HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

The manufacturer did not stint on various ports, I will list them in a list (from left to right):

  1. 3.5mm headphone jack
  2. Two USB ports
  3. HDMI 2.0
  4. MiniDP 1.2
  5. Volume rocker and Windows button
  1. Charger connector
  2. Ventilation grille
  3. USB port
  4. Power button with integrated indicator light
  5. SD card slot

There is another air outlet grille and two stereo speakers at the bottom. The latter have an excellent volume margin and good sound quality.

HP Specter x360

Dimensions

Model name Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Weight (kg)
HP Specter x360 325 218 16< /td> 1.51
Acer Aspire S7 (new) 323 223 12.9 1.3
MacBook Pro 13 Retina Late 2013 314 219< /td> 18 1.57

In terms of dimensions, the HP Specter x360 is a typical representative of 13.3-inch laptops and does not differ much from most of them in terms of dimensions. Of course, the Acer Aspire S7 is a little thinner and lighter, but in reality you won't really notice this difference.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Transformer modes

The laptop supports four traditional transformer modes, thanks to two hinges, you can rotate the screen 360 degrees.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

In tablet mode with the keyboard upside down, its buttons are automatically disabled so that you can safely press them while holding the device.

Screen

Characteristics Value
Screen size 13.3 inches
Display resolution 1920x1080 dots / 2560x1440 dots
PPI value 165 / 220
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic Coating Yes
Auto Brightness Yes
Multitouch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen in all respects: the brightness and clarity of the picture , the presence of an oleophobic coating, excellent behavior in the sun and under artificial lighting, and competent scaling (although this, apparently, is the merit of the updated Windows 10).

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

I tested the older model with QuadHD resolution, and, again, I just love this screen, its quality is on par with the MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

HP Specter x360

The laptop has a wonderful oleophobic coating, which makes using the touch screen a pleasure.

Operating system

The laptop runs full-fledged Windows 10, and everything here is very good with scaling. The same Skype looks quite tolerable, the same applies to other applications. We are planning a separate review of the "top ten", so we will not discuss it in today's article.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Performance and heating

Characteristics Value
Chipset Intel Core i5 5200U/Core i7 5500U
Processor Dual core 2.2/2.4 GHz
Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics 5500
RAM capacity 4/8 GB
Internal storage capacity< /td> SSD 256/512 GB
Memory card available SD card slot

As you can see, the difference in the two versions of the laptop concerns not only the display, but also the amount of RAM / internal memory, as well as the chipset used. I had the older version on my test, which did just fine for any day-to-day tasks from working in Word to editing photos in Photoshop. Of course, this model is definitely not worth considering as a gaming solution.

During use, I noticed the work of coolers. You can just type in Word or surf with Chrome, and then the fans suddenly wake up and start humming at full power. At the same time, no productive tasks are performed at this time. Perhaps this is the only drawback that I could find fault with.

Work offline

The battery capacity is 56 Wh, the manufacturer promises you up to 12.5 hours of battery life, in fact, these figures are far from reality. At maximum brightness and using simple text editors with a browser, the laptop lasted about five hours. The HD video mode drained it in seven hours. If you leave your laptop in sleep mode overnight, after 15 minutes it goes into hibernation mode, so in the morning you will find it with the same charge you left it with. Turning on in this case takes about three to four seconds.

Keyboard and touchpad

You know, I'm rarely happy with laptop keyboards, but the HP Specter surprised me in this regard. Firstly, the location of the buttons - nothing is cut off anywhere, even for the ill-fated letters "Yu", "Yo" and "Y" did not reduce the space, and this is very cool. Typing on this keyboard is a pleasure. The keys have a short travel, but you quickly get used to it, but I would like full-fledged arrows.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

The laptop has a backlight for the keys, it is not adjustable in brightness, when it is turned off, one button remains lit, and this, frankly, is annoying.

HP Specter x360

In the laptop world, it's common to praise the size of the touchpad on various MacBooks, but HP has managed to outdo even Apple. The touchpad on this laptop isn't just big, it's huge. At first, such a decision seems clumsy, then you get used to the appearance and begin to enjoy the benefits of such dimensions.

