HP Spectre x360 13t Review Editor's Choice

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Editors' rating:
The Pros

Beautiful copper design; Strong performance; Colorful quad-HD display; Powerful speakers

The Cons

Bottom can get hot; Keyboard feels a bit flat

Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 13t is a gorgeous 2-in-1 with strong performance, a vibrant touch screen and very good battery life.

Architects and artists may argue about whether form follows function, but the HP Spectre x360 13t has both. This 2-in-1 ($899 starting, $1,520 as tested) has a beautiful metallic design that looks good whether it's in laptop, tablet, tent or stand mode. Add in strong performance, above-average battery life and powerful speakers, and you have one of the best 13-inch convertible laptops on the market.

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Design

With its rounded edges, minimalist branding and optional copper-colored sides and hinges, the new Spectre x360 13t screams luxury. The shiny black (HP calls it "ash silver") lid is understated. The words "Hewlett-Packard" are emblazoned in copper coloring instead of "HP," and this same logo can be found on the back hinge. The sides and hinges are the same shiny copper color, providing some nice contrast to the dark lid. Some models are only available in a standard silver, and the color options depend on the price (see below).

HP Spectre x360 13t Size
Weight 2.4 pounds
Dimensions 12.79 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches

 

HP Spectre x360 13t ChasisInside is a backlit, island-style keyboard, the 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 touch screen and both the Spectre logo and Bang & Olufsen emblem.

With a footprint of 12.79 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches, the Spectre x360 is roughly the same size as Lenovo's Yoga 900 (12.75 x 8.86 x 0.59), but larger than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 tablet (11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33). At 2.4 pounds, it's heavier than the Surface Pro 4 (1.73 pounds), which has a keyboard cover rather than a full base, but lighter than other bend-back 2-in-1s like the 2.8-pound Yoga 900.

Because of the Spectre's 360-degree hinge, it can be used in a variety of modes, including a regular laptop, a tablet (with the keyboard folded all the way back), a display (resting on the keyboard with the screen facing the user) and a tent (folded into an upside-down "V").

Keyboard and Touchpad

With just 1.49 mm of key travel, the Spectre x360 13t's keys fall a bit flat. When typing, I bottomed out quite often, though the reliable 60 grams of force required to press the keys prevented them from feeling mushy or uncomfortable. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I hit 103 words per minute, which is in my average range for speed, but I had an error rate of 3 percent, which is higher than my typical 1 to 2 percent.

HP Spectre x360 13t KeyboardThe keyboard is backlit, albeit not terribly brightly. In a puzzling design decision, HP added a dedicated key to turn the backlight on and off, and it remains distractingly illuminated even when the rest of the keyboard is dark. 

MORE: The Best Laptops for Every Need

I love the 5.5 x 2.5 touchpad -- it's incredibly spacious, and the option to keep my finger anywhere on the wide, smooth surface makes it easy to use. It recognized Windows 10 gestures without a hitch, and I had no trouble swiping between programs, flicking to my desktop and scrolling through Web pages.

Display

The Spectre x360's 13-inch, 2560 x 1440 display produces detailed, bright images with highly accurate colors. When I watched the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War on this notebook, I noticed a lot of detail on the character's faces, like the deep wrinkles on General Ross' face. Iron Man's red suit looked accurate, but Captain America's blue duds seemed a little darker than they should have been.

HP Spectre x360 13t Display: Test Results
Benchmark Score How it Compares
Brightness 308 nits Strong
Color Gamut (sRGB) 111 percent Strong
Color Accuracy (Delta e) 1 Strong

 

HP Spectre x360 13t DisplayThe Spectre x360's screen clocked in at 307.6 nits of brightness on our light meter, just under the ultraportable category average of 309 nits. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was the brightest of the group at 382 nits, while the Lenovo Yoga 900 was the most dim at 284 nits.

