HP Spectre x360 Review
HP is on a roll with its new professional looking notebooks and the latest to join it is the new 13.3-inch Spectre x360 hybrid laptop.
The idea of a laptop that folds over backward into a tablet isn’t a new one, and since Lenovo introduced the Yoga line in 2012, we’ve seen similar hybrids from Dell, Toshiba, HP and others. This fold-back design has become the most popular style of laptop/tablet hybrid, because it doesn’t compromise the original clamshell laptop experience, and because it’s generally less mechanically complex and cheaper to produce than overly fidgety pull-apart or sliding-screen hybrids.
But, how do you put a new spin on something that’s already so well-known? HP is attempting it by introducing a new premium hybrid with a fold-back hinge, called the Spectre x360. It takes the x360 brand name HP has used for its previous fold-back hybrids, which were part of the mainstream Pavilion line, and upscales it with a new hinge design, premium construction and the promise of high-end performance and battery life. For the uninitiated, HP considers its Spectre line to be its most-premium brand, above both the Pavilion and Envy lines.
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Like something between a MacBook and a Yoga, the Spectre x360 is crafted from large aluminum sheets, giving the chassis a seamless look, with a highly polished outer edge contrasting with a matte-silver-gray interior.
Inside, HP jumps into Intel’s fifth-generation of Core i-series CPUs, offering Core i5 and Core i7 models. In our tests of the handful of other Broadwell-generation laptops, performance has been only marginally faster overall, but some configurations have shown the potential for big battery-life gains.
Source: Dan Ackerman
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