HP Specter x360

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP

There are no complaints about wireless interfaces, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work fine, there were no problems with them.

Conclusion

On sale you can find two versions of the HP Specter X360: "simpler" and "more expensive". The first uses FHD resolution, Intel Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and 256 internal memory, the second uses QuadHD, Core i7, 8 and 512 GB, respectively. The first costs 78,000 rubles, the second - 117,000 rubles.

In my opinion, overpaying for the older version is inappropriate, you will not notice much difference between FHD and QuadHD on such a diagonal, and the performance of the Core i7 in such a solution is excessive. The younger model looks like a good business laptop for people who need a fast and thin computer with an excellent screen, average battery life and the ability to use it as a transformer (for example, during flights). The key drawback of the model is the noisy operation of the fans, which turn on too often.

My main laptop is a MacBook Pro 13 Retina, and every time I test its competitors on Windows, I'm not satisfied with one or the other. It was all the more surprising for me to note that I can work perfectly on the Specter x360: I liked the keyboard, the look of the laptop, the screen, the oleophobic coating and the transformer modes, even Windows 10 pulled up a bit in terms of scaling. The only thing in which the Specter is inferior to the same MacBook is the noise of the coolers, and this drawback did not seem critical to me.

Is this model expensive? Here it would be appropriate to joke: “Not at all, in the segment up to $1000”. But seriously, all competitors cost +/- similar money, take the same Aspire S7 or MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

HP Specter x360 ultrabook review

We rarely test laptops, the reason for this is quite simple - there are so many offers on the market that even if all authors write five laptop reviews per month, we still won’t be able to cover the entire variety of models, especially if we talk about the segment under 20 000 rubles. But we can talk about fashion ultrabooks, which are not so many, and, in my opinion, they are the most interesting in terms of getting to know them.

Content

Characteristics

  • Class: Ultrabook
  • Form factor: convertible laptop
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Core i5-5200U/Core i7-5500U
  • Processor: dual core 2.2/2.4 GHz
  • Video card: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM: 4/8 GB
  • Memory for data storage: SSD 256/512 GB
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Miracast support, Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR)
  • Screen: 13.3'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 1920x1080/2560x1440 pixels (FHD/Quad HD), automatic backlight level control, oleophobic coating
  • Front camera: 1.3 MP
  • Battery capacity: 56Wh
  • Dimensions: 325 x 218 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 1.51 kg
  • Price: 78,000-117,000 rubles

Packages

  • Notebook
  • Charger
  • Power supply
  • Neoprene bag

The silver laptop comes with a black charger and a power supply of the same color. To be honest, I don’t understand what the problem is to integrate the power supply into the charger, as is done in the same MacBook Pro. Also in the box you will find a simple neoprene pocket case, it looks frankly cheap and, as you can see, gets dirty quickly.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

I liked the laptop at first sight, even when I just took it out of the box. Still, the aluminum case provides a significant advantage in design, which is why manufacturers use this move so often.

HP Specter x360

As I said, most of the body is made of aluminum, it is not the same as in the MacBook, less smooth and slightly rough to the touch. If you look at the Specter from the back, then its design resembles a "sandwich", the two halves seem to be connected by nothing, at first glance, but this is not so. Hinges are used as fasteners, they also guarantee the device to rotate the screen 360 degrees.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

The manufacturer did not stint on various ports, I will list them in a list (from left to right):

  1. 3.5mm headphone jack
  2. Two USB ports
  3. HDMI 2.0
  4. MiniDP 1.2
  5. Volume rocker and Windows button
  1. Charger connector
  2. Ventilation grille
  3. USB port
  4. Power button with integrated indicator light
  5. SD card slot

There is another air outlet grille and two stereo speakers at the bottom. The latter have an excellent volume margin and good sound quality.