HP's 2-in-1 covers an excellent 110.8 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which would explain its vibrant tones. That's more than both the Surface Pro 4 (100 percent) and Yoga 900 (93 percent).

The Spectre's fairly precise display registered a Delta-E color accuracy score of 0.97 (the closer to zero, the better). That's not as good as the Surface Pro 4, but much better than the Yoga 900.

Audio

I sat back, relaxed and listened to Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On" play loud and clear from the Bang & Olufsen speakers. The vocals, rhythmic clapping and synthesized melodies were all rich and powerful, no matter whether I used the Spectre as a laptop, stand, display or tent.

Bang & Olufsen's software was buried in the system tray (it wasn't listed in the list of programs), and for good reason: there's not much you can do with it besides adjust the volume. Luckily, the speakers sound good enough on their own not to need the extra help.

Performance

With a Core i7-6500U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, our review configuration of the Spectre X360 provided more than enough performance for productivity and entertainment. I didn't experience any slowdown when I browsed the Web in Google Chrome with 13 tabs open, one of which was streaming 1080p video from YouTube.

HP Spectre x360 13t (Core i7 / 8GB / 512GB): Performance Tests
Benchmark Score How it Compares
Geekbench 3 6,829 Strong
Spreadsheet Macro Test 4:02 Strong
File Transfer Test 173.38 MBps Above Average

 

HP Spectre x360 13t tent modeThe Spectre x360 achieved a score of 6,829 on the Geekbench 3 synthetic performance test, beating the Surface Pro 4's score of 6,811 (Core i5-6300U, 8GB of RAM) and the Yoga 900's mark of 6,264 (Core i7-6500U, 16GB of RAM) by a hair.

HP's 2-in-1 took just 4 minutes and 2 seconds to complete our spreadsheet macro test, where we pair 20,000 names with their addresses in OpenOffice Calc. The Surface Pro 4 and the Yoga 900) were slightly slower than the Spectre x360. 

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The Spectre x360's solid-state drive is faster than the average ultraportable, delivering a transfer rate of 173.4 MBps. However, the Lenovo Yoga 900 was slightly faster, and the Surface Pro 4 blew past them both at more than 300 MBps.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU isn't enough to handle intensive video games like Far Cry Primal or Tom Clancy's The Division. With its 3DMark score of 62,054, you will have to settle for Words with Friends, Candy Crush and perhaps some World of Warcraft, but that's the best you'll get.

Ports and Webcam

The Spectre x360 has a healthy helping of ports for peripherals and external monitors.

HP Spectre x360 13t (2016) portsThe left side of the laptop is home to the power port, a USB 3.0 port and an SD card reader, while the right side is where you'll find a Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone/microphone combo jack.

HP Spectre x360 13t WebcamThe webcam delivered a grainy photo without much detail -- my hair and beard both appeared as blobs without much definition, though it did capture my dimple and the various shades of gray in my sweater. Lights behind me were blown out, but I appeared properly exposed.

Battery Life

The HP Spectre x360 lasted an impressive 8 hours and 26 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness. That's a tad longer than the ultraportable category average of 8:09, and should be enough for you to keep your laptop unplugged most of the day. The Lenovo Yoga 900 fared worse at 7:57, while the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 endured for only 6:05. 

Laptop Battery Life (hh:mm)
HP Spectre x360 13t 8:26
Category Average 7:45


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Heat

The Spectre x360 got a bit hot under the collar when we subjected it to our heat test. After streaming 15 minutes of HD video, its touchpad reached 94 degrees, just 1 degree under our maximum comfort threshold of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The G&H keys broke that threshold at 99 degrees, while the underside of the laptop hit a toasty 111 degrees.

Software and Warranty

The Spectre x360 comes with all of the most common Windows 10 bloatware, including Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard and Twitter, as well as Netflix, Snapfish and CyberLink YouCam 6.

The more helpful apps are HP's own -- HP Recovery Manager will help you restore your data after a crash, while HP Documentation is a quick link to your device's instruction manual, should you ever need to reference it.

