Processor: 2.2GHz Intel Core i5-5200U dual-core
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Storage: 256GB SSD
Display: 13.3-inch touchscreen
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
OS: Windows 8.1
Stylish and powerful, the HP Spectre x360 13T caused a fair amount of hoopla when this hybrid leaked out in the form of images earlier this year.
And understandably so.
Part of the premium Spectre lineup from the company, this top-performing convertible hybrid takes on the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, but does so at fairly balanced price points — making for a very alluring option for those that seek an exceptional device at an affordable price.
It actually takes the best design elements from both the MacBook Air and the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, two of the most popular devices available on the market.
Combined into a convertible, the Spectre x360 offers a multimode design that allows for four different usage modes. That being, notebook, stand, tent, and of course, tablet.
Perhaps the most striking element of the device is the unibody aluminum chassis, with its refine look and sturdy feel. And instead of using two basic friction hinges, HP has used a geared cam linkage, which allows for fluid motion when switching the different modes.
The display is bonded directly on the glass, meaning color quality and brightness are as good as they can be on an IPS panel. Full HD resolution is well complemented by the ten-point capacitive touchscreen.
A Quad HD (3200 x 1800) model of the Spectre x360 is also on the cards, slated for a spring release.
Despite all this focus on style, this device doesn’t hold back on performance power.
An Intel Core i5-5200U may be a low voltage processor, but it offers processing prowess that is beyond the reach of the passively cooled Intel Core M line. The result? When combined with 8GB of RAM, the Spectre x360 easily outperforms systems like the Yoga 3 Pro that make use of the Core M chips.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 chip handles graphics, meaning you can forget about gaming, unless you’re talking casual games or some of the older titles.
HP offers the choice of 128, 256 or 512GB SSDs for storage.
You also get a full selection of ports (three USB 3.0, a full size HDMI) along with an SD card slot, but what really stands out apart from the luxurious metal keycaps on the keyboard is the extra wide HP ImagePad touchpad sensor that is a delight to use.
Battery life comes in at 8 hours 40 minutes, which is longer than almost all other competitors available on the market, with the exception of the 13-inch MacBook Air and its 15 hours 50 minutes.
Overall, though, the HP Spectre x360 13T offers a nearly perfect blend of design, functionality and performance, in a premium package. The fact that it does all this while staying squarely in the midrange price bracket just makes it all that more appealing.
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