HP Spectre x360 14-inch Review

In this article, I give you my HP Spectre x360 14-inch review with specs included.

this is the hp spectre x360 14 inch not the 13 anymore so what they’ve done here is they’ve given us a three by two aspect ratio display like microsoft surface products have a lot of people were clamoring for 16 by 10 aspect ratio displays which is typical for apple’s macbook laptops and we’re seeing that come this year and several laptops but three by two is still pretty rare not only that you have an option between ips full hd plus because it’s a little bit more than the standard full hd resolution or an oled model it’s a new panel that’s very good of course intel 11th gen cpus inside with faster iris xc graphics a pen included in the box that magnetically attaches over here sounds good right we’re going to look at it now so though the aspect ratio has changed and this is a little bit deeper depending on how you look at it than the previous generation the design is largely the same and that’s not a bad thing because that spectre x360 gem cut look is really pretty and the build quality is excellent on it just as it has been color selection is the same too we have the nightfall black which is obviously a little bit towards the brown color with some copper accents the poseidon blue that we’ve seen before that has the more like light brass accents and then just the staid silver for those who want to look chill and not too designery one of the gem cuts on the back has a usbc thunderball 4 port we’ve got two thunderball 4 ports we have a micro sd card slot and a usb a port which i do appreciate because i don’t have to resort to dongle life within two minutes of unboxing and wanting to plug in a mouse or something like that so pricing starts right now and you know hp always has sales and we just had the holiday sales and i’m sure there’ll be more again but pricing starts now around 1300 or so but you might find it for less sometimes as low as 9.99 that’s for the core i5 with 8 gigs of ram and 256 gig ssd and the full hd plus ips display all the way up to our 1699 currently exclusive to best buy in the us model with the core i7 16 gigs of ram a terabyte ssd and that lovely oled display on board now even best buy just had it on sale for 1500 so again shop around if you like it and the price can be more attainable as has been the case for some time with the spectre is the and most ultrabooks really the ram is soldered on it is ddr4 you can get it with 8 or 16 gigs of ram you cannot upgrade that yourself afterwards you can get anything from 256 gigabyte all the way up to a 2 terabyte ssd and they have both intel optane and nvme ssd options whichever you choose i’m good with nvme myself and that’s what most skus offer on this we have intel wi-fi six ax201 on board and a fingerprint scanner and a little bit of a redesign of the keyboard deck speaking of that fingerprint scanner ergonomically it’s not a bad location at the bottom row of keyboard keys there but it does displace the control key which might bug some of you muscle memory if you use that right control key a lot the power button is not on the side anymore since this is a 360 degree convertible we often see the power button on the side so if you’re using in tablet mode whatever it’s accessible now it’s on the keyboard some of you will take issue with the location of that versus the delete key i would have liked if they swapped it around but that is what it is we have a webcam privacy switch and this one’s electronic so it’s not a physical shutter that slides over but you can see the diagonal white leds that go across it basically i think it functionally blinds it there’s also a quick access key for hp command center so there are various settings to control the laptop that’s fine with me and a in bag protection feature now this one i really like so you know how sometimes you close your laptop put it to sleep you put in your bag you discover it’s woken itself up killed the battery and the thing is running hot supposedly this will make sure that that doesn’t happen so far it hasn’t happened to me but it’s not like i get to go a lot of places anymore thanks to you know what so let’s talk about the display some more because that’s one of the bigger changes here that three by two aspect ratio display gives you a lot of height if you spend a lot of your time just watching videos which are typically 16 by nine you’ll see blackboards bars at the top and the bottom but if you’re doing anything else web browsing working on word documents all that stuff the added height is really appreciated also if you’re using that included pen and doing art you got that golden ratio 3×2 for artwork and a lot of digital cameras still we shoot in three by two aspect ratio so if you’re using photoshop or something like that that’s nice so for the display options since this is hp’s premium ultrabook none of them are slouches let’s put it that way they have an ips display the base one that’s 400 net and it’s a pretty good one you got your full srgb color gamut nice enough looking display there’s the hp sure view one that is the privacy screen so it’s a thousand nits and primarily it’s a thousand nits so it can do that kind of white out trick to make it hard for people on either side to see but that one’s available too if you want and those are 1920 by 1280 so three by two aspect ratio but not the super high resolution of the oled display which is 3000 by 2000 pixels again something like if you’re thinking about remember surface book yeah that kind of resolution there and that’s a very nice display it’s a new generation of oled they say so contrast ratio is improved of the previous gem that we saw from hp and a bit maybe it is an improvement in the coating on top of the glass but a little bit less of that kind of sickly off-axis greenish kind of tint that you sometimes see obviously color gamut and contrast are going to be very high here and the color calibration there’s a couple of different profiles it has an auto switching one to try to maintain color accuracy but out of the box i have to say it was calibrated pretty well so the days of oled panels that were blown