HP offers a one-year limited warranty with the computer, but you can upgrade to cover damage outside of the warranty. You can get one year of accidental damage coverage for $179.99, two years for $249.99 or three years for $329.99.

Configurations

The HP Spectre x360 13t that we reviewed came with a Core i7-6500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 2560 x 1440 touch screen. When we configured it on HP's site, it cost $1,519.99.

HP Spectre x360 13t Laptop ModeThe base model costs $899.99 and comes in silver instead of black and gold. It has an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1080p display.

There are a number of customization options, but we recommend a $999.99 option, which comes with a Core i5-6200U, 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, and a 1080p touch screen, which should be enough for most users. This version comes in silver -- the black-and-gold combination doesn't come into play until you reach the $1,149.99 price.

HP Spectre x360 13t Cost By Configuration
Config Screen CPU RAM / Storage Price
Base Model 1920 x 1080 Core i5-6200U 4GB / 128GB $899.99
Recommended 1920 x 1080 Core i5-6200U 8GB / 256GB $999.99
Splurge 2560 x 1440 Core i7-6500U 8GB / 512GB $1519.99

 

Bottom Line

The HP Spectre x360 13t is a premium 2-in-1 with the looks and performance to back it up. Its sexy chassis (especially in black and gold), accurate screen, powerful audio and strong performance make it an Editors' Choice pick. We just wish the bottom ran cooler.

The Lenovo Yoga 900 is another great 2-in-1 with a higher-res screen than the HP, a comfier keyboard and a lower price (when similarly configured), but the Spectre's longer battery life and lighter weight make it a compelling choice.

If you want a true 2-in-1 that doubles as a laptop and tablet, it's hard to do better than the Spectre x360.

