HP Spectre x360 15 vs. Surface Laptop 15: Which is a better buy?

Hp Spectre X360 15 Front Angle Open
Hp Spectre X360 15 Front Angle Open (Image credit: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central)

Ultimately, the HP Spectre x360 15 is the better choice here for the vast majority of people. A select few may find the Surface Laptop 3 15 worth choosing if they need a better battery life or can't afford to spend a little extra. Still, most should opt for the Spectre due to its better performance, display, its convertible functionality.

Spectre x360 15 vs. Surface Laptop 3 15: Comparison and specs

The HP Spectre x360 15 outperforms the Surface Laptop 3 15 in almost every metric across the board. Its Intel i7-10750H CPU is measurably more capable than either of the AMD Ryzens available for the Surface Laptop 3 15. Its NVIDIA 1650 Ti completely blows the AMD Radeon Vega 9 and 11 GPUs in the Surface out of the water. The Spectre matches the Surface on RAM and storage, and again surpasses it when it comes to displays — both the IPS and AMOLED 4K screens are more impressive than the Surface's Pixelsense. The Spectre also comes with Thunderbolt 3 and support for Wi-Fi 6, while the Surface does not. Both laptops are fantastic in terms of physical design, although the bezels on the Spectre are noticeably thinner. It's also important to note that you can use the Spectre as a convertible.

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Header Cell - Column 0 HP Spectre x360 15Surface Laptop 3 15
CPUi7-10750HAMD Ryzen 5 3580UAMD Ryzen 7 3780U
GPUNVIDIA 1650 TiAMD Radeon Vega 9 GraphicsAMD Radeon RX Vega 11
Display15-inch UHD IPS touch (340 or 400 nits)15-inch UHD AMOLED touch (400 nits)15-inch Pixelsense 2496 x 1664 touch (400 nits)
SpeakersQuad-speaker designOmnisonic speakers
Ports1x Thunderbolt 31x USB-C1x USB-A1x USB-C1x USB-A1x Surface Connect
BiometricsWindows Hello-enabled 720p cameraFingerprint readerWindows Hello-enabled 720p cameraFingerprint reader
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6Bluetooth 5.0Wi-Fi 5Bluetooth 5.0
Battery5-6 hours9-10 hours
Weight4.24 lbs3.40 lbs

The Surface Laptop 3 15 only scores points in three areas: battery life, weight, and starting price. The Surface's battery life comes in at around 9-10 hours, a big step up compared to the Spectre's 5-6. Additionally, the Surface Laptop 3 15 weighs in at 3.40 pounds, which is over a pound lighter than the Spectre. Finally, the Surface Laptop 3 15's starting price is $300 less than the Spectre x360 15, making it more attractive to people who are on tight budgets. Outside of these advantages, though, the Spectre is simply better.

Spectre x360 15 vs. Surface Laptop 3 15: Which should you buy?

At the end of the day, we think that this duel's clear winner is the HP Spectre x360 15. Offering stronger performance, a better display, better ports, thinner bezels, Wi-Fi 6, and convertible functionality, it trumps the Surface Laptop 3 15 across the board. The only reason you should get a Surface Laptop 3 15 is if you need something as affordable as possible or if you need strong battery life.

If neither of these devices are the right fit for what you're looking for, check out our best Windows laptop picks for more options.

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.