The HP Spectre x360 13 is one of the best ultra-portable two-in-ones available with lots of component options including three display choices, multiple privacy and security features and class-leading battery life. HP includes a laptop sleeve and a full-size active pen.
Though the angular gem-cut edges help it stand out from other premium ultra-portables, the design isn’t entirely just for looks. The cutaway corners on the back edge are where the power button can be found and one of its two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
The way they are positioned allows the user to charge the x360 with its compact braided USB-C cable power adapter while keeping the cord out of the way. And the power button’s position on the left corner makes it easy to find without looking and easy to avoid accidentally pressing in tablet mode. The button is also accessible regardless of how the display is positioned.
On the right side, along with a microSD card slot, headphone/mic combo jack and a second Thunderbolt 3 port, there is a kill switch for the webcam. For additional privacy and security, there’s a fingerprint reader and an IR webcam for facial recognition sign-in with Windows Hello.
As for the display, HP offers three options, a low-power, 1,920×1,080-resolution panel, a 1,920×1,080 display with HP’s Sure View technology that, at the press of a button, whites out the screen obscuring what’s on it for anyone not sitting directly in front of it and a 4K UHD touchscreen (3,840×2,160).
The keyboard is spacious and has big, easy-to-read markings. The keyboard backlight has two brightness levels and automatically shuts off after about 30 seconds of inactivity and needs a keypress to wake it up. The touchpad is a comfortable size considering the space HP had to work with and performance is smooth and responsive.
Above the keyboard is a “micro-drilled speaker grill” that adds to the laptop’s stylish design while apparently enhancing sound from the Bang & Olufsen-tuned speaker system.
The Spectre’s components are geared for average home and office uses like word processing, web browsing and email, but with enough muscle to push through more demanding work assuming it’s not too graphics intensive.
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