HP Specter x360

Dimensions

Model name Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Weight (kg)
HP Specter x360 325 218 16< /td> 1.51
Acer Aspire S7 (new) 323 223 12.9 1.3
MacBook Pro 13 Retina Late 2013 314 219< /td> 18 1.57

In terms of size, the HP Specter x360 is a typical representative of 13.3-inch laptops and does not differ much from most of them in terms of dimensions. Of course, the Acer Aspire S7 is a little thinner and lighter, but in reality you won't really notice this difference.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Transformer modes

The laptop supports four traditional transformer modes, thanks to two hinges, you can rotate the screen 360 degrees.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

In tablet mode with the keyboard upside down, its buttons are automatically disabled so that you can safely press them while holding the device.

Screen

Characteristics Value
Screen size 13.3 inches
Display resolution 1920x1080 dots / 2560x1440 dots
PPI value 165 / 220
Matrix type IPS
Protective coating Glass
Oleophobic coating Yes
Auto brightness control Yes
Multitouch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen in all respects: the brightness and clarity of the picture , the presence of an oleophobic coating, excellent behavior in the sun and under artificial lighting, and competent scaling (although this, apparently, is the merit of the updated Windows 10).

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

I tested the older model with QuadHD resolution, and, again, I just love this screen, its quality is on par with the MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

HP Specter x360

The laptop has a wonderful oleophobic coating, which makes using the touch screen a pleasure.

Operating system

The laptop runs full-fledged Windows 10, and everything here is very good with scaling. The same Skype looks quite tolerable, the same applies to other applications. We are planning a separate review of the "top ten", so we will not discuss it in today's article.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Performance and heating

Characteristics Value
Chipset Intel Core i5 5200U/Core i7 5500U
Processor Dual core 2.2/2.4 GHz
Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics 5500
RAM capacity 4/8 GB
Internal storage capacity< /td> SSD 256/512 GB
Memory card available SD card slot

As you can see, the difference in the two versions of the laptop concerns not only the display, but also the amount of RAM / internal memory, as well as the chipset used. I had the older version on my test, which did just fine for any day-to-day tasks from working in Word to editing photos in Photoshop. Of course, this model is definitely not worth considering as a gaming solution.

During use, I noticed the work of coolers. You can just type in Word or surf with Chrome, and then the fans suddenly wake up and start humming at full power. At the same time, no productive tasks are performed at this time. Perhaps this is the only drawback that I could find fault with.

Offline work

The battery capacity is 56 Wh, the manufacturer promises you up to 12.5 hours of battery life, in fact, these figures are far from reality. At maximum brightness and using simple text editors with a browser, the laptop lasted about five hours. The HD video mode drained it in seven hours. If you leave your laptop in sleep mode at night, then after 15 minutes it goes into hibernation mode, so in the morning you will find it with the same charge you left it with. Turning on in this case takes about three to four seconds.

Keyboard and touchpad

You know, I'm rarely happy with laptop keyboards, but the HP Specter surprised me in this regard. Firstly, the location of the buttons - nothing is cut off anywhere, even for the ill-fated letters "Yu", "Yo" and "Y" did not reduce the space, and this is very cool. Typing on this keyboard is a pleasure. The keys have a short travel, but you quickly get used to it, but I would like full-fledged arrows.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

The laptop has a backlight for the keys, it is not adjustable in brightness, when it is turned off, one button remains lit, and this, frankly, is annoying.

HP Specter x360

In the laptop world, it's common to praise the size of the touchpad on various MacBooks, but HP has managed to outdo even Apple. The touchpad on this laptop isn't just big, it's huge. At first, such a decision seems clumsy, then you get used to the appearance and begin to enjoy the benefits of such dimensions.

HP Specter x360

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP

There are no complaints about wireless interfaces, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work fine, there were no problems with them.

Conclusion

On sale you can find two versions of the HP Specter X360: "simpler" and "more expensive". The first uses FHD resolution, Intel Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and 256 internal memory, the second uses QuadHD, Core i7, 8 and 512 GB, respectively. The first costs 78,000 rubles, the second - 117,000 rubles.

