Price (RRP): $from 1999 - 2988 as tested
I hate reviewing HP’s Spectres. The HP x360 Spectre 13 2020 is no exception. Why? It is so damned hard to give them back.
The HP x360 Spectre 13 2020 is the embodiment of perfection, albeit that comes at a cost – one that any discerning user is willing to pay. For the price you get the latest tech, blazingly fast 10th gen Intel Core i7, Iris Plus graphics and Optane enhanced SSD and new almost bezel-less construction that defies physics fitting an amazing 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED touch screen in a 12” body – it is 23.4mm smaller and 100g lighter than the last model!
Throw in B&O tuned stereo speakers, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C 3.1 gen 2 ports and more – the HP x360 Spectre 13 2020 is a premium device with no downsides.
Let’s explore the HP x360 Spectre 13 2020
I have named it ‘2020’ (OK late 2019!) to differentiate it from the 8th Generation equipped Intel Core versions. This series has models numbers 13-AW0001-0999. It has a complete chassis re-design although it may look similar to the 13-AP versions with diamond-cut edges and the corner power key.
Price: $2988 as tested
Warranty: 1-year with additional time/types at extra cost
Note: HP x360 Spectre 13 2020 comes in various configurations including i5-1035G4 (1.1/3.7Ghz 4-core) and i7-1065G7 (1.3/3.9Ghz), 1080p to 4K screens and different ram and storage. I suspect this SKU is exclusive to Harvey Norman If you are looking elsewhere, it is very similar to 13-AW0028TU.
In the interests of brevity, we use FAIL, PASS, EXCEED against all test parameters.
Screen – glorious 4K AMOLED – EXCEED
What more can we say than 4K (3840 x 2160) AMOLED is the way? This is 400 nits, 100% DCI-P3 with a 90% STBR (almost no bezels) so it is ideal for movies and creatives that want realistic colours. It supports Windows HDR (VESA Certified HDR400 is not quite the same as movie HDR).
Our tests confirm the brightness, and infinite contrast (claimed 100,000:1) at a colour temperature of 6500K and a Delta E of 2.2 (very good). While AMOLED is power efficient, 4K draws more power than 1080p. BUT!
It comes with HP Display Control (do not use Windows controls) that offers five modes
- Default – set for oversaturated vibrant colours – not remotely real but colours do pop!
- Web – 100% (or more) sRGB
- Photo – close to 90% Adobe RGB
- Movie – 100% DCI-P3 with HDR
- Native – no optimisation
I had heard comments that the 4K screen is not as crisp due to the so-called ‘digitiser’ layer and has a yellow cast. But in our tests, it stacks up fine – this screen ID is SDC4142 (Samsung display- use AIDA 64 to identify) manufactured Week 19/2019. I note that some earlier units had an AU Optronics or BOE display.
And yes, In DCI-P3 there is a slight yellow cast (warmer for movies) as against Adobe RGB (cooler and most accurate).