop has three USB-C connectors, all of which are capable of both charging the computer and charging external devices. The inner two USB-C ports also double as Thunderbolt connectors, and the only other port is a headphone jack on the opposite side.

The screen is a 13.3-inch non-touch IPS display that has amazing viewing angles and beautiful colors, with a limited bezel around it. You won't find a 4K version of this laptop, but that isn't a deal breaker. For the hinges, HP is using pistons to keep them in place, and the laptop opens and closes very smoothly. The keys on the keyboard aren't raised high, but they offer a great feel and are very easy to get used to. As far as performance, the Spectre likely isn't for those who want to play resource intensive games, but that doesn't mean it's a slouch. We were able to move around the OS, launch apps, and multitask with relative ease.

The overall design is what really sets the spectre apart here, with its dark grey body and gold hinge. HP has also put a new logo on this, which it will use only for its premium laptops. Pre-orders are set to begin on April 25, with prices starting at $1,169.

Jared DiPane

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.