In my opinion, overpaying for the older version is inappropriate, you will not notice much difference between FHD and QuadHD on such a diagonal, and the performance of the Core i7 in such a solution is excessive. The younger model looks like a good business laptop for people who need a fast and thin computer with an excellent screen, average battery life and the ability to use it as a transformer (for example, during flights). The key drawback of the model is the noisy operation of the fans, which turn on too often.

My main laptop is a MacBook Pro 13 Retina, and every time I test its competitors on Windows, I'm not satisfied with one or the other. It was all the more surprising for me to note that I can work perfectly on the Specter x360: I liked the keyboard, the look of the laptop, the screen, the oleophobic coating and the transformer modes, even Windows 10 pulled up a bit in terms of scaling. The only thing in which the Specter is inferior to the same MacBook is the noise of the coolers, and this drawback did not seem critical to me.

Is this model expensive? Here it would be appropriate to joke: “Not at all, in the segment up to $1000”. But seriously, all competitors cost +/- similar money, take the same Aspire S7 or MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

HP Specter x360 ultrabook review

We rarely test laptops, the reason for this is quite simple - there are so many offers on the market that even if all authors write five laptop reviews per month, we still won’t be able to cover the entire variety of models, especially if we talk about the segment under 20 000 rubles. But we can talk about fashion ultrabooks, which are not so many, and, in my opinion, they are the most interesting in terms of getting to know them.

Content

Characteristics

  • Class: Ultrabook
  • Form factor: convertible laptop
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Core i5-5200U/Core i7-5500U
  • Processor: dual core 2.2/2.4 GHz
  • Video card: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM: 4/8 GB
  • Memory for data storage: SSD 256/512 GB
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Miracast support, Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR)
  • Screen: 13.3'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 1920x1080/2560x1440 pixels (FHD/Quad HD), automatic backlight level control, oleophobic coating
  • Front camera: 1.3 MP
  • Battery capacity: 56Wh
  • Dimensions: 325 x 218 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 1.51 kg
  • Price: 78,000-117,000 rubles

Packages

  • Notebook
  • Charger
  • Power supply
  • Neoprene bag

The silver laptop comes with a black charger and a power supply of the same color. To be honest, I don’t understand what the problem is to integrate the power supply into the charger, as is done in the same MacBook Pro. Also in the box you will find a simple neoprene pocket case, it looks frankly cheap and, as you can see, gets dirty quickly.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

I liked the laptop at first sight, even when I just took it out of the box. Still, the aluminum case provides a significant advantage in design, which is why manufacturers use this move so often.

HP Specter x360

As I said, most of the case is made of aluminum, it is not the same as in the MacBook, less smooth and slightly rough to the touch. If you look at the Specter from behind, its design resembles a "sandwich", the two halves seem to be connected by nothing, at first glance, but this is not so. Hinges are used as fasteners, they also guarantee the device to rotate the screen 360 degrees.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

The manufacturer did not stint on various ports, I will list them in a list (from left to right):

  1. 3.5mm headphone jack
  2. Two USB ports
  3. HDMI 2.0
  4. MiniDP 1.2
  5. Volume rocker and Windows button
  1. Charger connector
  2. Ventilation grille
  3. USB port
  4. Power button with integrated indicator light
  5. SD card slot

There is another air outlet grille and two stereo speakers at the bottom. The latter have an excellent volume margin and good sound quality.

HP Specter x360

Dimensions

Model name Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Weight (kg)
HP Specter x360 325 218 16< /td> 1.51
Acer Aspire S7 (new) 323 223 12.9 1.3
MacBook Pro 13 Retina Late 2013 314 219< /td> 18 1.57

In terms of dimensions, the HP Specter x360 is a typical representative of 13.3-inch laptops and does not differ much from most of them in terms of dimensions. Of course, the Acer Aspire S7 is a little thinner and lighter, but in reality you won't really notice this difference.

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen in all respects: the brightness and clarity of the picture , the presence of an oleophobic coating, excellent behavior in the sun and under artificial lighting, and competent scaling (although this, apparently, is the merit of the updated Windows 10).

