HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch (2022) review

Hp’s latest spectre upgrade is sleek and stylish, albeit pricey.

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Tom's Guide Verdict

HP’s latest 13.5-inch edition of the convertible Spectre x360 is an impressive, well-rounded 2-in-1 that provides power and versatility—albeit at a somewhat steep price.

Stunning touch display

Attractive build

Plenty of power

Versatile form factor

Modest battery life

Runs hot at hinge

A bit pricey

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Price: $1,749 Display: 13.5-inch 3K2K (3,000 x 2,000) OLED Touch CPU: Intel Core i7-1255U GPU: Intel Iris Xe Graphics RAM: 16GB Storage: 1TB SSD Ports: 1 USB-A, 2 USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, 1 microSD slot, 1 Headphone port Size: 11.73 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches Weight: 3.01 pounds

If you’re on the hunt for a laptop that’s as versatile as it is capable, the HP Spectre x360 ought to be on your radar. This convertible 2-in-1 notebook transitions from standard laptop form into a tablet with ease, along with tent-like and full-flat forms, with a full-sized stylus included for sketching, annotating and more.

HP’s latest 13.5-inch version of the Spectre x360 comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 chip that’s capable of handling all sorts of creative and productive apps, plus the 13.5-inch screen is a stunner and the refreshed design is appealing. The slim, transformable approach has a couple drawbacks, including a steep asking price, but this is an alluring option all the same that ranks among the best laptops you can buy.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Price and configurations

  •  The top-end model we tested sells for $1,749

We reviewed the highest-tier configuration of the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop with a 13.5-inch OLED touch display at 3,000 x 2,000 resolution, plus an Intel Core i7-1255U processor, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD. It sells for $1,749 exclusively from Best Buy .

HP also offers cheaper configurations with a lower-resolution 1080p display, as well as options that include half the RAM and/or SSD storage. Those models are available from HP.com. Our review unit came in Nightfall Black with brass accent details, but HP also sells the 13.5-inch Spectre x360 in Nocturne Blue and Natural Silver colorways.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Design

  •  The latest Spectre sheds the angular accents for rounded features
  • Putting ports on the back corners is a neat touch here

A glance at our review of the previous HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 14-inch model reveals a pretty significant design shift for 2022. The convertible form factor is the same and the HP Spectre x360 remains slim and versatile, but the visual flourishes on the aluminum chassis are newly refreshed.

HP’s latest refresh embraces rounded elements rather than the angular appeal of the last version, with smooth surfaces that meet at the edges at a slim, brass-hued meeting point. It’s a more understated approach this time around—a little less flashy, no doubt, but this Spectre still looks and feels like a premium, pricey notebook. And that’s exactly what it is.

As with the previous version, the upper right corner houses one of the two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports—and now the headphone port is located on the upper left corner, as well. Coming from basically every other laptop, it’s an interesting adjustment to get used to, but also a distinctive design tweak. It arguably benefits the tablet form factor the most, adding to its versatility as you choose how to hold the device.

Along with the two USB-C ports, you also get one USB-A port on the left side of the laptop. It has a tiny spring-loaded door that partially covers the port when not in use, ensuring that the slim exterior remains smooth and flush otherwise. There’s also a microSD card slot on the right side of the laptop next to one of the USB-C ports. The Spectre x360 also offers the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 6E standard onboard for supported routers.

HP’s convertible folds up pretty slim with dimensions of 11.73 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches, and while there are lighter laptops out there—like the Acer Swift 5 at 2.65 pounds and M2 MacBook Air at 2.7 pounds—this 3.01-pound notebook is pretty easy to haul around. It only feels heavy in tablet form, really, as that’s noticeably heftier than an iPad or comparable device.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Display

  •  This model has a gorgeous 3,000 x 2,000 OLED touch display
  •  At a 3:2 aspect ratio, this 13.5-inch panel provides a lot of screen space 

As a laptop targeted at creatives and on-the-go professionals, the HP Spectre x360 demands a top-of-the-line display. Thankfully, HP did not disappoint. The configuration I tested features a bold 13.5-inch OLED touch display at a blisteringly sharp 3,000 x 2,000 resolution.

It’s been a while since I tested a laptop with an OLED panel and I was immediately struck by the deepness of the black levels and the vivid contrast. There are some truly fine LCD panels on today’s premier laptops, but the advantages of an OLED screen still stand out by comparison.

It scored well in our testing too, hitting 123.8% of the sRGB color gamut and 87.7% of the DCI-P3 space. Both specs top the Dell XPS 13 Plus and Apple’s M2 MacBook Pro alike.

Meanwhile, you can’t go wrong with a 3K x 2K resolution, providing ample crispness for text and graphics plus loads of potential screen real estate if you run at the native resolution without zooming. The 3:2 aspect ratio here gives you a taller space than a standard widescreen (16:9) approach, which is handy for productivity needs, and the 90% screen-to-body ratio means there’s little bezel surrounding the view.

HP advertises a respectable 400 nits of brightness, whereas we measured an average of 362 nits. Most of the time, the HP Spectre x360 met my visibility needs, but there were occasions where I wanted a little more brightness. I’m used to cranking up a 2021 M1 MacBook Pro at full brightness, which tops HP’s panel on that mark.

This bold and crisp 13.5-inch panel is a touchscreen too, of course, which is essential for the tablet form and may be useful to media creators and consumers alike. It responded admirably to both my fingers and the bundled HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen, which I’ll touch on further later in the review.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Performance

  •  The latest 13.5-inch Spectre x360 has a speedy Intel Core i7-1255U chip
  •  It performs well, but the Core i7-1260P chip in some rival laptops is faster

HP packed quite a bit of power within the skinny frame of the HP Spectre x360. It uses a 12th-gen Intel Core i7-1255U chip, which is designed for ultrathin laptops. As such, it puts out a bit less speed than the Core i7-1260P that some recent premium notebooks are using, but it also sucks up less battery life as a result.

Practically, in everyday use, I didn’t notice any real difference in usability between the Spectre x360 and the Acer Swift 5, for example, which uses the higher-end i7-1260P processor. Both are super speedy and responsive, with 16GB RAM here ensuring that the device never feels bogged down even amid loads of active browser tabs.