<p>Architects and artists may argue about whether form follows function, but the HP Spectre x360 13t has both. This 2-in-1 ($899 starting, $1,520 as tested) has a beautiful metallic design that looks good whether it's in laptop, tablet, tent or stand mode. Add in strong performance, above-average battery life and powerful speakers, and you have one of the best 13-inch convertible laptops on the market.</p>
<h3>Design</h3>
<p>With its rounded edges, minimalist branding and optional copper-colored sides and hinges, the new Spectre x360 13t screams luxury. The shiny black (HP calls it "ash silver") lid is understated. The words "Hewlett-Packard" are emblazoned in copper coloring instead of "HP," and this same logo can be found on the back hinge. The sides and hinges are the same shiny copper color, providing some nice contrast to the dark lid. Some models are only available in a standard silver, and the color options depend on the price (see below).</p>
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<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/hp-spectre-x360-13-t-w-g02.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t Chasis" width="675" height="435" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />Inside is a backlit, island-style keyboard, the 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 touch screen and both the Spectre logo and Bang &amp; Olufsen emblem.</p>
<p>With a footprint of 12.79 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches, the Spectre x360 is roughly the same size as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-yoga-900" target="_blank"><strong>Lenovo's Yoga 900</strong></a> (12.75 x 8.86 x 0.59), but larger than Microsoft's <a href="http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/microsoft-surface-pro-4" target="_blank"><strong>Surface Pro 4</strong></a> tablet (11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33). At 2.4 pounds, it's heavier than the Surface Pro 4 (1.73 pounds), which has a keyboard cover rather than a full base, but lighter than other bend-back 2-in-1s like the 2.8-pound Yoga 900.</p>
<p>Because of the Spectre's 360-degree hinge, it can be used in a variety of modes, including a regular laptop, a tablet (with the keyboard folded all the way back), a display (resting on the keyboard with the screen facing the user) and a tent (folded into an upside-down "V").</p>
<h3>Keyboard and Touchpad</h3>
<p>With just 1.49 mm of key travel, the Spectre x360 13t's keys fall a bit flat. When typing, I bottomed out quite often, though the reliable 60 grams of force required to press the keys prevented them from feeling mushy or uncomfortable. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I hit 103 words per minute, which is in my average range for speed, but I had an error rate of 3 percent, which is higher than my typical 1 to 2 percent.</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/hp-spectre-x360-13-t-w-g09.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t Keyboard" width="675" height="435" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />The keyboard is backlit, albeit not terribly brightly. In a puzzling design decision, HP added a dedicated key to turn the backlight on and off, and it remains distractingly illuminated even when the rest of the keyboard is dark.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p><strong>MORE: <a href="http://www.laptopmag.com/best-laptops">The Best Laptops for Every Need</a></strong></p>
<p>I love the 5.5 x 2.5 touchpad -- it's incredibly spacious, and the option to keep my finger anywhere on the wide, smooth surface makes it easy to use. It recognized Windows 10 gestures without a hitch, and I had no trouble swiping between programs, flicking to my desktop and scrolling through Web pages.</p>
<h3>Display</h3>
<p>The Spectre x360's 13-inch, 2560 x 1440 display produces detailed, bright images with highly accurate colors. When I watched the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War on this notebook, I noticed a lot of detail on the character's faces, like the deep wrinkles on General Ross' face. Iron Man's red suit looked accurate, but Captain America's blue duds seemed a little darker than they should have been.</p>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">308 nits</td>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Color Gamut (sRGB)</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">111 percent</td>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Color Accuracy (Delta e)</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">1</td>
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<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/hp-spectre-x360-13-t-w-g04.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t Display" width="675" height="435" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />The Spectre x360's screen clocked in at 307.6 nits of brightness on our light meter, just under the ultraportable category average of 309 nits. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was the brightest of the group at 382 nits, while the Lenovo Yoga 900 was the most dim at 284 nits.</p>
<p>HP's 2-in-1 covers an excellent 110.8 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which would explain its vibrant tones. That's more than both the Surface Pro 4 (100 percent) and Yoga 900 (93 percent).</p>
<p>The Spectre's fairly precise display registered a Delta-E color accuracy score of 0.97 (the closer to zero, the better). That's not as good as the Surface Pro 4, but much better than the Yoga 900.</p>
<h3>Audio</h3>
<p>I sat back, relaxed and listened to Major Lazer and DJ Snake's "Lean On" play loud and clear from the Bang &amp; Olufsen speakers. The vocals, rhythmic clapping and synthesized melodies were all rich and powerful, no matter whether I used the Spectre as a laptop, stand, display or tent.</p>
<p>Bang &amp; Olufsen's software was buried in the system tray (it wasn't listed in the list of programs), and for good reason: there's not much you can do with it besides adjust the volume. Luckily, the speakers sound good enough on their own not to need the extra help.</p>
<h3>Performance</h3>
<p>With a Core i7-6500U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, our review configuration of the Spectre X360 provided more than enough performance for productivity and entertainment. I didn't experience any slowdown when I browsed the Web in Google Chrome with 13 tabs open, one of which was streaming 1080p video from YouTube.</p>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Geekbench 3</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">6,829</td>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Spreadsheet Macro Test</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">4:02</td>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">173.38 MBps</td>
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<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/hp-spectre-x360-13-t-w-g03.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t tent mode" width="675" height="435" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />The Spectre x360 achieved a score of 6,829 on the Geekbench 3 synthetic performance test, beating the Surface Pro 4's score of 6,811 (Core i5-6300U, 8GB of RAM) and the Yoga 900's mark of 6,264 (Core i7-6500U, 16GB of RAM) by a hair.</p>