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

I tested the older model with QuadHD resolution, and, again, I just love this screen, its quality is on par with the MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

HP Specter x360

The laptop has a wonderful oleophobic coating, which makes using the touch screen a pleasure.

Operating system

The laptop runs full-fledged Windows 10, and everything here is very good with scaling. The same Skype looks quite tolerable, the same applies to other applications. We are planning a separate review of the "top ten", so we will not discuss it in today's article.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

Performance and heating

Characteristics Value
Chipset Intel Core i5 5200U/Core i7 5500U
Processor Dual core 2.2/2.4 GHz
Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics 5500
RAM capacity 4/8 GB
Internal storage capacity< /td> SSD 256/512 GB
Memory card available SD card slot

As you can see, the difference in the two versions of the laptop concerns not only the display, but also the amount of RAM / internal memory, as well as the chipset used. I had the older version on my test, which did just fine for any day-to-day tasks from working in Word to editing photos in Photoshop. Of course, this model is definitely not worth considering as a gaming solution.

During use, I noticed the work of coolers. You can just type in Word or surf with Chrome, and then the fans suddenly wake up and start humming at full power. At the same time, no productive tasks are performed at this time. Perhaps this is the only drawback that I could find fault with.

Work offline

The battery capacity is 56 Wh, the manufacturer promises you up to 12.5 hours of battery life, in fact, these figures are far from reality. At maximum brightness and using simple text editors with a browser, the laptop lasted about five hours. The HD video mode drained it in seven hours. If you leave your laptop in sleep mode overnight, after 15 minutes it goes into hibernation mode, so in the morning you will find it with the same charge you left it with. Turning on in this case takes about three to four seconds.

Keyboard and touchpad

You know, I'm rarely happy with laptop keyboards, but the HP Specter surprised me in this regard. Firstly, the location of the buttons - nothing is cut off anywhere, even for the ill-fated letters "Yu", "Yo" and "Y" did not reduce the space, and this is very cool. Typing on this keyboard is a pleasure. The keys have a short travel, but you quickly get used to it, but I would like full-fledged arrows.

HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360 HP Specter x360

The laptop has a backlight for the keys, it is not adjustable in brightness, when it is turned off, one button remains lit, and this, frankly, is annoying.

HP Specter x360

In the laptop world, it's common to praise the size of the touchpad on various MacBooks, but HP has managed to outdo even Apple. The touchpad on this laptop isn't just big, it's huge. At first, such a decision seems clumsy, then you get used to the appearance and begin to enjoy the benefits of such dimensions.

HP Specter x360

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Availability
Wi-Fi Yes, b/g /n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP

There are no complaints about wireless interfaces, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work fine, there were no problems with them.

Conclusion

On sale you can find two versions of the HP Specter X360: "simpler" and "more expensive". The first uses FHD resolution, Intel Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and 256 internal memory, the second uses QuadHD, Core i7, 8 and 512 GB, respectively. The first costs 78,000 rubles, the second - 117,000 rubles.

In my opinion, overpaying for the older version is inappropriate, you will not notice much difference between FHD and QuadHD on such a diagonal, and the performance of the Core i7 in such a solution is excessive. The younger model looks like a good business laptop for people who need a fast and thin computer with an excellent screen, average battery life and the ability to use it as a transformer (for example, during flights). The key drawback of the model is the noisy operation of the fans, which turn on too often.

My main laptop is a MacBook Pro 13 Retina, and every time I test its competitors on Windows, I'm not satisfied with one or the other. It was all the more surprising for me to note that I can work perfectly on the Specter x360: I liked the keyboard, the look of the laptop, the screen, the oleophobic coating and the transformer modes, even Windows 10 pulled up a bit in terms of scaling. The only thing in which the Specter is inferior to the same MacBook is the noise of the coolers, and this drawback did not seem critical to me.