Still, when it comes to benchmark testing, there is a difference in performance. We registered a score of 7,243 on Geekbench 5.4, which is a fair bit less than the Swift 5’s 9,859, as well as the M2 MacBook Pro’s score of 8,911. It’s still a great score, however—and again, the device didn’t feel slower than the Acer Swift 5 in terms of daily use and navigation.

Where you’ll see more of a difference is with processor-intensive tasks. For example, our Handbrake video test—in which a 4K clip is transcoded down to 1080p—took 10:33 on the HP Spectre x360. That’s nearly three full minutes longer than the Acer Swift 5 (7:35), while the M2 MacBook Air completed the task in 7:52. Still, it crushes laptops with last year’s 11th-gen i7 chips, including the Dell XPS 13 OLED (18:12).

You can expect pretty speedy performance from this 1TB SSD, as well. We were able to duplicate 25GB in files in 19.7 seconds for an effective transfer rate of over 1.36GB per second. That’s short of the Acer Swift 5 (1.67GB/sec), again, but beats rivals like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (562MBps) and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 (869MBps). It’s extremely quick.

As you might expect from a super-thin laptop, the HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch isn’t built for serious gaming. But it performed better than expected, despite relying on integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics rather than a dedicated GPU. You won’t be able to run super-demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Forza Horizon 5, but it can handle popular free-to-play games like Fortnite and Rocket League.

You’ll need to knock down the resolution on Rocket League and Fortnite to get them to run at a stable frame rate, but they both played smoothly with more effects enabled than on the Acer Swift 5. That trend continued with our benchmark test on Civilization VI: Gathering Storm, which delivered better frame rates than on the Swift 5—over 29fps at 1080p resolution, or nearly 23fps at the native 2000p resolution.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Audio

  • Sound quality is pretty good overall, but not the best around

HP has outfitted the Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop with Bang & Olufsen quad speakers, which do an admirable job of presenting clear and crisp audio playback on such a slim notebook. They get solidly loud and music output sounds pretty balanced overall, although bass is lacking.

All that said, when put side-by-side with an M1 MacBook Pro, Apple’s laptop beat it across the board, with louder playback, more dynamic output, and better bass. Plus, like a lot of notebooks with downward-firing speakers, HP’s Spectre can sound muffled when it’s in your lap. MacBooks avoid that issue entirely with speaker grates on either side of the keyboard.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Keyboard and touchpad

  • The keys feel responsive and provide a comfortable level of travel
  • The touchpad is huge, plus you get a stylus for the touchscreen

HP’s boxy chiclet keys depress smoothly and spring right back into place, avoiding feeling mushy or unresponsive. The keys are slightly narrower than on a MacBook Pro, for example, albeit with a little more space between them, but they press more deeply here.

In any case, I made a smooth transition over to the keyboard, topping 100 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com test, much as I did with the latest Acer Swift 5 model. My only annoyance with the keyboard is that HP placed little rubberized pads around it to facilitate the 2-in-1 design, and occasionally it’d catch me off guard when grazing a finger or palm against one.

Thankfully, HP has adorned the Spectre x360 with a huge touchpad at 4.9 x 3.1 inches, similar to recent MacBooks, providing plenty of space for multi-touch gestures and comfortable scrolling. It’s a responsive, reliable touchpad that is slightly depressed compared to the surrounding surface and smoother, as well, making it easy to find with your fingers.

Meanwhile, the fingerprint sensor works admirably for security purposes, with quick recognition to unlock the laptop. The placement—to the left of the arrow keys, right in the keyboard layout—may take some getting used to, but the function is just fine.

As mentioned, the HP Spectre x360 comes with its own rechargeable touch pen, which works precisely and comes with swappable tip options to suit your drawing and annotating needs. A pair of buttons on the stylus can be customized for certain needs, while a hidden USB-C port—revealed via a sliding cover—makes it easy to top up when the battery runs low. It magnetically connects to the right side of the screen when not in use, too.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Webcam

  •  It’s a decent 5MP video camera that works fine for video conferencing

With a 5-megapixel camera onboard, the HP Spectre x360 does an OK job with video conferencing, capturing 1080p video footage with solid detail. It can grab still images at up to 2560x1920 too, depending on selected aspect ratio. It’s not the sharpest shooter I’ve seen on a recent laptop, as the Acer Swift 5 packs in even more detail, but it gets the job done.

HP bundles in a few additional video options here, including an Auto Frame feature that will follow your face around the frame, as well as tweaks that can lighten your image and apply filters to your face. Personally, I didn’t keep any of them on after trying them out: Auto Frame perpetually zooms into your face, shedding video quality in the process, while the backlight adjustment feature can wash out the video. Your mileage may vary.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Battery life 

  •  Battery life is only modest compared to premium rivals
  • At max brightness, it only lasted about four hours in average daily use

For all its power and polish, the HP Spectre x360’s battery life comes up short. If you’re willing to cut down the brightness on that beautiful screen, you can potentially stretch it out across a full workday.

We registered just over 10 hours of battery life when knocking the brightness to 150 nits (less than half of peak) and continuously browsing the web. Still, that’s less than other 2-in-1 models like the Lenovo Yoga 9i (11:15) and the 2021 Spectre x360 14-inch model (about 12 hours). Apple’s M2 MacBook Air blows them all out of the water at 18:20, mind you.

But if you want to run the Spectre x360 at full settings, be ready to sacrifice significant uptime. At max brightness, I notched only about four hours of uptime while performing basic tasks like browsing the web, writing, and watching YouTube videos. 

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Heat 

  •  It runs hot around the hinge with power-intensive apps and games

As a slim 2-in-1 convertible laptop, the HP Spectre x360 doesn’t have a ton of room to fit heavy-duty fans. Most of the time, though, it does just fine at dissipating heat—but not always. Noticeably, the Spectre x360 runs hottest around the hinge, where we registered a peak temperature of 100.5 degrees during lab testing.

That’s solidly above our 95-degree comfort threshold, but it’s worth noting that no other part of the laptop got as warm during times of peak performance.

HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 13.5-inch (2022) review: Verdict

  • It’s an impressive 2-in-1 option with a few drawbacks in the mix
  • You’ll get more power and battery life for less cash in a non-convertible laptop

If you think you’ll reliably use the tablet form factor and stylus, then the HP Spectre x360 is a sharp 2-in-1 option for those with a premium budget. There are other strong options near this price point, including the upgraded Lenovo Yoga 9i with 12th-gen Intel Core i7 chips, however—we really liked last year’s model with the previous Core i7 processor aboard.

