The touchpad is precision glass (95 x 55mm), and cursor glide is smooth. It needs a firm finger to initiate a click.
Some models come with the standard Windows Ink Stylus. I understand it also supports the more expensive 4096 pressure level tilt stylus.
It has two Thunderbolt 3, 40Gbps supporting USB-C power delivery and DisplayPort 1.2 over USB-C. In other words ideal for a dock like the Kensington ThunderBolt 3 dock that has our award for the Best for Windows.
It also has a USB-C 3.1, 5Gbps sleep and charge port and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
Size and weight
32.01 x 23.45 x 1.54 cm x 1.47kg
GadgetGuy’s take: Commit the cardinal sin and envy one!
As a generalisation I like the HP Spectre series – these add some panache to an otherwise boring aluminium grey sea of ultra-light laptops.
I would buy the HP Spectre Leather Folio if I were a high-powered executive that needed to make a statement along with the $5,000 suit, equally expensive shoes, Porsche outside, etc.
But I suspect that the new Spectre 13 and 15” x360 offer better value and performance, so it depends on what your needs are.
On the plus side
- Great ‘scantily clad’ leather looks
- Refined, capable, says you have arrived!
- Good battery life
- Quality build and components
- Three expansion ports
- S-Pen included (but not the new Tilt Pen)
- Totally quite fan-less
On the negative side
- Heavier and larger than the new Spectre 13” x360
- Slower processors
- Unsure how leather will wear over the long-term
HP Spectre Leather Folio website here and prices depend on specifications. The entry-level 8G/256GB i5 is $2799 with LTE, and the 16GB/1TB i7 is $3799.