What you need to know
- The Spectre x360 14 is a brand-new convertible laptop with a 3:2 display.
- It features the latest Intel 11th Gen Core processor and Evo platform.
- It's not replacing the Spectre x360 13 or 15 models.
- It launches in October for $1,200 with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, and an included pen.
HP has been making steady improvements with every generation of its premier Spectre series of laptops. Today, it is adding a brand-new model to that growing line. The Spectre x360 14 sits between the refreshed HP Spectre x360 13 and 15-inch models but has some unique features going for it, namely a new, taller 3:2 "3K2K" display.
The overall design of the Spectre x360 14 is similar to the 13-inch model, but it features a taller 13.5-inch display (yeah, it's not really 14-inches) that more closely matches that of the Surface Laptop.
With a resolution of 3000 x 2000, the OLED, touch, and pen-enabled micro-edge with anti-reflection Corning Gorilla Glass the screen is the real star of the show. It has a welcomed 90.33 percent screen-to-body-ratio and 100 percent DCI-P3 color calibration with a Delta E of less than two. HP claims the taller resolution lets you see 20 percent more information than traditional 16:9.
|Category||HP Spectre x360 14|
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||13.5 in, 3:2 aspect ratio|
3000 x 2000 OLED, multi-touch
Corning Gorilla Glass NBT
400 nits, 100% DCI-P3; 1,000,000:1
|Processor||11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 (quad-core)|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
|Storage||1TB SSD and 32GB Intel Optane|
|Pen||HP Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen in nightfall black (included)|
|Expandable storage||MicroSD reader|
|Front camera||HP TrueVision 720P HD IR camera|
|Security||Windows Hello IR, fingerprint|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5|
|Ports||Two Type-C with Thunderbolt 4|
One USB 3.1 Type-A
|Audio||Bang & Olufsen with quad speakers|
65W Type-C AC adapter
|Dimensions||11.75 in (W) x 8.67 in (D) x 0.67 in (H)|
|Colors||Dark Ash, Poseidon Blue, or Silver|
|Price||Starting at $1,199|
I have been arguing for 3:2 and 16:10 aspects for over two years because it is not just the better display. As a result of the screen being taller, the keyboard deck also gets taller giving more space to rest your wrists and letting HP put in a larger, Precision TouchPad – which they did. The new trackpad is now 16.6 percent larger than the Spectre x360 13, making it more enjoyable to use.
Another benefit of that more massive keyboard deck is HP has added back two more top-firing speakers. On the recent refreshed Spectre x360 13, HP did not have space due to the display micro-bezels, so it went with bottom/side-firing ones instead. While the audio was still impressive, this new Spectre x360 14 HP can once again feature quad-firing speakers.
Onboard is Intel's latest 11th Gen Core processor – the quad-core i7-1165G7 – with a 34 percent boost in performance over 10th Gen. Indeed, this laptop was co-engineered with Intel earning it the Evo platform designation for performance, battery life, instant-on, and "intelligence." While AI and laptops getting smarter have a ring of consumer gimmickry, Intel's latest chips promise some impressive and proactive tech, including:
- Intelligentially manage power management to optimize productivity with smarter features in-bag detection using Intel Dynamic Tuning to avoid overheating or battery drain when the device is in a bag, and quick hot key access on the all-in-one keyboard for HP Command Center to easily select features like Power Saver mode. And help protect the health of the battery with the Adaptive Battery Optimizer.
- Focus Mode for multitasking and productivity, dimming the background apps not in use while keep the app currently being used bright. This also helps battery life by dimming other parts of the screen that are not in use, which is also great for privacy.
- AI Noise Removal with Intel GNA 2.0 for intelligent adaptive noise cancellation, to mute any background noise automatically across communication apps Microsoft Teams and Zoom and audio outputs and inputs like speakers, headphones, and the mic.
- Smart Sense in HP Command Center, which optimizes and adapts the system for performance, acoustics, and temperature automatically, based on the application being used and the placement of the laptop.
- Auto Color, the newest setting in HP Display Control, will automatically switch to the optimal color space for the best viewing experience based on the content being viewed. This means the device will switch from the DCI-P3 color space when watching a movie, to sRGB for surfing the Internet, to Adobe RGB when printing and imaging.
Assuming those features work as intended those are not stunts by any means, and it shows why Intel-based laptops still have something to offer over AMD.
For graphics, HP is using Intel's latest Iris Xe Graphics. HP claims that chips get a nearly 80 percent performance boost over last year's Intel UHD.
Battery life is rated at an impressive 17 hours with fast charge support for the 66WHr battery (more like 10 hours for real-world usage). There's also Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen support (which attaches magnetically to the chassis and is included in the box, nice).
Unfortunately, there is no 4G LTE or 5G options, but perhaps HP can add that in on a refresh.
Security is also a big deal, and HP is continuing its push for consumer needs. Like other recent HP laptops, the Spectre x360 14 has a dedicated keyboard button to hide the 720P web camera with built-in facial recognition for Windows Hello. There's now a hashed-out lens to let you know the camera is blocked. There's also a fingerprint reader built-in to the keyboard deck and a keyboard button to mute the microphone. There is also the option for HP's Sure View privacy tech to prevent onlookers from viewing your data.
All of that comes in a 3.0-pound laptop in three colorways, including Nightfall Black with Copper Luxe accents, Poseidon Blue with Pale Brass accents, and Natural Silver for old school fans.
Look for the all-new Spectre x360 14 sometime in October with a starting price of $1,200 from HP.com. For those who want to see one in person or prefer their local Best Buy, the chain will be carrying the Spectre x360 14 sometime in November.