All that said, you’re clearly paying HP a premium for the convertible form factor here—so if that’s negligible to your needs, you can find more power and longer battery life at a lower price, particularly with the excellent Acer Swift 5. Even so, if you need a notebook that flips, HP’s option is plenty enticing.

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Andrew Hayward is a freelance writer for Tom’s Guide who contributes laptop and other hardware reviews. He’s also the Culture Editor at crypto publication Decrypt covering the world of Web3. Andrew’s writing on games and tech has been published in more than 100 publications since 2006, including Rolling Stone, Vice, Polygon, Playboy, Stuff, and GamesRadar.

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HP Spectre x360 13-inch (2021) Review: Slim Machine, Squat Screen

More than just good looks.

HP Spectre x360 13-inch (2021)

Tom's Hardware Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 has an attractive design and long battery life, though the 16:9 display feels dated. Its only performance downside is in bursty workloads, which we saw some issues with.

Sliim, attractive chassis

Solid speakers for a laptop

Long battery life

Still squeezes in a USB Type-A port

16:9 display is dated, especially as a tablet

Not great with bursty performance

Difficult to upgrade

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Sure, the best ultrabooks and premium laptops are tools, but you also want  your computing device to look good. Design is important, after all. The HP Spectre 360 13t ($949.99 to start, $1,249.99 as tested) continues to be one of the best-looking Windows devices out there, with a refined, thin design and clever port placement with both Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-A. But a tool also has to do the job well. With a 16:9 screen, the Spectre x360 can still, well, compute, but it doesn't show as much as some others. And then there's the question of whether or not this laptop can tame Intel's latest Tiger Lake processors. 

Design of the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

HP's Spectre lineup has had an aesthetic that would make a jeweler proud for the last few years. The Spectre x360 13t is no different there. The laptop, made from silver aluminum (it comes in black or blue for an extra cost), and has a reflective, modernized HP logo that I think the company should really start using on all of its products. But what makes it stand out are the cut-off corners near the back hinge, one of which has the power button while the other houses a Thunderbolt 4 port.

Those corners are always accessible, and easy enough to reach whether the laptop is being used as a notebook or a tablet. The 13.3-inch display has very thin bezels, but looks short and squat with a 16:9 aspect ratio. As more notebooks move to taller 16:10 displays, like the Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Pro or a 3:2 display like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 , it makes the whole design here, not just the screen, seem a little cramped and dated. (HP does have a 3:2 Spectre x360 with the 14-inch version of this laptop, which we hope to be able to test soon.)

HP has packed in a full-size keyboard, including a row for home, page up, page down and end keys, and the rest of the construction is aluminum. This thing is built solid.

While thicker notebooks may have more ports, HP hasn't given up on USB Type-A here, which I really appreciate. The left side of the notebook has a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A with a drop-jaw hinge to squeeze it into the chassis , as well as a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The right side has two Thunderbolt 4 ports (one in the top-right corner), a kill switch for the camera, and a microSD card reader.

The Spectre x360 13 measures 12.08 x 7.66 x 0.67 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds. That makes it ever so slightly lighter than the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 , which is 2.9 pounds and 11.6 x 8.15 x 0.56 inches. The Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 is a slighter 2.7 pounds and 12 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches. Apple's MacBook Pro , a clamshell, is 3 pounds and 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches.

HP Spectre x360 13-inch Specifications 

Productivity performance hp spectre x360 13-inch .

The Spectre is the latest machine we've tested with Intel's Core i7-1165G7 "Tiger Lake" mobile processors. Our configuration of the 2-in-1 has paired that with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB Intel SSD and 32GB of Intel Optane memory.

On comparable versions of Geekbench 5, an overall performance benchmark, the Spectre had a single core-score of 1,574 and a multi-core score of 4,749. The ZenBook Flip S had a higher multi-core score (4,952) but a lower single-core score (1,512) with the same CPU. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, also with the same Core i7, has a far higher multi-core score (5,639) but a lower single-core score (1,532). On the same test, the MacBook Pro had a multi-core score of 5,925 and a single-core score of 1,316, and that was through Rosetta emulation that can decrease performance. The Spectre transferred 25GB of files at a rate of 452.62 MBps, edging out the XPS 13 2-in-1. But the ZenBook Flip S out-performed here at 979.37

It took the Spectre x360 18 minutes and 39 seconds to complete our Handbrake test, which transcodes a 4K video to 1080p . That's faster than the ZenBook, though the XPS 13 2-in-1 had it beat, while the MacBook Pro was more than five minutes faster than the Spectre, even through Rosetta 2 emulation.

We also ran the Spectre through our stress test, which runs Cinebench R23 twenty times on a loop. The results were largely in the high 3,000's, occasionally peaking over 4,000. Towards the end, it was a bit erratic. The CPU ran at an average of 2.52 GHz and an average temperature of 64.88 degrees Celsius (148.78 degrees Fahrenheit). HWInfo's monitoring software detected several instances of cores' power limits being exceeded.

Display on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch Specifications 

Our review unit has a 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. That seems a bit squat, even outdated, compared to some competitors, which have moved on to 16:10 or 3:2 displays that are taller and show more of your work at once. It's also more natural for tablet mode.

Part of my testing included watching the trailer for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier . Some explosions early in the trailer showed some intense burst of orange, though some scenes on a football field had fireworks that didn't pop against the night sky as much as I would have liked to see. It's usable, but not the best I've seen.

The Spectre's IPS display covered 67.7% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, in the range of the XPS 13 2-in-1 (70%). We reviewed the ZenBook Flip S with an OLED display that hit 113.1% (you can get the Spectre with OLED; see configurations below). Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro reached 78.3%.

HP's display measured an average of 391 nits of brightness, beating the ZenBook, but falling short of the MacBook Pro and the XPS 13 2-in-1.

Keyboard and Touchpad on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

The keyboard on the Spectre x360 is comfortable, with a satisfying click (at least, as far as membranes go), that bounces up in a responsive fashion. 

My bigger issue was the wristrest. The deck is a bit short, so my hands hung off it while I typed. I hit 88 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, which is a bit low for me; I'm generally in the high 90's. It wasn't because of the keyboard, but because I was floating my wrists in the air. A taller screen would require a longer deck, which could help solve this.