<p>HP's 2-in-1 took just 4 minutes and 2 seconds to complete our spreadsheet macro test, where we pair 20,000 names with their addresses in OpenOffice Calc. The Surface Pro 4 and the Yoga 900) were slightly slower than the Spectre x360.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p><strong>MORE: <a href="http://www.laptopmag.com/best-hp-laptops">Best HP Laptops</a></strong></p>
<p>The Spectre x360's solid-state drive is faster than the average ultraportable, delivering a transfer rate of 173.4 MBps. However, the Lenovo Yoga 900 was slightly faster, and the Surface Pro 4 blew past them both at more than 300 MBps.</p>
<p>The integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU isn't enough to handle intensive video games like Far Cry Primal or Tom Clancy's The Division. With its 3DMark score of 62,054, you will have to settle for Words with Friends, Candy Crush and perhaps some World of Warcraft, but that's the best you'll get.</p>
<h3>Ports and Webcam</h3>
<p>The Spectre x360 has a healthy helping of ports for peripherals and external monitors.</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/hp-spectre-x360-13-t-w-g05.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t (2016) ports" width="675" height="435" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />The left side of the laptop is home to the power port, a USB 3.0 port and an SD card reader, while the right side is where you'll find a Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone/microphone combo jack.</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/win_20160315_13_25_14_pro.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t Webcam" width="675" height="380" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />The webcam delivered a grainy photo without much detail -- my hair and beard both appeared as blobs without much definition, though it did capture my dimple and the various shades of gray in my sweater. Lights behind me were blown out, but I appeared properly exposed.</p>
<h3>Battery Life</h3>
<p>The HP Spectre x360 lasted an impressive 8 hours and 26 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi at 100 nits of brightness. That's a tad longer than the ultraportable category average of 8:09, and should be enough for you to keep your laptop unplugged most of the day. The Lenovo Yoga 900 fared worse at 7:57, while the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 endured for only 6:05.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>
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<h3>Heat</h3>
<p>The Spectre x360 got a bit hot under the collar when we subjected it to our heat test. After streaming 15 minutes of HD video, its touchpad reached 94 degrees, just 1 degree under our maximum comfort threshold of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The G&amp;H keys broke that threshold at 99 degrees, while the underside of the laptop hit a toasty 111 degrees.</p>
<h3>Software and Warranty</h3>
<p>The Spectre x360 comes with all of the most common Windows 10 bloatware, including Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard and Twitter, as well as Netflix, Snapfish and CyberLink YouCam 6.</p>
<p>The more helpful apps are HP's own -- HP Recovery Manager will help you restore your data after a crash, while HP Documentation is a quick link to your device's instruction manual, should you ever need to reference it.</p>
<p>HP offers a one-year limited warranty with the computer, but you can upgrade to cover damage outside of the warranty. You can get one year of accidental damage coverage for $179.99, two years for $249.99 or three years for $329.99.</p>
<h3>Configurations</h3>
<p>The HP Spectre x360 13t that we reviewed came with a Core i7-6500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 2560 x 1440 touch screen. When we configured it on HP's site, it cost $1,519.99.</p>
<p><img src="/images/uploads/ppress/45094/hp-spectre-x360-13-t-w-g01.jpg" border="0" alt="HP Spectre x360 13t Laptop Mode" width="675" height="435" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" />The base model costs $899.99 and comes in silver instead of black and gold. It has an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1080p display.</p>
<p>There are a number of customization options, but we recommend a $999.99 option, which comes with a Core i5-6200U, 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, and a 1080p touch screen, which should be enough for most users. This version comes in silver -- the black-and-gold combination doesn't come into play until you reach the $1,149.99 price.</p>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Core i5-6200U</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">4GB / 128GB</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">$899.99</td>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Recommended</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">1920 x 1080</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Core i5-6200U</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">8GB / 256GB</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">$999.99</td>
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<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Splurge</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">2560 x 1440</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">Core i7-6500U</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">8GB / 512GB</td>
<td style="padding: 5px; border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid black;">$1519.99</td>
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<h3>Bottom Line</h3>
<p>The HP Spectre x360 13t is a premium 2-in-1 with the looks and performance to back it up. Its sexy chassis (especially in black and gold), accurate screen, powerful audio and strong performance make it an Editors' Choice pick. We just wish the bottom ran cooler.</p>
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CPU Intel Core i7-6500U
Operating System Windows 10 Home
RAM 8GB
RAM Upgradable to
Hard Drive Size 512GB SSD
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Type SSD
Secondary Hard Drive Size
Secondary Hard Drive Speed
Secondary Hard Drive Type
Display Size 13.3
Native Resolution 2560 x 1440
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 520
Video Memory
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Wi-Fi Model
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0+LE
Mobile Broadband
Touchpad Size 5.5 x 2.5
Ports (excluding USB) Combo Headphone/Mic Jack
Ports (excluding USB) USB 3.0
Ports (excluding USB) HDMI
USB Ports 3
Card Slots SD memory reader
Warranty/Support 1-year limited warranty
Size 12.79 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
Weight 2.4 pounds
Company Website http://www.hp.com/
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19 comments
  • Daniel Says:

    Design Flaw/Manufacturing Flaw - 20% Failure Rate

    Stay away from this HP product line, and probably all HP products as in our experience they refuse to take responsibility for product defects. We have purchased 15 of these, 20% of which have failed in the same manner: motherboard component burns out, preventing charging/power on.

    This issue is well documented here: https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/HP-Spectre-X360-motherboard-burned-literally/td-p/5831226/page/2 (take special note of the image of a burned out component in exactly the same spot on all affected Spectres)

    Unfortunately all 15 laptops are about 1.5 years old, and so out of warranty. While I would completely understand HP refusing to effect repairs for a normal failure, this is obviously a design flaw/manufacturing flaw for such a significant number of failures due to the same component failure.

    We reached out to HP on three separate occasions and received either flat our refusals to effect repairs or they promised a call back which never came. I think it goes without saying that our laptop refresh coming later this year will not be with HP (Hello Dell!)."

  • Katie Says:

    Please do not waste your money on this. Shortly after buying it I simply opened it gently and the screen cracked. HP told me it will cost me $350 to repair. Hundreds of people have had this issue. HP clearly does not care about its customers.

  • Paul Woods Says:

    Initially I was excited. Be careful not to use it as a tablet and hold it in one hand with your thumb over the microphone port or the glass screen will crack. During first 2 hours of use ... haven't even loaded MS Office. I am reconciled to HP denying it is a design and therefore a warranty issue! HP chat can't even tell me how to get it fixed. HP service can't get me a quote. Watch You Tube for a man nailing it to a tree outside their office.

  • Rohan Says:

    Does this come with an external DVD drive??

  • Hans Thoma Says:

    I owned one of these. Its physical design is outstanding. The hinges are so smooth, with the perfect amount of resistance all the way around. Best hinges I've ever experienced on a laptop. The trackpad has very nice feel, although it's a bit too big for my tastes.

  • Mike Gledhill Says:

    This is a stonkingly beautiful laptop, but mine had one slight problem:

    Within 1 hour, the screen had died.

    I had ordered direct from HP, and they gave me no problems with getting my money back, but beware - this is a very well-known issue, and (in August 2016), it's still alive and kicking.

  • smb87 Says:

    You can now outfit this laptop with an OLED screen, 6560 i7, Intel Iris 540 Graphics, PCIe SSD and 16gb RAM all for less than a Macbook with the 3 year ADP included... I'm really tempted to try this out - the OLED screen would be supreme for watching movies.

    Guess I'll wait to see what they do with the 2016 Macbook Pro before making a decision.

  • Andy Hartawan Says:

    Dear Laptopmag.com,

    THANKS FOR THIS REVIEW it is extremely helpful! I just have a few quesitons, that if you could reply I would GREATLY appreciate it because I am very tempted to buy this within the next few weeks.

    1) Is this review unit the OLED screen or the IPS screen?
    -If its not OLED, do you you think you could review the OLED screen in terms of color accuracy (Delta E), color gamut range (for sRGB and Adobe RGB) and contrast? I am a photographer and screen/color accuracy is very importnat.