Is this model expensive? Here it would be appropriate to joke: “Not at all, in the segment up to $1000”. But seriously, all competitors cost +/- similar money, take the same Aspire S7 or MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

HP Specter x360 ultrabook review

We rarely test laptops, the reason for this is quite simple - there are so many offers on the market that even if all authors write five laptop reviews per month, we still won’t be able to cover the entire variety of models, especially if we talk about the segment under 20 000 rubles. But we can talk about fashion ultrabooks, which are not so many, and, in my opinion, they are the most interesting in terms of getting to know them.

Content

Characteristics

  • Class: Ultrabook
  • Form factor: convertible laptop
  • Case materials: aluminum
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Platform: Intel Core i5-5200U/Core i7-5500U
  • Processor: dual core 2.2/2.4 GHz
  • Video card: Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • RAM: 4/8 GB
  • Memory for data storage: SSD 256/512 GB
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n/ac), dual-band, Miracast support, Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, EDR)
  • Screen: 13.3'', capacitive, IPS-matrix, 1920x1080/2560x1440 pixels (FHD/Quad HD), automatic backlight level control, oleophobic coating
  • Front camera: 1.3 MP
  • Battery capacity: 56Wh
  • Dimensions: 325 x 218 x 16 mm
  • Weight: 1.51 kg
  • Price: 78,000-117,000 rubles

Packages

  • Notebook
  • Charger
  • Power supply
  • Neoprene bag

The silver laptop comes with a black charger and a power supply of the same color. To be honest, I don’t understand what the problem is to integrate the power supply into the charger, as is done in the same MacBook Pro. Also in the box you will find a simple neoprene pocket case, it looks frankly cheap and, as you can see, gets dirty quickly.

Appearance, materials, controls, assembly

I liked the laptop at first sight, even when I just took it out of the box. Still, the aluminum case provides a significant advantage in design, which is why manufacturers use this move so often.

As I said, most of the case is made of aluminum, it is not the same as in the MacBook, less smooth and slightly rough to the touch. If you look at the Specter from behind, its design resembles a "sandwich", the two halves seem to be connected by nothing, at first glance, but this is not so. Hinges are used as fasteners, they also guarantee the device to rotate the screen 360 degrees.

The manufacturer did not stint on various ports, I will list them in a list (from left to right):

  1. 3.5mm headphone jack
  2. Two USB ports
  3. HDMI 2.0
  4. MiniDP 1.2
  5. Volume rocker and Windows button
  1. Charger connector
  2. Ventilation grille
  3. USB port
  4. Power button with integrated indicator light
  5. SD card slot

There is another air outlet grille and two stereo speakers at the bottom. The latter have an excellent volume margin and good sound quality.

Dimensions

Model name Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Weight (kg) HP Specter x360 325 218 16 1.51 Acer Aspire S7 (new) 323 223 12.9 1.3 MacBook Pro 13 Retina Late 2013 314 219 18 1.57

In terms of size, the HP Specter x360 is a typical representative of 13.3-inch laptops and does not differ much from most of them in terms of dimensions. Of course, the Acer Aspire S7 is a little thinner and lighter, but in reality you won't really notice this difference.

Transformer modes

The laptop supports four traditional transformer modes, thanks to two hinges, you can rotate the screen 360 degrees.

In tablet mode with the keyboard upside down, its buttons are automatically disabled so that you can safely press them while holding the device.

Screen

Characteristics Value Screen diagonal 13.3 inches Display resolution 1920x1080 pixels / 2560x1440 pixels PPI value 165 / 220 Matrix type IPS Protective coating Glass Oleophobic coating Yes Automatic brightness control Yes Multi-touch support Yes, up to ten simultaneous touches

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen in all respects: the brightness and clarity of the picture, the presence of an oleophobic coating, excellent behavior in the sun and under artificial lighting, and competent scaling (although this, apparently, is the merit of the updated Windows 10).

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by the screen in all respects: the brightness and clarity of the picture, the presence of an oleophobic coating, excellent behavior in the sun and under artificial lighting, and competent scaling (although, apparently, the merit of the updated Windows 10 is here).