I would prefer that the 4.4 x 2.2 inch touchpad be a bit taller, but there's also not any room for that on the device. Still, the vertical height was slightly limiting, and I often hit the edge of it. That said, the precision touchpad is sensitive enough that I was able to perform gestures, even with four fingers, without any issues.

Audio on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

For such a trim device, HP is offering up decent quality sound. The bottom-firing speakers, tuned by Bang & Olufsen, were clear with detailed sound. In Yellowcard's "City of Devils," the mix of violins, guitars, cymbals and drums were well leveled and textured, though, like many laptops, the bass wasn't particularly perceptible.

The included Bang & Olufsen Audio control app helped that a bit when I switched to the Bass equalizer preset, but I preferred the overall mix of the default settings, which better highlighted the violins and vocals. 

Upgradeability of the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

There are only two visible screws (a pair of Torx) on the bottom of the Spectre x360. If only things were that easy. There are four additional Phillips-head screws beneath one of the laptop's two adhesive-backed rubber feet. Removing the foot could potentially rip or tear it, making it difficult to replace later, so the average person probably shouldn't attempt to open the laptop up. Per HP's maintenance manual for this laptop, the battery, Wi-Fi card and SSD are all replaceable if you do get in there, though the RAM is soldered down.

For most people, we recommend ensuring you get the configuration with enough storage and RAM to future proof it for you. Enthusiasts who can risk that rubber foot will find some upgradeable and repairable parts inside.

Battery Life on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

This 2-in-1 has some endurance. While it comes with a nice USB Type-C charger with a braided cable, you should be able to go quite a while without it. The Spectre ran for 12 hours and 32 minutes on our battery test, which continuously browses the web, runs OpenGL tests and streams video over Wi-Fi, all at 150 nits of brightness.

It outlased both the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, which ran for 10:52, and the Asus ZenBook Flip S, which lasted 8:11. But Apple's MacBook Pro, powered by its incredibly-efficient M1 processor, lasted four hours longer at 16:32.

Heat on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

Beyond internal temperatures, we took skin temperatures while we ran our Cinebench R23 stress test. 

The center of the keyboard, between the G andH keys, measured 36.2 degrees Celsius (97.16 degrees Fahrenheit), though the keyboard was a cooler 29 degrees Celsius.

The hottest point on the bottom of the laptop hit 41.7 degrees Celsius (107.06 degrees Fahrenheit).

Webcam on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

The 720p camera in the Spectre x360's bezel produces blurry images and doesn't capture color well. In a shot at my desk, My blue eyes looked dark, my orange shirt muted, and the whole image was covered in visual noise.

Is it usable? Sure. But you may also want to consider buying best webcams for improved image quality. There's a kill switch on the right side of the laptop for extra privacy when you're not using the webcam.

Software and Warranty on the HP Spectre x360 13-inch 

Most of the software preinstalled on the Spectre is from HP itself. The most important is HP Command Center, a one-stop-shop to choose between performance presets, network prioritization for applications and system information. The others include HP Support Assistant (which I think could be rolled into Command Center), HP Privacy Settings and a link to the user manual for the laptop. There's also MyHP, which gives you easy access to your serial numbers and a bunch of short tutorials for Windows and Microsoft Office.

Of course, there's still the bloat that comes with most Windows 10 installs, like Spotify, Hulu, Roblox and Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure . 

HP sells the 13-inch Spectre x360 with a 1-year warranty that can be extended at an additional cost.

HP Spectre x360 13-inch Configurations 

We tested the Spectre x360 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage with 32GB of Intel Optane memory and a 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen. All of that comes for $1,249.99.

The base model is $949.99, with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p screen and a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

Many of the components are configurable. You can go up to a 4K UHD OLED touch screen (add $180), or opt for FHD OLED (add $30) or even WLED with Sure View Privacy (a $60 extra.) Storage goes up to a 2TB PCIe SSD. If you don't want the silver color, you can pay $10 for black or $20 extra for blue. The most expensive version, with a "Poseidon blue" chassis, Windows 10 Pro and the maximum specs runs $1,869.99.

Bottom Line 

In its latest iteration, the 13-inch HP Spectre x360 continues to be an attractive choice, quite literally. The Spectre remains  one of the best-looking notebooks on the market, and it's sleek and trim. Its battery life is impressive, and the Bang & Olufsen audio is pretty good for a 2-in-1 laptop.

While many ultrabook owners may not use their laptops for the most intense workloads, those who do may notice the issues we saw in our Cinebench gauntlet. That's not a huge issue for day-to-day use, but enthusiasts or power users may seek other options. If you're looking for a convertible 2-in-1, the go-to continues to be the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 , which offers strong performance and a taller, 16:10 display that works better as a tablet. You will, however, give up the full-sized USB Type-A port. HP also offers a comfier keyboard, in this author's opinion, though a short wrist rest mars the typing experience. But if a mix of style and endurace strikes your fancy, the Spectre x360 should be under consideration, though I'm hoping we can check out the 14-inch, 3:2 version soon.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social .

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HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) Review

The hp spectre x360 is a beautiful, powerful multitasker, laptop mag verdict.

The HP Spectre x360 is a stunning 2-in-1 with a vivid display, strong performance and all-day battery life.

Luxurious design

Outstanding battery life

Thin and lightweight

Vivid 1080p display

Class-leading keyboard

Powerful speakers

Display could be brighter

Bezels are a bit thick

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This 13-inch HP Spectre x360 laptop is now obsolete. Check out our review of the newly updated, au courant 13-inch HP Spectre x360 2021 , outfitted with the latest internals, for a more modern device.

The redesigned 13-inch Spectre x360 (starting and reviewed at $1,349) is HP's latest design triumph. With its faceted edges, chamfered corners and unique colors, the new Spectre x360 is truly a sight to behold. And while this elegant  13.3-inch laptop  may be the prettiest we've ever tested, the Spectre x360's 12-hour battery life, strong performance and powerful speakers are what make it a top pick.

Add a vivid display and a physical webcam kill switch , and the Spectre x360 gets our strong recommendation for anyone shopping for an  ultrabook , a  2-in-1  or just an excellent all-around laptop. It's also one of the laptops with best battery life .

HP Spectre x360 pricing and configurations 

The $1,349 Spectre x360 base model I reviewed packed an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, an Intel UHD 620 GPU and a 13.3-inch, 1080p touch-screen display.

