HP Spectre x360 13 now available with bundled digital pen

If you're in the market for HP's latest svelte 13-inch Spectre x360, you can now snag the laptop bundled with a digital pen. Previously only available without a pen, the Spectre x360 is now available at Best Buy (opens in new tab) with the pen included, albeit only in a few different configurations.

For a convertible laptop, an included pen was sorely lacking for some users when the refreshed Spectre x360 launched in late 2016. The ability to swap into tablet mode and start jotting down notes with Windows Ink is one of the more attractive aspects of picking up a convertible, so it's good to see pen bundles show up for sale now.

HP Spectre x360 (late-2016) review: the new best 13-inch laptop

In all, Best Buy is serving up 3 different bundles with the pen included, ranging from $1,199 up to $1,599. Two of the configurations come in the Natural Silver color with Core i7 processors on board, along with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. The third variant comes in the Dark Ash Silver color with a pen to match, and packs a 4K display alongside its Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

Update: To be clear, this is a different model than the 13-inch Spectre x360 that we reviewed late last year. That version did not have a compatible display, which means using this new HP Pen on it will do nothing.

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  • Wow... That 4K 13 inch variant with the stylus is sweet! But I think I will go with the 15 inch cause of bigger battery, DDR4, and discrete graphics. Basically getting all those extra specs for free on the 15 inch, since it's the same price as the 13 inch 4k. HP should have put the 4K 13 inch at least $100 less to make sense in buying it over the 15 inch.
  • Keep in mind the 13 inch version has 2 thunderbolt 3 ports and the 15 only has one. ALSO, the 15inch version only uses 2 pcie 3.0 slots for that thunderbolt 3 port, meaning only 16Gbit transper speed instead of the usual 40Gbit. References here (https://www.reddit.com/r/Hewlett_Packard/comments/5qpwla/just_got_the_ne... )
  • Wait. What? Thought the 13in version doesn't support pen input? Or is this a newer model of the Kaby Lake version? 
  • No, I think it does... http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-spectre-x360-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-lap...
  • Did some reaseach. The "older" end of 2016 Kaby Lake verison (13-w023dx) doesn't support pen input. This one does (13-AC013DX). Just a headsup for folks that want to by one with pen support. 
  • Thanks for the tip.  I just did a tech chat with HP and got the same confirmation that 13-w023dx does not even support active pen input.  I thought I was buying the latest / greatest ... and thought the pen was just not included and I could pick it up later.  May see if there is still time to exchange at Best Buy.
  • I recently just received this HP Spectre X360 direct from HP - a little annoyed if there is a NEW version that supports pen input - I thought that this laptop did not have it. Is this possibly a mistake by Best Buy?!
  • That is one beautiful device with great functionality! If I had an extra $1200 laying around I would buy that thing :). 
  • So, comparing the $1,300 i7 / 16GB / 512GB model (13-w023dx), you're paying $300 JUST to get pen support... No thanks.
  • It's only $200 more and it includes the 4k screen (plus the pen and an awesome ash color): http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-spectre-x360-2-in-1-13-3-4k-ultra-hd-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-512gb-solid-state-drive-dark-ash-silver/5713178.p?ref=199&loc=JAF5WzpxbKM&acampID=1&siteID=JAF5WzpxbKM-5ig7R_qQDm9l2lfCCH.iYg
  • I should've been more specific: Comparing the 13-w023dx with the new 13-ac023dx, the price difference is $300 with the only actual difference being one comes with a pen...
  • unlike the older one, the new one also has a PCIe SSD. 
  • All Spectre x360's released in late 2016 have PCI-E NVME SSDs, including the 13-w023dx that I've been referencing.
  • Oh really? Damn thats what I get for going off of Best Buy's spec sheets...
  • That's why I have no idea why they're charging so much more for just a pen.
  • Every Windows device that supports pen is at least 200€ more expensive than without. Pen for PC is great if its good implemented. But I can understand that not every body needs one. I will never ever buy a windows laptop or 2in1 without a pen. Guess what, for the same price u get a pretty good desktop pc with an 28 inch full hd screen if thats what you want :-P