HP Spectre x360 13t (13-4003) – Does it Dazzle or not
Aimed at competing with bestsellers like the Apple Macbook Air 13-Inch and the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, the HP Spectre made a buzz-worthy entry into the market in early 2015. In the days since its release, experts and consumers, alike, are exploring whether the HP Spectre matches up to the giants. Here’s a quick look.
Best of both worlds
The HP Spectre combines the best of the Apple Macbook Air 12-Inch and the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro to give you a stellar product. It is a hybrid-convertible laptop that adapts Apple’s glossy looks and has a touch-screen that can also be folded into four modes – laptop, tablet, tent and stand – like its rivals at Lenovo. Initial reviews indicate that HP has indeed hit the bull’s eye by producing an ultrabook that’s a sure-shot winner.
HP’s latest convertible also scores big in the design department. While Lenovo’s line of offerings till date have always been in plastic, HP ups the game with a slick aluminum frame that looks much like Apple’s Macbook Air.
The keyboard too is an improvement and has metal keycaps that look a good deal better than the Apple and Lenovo variants. Moreover, with 1.5mm of key travel and a backlighting, the keyboard will be a joy to work on. It goes for the impressive 5.6 by 2.6 touch pad that has an extended touch surface that previous HP offerings did not have.
As for display, HP has launched the touch-screen display in full HD with the promise of also offering Quad HD shortly. While the Quad HD model is much-preferred one, the full HD version too offers up a commendable display.
At its core
HP has ensured that its latest Spectre offering packs a punch in terms of performance. With a Broadwell Core i5-5200U processor, it easily outperforms ultrabooks in the same league. HP has also taken care to improve the Wi-Fi experience even at longer distances. However, the graphics on the Spectre 360 x 13t do fall short. Backed up by Intel HD Graphics 5500, the graphics work well with functions like browsing, streaming and even photo and video editing, but does not deliver a satisfying gaming experience.
Battery for Life
HP has claimed to match Apple’s Macbook Pro battery life with its latest. During normal use, HP says that the Spectre can deliver around 12.5 hours of battery life which indeed gives it an edge over the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3.
Priced between $899 and $1,399, the HP Spectre 360 is priced better than its competitors especially considering the features it carries. Its impressive performance across all criteria, make it the premium ultrabook to watch out for in 2015.