For $1,449, you can upgrade to a 13.3-inch, 1080p display with  Sure View , which uses an integrated privacy filter to protect your sensitive files. That model comes with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

If you value display quality over privacy, then skip SureView and spend another $100 on the $1,549 4K touch-screen model.

While the Spectre x360 isn't priced any higher than most premium ultrabooks, I wish there were a cheaper Core i5 version to bring the price closer to $1,000.

The 13-inch Spectre x360 is available at most major online retailers, including  Best Buy ,  Newegg  and direct from  HP .

HP Spectre x360 design

Like an artist refining their trade, HP has incrementally improved the design of its laptops with each new product. Now, with the Spectre x360, the company has crafted a masterpiece.

The Spectre x360's sleek  aluminum  chassis is beautifully contoured, featuring faceted edges and sharply chamfered corners that look as if they were cut by a master jeweler. These aggressive angles give the Spectre x360 the sort of sophisticated elegance you'd expect from exorbitantly priced accessories sold by a luxury fashion designer.

The Spectre x360's sleek aluminum chassis is beautifully contoured, featuring faceted edges and sharply chamfered corners that look as if they were cut by a master jeweler.

Centered on the laptop's stylish eggplant lid is a modern HP logo in gold chrome ; opening it reveals a gold-trimmed touchpad next to Spectre branding. Above the keyboard is a speaker grill drilled into an attractive triangular pattern. Bang & Olufsen branding sits directly underneath and a discr ete fingerprint se nsor resides on the bottom-right corner of the deck.

The attention to detail is outstanding and even extends to the Spectre x360's accessories: The included faux-leather sleeve has a built-in stylus slot and the laptop's charging cord is wrapped in nylon.

HP abandoned the boring silver finish we criticized on last year's model and replaced it with two unique color schemes: Dark Ash Silver (purple/brown with gold accents) and Poseidon Blue (dark teal with pale accents). As a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 can rotate into tablet or tent mode, and although the laptop may look like a jewel, its flexible hinges and rigid lid feel sturdy.

But for all of my praise, I can't ignore the Spectre x360's chunky top and bottom bezels, especially since nearly all of its competitors now have edge-to-edge displays. Also, instead of improving the stiff volume rocker on last year's model, HP did away with it altogether. Now you'll need to tap your way into the volume settings when using the machine in tablet mode, instead of adjusting audio via a physical button.

The Spectre x360 is a very portable device, at just 12.2 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches and 2.8 pounds. In comparison, the  LG Gram 14 2-in-1  (12.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches, 2.5 pounds) is thicker yet lighter than the Spectre, while the  Lenovo Yoga C930  (12.6 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches, 3.1 pounds) and  Huawei MateBook 13  (11.3 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches, 2.9 pounds) are heavier but just as thin.

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I applaud HP for going a bit thicker with this year's model. It's still a very portable machine and the extra height allows for a  USB Type-A port  and improvements to battery life (more on that later). Anyway, I was far too busy gawking at this thing's contoured edges to care about tenths of an inch.

HP Spectre x360 ports

The Spectre x360 doesn't have many  ports , but those it does have are functional and futureproof. A  Thunderbolt 3  charging port on the right side offers blazing-fast transfer speeds and the ability to connect to multiple 4K monitors or an  external GPU .

Also on the right side of the laptop are a headphone/mic jack and microSD card slot. A lone USB 3.1 Type-A port resides on the left side of the laptop, a welcome addition considering most modern ultrabooks are abandoning it for a slimmer design.

A second Thunderbolt 3 charging port hides neatly on the Spectre x360's right chamfered corner. The clever positioning makes it easy to connect a power cord without having to shift the device around, and the port's rear-facing angle keeps cords out of the way.

On the other hand, the illuminated power button on the opposite corner is somewhat problematic. The button presses into my palm when I hold the Spectre x360 in tablet mode, and although quite a bit of pressure is required to actuate it, you can inadvertently induce sleep mode if you're not careful.

HP Spectre x360 display

The Spectre x360's 13.3-inch, 1080p touch  screen  could be brighter, but I still enjoyed watching movies and TV shows on the sharp and  colorful  display.

From aqua skin to fiery scarlet hair, the sundry colors in a trailer for the upcoming X-Men movie Dark Phoenix popped on the Spectre x360's display. The vortex of fire enveloping Dark Phoenix at the end of the trailer was a sea of punchy oranges and deep purples. The display was so crisp that I noticed a boot floating among thousands of shards of wood as Jean Grey hovered in midair, staring down her adversary, Quicksilver, with menacing orange eyes.

The panel's punchy colors reflect the Spectre x360's ability to cover 150 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That makes the display more colorful than those on the Gram 14 2-in-1 (128 percent), Yoga C930 (100 percent) and MateBook 13 (122 percent). The display on the average premium laptop (118 percent) also isn't as vibrant.

In contrast with the Spectre x360's vivid display, its peak  brightness  is somewhat of a letdown. While the panel is far from dim, at 287 nits, it doesn't get as bright as the category average (329 nits) or competing laptops like the MateBook 13 (318 nits). Then again, the Yoga C930 (273 nits) and Gram 14 2-in-1 (253 nits) also fell short in this area.

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I had no problem using the Spectre x360's touch screen to navigate the web or draw pictures in Paint 3D with my fingers or the included Active Pen.

HP Spectre x360 keyboard and touchpad

HP did it again, fitting a super-comfortable keyboard onto a razor -thin chassis. With 1.4 millimeters of travel, the Spectre x360's chiclet-style keyboard depresses deeper than most of its ultrabook competitors. Yes, that's a bit short of our 1.5-mm preference, but the keys still feel punchy and provide excellent tactile feedback, perhaps because of their ideal 70 grams of actuation force.

Better yet, the keys are large, well-spaced and offer two backlit brightness levels, the highest of which is quite luminous. Getting back to this beauty's design, even the large, simple font HP used on the keys looks sophisticated.

HP did it again, fitting a super-comfortable keyboard onto a razor-thin chassis.

My fingers blazed through the 10FastFingers.com typing test, reaching 120 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 96 percent. Both of those scores are a point above my typical 119-wpm, 95-percent speed and accuracy rates.

The Spectre x360's 4.7 x 2.3-inch touchpad responded quickly to my swipes, and I appreciated how much real estate my fingers had to execute gestures, like swiping with three fingers to change windows or pinch-to-zoom.