    2) Can I use a better pen on the touchscreen than the HP Active? If so, could you reccomend me some brands to look at that would be compatible?

    3)I read some reviews/comments on amazon (and even below), people complaint about HP build quality regarding problems with the keyboard sticking, dying after 1 year (I think some referred to the battery) and some even mentioned a problem with the 2 panels misaligned, and constant crashing of different parts. Could you shed some light to this?

    Thank you kindly, sincerely yours,

    Andy

  • Jay-Khan Says:

    I have to say I was quite excited after ordering the spectre x360 i7 but now having used it for almost 2 weeks i want to throw it out of the window. I wish i had read/watched more about the device before purchasing it.
    I dont even do any kind of heavy jobs on it apart from watching youtube or netflicks and some office work on MS OFFICE and it keeps on crashing. already crashed like half a dozen times in last 2 weeks. dont buy HP products guys. better pay some extra money and get an apple laptop :'(

  • Marcus Hinton Says:

    Dear HP,
    I left Apple and jumped on the "Macbook Killer" as you like to call it. I was mesmerized by the amazing specs of an i7 processor, 512 SSD and 4k screen that produces amazing crystal clear imagery and video. The fact that it turns into a tablet and I’m able to be lazy enough to avoid the keyboard and touch the screen instead blew my mind. Like any man at a strip club, I jumped on that and dropped $1400 on the Specter X360. I showed that sleek looking laptop off like women show their asses on Instagram. I was proud to own the next best thing and bashed Apple on any occasion I could and loved saying "stop riding the apple **bleep** train and get the HP Specter". I even neglected the consistent clichés of the sound randomly distorting for no reason, or the fact that the awesometacular 4k screen sucks your battery dry in less than 6hrs even though you claim the computer battery last 12hrs on a full charge, "subjective to use" of course... or if you are one of those idiots that paid extra for the 4k screen on a 13inch laptop! I also really enjoy the stutter in the video editing process, I must have gotten confused about the advertisement and reviews saying it can handle video editing, just not my kind of editing I guess. I am very proud that my laptop doesn't sustain easy scratches on its metal body like MacBooks do, you got them their HP. So as I get closer to the end of my one year warranty my meticulous, 4.5 rated laptop dies. Ugh, guess PCs haven't changed in over a decade. The test of time was truly proven when I called to India and talked to a nice gentle who gave me basic steps on checking the computer to determine what I already determined prior to calling him... the battery doesn't hold a charge. I was told by customer service that since I use my laptop every day that I depleted the life of the battery. I really appreciated all the options they gave me, none that fixed the problem immediately or the next day or even a week from the time I called it in. I must of had high expectations to think the service would be more accommodating like Apple, silly me, what was I thinking. I was also expecting the return box to arrive the following day to send the Macbook Killer in like they told me it would. I'm glad overnight shipping arrived 3 days later and that the return label was ground shipping and not overnight. We have to make sure the laptop doesn't hit a certain elevation so I was very understanding. I've also been very understanding that once my laptop arrived for repairs that the shop had to put my Specter on hold until they can acquire the rare part known as a battery. Those things are a rarity especially for a computer so old and we all know that a one-year-old computer equals 20 years In the PC world. I'm still awaiting my amazing computer to return from its hiatus so I can continue to ruin my business and projects. It's okay, money and clients can always wait :)

    I've learned a valuable lesson here and caMe to the conclusion that I'm ready to jump back on the **bleep** train when it comes to computers. Once the MacBook Killer dies, which I'm sure at this point won't be too far in the future, I'm going to cut my losses with HP and its fabulous products and just invest in another overpriced Apple computer that will last for years.

