Razer Book 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 14: Which should you buy?

Razer Book 13 2020 Review
Razer Book 13 2020 Review (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

The Razer Book 13 is one of the best Windows laptops you can buy right now. So, too, is the HP Spectre x360 14 which makes choosing between them very hard. But there is one big difference between them.

Razer Book 13 vs HP Spectre x360 14: Tech Specs

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Header Cell - Column 0 Razer Book 13HP Spectre x360 14
Processor28W 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7
28W 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7
11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7
11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7
RAM8 or 16GB
8 of 16GB
StorageUp to 512GB PCIe M.2 (upgradeable to 2TB)Up to 1TB SSD and 32GB Intel Optane
Display13.4-inch 16:10
Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) Non-Touch
Full HD+ (1920 x 1200) Touch
UHD+ (3840 x 2400) Touch
Gorilla Glass 6
13.5 in, 3:2 aspect ratio
1920 x 1280 LCD touch
1920 x 1280 LCD touch with 1000 nits and Privacy Screen
3000 x 2000 OLED, multi-touch
Corning Gorilla Glass NBT
400 nits, 100% DCI-P3; 1,000,000:
GraphicsIntel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe
Ports1x microSD card reader
1x HDMI 2.0 port
2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) (power, 4 lanes of PCI Express)
1x USB-A 3.2
Headphone/mic jack
Two Type-C with Thunderbolt 4
One USB 3.1 Type-A
MicroSD reader
BiometricsWindows Hello (face)Windows Hello IR, fingerprint
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6 Intel Wireless AX 201 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
Bluetooth 5.1
Row 7 - Cell 2
65-watt Type-C charger
65W Type-C charger
Dimensions0.60 in x 11.6 in x 7.8 in (15.15mm x 295.6mm x 198mm)11.75 in x 8.67 in x 0.67 in
Weight2.95 to 3.11lbs (1.34 to 1.4kg)3.00lbs (1.36kg)

The best Ultrabook

Razer Book 13 2020 Review Hero Logo

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For its first attempt at a regular Ultrabook, Razer absolutely nailed it. The Razer Book 13 isn't just good compared to Razer's other laptops; it's arguably the best Ultrabook money can buy right now. And that includes Dell's all-conquering XPS 13.

The Razer Book 13 is a little powerhouse of an Ultrabook, with an 11th Gen 28W Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU and fast LPDDR4X memory. The Intel Xe graphics you get on the Razer Book 13 are also an improvement over Intel's older Iris Plus, and while you won't be gaming on it, you can hook up an external GPU over the Thunderbolt 4 port and go nuts.

The Razer Book 13 is also attractive for folks who need things like an HDMI output or a Thunderbolt connection, not to mention that the battery life is even pretty good.

The Book 13 also has an RGB keyboard, which is fantastic to type on, and superb speakers with THX Spatial Audio. Razer doesn't tend to cut corners, and it's clear to see in the Book 13. It has everything the company would put in its gaming laptops, but without the dedicated graphics.

The best 2-in-1 convertible laptop

Hp Spectre X360 14 Hero

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The HP Spectre x360 14 is the 2-in-1 convertible laptop to beat right now. Beneath its stunning exterior, you find hardware on a level with the Razer Book 13. That's to say 11th Gen Intel processors, fast memory, tons of storage, and a great display. There's even an option for a high-resolution OLED.

Besides being slightly bigger and a convertible, the display on the Spectre x360 14 also has another couple of tricks up its sleeve that you won't find on the Razer Book. For starters, you get inking support and HP puts the pen in the box with the laptop. So you can fold the display around and write or draw on it like you would a tablet.

It's also a 3:2 ratio panel so it's slightly taller, much like you'd find on a Microsoft Surface Laptop. HP does a high-resolution option, too, as Razer does, but here you can have an OLED panel if you'd like.

The trackpad is one of the few weaker points on the Spectre x360 14, but the keyboard is excellent and the speakers are superb. You also get true, all-day battery life, Thunderbolt, regular USB as well as USB-C, and a micro SD card slot.

So how do you choose?

Fortunately, you can choose either of these and have one of the best laptops you can buy. So really, there isn't a right or wrong answer. What it comes down to is what type of laptop you're looking for.

The two of these are very close on hardware and price, they're both slim, light, powerful, and have great battery life. Where the HP Spectre x360 14 has the edge is that it's a 2-in-1 convertible with inking support and a fold-around display. The Razer Book 13 doesn't have either of those, it's just an Ultrabook. The best you can buy.

If you want inking or a taller 3:2 display, then get the HP. If you just want a powerful, well-made Ultrabook, the Razer Book 13 is your best shot. But there really isn't a bad choice here.

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at mstdn.social/@richdevine