HP Spectre x360 audio

"Wow." That's all I could muster when the Spectre x360's top-firing speakers blasted audio loud enough to fill a large conference room. I certainly wasn't expecting so much oomph out of such a small machine. More importantly, the quality of the speakers is very good.

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When I listened to The Postal Service's "Such Great Heights," Ben Gibbard's vocals sounded crisp and clear, even when the volume was maxed out. There was a nice weightiness to the synth bass that generates the song's distinct electric sound. That same bass bump added energy to Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi and Rae Sremmurd's song "Guatemala."

HP Spectre x360 performance

Equipped with an  Intel Core i7-8565U CPU  and 8GB of  RAM , the Spectre x360 accommodated my demanding web-browsing habits without breaking a sweat. I simultaneously loaded 20  Google Chrome  tabs before streaming an  Overwatch  League match in which the San Francisco Shock stomped all over the Washington Justice. There wasn't even a hint of lag when I watched Gordon Ramsey's epic Hot Ones  YouTube  video while that beatdown played in the background along with two more full HD  Twitch  streams and a 1080p gameplay video of  The Division 2 .

The Spectre x360 performed well in our synthetic benchmarks, but competing ultrabooks edged it out on most tests. For example, the Spectre x360 scored a 14,935 on the Geekbench 4.3  overall performance  benchmark, which tops the category average (13,293) and the Yoga C930's (Core i7-8550U, 14,739) result, but falls short of what the MateBook 13 (Core i7-8565U, 17,214) and Gram 14 2-in-1 (Core i7-8565U, 15,943) achieved.

Equipped with an Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and 8GB of RAM, the Spectre x360 accommodated my demanding web-browsing habits without breaking a sweat.

The  256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD  inside the Spectre x360 performed well on our File Transfer test, duplicating 4.97GB of mixed-media data in 13 seconds for a rate of 391.5 megabytes per second. That matches the rate of the Gram 14 2-in-1 (512GB M.2 SATA SSD, 391 MBps) and tops the Yoga C930's (256GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 339.3 MBps) efforts. None of those ultrabooks could keep up with the blisteringly fast MateBook 13 (512GB NVMe SSD, 636 MBps), which topped the premium laptop average (548.4 MBps).

On our Excel Macro Test, the Gram 14 2-in-1 (1:25) and Matebook 13 (1:05) matched 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses faster than the Spectre x360, which required 1 minute and 34 seconds. HP's ultrabook fell just short of the premium laptop average (1:31) on that benchmark.

The Spectre x360 also lagged behind on our Handbrake video-transcoding test. The HP laptop needed 22 minutes and 30 seconds to transcode a 4K video into 1080p resolution, whereas the Gram 14 2-in-1 (21:17), Yoga C930 (20:45) and MateBook 13 (18:30) completed the task a bit more quickly.

HP Spectre x360 graphics

Because it relies on an integrated  Intel  UHD  620 GPU , the Spectre x360's graphics performance is average for an ultrabook. You shouldn't run into issues running demanding programs, like  Adobe Photoshop , or even playing modern  games  at low settings, but a  discrete GPU  is required for more graphics-intensive tasks.

The HP Spectre scored a 90,977 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark test. That tops the category average (88,194) and two other Intel UHD 620-equipped laptops -- the Yoga C930 (85,758) and Gram 14 2-in-1 (87,220) -- but the discrete GeForce MX150 GPU in the MateBook 13 (141,995) crushed the competition.

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We saw similar results with the racing game Dirt 3. Drifting around hairpin turns was buttery smooth on the Spectre x360, which played the game at 56 frames per second (above our 30-fps playability threshold). That rate is higher than what the Yoga C930 (37 fps) and the Gram 14 2-in-1 (51 fps) scored, though the MateBook 13 (166 fps) offered, by far, the best gaming experience.

HP Spectre x360 battery life

The Spectre x360 is a champion marathon runner when it comes to battery life; in fact, it could easily last into a second day of use, depending on your workload. With an outstanding runtime of 12 hours and 7 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness), the Spectre x360 outlasted the Yoga C930 (8:09), MateBook 13 (6:15) and the category average by several hours. The Gram 14 2-in-1 (11:28) put up a good fight, but also fell short of the Spectre x360.

HP Spectre x360 webcam

The Spectre x360's 1080p camera is better than most integrated  webcams , but the images it produces are still only OK. The lens accurately captured my dirty-blonde hair and naturally warm skin tone, and it even caught the subtle variances of gray in my striped sweater. However, my face looked a tad blurry when I shot video in our dimly lit office. Image quality improved exponentially when I moved into direct sunlight; my face was more crisp and I could even make out individual strands of hair in my beard.

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If you're worried about people snooping on you, the Spectre x360 has a physical on/off switch that electronically turns off the webcam when it's not in use, an elegant alternative to the sliding webcam cover we've seen from other laptop makers.

HP Spectre x360 heat

The HP Spectre x360 remained reasonably cool after we played a 15-minute HD video in full screen. While our heat gun registered a toasty 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the bottom hinge, the rest of the laptop, including the center of the keyboard (87 degrees), the touchpad (80 degrees) and the underside (95 degrees) stayed at or below our 95-degree comfort threshold.

HP Spectre x360 software and warranty

HP brought its entire suite of apps to the Spectre x360; while some of these are genuinely useful, things get messy when you compound them with a multitude of  Windows 10 bloatware .

Coming straight from the manufacturer are HP's Audio Control and HP Audio Switch apps, which let you control audio inputs and adjust volume levels. These apps are gratuitous, because most of the tools they offer are already built into  Windows 10 , like the ability to connect to Bluetooth or Wi-Fi  headphones  and  speakers . More frustrating is that a litany of apps that provide diagnostics and support - HP Command Center, HP Documentation, HP Hardware Diagnostics Windows, HP Support Assist and HP System Event Utility - could simply be combined into one comprehensive program.

But wait, HP didn't stop there. Also on the Spectre x360 are HP's JumpStart, to help you set up your new PC, and a simple Pen Control app for assigning actions to the stylus' two buttons.

Courtesy of Microsoft are two Candy Crush games (because one wasn't enough) and another kid-friendly game called Cooking Fever, along with apps like Fitbit Coach,  McAfee Security ,  Netflix  and  LinkedIn , among others.

