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HP unveils the gorgeously thin 13.3-inch Spectre laptop

HP has been quite the odd company when it comes to premium laptops running Windows, but this is all set to change with this new 13.3-inch Spectre. It's a gorgeous, super-thin Windows 10-powered laptop set to take on the MacBook. So, just how thin is HP's new laptop? How does 10.4mm sound? We're almost reaching premium smartphone levels of thin.

The company opted for CNC machined aluminum for both the lid and keyboard deck for added stability while keeping overall weight down. Carbon fiber was used for the base and two C-shape hinges hold both planes together. To go with this minimalistic and gorgeous look is a stylized logo on the lid. Slashgear notes that this style of the logo will be reserved for the more premium laptops.

Aside from keyboard key holes, the Spectre has just a 3.5mm headphone jack and three USB-C ports. All of which support USB 3.0, while two can also work with Thunderbolt. Take your pick as any of them can be used to charge the laptop. And just because it's thin, don't think for a second HP has gone light on specs.

Inside you'll find a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, as well as 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of PCIe SSD internal storage. The IPS screen will work wonders with movies, photos and other media with its 1080p resolution. Unfortunately, there's no 4K support but we're sure this will be added with future revisions.

Pricing kicks off at $1,169 and pre-orders commence on April 25. Best Buy stores will have them from $1,249.99 on May 29.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

