Summer season 2018 Replace

The HP Spectre x360 13 stays a terrific 2-in-1, even when in comparison with newer fashions just like the Lenovo Yoga 920, and nonetheless leads the pack in battery life — see the up to date charts within the evaluation under. 

Nevertheless, you may also see that its efficiency falls just a little behind, which probably signifies that HP has traded off pace for battery life; that features Lenovo and Samsung’s (for the Pocket book 9 Pen) choice to make use of sooner however extra battery draining 2,400MHz reminiscence over the two,133MHz utilized by the HP. It is also potential newer fashions could profit from some efficiency tweaks in Home windows 10 that weren’t out there in December when this mannequin was examined.

The unique evaluation of the HP Spectre x360 13 follows, with up to date efficiency charts evaluating it to newer rivals and with corrections to the configuration as initially posted (our analysis unit had 2,133MHz reminiscence, not 1,600MHz reminiscence). The evaluation was initially revealed February 9, 2018.

Cheaper, lighter and sooner than a 13-inch MacBook Professional, with a longer-living battery and tons extra options, the HP Spectre x360 13 continues to wow me. It has some benefits over its nearer Home windows rivals as effectively. The display of HP’s fashionable convertible flips out of the usual clamshell orientation right into a “tent” for shows, and it stands on its keyboard or flips all the best way round to work as a pill. This laptop computer retains the terrific design of its predecessors and improves on the fundamentals. 

The replace to Intel’s eighth-generation Core i-series processors has boosted its battery life to a whopping 13-plus hours on our checks. Coupled with that processor’s bounce to 4 cores from two, it performs considerably higher than earlier fashions for operations that use the processor. As extra laptops undertake the newer processors its lead will diminish, after all. For example, it barely lags behind the also-excellent Lenovo Yoga 920 in virtually all efficiency areas, aside from battery life.

All that and worth, too

Its worth is fairly cheap for what you get. Whereas HP sells this $1,250 mannequin on its web site, so far as I can inform you’ll be able to configure the lowest-end mannequin and get it for $1,100, simply with out the webcam. That is one thing to think about in the event you’re finances constrained. You may get it within the new Pale Rose Gold (pink) in addition to the normal Darkish Ash Silver (copper and brown) or simply plan outdated Pure Silver; you pay $10 further for the 2 extra unique fashions, in addition to a weird further $1 in your CPU alternative within the Rose Gold. 

You may configure it with an eighth-generation Core i5 or i7, and as much as 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and a 4K or HD show with a privateness display. In idea it comes with the Lively Pen, however ours had the brand new HP Tilt Pen within the field, a $90 choice which provides nominal tilt detection and a Bluetooth button.

HP Spectre x360 13 (late 2017)

Worth as reviewed



13.Three-inch 1,920×1,080 show


1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U

PC Reminiscence



128MB devoted Intel UHD Graphics 620


256GB SSD, microSD slot


2 x USB-C/Thunderbolt, 1 x USB Three.1 Kind A, 1 x combo audio


802.11ac, Bluetooth four.2

Working system

Home windows 10 Dwelling (64-bit)


2.eight lb/1.3kg

There is no an identical model of this within the UK or Australia. HP UK solely gives the 4K display — which implies no privateness display choice — with both the i7 chip with 512GB SSD for £1,400, or with an i5 chip and a Core i5-8250U processor for £1,200. The highest-of-the-line mannequin goes as much as 1TB storage and 16GB reminiscence for £1,700. It comes with the Lively Pen, however it helps the newer Tilt Pen if you wish to improve for £80.

You may solely get the HD display in Australia, and the closest mannequin to ours comes with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD for AU$Three,100. A model with 8GB however a 360GB SSD and a Core i5 runs AU$Three,100. It does not seem like you will get the privateness display choice or Tilt Pen in Australia, both.

Having examined each the 4K and HD fashions, I can undoubtedly say I believe the 4K is overkill on such a small display, so it is a disgrace you are pressured to spend extra within the UK. Although we did not have the Positive View privateness display on this mannequin, we did check that show not too long ago on the EliteBook x360 1020 G2; it hinders, however does not utterly block shoulder browsing, and since it blows out the brightness on the edges, battery life takes successful of about an hour. 

A number of new tips

HP launched some welcome adjustments from the final mannequin to this one. The vent on the left facet is gone, making room for a much bigger energy change with a bigger indicator LED, in addition to a microSD card slot.

On the fitting facet, HP added a fingerprint sensor for biometric Home windows Whats up logins. It is a clumsy location, although, as a result of it is flush with the floor so you’ll be able to’t discover it by really feel simply; whereas groping for it, Home windows decides you’ve got tried to log in too many instances and switches you to PIN login. So you must search for it first, which is annoying.


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