The HP Spectre x360 ships with a one-year warranty. See how HP did on our  Tech Support Showdown  and  Best and Worst Brands ranking .

HP Spectre x360 vs. the competition

If you're looking for a 2-in-1 and value a garaged pen slot, then consider the  Lenovo Yoga C930 . Like the Spectre x360, the Yoga C930 has a premium design and strong overall performance. Still, the HP lasts 4 hours longer on a charge.

Overall, HP knocked it out of the park with the Spectre x360, a compelling laptop that is undoubtedly one of the best on the market.

The  Gram 14 2-in-1  is another good alternative for those who want a larger display, but it lacks a Thunderbolt 3 port and has weak speakers. For those who don't need a convertible, we strongly recommend the  Dell XPS 13 , which is more compact than the Spectre x360 and has a brighter display. However, the 4K version of the XPS 13 doesn't last as long on a charge as the HP.

Bottom line

The HP Spectre x360 excels in almost every area. The 2-in-1 lured me in with its attractive laptop chassis, and enchanted with outstanding battery life, a world-class keyboard and powerful speakers. The Spectre x360 also offers strong performance and its 13.3-inch, 1080p touch screen is sharp and colorful. Along with its new design, this year's model introduces compelling new features, like a physical webcam kill switch and a discrete fingerprint sensor, which add up to make it one of the  best Surface Pro alternatives .

If it's not obvious, I'm a big fan of the Spectre x360. That said, the laptop isn't perfect. For one, competing ultrabooks are thinner and lighter, and the Spectre x360's chunky display bezels nearly compromise otherwise elegant design. Also, the display, while vivid, doesn't get as bright as its competitors, and the Spectre x360 is filled with bloatware.

Overall, though, HP knocked it out of the park with the Spectre x360. It's a compelling 2-in-1 and undoubtedly one of the best laptops on the market.

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If you’re looking to buy a premium, lightweight, 13-inch Windows laptop with top-notch build quality and a recognizable brand name, I will bet that you’ve been recommended at least one of the following two models: the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 13.5. These two laptops are the cream of the 13-inch Windows laptop crop. They’re pricey, they’re lightweight, and they’re pleasing to the eyes.

But what exactly are the differences between them, and which one should you choose? I’ve spent a good amount of time using both of these devices, and I’m here to help you. A brief spoiler: the Spectre is probably the one I would buy, as it has a number of advantages over the XPS (which its higher price reflects). It does, however, have one sizable disadvantage that you should be aware of.

Right, let’s get this part out of the way. You can currently buy a Spectre x360 13.5 with a Core i7, 16GB of memory, and 1TB of storage (the configuration I tested) for $1,434.99 . A similarly specced XPS 13 has an MSRP of $1,449 but is currently discounted to $1,299 on Dell’s website . (The 1TB model of the XPS 13 can only be purchased with 32GB of RAM.)

That’s a difference of $135.99, which will vary as discounts change. That extra money doesn’t entirely go to waste, though.

Look and feel

This may be the difference between the XPS and the Spectre that will most impact your daily life. They have very different visual vibes, and there’s no mistaking one for the other.

I prefer the look of the Spectre. It’s gorgeous and sophisticated. The black model I have has gold accents around the touchpad, on the hinges, and in some other choice locations, and while they’re subtle, they give the device a suave C-Suite look. Where the Spectre is built to stand out, the XPS is built to blend in. It has a bit more of a plasticky feel (though it’s not flimsy by any means) and more of a generic aesthetic. It’s not ugly, but I wouldn’t turn to stare if I walked past.

That said, there’s something else that Dell’s chassis has going for it: it’s more portable. The Spectre is just over three pounds, which is a bit on the heavy side for modern 13-inchers. The XPS is almost half a pound lighter, and that’s a difference I feel when carrying both laptops around in my backpack or tote.

The Spectre’s weight has ultimately been the primary reason I’ve been avoiding purchasing it myself despite loving everything else about it. It’s not heavy by any means, but I still like my ultraportables to be a bit more comfortable to lift and carry with one arm. As someone who does lots of commuting to and from the office, the XPS is just much more pleasant to lug around.

I’ve also found that the XPS’s finish scratches more easily, while the Spectre’s is much more prone to fingerprint smudging.

The HP Spectre x360 13.5 half open.

Video calling experience

The XPS’s webcam isn’t great. It’s not terrible, but it’s not great. My backgrounds were often quite washed out when I used it for calls.

The Spectre’s, while not amazing, is better. The image it produces is much less grainy, and it does a better job with bright backgrounds. It also has a physical shutter (controlled via the keyboard), which just gives me some peace of mind when I’m at home.

The USB port on the right side of the XPS 13.

The Spectre also comes loaded with a suite of “beautification” features that HP calls GlamCam. There’s one that’s similar to Apple’s Center Stage and follows you around if you’re on the move during your call. There’s a lighting correction filter, which never made that much difference in my tests. There’s a hilarious “BRB Mode” that, when you toggle it on, puts “BRB” on your screen if you... get tired of your Zoom call and need to duck out for a nap, I guess? And there’s an appearance filter that “retouches” your face. There’s a separate discussion to be had about whether it’s appropriate for laptop manufacturers to be governing these kinds of beauty standards, but if these effects are something you want, you can get them on the Spectre.

The Spectre also has twice as many speakers as the XPS, and it sounds great, with crisp audio and solid bass. The XPS’s audio isn’t terrible, but it is a noticeable notch down, particularly in terms of volume. I sometimes had trouble hearing my calls in public spaces when using that device.

Best Laptop 2023: The HP Spectre x360 13.5 displaying The Verge homepage.

HP wins here. The XPS has a 1920 x 1200 IPS panel, and that’s all you can get. If you want a higher-resolution OLED option, you’ll need to look at the more expensive XPS 13 Plus. That device actually has a much higher-resolution OLED display, but it also has an invisible haptic touchpad, an LED function row, and some other odd stuff.

The Spectre I have has a 3000 x 2000 OLED screen, and it’s divine. There’s barely any glare, even in the brightest possible settings. Colors are vivid, and details are crisp. I almost wish I didn’t have to send this unit back to HP because I have such a great time looking at it.

HP’s laptop also has a 3:2 aspect ratio, while the XPS is 16:10. I prefer both of these to the classic old 16:9, but 3:2 gives you slightly more vertical room and is the one of the two that I would choose.

The HP Spectre x360 displaying The Verge homepage.