76 Comments
  • That's pretty awesome but for the price I rather go with a 2in1 like SP4
  • I really wonder if it supports Windows hello because that will be a deal breaker for me
  • This is really one sexy laptop !!!!:-o
  • I'd rather go Razer Blade Stealth. It's an ultrabook for a great price. And if you ever want to game it will plug into a Razer Blade Core that can basically run any GPU. 
  • i dont see a reason for this one not to be compatible with razer core. this should support just like the intel nuc.
  • Ahhh...3 USB-C ports and all Apple can manage is one. Guess HP engineering beats Apple's these days. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • You have laptops with usb type c and usb type a with multiple ports selling for under $500
  • He meant that for a laptop almost as thin as a smartphone, and definitively thinner than the apple macbook, which has only 1 usb type c port.
  • I used to have an old dell I got for gaming that weighed like 20lbs. It was a great workout taking it to work daily. I built some nice arms back then.
  • People really think the MacBook only has one USB port because they don't know how to engineer more? Ha that's funny. If Apple could get a way with building something that had no ports they would. Anyway this laptop looks over designed. Too much bling. I prefer the look of a Mac or Surface or even the Dell XPS. But it is interesting that HP says their target was Apple and not Dell or Microsoft/Surface.  
  • Need to start with the easy targets before going into the big leagues!
  • No, the MacBook only has one USB port so Apple can sell an overpriced adapter. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Apple makes a killer off accessories. So of course they will do it. Their design process probably includes what sort of accessories can we sell to people. Either way no matter how good the HP looks, it doesn't have an apple logo. It's just the mentality of a lot of Apple users. It's about status more than getting something worth your money. That isn't to say that Apple doesn't make great products, but fans rarely really care about specs. Have you ever heard a macbook pro user saying they have an intel core M chip in their laptop, they don't even know haha.
  • I remember when folks used to call Microsoft M$... I wonder when Apple fanatics will realize that Apple has made them poor and become the largest corporation on earth selling painted rocks!!! Innovation has never been an Apple thing. Hypnosis is an Apple thing.
  • Though the largest, or say worth the most, corporation on earth is Alphabet, mother of Google!
  • Today: AAPL. 616.11 Today: GOOGL: 526.65 Apple may have lost a couple hundred billion in value over the last year but they're still number 1 and still worth more than the previous goliath, Exxon Mobil.
  • Apple has never made a great product..
  • Money is technically a great product :P
  • This laptop is really aimed for rich, executive or high-class people with these kind of looks. These are not for us who chase for good balance of practicality and style. Heck this laptop just makes expensive champagne-gold Macbook 2015 looks like a poor's man laptop. Sent from Turing Machine
  • Did you just try to justify Apple's choice of adding only one port to their device?  And you think having more than one port = overengineered?  This just tells us what we already know.  People will buy Apple products regardless of specs.
  • If that is directed at me you totally missed my point. Just the opposite, Somehow HP is able to squeeze 3 Usb ports, a headphone jack, and a core I processor into a thinner laptop than Apple. Pretty impressive. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Pretty sure he was directing at rogifan. The comment depth is quite confusing on this app I know
  • Actually all of you are wrong. Apple designers are minimalists.... which is a really good thing. But sometimes they oversimlify.
  • Probably because their customers are simpletons.
  • Just replace the gold with either black or silver, and redesign the hinge, and I'd say it would be on par design-wise. 3 Ports is much better though, I think I'd pick this one up over a mac. (though I bet the battery on this is going to be abysmal.)
  • Big bezel ...
  • ooh right.. now that's a disappoinment ~DheeraJ~
  • Half of the screen area is bezel..
  • My guess is that they had to add some rigidity to a very large thin device.
  • Could be for Windows Hello camera? The Dell XPS has no bezel, but they had to forgo Windows Hello because of it. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Looks awesome ..but I think the surface and acer s7 are still the best looking
  • Great job on the thinness but... am I the only one that finds this gaudy? Looking at pics on other websites doesn't seem to help much either. Too "blingy" for my tastes. Maybe I'm not the target audience.
  • Certainly not targeted for us. This is something you could expect to own by people with Rolls Royce or any rich looking people with such taste liking these. I'm already fine with a gaming PC and a Surface Pro. Sent from Turing Machine
  • What about the surface book and nacbook pros i certainlly see them everywhere well not surfave books but deffo macbooks and there just as exspensive Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • From what I've read it looks far better in real life. Shiny materials are always difficult to photograph. For example last month the S7 Edge Silver looked like gold on most reviews to the point that this was side noted. Same with the new LG G5s, the pink one is barely noticeable in press shots. I think manufacturers need to figure out a better way for photo opportunities with natural light settings. Jewellery sellers do this better.
  • Hp have been infected with Apple's anorexia nervosa
  • I want exactly this form factor, with only usb c and super thin PC with windows... But I want it to flip around to become a tablet
  • So, Surfacebook 2 then.......it was so short-sighted to not release the SB without USB C/Thunderbolt. I think Surface Pro 5 will have thunderbolt port and an all new docking station with a gpu..... If that's the case, I upgrade my SP3 in a heartbeat
  • thunderbolt? don't they though -- look at the charging port :P
