HP has turned some relatively functional but cheap-looking products into sleek, engaging models that are as pleasant to look at as they are to use. It totally deserves some props for the direction it’s taken its consumer desktop and laptop designs over the past year or so.
If you prefer a larger screen on your 2-in-1, the 15-inch HP Spectre x360 15 stands out from the pack. It’s a sleek laptop in a beautiful gold-and-charcoal colour scheme with a 4K screen and long battery life. Though there are other good 15-inch convertibles on the market that sell for less, the Spectre x360 15 is definitely worth the splurge.
HP Spectre x360 15 – A Balance of Design, Performance & Features
In 2017, HP refines it even more by delivering an incredibly designed product that doesn’t sacrifice function for form. It’s configured and priced for reasonably good performance at a sensible but not very cheap amount. As a result, the Spectre x360 15 for 2017 delivers a dynamite balance of design, performance and features for the money, as long as you don’t want something smaller and lighter.
Out of a Single Block of Aluminium
HP Spectre x360 15 is sculpted from a single block of aluminium. It is designed with precision with a steel-encased 360° hinge to seamlessly shift between cutting-edge performance and creativity that comes to life with Windows Ink.
NVIDIA GT 940MX Graphics Card
HP Spectre x360 15 has a powerful, discrete NVIDIA GT 940MX graphics card. This virtually borderless micro-edge display pushes the very limits of picture quality. It’s responsive for both pen and touch. But is not exceptionally reflective, with good contrast and saturation that should work for watching a video, surfing the web and working. It comes with a colour gamut of 72 percent of Adobe RGB which is very similar to DCI P3. It is the 4K standard, it probably won’t handle future expanded-range 4K like HDR.
The system has a bigger more powerful battery, which lasts almost 10 hours which is significantly better than the previous model. But that also makes it a little thicker and heavier. This model tips the scales at just under 4.5 pounds (2 kg) and feels quite sturdy. 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and lightning-fast PCIe SSD storage rewrite the meaning of speed, for performance that demands no compromises.
Bang & Olufsen Certified
The B&O-certified audio system sounds full-bodied for a laptop, with good surround. And it 360s pretty well, with sufficient tension in the hinge to prop it up in the gymnastic fashion of a typical hybrid. HP also increased the field of view for the webcam, and it’s appropriately wide. The automatic white balance seemed better than most as well.
HP includes the HP Orbit utility. HP Orbit lets you transfer images and single lines of text between the computer and a mobile app. Since it requires they both be connected to a Wi-Fi network, it seems pretty duplicative of existing cloud services.
Shipping this Month
The HP Spectre x360 15 comes with a really good keyboard and trackpad, 4K display, an above-average sound system with solid battery life and decent performance for the money. It’s beautifully designed with practically no missteps. It’s hard to find a match for the HP Spectre x360 15’s mix of features and performance for the money, and none of its competitors is nearly as pretty. HP Spectre x360 15 starts at $1,499 as reviewed and will ship February 26.