HP may well have a winner on its hands with this laptop-tablet-convertible
Hidden within this lovely, supplied carry sleeve is HP's flagship consumer product: Spectre x360. It's one of the new breed of laptops that can be turned into a tablet or display/tent device.
The build quality of this laptop feels strong, and it also exudes a stylish elegance, mainly due to the silver colouring of its aluminium chassis, and polished edges and hinges.
Screen size is 13.3 inches, which is a great size for a laptop, but not so much for a tablet. But that should not stop you from using it as such if you want to. The screen resolution is a highly detailed 2560x1440 pixels, and there is a glossy coat. On the inside you get Intel Core i7 processing (5500U in the model we're looking at here), 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Not too shabby.
A couple of strong hinges are the star of the show. Here you can see that the touchscreen can lie flat on a desk.
But that's not all, flip it all the way around and turn it into a tent! Turn it around, though, so you can see the screen.
Tent no good for you? No worries, just use 'display mode' instead. It's a good way to watch videos.
And finally, if you want the tablet mode, just push the screen all the way down.
A close-up of the hinges that supply the magic screen movement.
More hinge action.
It's a slim laptop of 17mm when you include its rubber feet, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any built-in ports.
On the contrary, the Spectre x360 has two USB 3.0 ports, full-sized HDMI, a headset port, and Mini DisplayPort on its right side.
Meanwhile, the left has the power port, the air vent (since it's a Core i7 product, there is a fan inside), another USB 3.0 port, and a full-sized SD card slot (cards go all the way in -- yay!).
Front view. There is a nice little gap for you to get your finger under and lift the lid. You need two hands, though. The hinges are too stiff to allow the lid to open with one hand.
Bottom view. Some nice, flat rubber stops to keep the laptop gripped to a desk, speakers, and some more venting.
At 1.44kg, it can be a bit of a handful -- especially if you hold it like this.
As a tablet it's not too bad, but you're better off resting it in your lap or on a table.
The full keyboard and extra-wide touchpad view without the screen to distract you. It's a backlit keyboard, but that's a photo for another day. We'll bring you a full review and pricing of this laptop in a few days.
Holding up the rear.
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