  • Have you checked out the Lenovo Yoga line?  Looks like it's right up your alley.
  • I can see this doing well for a future forward consumer, but the average person is going to wonder where a USB 3.0/2.0 port and display port and immediately wave this off.  Type C is cool and all, but man, i can see this being an issue for many people
  • I agree, having to get adapters would be annoying
  • That's the point of premium device, they drive innovation. If you buy a premium product then you don't have problems to buy some adapter to wait for the rest of the world to update to your level :)   Bought my lumia950, at first I was worried about typeC, then bought 15€ high quality adapter pack (3 pieces) and all is good.
  • Saying that "The device is almost 1,300 USD, so you should have no problems buying an adapter" is evidence that you missed the point. Most people will be incovenienced by this product than benefitted, since the average person has maybe one, if any devices that rely on a type C port. The business saavy/mobile marketing crowd will look at this thing like it is poison which is unfortunate.
  • But the MacBook with only 1 USB port is forward thinking? This not aimed at the average user. At this price point and specs ut is focused on the power user/mac fan. Those customers will understand the USB-C advantages. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Not defending mac at all, and the new macbook air with 1 USB i've said since announcement is the dumbest. Its clear what their game was. (i.e, buy our adapters guys) The other side of that fence though is that at least its a USB 3.0 which works with...well, everything. As a guy with a surface book i7 16GB ram, I understand the whole thing of "this device isn't for you," I just pointed out that this is going to sell to a niche crowd and the average person will want nothing to do with this.
  • gotta push new tech sometime. the USB-A standard is old and outdated.
  • Didn't miss any point, always been like this, people that buy high end devices like this one are mentally open (and money open too yeah) to innovation and they won't even notice the new port, actually they'll even brag about it. That's how it works and how it has worked for the past...20 years? Before that I was playing LEGO so I don't know :P
  • "That's the point of premium device, they drive innovation. If you buy a premium product then you don't have problems to buy some adapter to wait for the rest of the world to update to your level​"...   What? It looks totally Nonpremium to be pluggin in adapters! Also adapters are cheap, so carrying arround 3 or more does say the opposite than 'Premium'!
  • the look is totally awesome. but if it had been a 2 in 1. it would be even more awesome! ~DheeraJ~
  • I'll bet money it has touchpad issues right out of the box. Watch and see.
  • Why would you think that?
  • maybe that's why they showed a mouse with it :
  • Last gen Spectre's have been fantastic.
  • Looks like a great solid device for sure, though i wouldn't change my Surface Pro 4 i5 with that, the price is also in that range though SP4 offers tablet mode and awesome pen technology too, besides its gorgeous design and Microsoft brand... Also if i hadn't a Surface Pro 4 and i were looking for a more notebook experience rather than 2 in 1, i'd go with Surface Book, a bit more expensive than this HP perhaps, but again same notebook quality keyboard, screen size but also touch and pen features and better design
  • 10,3
  • Sorry, I'd rather go for either a SP4 or a Dell XPS 13.
  • No touch screen = no deal
  • It's got no touch screen? As in prod the screen and it does nothing? Hp does know this isn't 2012, dont they?
  • I don't get what everyone's obsesion is with touchscreen laptops, it just seems so counter intuitive and will grase up the screen more than a Mexican dishwaher. I understand touchscren options on laptops like the Yoga where the screen can bend all the way back to become a tablet. But a normal laptop? No, thanks.
  • Price it right and we have a winner Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hotline bling ;-)
  • Touch?
  • Interesting to see the HP elite x3 phone using a similar design language, and how they hid the logo on that phone a few weeks back
  • looks good.
  • All it needs is a Louis Vuitton label...
  • Looks beatiful. If only it came with a dgpu..
  • What a beautiful computer. Of course, like the article says, 4K would have been awesome, but it's cool
  • This is the perfect mix of things I don't like with mobile computers. --$1,200 --Not a hybrid --No touch display --Ugly color scheme --From HP, the worst business I've ever seen in customer service Honestly, I don't see what the point of this thing is. If you want a quality Windows device, you can go to the Yoga or Surface Pro for less, and get the convertible feature with it. You can spend a bit more to go to the Surface Book, another convertible that simply offers more. I nall 3 examples, you'd get touch support, with both Surfaces also including a pen. HP doesn't seem to understand the market at all. Apple's Macbook survives on brand loyalty, so the consumers they are attacking with this won't consider it because it's HP and Windows, not Apple and OSX. After putting forth the most intriguing phone in years, it's baffling to see HP manage to miss the mark completely with this thing. Their laptop business has basically taken a route similar to EA Sports' NBA LIVE franchise. They let the thing fall to ruin, back out of the market for a few years, then came back with no real clue as to what they are doing.
  • It's gorgeous! Great job HP! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I wish it has a HDMI port. I know there are chromecast alternatives but I just prefer to stick a $1 cable in and away I go.
  • Would you look at that
  • Silly me... I was expecting photos.
  • Mewah..
  • Love the design, Will get the X3 first and trial the laptop type accesory as i prefer the silver for business use.  HP finally pulled thier finger out, good thing as it will push dell and vice versa, thats a good thing for us consumers, adios Apple with thier stale design.   Does this come with a white cat?
  • I'm not one for looks, but I'd get that any day of the week