Review: HP Spectre X360
4.1Overall Score

Price (RRP): $2399
Manufacturer: HP

HP’s Spectre was one of the surprise laptops from last year, and a return for HP to the quality laptop space. Can the latest generation of Spectre keep the quality up, or does it fade away like the ghost of its name?

Features

If you were curious about HP’s 2014 Spectre but wondered what the computer would be like with a more up-to-date processor in it, listen up because it has arrived.

This is the Spectre X360, a cleaner, slicker, and more refreshed version of last year’s model, with a new chip, better WiFi, and a body that looks like it was made from one piece of aluminium, and that’s because it was.

While the first Spectre rocked a two-part body in metal, the new Spectre X360 is all aluminium and looks like it was made from one block, with silver everywhere, bringing to mind the sort of style Apple goes for in its MacBook Pro machines, but with an HP filter applied.

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Under this body you’ll find fairly new processors, with a fifth-generation dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, the 5500U clocked at 2.4GHz, which is paired with 8GB RAM and a whopping 512GB solid-state drive. Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 comes with the Spectre X360 out of the box, and this takes up enough to leave you with around 430GB of space when it’s all ready for you to start playing.

Connection options are relatively normal for an Ultrabook, of which this technically would be classed as, offering up three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, one Mini-DisplayPort, and the standard 3.5.mm headset jack that lets you plug in a pair of headphones or a pair of headphones with a microphone attached. An SD card reader is also included.

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Wireless connections are also here, useful since there is no wired networking port found here, and HP has provided 802.11ac WiFi (backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n networking), as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

Using the computer, you’ll find a 13.3 inch touchscreen display capable of showing the Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440.

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A full-size backlit keyboard can be found here, as can a very wide trackpad measuring 5.9 inches (15cm). Aside for the keyboard, three physical buttons can be found on the laptop, with the power button on the left edge, and Windows button and volume rocker on the right edge.

HP includes a soft pouch for the Spectre X360 in the box, though a secondary leather case with magnetic fold-over clip is also available (below).

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Performance

When we saw HP’s Spectre in 2014, we were blown away.