The HP Spectre Leather Folio is unlike any other laptop you have seen. It’s enough to make you commit several cardinal sins – envy, lust, greed, pride, and vanity at best.
HP calls the HP Spectre Leather Folio – the PC reinvented. And to my knowledge, there has been no other laptop with a 100% chrome tanned, full-grain leather casing.
It’s gorgeous, if you are into leather, and folds into what looks like a very svelte, quite thin, leather writing portfolio.
I don’t want to get too techy here – that would ruin the raison d’être which is to make possibly the most desirable convertible PC on the planet today.
The HP Spectre Leather Portfolio is part of its new Premium range that also includes the new EliteBook x360 and Spectre 13 and 15” x360 designs. Nothing boring about these!
But let’s look beneath the cow skin!
To be clear, I have not reviewed this yet. I had a good hands-on at the launch that was all about style over substance – very un-HP like.
It has a clever design that allows it to be a traditional laptop, in tablet mode and entertainment mode.
Look and feel – its raison d’être
Perhaps the most important thing to buyers is what it looks and feels like – not what is under the cow skin!
It is desirable, very well made, sturdy in all three formats and – well I want one! But then I have always owned expensive leather writing portfolios.
There are nice touches like a stylus holder. Some models come with a standard Windows Ink compatible stylus.
It comes in Bordeaux Burgundy (exclusive to Harvey Norman) or Cognac Brown leather over a dark ash silver base and frame.
Battery life – another claim to fame
HP claims the battery gives up to 21-hours using an FHD video loop at 150nits (about half brightness suitable for aeroplane viewing).
It has a 6-cell, 54.28 Li-ion battery that takes up 70% of the interior space. It also has a 65W USB-C power delivery (PD) adaptor. That means any USB-C PD adaptor is fine! Fast charge of 0-50% in 30 minutes.
Independent tests show battery life is closer to 14-hours – still that is 50% more than higher powered competitors.
Launch models have a 1920 x 1080, FHD, W-LED screen. There is a 4K screen version coming, but that will sap the battery more.