HP Spectre x360 14
The HP Spectre x360 14 is a brand-new addition to the Spectre line of laptops. With a 3:2 "3K2K" OLED display, quad speakers, larger trackpad, larger battery, included pen, and Intel's latest 11th Gen tech, this $1,200 convertible laptop may be the best value this October.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
Nice! Does HP's Sureview still do 120Hz refresh rate? I heard that not all privacy screens do the higher refresh rate (ex: Lenovo).
No, they are just 60Hz now. Looks less cool, but now way better battery life 😂
The "ultrabook" naming aside, i'm pretty sure that "the best" laptop in this range/category at the moment might definitely be the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro. Just that 14" 16:10 2880x1800 90Hz 400 nit display looks like one of a kind, not to skip on the R9 4900H, 61Whr battery, simple all-metal build and a cheaper price than this Envy for an equivalent config. There's also the 7i Pro with intel 11th gen + nvidia mx350 (i guess 15W? forgot) which also comes with TB4, kinda hard to skip on TB4 now at this time but unless you need the benefits (not that many) of an intel cpu, that nvidia d-gpu and tb4, the amd model - Yoga Slim 7 Pro might be the best all arounder. Of course, we'll have to wait and see reviews of them after they start shipping.
Oh and yesterday i read a review of the new Asus Zenbook S ux393 at ultrabookreview.com. That laptop, similarly to this HP Envy, comes with a 13.9" 3:2 display and the tests they did showed excellent results for an Lcd screen. The rest of the laptop seemed great, too.
I'm sure that you Daniel will also provide us with great reviews of these laptops in the near future.
mx350 (and mx250 etc) at 15 watt are not interesting anymore considering Intel Iris Xe and amd igpu's have similar performance at better efficiency.
Thanks for mentioning the Zenbook, one to keep an eye on indeed.
Hopefully Lenovo doesn't drop the ball on the availability of their AMD laptops like they did w/ the Slim 7 w/ 4800U.
Hello there. Anyone knows if this HP would be good enough to use Autocad, Revit, or sketchup?
Yeah it is good enough. The Intel Iris Xe integrated videocard is quite powerful and the quad core cpu is solid too (though eg gaming pc's offer faster cpu's for rendering). You probably want to have 16 gb of ram if you work on very big projects for Revit.
Good to see more laptops using OLED, that's the only way to get real HDR on laptops and small devices in general.
Hurray big touchpad and 3:2 screen. Little need for Surface Laptop now lol. Oh and Intel Iris Xe, very nice indeed.
Finally a worthy upgrade to my late 2017 HP spectre x360!!
Looks great, but 3:2 is really for a writer's / coder's worflow. 16:10 is a good compromise, as that dimension fits for heavier use of Excel or PowerPoint.
For videos 16:10 is also better.
Who buys their laptop for mainly watching fullscreen videos? You have tv's for that.
I prefer 3:2 screen on these smaller laptops (<15 inch) because otherwise you get too narrow screens for any productivity work. Another benefit is that 3:2 will give you slightly more screen space versus 16:9/16:10 of the similar size / compactness.
It looks incredible. Very much want
How in the world are they doing this new 3000x2000 13.3" display, i7, and 16gb ram for $1200 - is the SSD optional? That price really sounds more like FHD, 8gb ram, and maybe 256gb ssd territory. If they can deliver that much for $1200, this is going to take teh ultraportable market by storm.
I'm wondering this too. OLEDs usually are considerably higher price bracket, even for a more common 16:9. Clearly there's more to come on specific specs and pricing - everybody has been repeating the same specs and price but as you say it's hard to square up. Still, looks like a great laptop, definitely on my list.
HP has been very competitive on pricing for their Spectra and Envy lines. I was looking to upgrade my Surface Pro, but the specs and bezels on the Pro 7 are so dated and the prices are ridiculous. Really wish someone else would offer a detachable.
Does any one know if this ultrabooks has headphone combo jack? The round opening between two USB C ports is listed on HP website as power. But in the overview on this page says it has 65W type-C charger, does that mean it charges through USB C port like Spectre 13?
I wonder if that's mislabeled "power"; that center port sure looks like a headphone jack. which would mean they just moved it over from the left side on the 13's.
That's what I think, I wrote an e-mail to HP, asking about this and I got reply from european branch, that this device have audio jack. So I told them about the picture "error" and said that they would send it apropriate place, however nothing has changed so far and it has been at least 3 weeks since our conversation.
This looks great, really happy to see 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports on it. Hoping I can pick one up for work. Wonder when it will be for sale on HP.com.
You can already configure this on HP store. Unfortunately due to awfully "great" antispam system on this page I can't give you more details.
I've had my Best Buy special for a full week now, and it is amazing. It is currently on sale for $1549 which gets you : 11th Gen i7-1165, 3000x2000 OLED panel (YES, OLED), 16gb RAM, 1tb SSD (Intel Optane), two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, 1 USB A, and mSDXC card slot. Folks, that price is a steal (and NO, I do not work for or own stock in HP). It is fast; display is sharp and fast; 2-in-1 design is very handy. The only downside so far is the included HP Pen - it sucks; very hard solid nib that skates on the glass and has a tendency to skip and waiver badly. It is not near the quality of even the Surface Pen on a Surface device (in fact, I've gone to using a Surface Pen with it, which is maybe a notch or two below the quality of that pen on a Surface device.
Sorry to cross post a bit (from your updated XPS review), but this beast is on sale at BB for $1299 with i7-1165, 3000x2000 OLED, 16gb ram, 1tb ssd (32gb Optane), two TB4 and one USB-A. it runs circles around my late 2019 13T and that 3:2 screen aspect ratio is to die for. 11th gen EVO is the real deal - in two weeks of use sleep really is SLEEP (1-2% battery drain overnight) and NO hot bagging.
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