  • simon-s Says:

    I purchased the 4109na version of this laptop (same machine with a few different specs) because it has excellent specifications. Unfortunately, it started to emit a strange electrical sputtering sound from the keyboard over the CPU area. The sound was very faint, but noticeable in a quiet room. It's not the fan because it's constant from the start even when the machine is cold. I sent it back to HP twice to fix the issue and they sent it back to me stating it is normal and within specification - in other words, it makes a faint, but constant noise as normal. I wasn't happy because I know that solid state devices (excluding the fan) do not make any noise at all. HP refused to refund the product because I had owned it for 6 weeks longer than the prescribed one month return period. They refused to change any of the components either to see if that might have made a difference and told me there was nothing they could do. This has cost me and them a lot of time, but they won’t budge on their policy.

    I asked HP to confirm if it was normal for HP products to make strange electrical noises as part of their specification, but they refused to comment on this. The (outsourced) repairer however, did confirm that it makes a faint noise and compared it to another machine of the same specification confirming that the noise was the same indicating that this is normal.

    To put into context, imagine if your iPad or MacBook Pro made faint, but constant electrical sputtering noises from the CPU area. You would automatically think that your machine was defective. The Apple build quality is very high and this would never be acceptable. HP are essentially saying this noise is acceptable.

    Nice specifications, nice-looking machine, but beware of the build quality. HP have never really had a great reputation for build quality and I suppose this proves it. I naively thought they might have improved over the years, but I was wrong. Do your research first. I'm now stuck with this machine and HP have dug their heals in by refusing to acknowledge they might have build quality issues. They continue to quote 'it is within specification'.

  • Adrian Says:

    Is there a way to upgrade the
    a) Memory
    b) hard drive
    later on?
    Thanks.

  • DOMINIC Says:

    also i have the silver one with the 5th gen i7-5600U (its the pro model) which is 100mhz higher clocked then the consumer model 5th gen(i7-5500U), heat isn't that bad even though its clocked higher. the back light on the keys on the silver one is terrible in most lighting. performance is nice but a little glitchy from time to time. i upgraded to win10 pro , it came with 8.1pro.

  • dominic Says:

    you can turn off the back light indicator key illumination within the bios.

  • Timber Says:

    I have this with the 5th gen core i7 and the QHD screen. It is an absolutely great machine, Comparable MacBook was going to be something like $900 more, so just not worth it to me. The QHD screen causes the battery life to suffer a bit though (I get about 7-7.5 hours) and some programs are not optimized for it so you get tiny little controls in the menus, etc. I would go with the 1080p screen. Also, you can turn off the annoying always on light behind the backlight key using a bios setting. Lastly, if you set your fan to passive under advanced power options it will knock off some of the fan annoyance some have complained about. Trackpad works great. Flip screen works great. Very nice keyboard. Love the way HP does their function keys (access to volume and other functions is primary, function F1, etc. are invoked with the Fn key). BTW a friend also has one and also loves it.

  • Dalton Says:

    "At 2.4 pounds, it's heavier than the Surface Pro 4 (1.73 pounds)" I don't want to be harsh but this is a dumb statement. 1.73 lbs is the Surface Pro 4 without the keyboard cover. When you add the cover becomes roughly the same. The author needs to do better.

  • Kirill Says:

    This is a cool little laptop, but the weight is just too much. Needs to be lighter!

  • Taylor Says:

    JUST A FAIR WARNING!

    The HP Spectre x360 looks and feels like a high class machine, but this laptop doesn't live up to the hype. I purchased the laptop about three weeks ago off of the hp website and returned two of them in the first week. I bought the 13.3 inch i7, 8GB and 256SSD. The screen crashed multiple times when I flipped to the tablet mode, and I was forced to restart the computer to use it again. Also the wifi continually disconnected, and I had to wait sometimes five minutes until it reconnected. The screen would randomly turn off in the middle of a task, and I'm only talking maybe one or two tasks. HP does have a 30 day return policy, so I thankfully got out when I could. Im just trying to save someone time and money. Now onto the inevitable purchase, a Macbook Pro.
    Hope this helps anyone trying to make a decision.

  • Arcwindz Says:

    I think you got the weight wrong

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