I tested the older model with QuadHD resolution, and, again, I just love this screen, its quality is on par with the MacBook Pro 13 Retina.

The laptop has a wonderful oleophobic coating, which makes using the touch screen a pleasure.

Operating system

The laptop runs full-fledged Windows 10, and everything here is very good with scaling. The same Skype looks quite tolerable, the same applies to other applications. We are planning a separate review of the "top ten", so we will not discuss it in today's article.

Performance and heating

Characteristics Value Chipset Intel Core i5 5200U/Core i7 5500U Processor Dual-core 2.2/2.4 GHz Video accelerator Intel HD Graphics 5500 RAM 4/8 GB Internal storage capacity SSD 256/512 GB Memory card SD card slot

As you can see, the difference in the two versions of the laptop concerns not only the display, but also the amount of RAM / internal memory, as well as the chipset used. I had the older version on my test, which did just fine for any day-to-day tasks from working in Word to editing photos in Photoshop. Of course, this model is definitely not worth considering as a gaming solution.

During use, I noticed the work of coolers. You can just type in Word or surf with Chrome, and then the fans suddenly wake up and start humming at full power. At the same time, no productive tasks are performed at this time. Perhaps this is the only drawback that I could find fault with.

Offline work

The battery capacity is 56 Wh, the manufacturer promises you up to 12.5 hours of battery life, in fact, these figures are far from reality. At maximum brightness and using simple text editors with a browser, the laptop lasted about five hours. The HD video mode drained it in seven hours. If you leave your laptop in sleep mode at night, then after 15 minutes it goes into hibernation mode, so in the morning you will find it with the same charge you left it with. Turning on in this case takes about three to four seconds.

Keyboard and touchpad

You know, I'm rarely happy with laptop keyboards, but the HP Specter surprised me in this regard. Firstly, the location of the buttons - nothing is cut off anywhere, even for the ill-fated letters "Yu", "Yo" and "Y" did not reduce the space, and this is very cool. Typing on this keyboard is a pleasure. The keys have a short travel, but you quickly get used to it, but I would like full-fledged arrows.

The laptop has a backlight for the keys, it is not adjustable in brightness, when it is turned off, one button remains lit, and this, frankly, is annoying.

In the laptop world, it's common to praise the size of the touchpad on various MacBooks, but HP has managed to outdo even Apple. The touchpad on this laptop isn't just big, it's huge. At first, such a decision seems clumsy, then you get used to the appearance and begin to enjoy the benefits of such dimensions.

Wireless interfaces

Interfaces Wi-Fi Yes, b/g/n, dual-band Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0, all popular profiles are supported, incl. A2DP

There are no complaints about wireless interfaces, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work fine, there were no problems with them.

Conclusion

On sale you can find two versions of the HP Specter X360: "simpler" and "more expensive". The first uses FHD resolution, Intel Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and 256 internal memory, the second uses QuadHD, Core i7, 8 and 512 GB, respectively. The first costs 78,000 rubles, the second - 117,000 rubles.

In my opinion, overpaying for the older version is inappropriate, you will not notice much difference between FHD and QuadHD on such a diagonal, and the performance of the Core i7 in such a solution is excessive. The younger model looks like a good business laptop for people who need a fast and thin computer with an excellent screen, average battery life and the ability to use it as a transformer (for example, during flights). The key drawback of the model is the noisy operation of the fans, which turn on too often.

My primary laptop is a MacBook Pro 13 Retina, and every time I test its competitors on Windows, I'm not satisfied with one or the other. It was all the more surprising for me to note that I can work perfectly on the Specter x360: I liked the keyboard, the look of the laptop, the screen, the oleophobic coating and the transformer modes, even Windows 10 pulled up a bit in terms of scaling. The only thing in which the Specter is inferior to the same MacBook is the noise of the coolers, and this drawback did not seem critical to me.

Is this model expensive? Here it would be appropriate to joke: “Not at all, in the segment up to $1000”. But seriously, all competitors cost +/- similar money, take the same Aspire S7 or MacBook Pro 13 Retina.