out and you know egregious levels of too much color everywhere that’s not a problem here well done i it’s it’s sweet all of them support pen and touch now hp includes their active pen and that is microsoft pen protocol 2.0 which is entry technology and it’s improved too and usb hp’s intrigue pens lag behind microsoft surface products which also use that technology and this is feeling more like it the diagonal lines are smoother it’s more responsive i actually found i enjoyed drawing on it some it’s not a wacom cintiq and wacom emr or an apple pencil level of awesome sauce but it’s not bad at all honestly and for note-taking it’s perfectly good this is a glossy display the oled display and it’s hp they do tend to have a lot of glare but unfortunately it’s fairly bright so in terms of performances like any other intel 11th gen ultrabook here yeah no amd ryzen sorry but i think one of the reasons is hp really wants thunderbolt and thunderball 4 is what we have here and amd is just getting to the point where now that you know that was intel on property but now they’ll be able to use it but not yet so for thunderbolt docs and all that sort of thing they still go with intel we have core i5 and core 7 options again we have the core i7 segment you see the benchmarks going across the screen you can base it on that and performance is quite good as you would expect a four core cpu the intel xe graphics are really the star for this generation because a significant leap in improvement here for integrated graphics this doesn’t mean that you’re going to be playing cyberpunk 2077 woohoo you know that kind of thing but if you’re playing older games if you need a little extra um for doing some adobe premiere or working on photoshop and all that sort of thing then it’s got you getting in the direction that you want to go for some improved performance heat on the outside wasn’t that bad granted it’s winter time here now but it is winter time in dallas texas which is not exactly a cold cold place either surface temperatures even when running benchmarks weren’t that bad not like burning hot but certainly quite warm we are talking intel but the chassis being a little bit bigger in one dimension probably helps give them a little more room for cooling and they have a fairly good thermal solution inside here we’ll take a look at the internals so you can see them so overall good job done yes the cpu cores can still if you’re really really pushing it hard or benchmarking reach near thermal maximum but overall i i’m not complaining the keyboard on this the feel is really good i’m not a fan of low travel keyboards but the tactile feel on this it’s crisp it takes a good amount of force to push the key down and you get a good spring back and i just i just clicked with this keyboard it’s good trackpad very large you know everybody’s copying apple and all that sort of thing but it behaves perfectly well we have quad speakers quad stereo speakers bang olufsen branded and they’re okay they’re not bad for a convertible ultrabook of this size they’re certainly not going to you know make you throw away your headphones either though so this comes with a 65 watt charger so that means faster charging and a 66 watt hour battery which is pretty darn big for an ultrabook again maybe the bigger size of the chassis by a little bit just gives them the room to fit that sort of thing in battery life will depend on which display you have obviously if you get the thousand nit display and you’re running it in privacy mode a thousand nits well don’t expect great runtimes there obviously the full hd standard ips screen will have the best battery life the oled display typically will have the worst battery life on this this is intel evo certified which means it’s supposed to have instant wake up and it does and pretty good battery life so we had the oled one worst case scenario there and i’m getting about eight hours which actually for an oled laptop is really good now that’s running at only 150 nits of brightness and doing productivity work streaming video that sort of thing if you’re pushing it harder sure you’ll get shorter run times on this but again if you’re really concerned about battery life there is ips as that option too if you can give up on that luscious oled look though hp calls this user inaccessible basically for upgrades you can so two torx t5 screws are visible at the front you do have to remove the rear rubber strip so here it is try to get the adhesive off in one piece with it it may stretch a little bit if you munch this up totally hparts.com should be able to sell you another one of these but if you’re careful you should be able to get it off and then there will be phillips head screws here just to mix and match a little bit and you’ll have to use a guitar pick or something to pry off the cover it’s a little on the sharp side of the back edge so be careful of your fingers when you do it there’s the underside of the cover metal and here are internals with a lot of stuff kind of covered up we can to see two speaker drivers surrounding the battery which is pretty much normal the 66 watt hour battery right here pretty big battery literally speaking it’s big and the m.2 ssd underneath this heat cover right here and we’ve got the wi-fi card soldered on under this piece of heat cover right here you can see that and if you want to see a bit of the heat sinks a little bit more we can peel off some more of this for you and there we go the cpu heatsink here that’s pretty good cooling solution for an ultrabook honestly we’ve got dual fans going on as well so upgradeability not too impressive your typical ultrabook ssd and nothing else and there’s the rest of your internals so that’s the hp spectre x360 14 inch and what a nice evolution just when it seemed like nothing much was going on with the once great spectre x360 they’ve given us something that i think a lot of us really would enjoy here a three by two aspect ratio display and still a fairly compact three pound which is about 1.34 kilogram laptop and you know this this dimension still isn’t that huge the takeaway is very well done hp here.

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