Battery life

Here’s where the Spectre runs into trouble. I averaged just over four hours from continuous use of this OLED device. Even though it has a larger battery than the XPS does, the high-resolution screen is eagerly eating up the battery.

That low battery life, while not necessarily unexpected given the screen’s resolution, is a major hangup for such a pricey device. It’s pretty much my only significant complaint about the Spectre; if I were able to get, say, 10 hours out of it, I’d be seriously contemplating giving it a 10 out of 10 score. It’s a standout across many categories, but the short lifespan makes it a tough sell for folks who may want to use it out and about.

The XPS did much better here, averaging six hours and 42 minutes from the same workload. That isn’t great as XPS models of the past few years have gone, but it is one of the better results I’ve seen from a recent Windows laptop. With Intel’s offerings these days, all-day battery life on my personal workload has become more of a luxury than a staple.

HP Spectre x360 13.5 Benchmarks


I don’t want to make too big of a deal about benchmark scores on these two devices, as neither is really designed to be used for long periods of time under heavy loads. Nevertheless, for people who want to know, the scores are above.

The Spectre has a slightly more powerful processor than is available in the XPS. The scores I got are similar but not quite the same, with the Spectre coming out on top in almost every case. If you plan on playing games or exporting video as I did here, you can expect that the Spectre might be slightly faster. But if those are regular tasks for you, neither of these devices should be on your shortlist.

In terms of general use in Chrome, Safari, and such, I didn’t see a difference. For office workloads and home entertainment, both of these computers are — and I cannot stress this enough — fine. One thing I did notice is that the Spectre is quieter than the XPS. Dell’s fans came on quite easily, like after a couple Chrome tabs, during my testing process. The Spectre was cool and quiet throughout my use, with noise only apparent during heavy benchmarking. If you don’t like fan noise, the Spectre is the way to go.

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Which should you buy?

Ultimately, the Spectre is a step up from the XPS in many important areas. It would be my hands-down recommendation.

Except for that stinkin’ battery life. Four hours is just unfortunate for a device that’s well over $1,000. And the difference between four and six hours could be the difference between needing or not needing to bring your charger to a coffee shop, making it through a flight, or finishing a school day. That factor alone is a huge point in the XPS’s favor.

Despite that shortcoming, I still think the Spectre offers better value for its price. Its build quality and aspect ratio are fairly unique in today’s landscape. I think it offers a package that’s difficult to find from other manufacturers right now, and HP is innovating with this in ways that Dell hasn’t with this generation of the old-school XPS. That makes me slightly more excited about the Spectre x360 this year.

With that said, I would not fault someone for going for the XPS instead because until HP figures out how to make a high-resolution OLED screen play nice with the 67Wh battery, that lower price and higher battery life are quite attractive. While Dell’s machine is not as exciting or showy of a product, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a more pragmatic buy for many people.

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There are a lot of excellent 2-in-1 laptops out there, and they’re perfect for those who want something that is a hybrid between a tablet and a laptop so that they can use their device on a table or in handheld mode. One of the better options to go for, and that is regularly suggested, is the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1, which is packed with features. It also has a great deal on it from HP right now, knocking it down to $1,400 from $1,700, which is a solid $300 discount that you can either save or put into some upgrades before checking out.

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The base spec of the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 is pretty great, with an Intel Core i7-13700H, which is a mid-to-high-end CPU that will knock most productivity and day-to-day tasks out of the park, so whether you want this for work or general browsing, it’s perfect. The same goes for the impressive 16GB of RAM, which isn’t very common at this price point, so we’re certainly happy to see that, especially since it will give you a smoother day-to-day experience. The RAM can also easily handle Windows 11 , and while you only get the Home version at base spec, you can also get the Pro version for an extra $70, which isn’t worth it unless you know you need the features it offers.

If you want to do some gaming, unfortunately, there isn’t a discrete GPU with the base specifications, so you’ll mostly be able to manage indie or casual games. That said, you can upgrade to an Intel A370M GPU for an extra $230, and while it isn’t that powerful, it will give you a few more gaming options if you want it. This is also a good spot to mention that the 16-inch screen runs a 3072 x 1920 resolution with an impressive 400nits of peak brightness and, for an extra $20, an anti-reflection coating, which we absolutely encourage. There is also an OLED upgrade for $150, but that one isn’t as needed, and you should only get it if you either plan to watch a lot of content on it or spend a large time of your day looking at the screen.

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Rosatom Starts Production of Rare-Earth Magnets for Wind Power Generation

TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom has started gradual localization of rare-earth magnets manufacturing for wind power plants generators. The first sets of magnets have been manufactured and shipped to the customer.

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In total, the contract between Elemash Magnit LLC (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom in Elektrostal, Moscow region) and Red Wind B.V. (a joint venture of NovaWind JSC and the Dutch company Lagerwey) foresees manufacturing and supply over 200 sets of magnets. One set is designed to produce one power generator.

“The project includes gradual localization of magnets manufacturing in Russia, decreasing dependence on imports. We consider production of magnets as a promising sector for TVEL’s metallurgical business development. In this regard, our company does have the relevant research and technological expertise for creation of Russia’s first large-scale full cycle production of permanent rare-earth magnets,” commented Natalia Nikipelova, President of TVEL JSC.

“NovaWind, as the nuclear industry integrator for wind power projects, not only made-up an efficient supply chain, but also contributed to the development of inter-divisional cooperation and new expertise of Rosatom enterprises. TVEL has mastered a unique technology for the production of magnets for wind turbine generators. These technologies will be undoubtedly in demand in other areas as well,” noted Alexander Korchagin, Director General of NovaWind JSC.

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TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom provides nuclear fuel for 73 power reactors in 13 countries worldwide, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL. www.tvel.ru

NovaWind JSC is a division of Rosatom; its primary objective is to consolidate the State Corporation's efforts in advanced segments and technological platforms of the electric power sector. The company was founded in 2017. NovaWind consolidates all of the Rosatom’s wind energy assets – from design and construction to power engineering and operation of wind farms.

Overall, by 2023, enterprises operating under the management of NovaWind JSC, will install 1 GW of wind farms. http://novawind.ru

Elemash Magnit LLC is a subsidiary of Kovrov Mechanical Plant (an enterprise of the TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) and its main supplier of magnets for production of gas centrifuges. The company also produces magnets for other industries, in particular, for the automotive

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