HP Spectre x360 14 review

HP Spectre x360 14: This 2-in-1 gets it all right

From its privacy features to its pen to its performance, this laptop hits all the marks.

With such countless individuals actually telecommuting, having a small bunch of office-accommodating elements goes far. For instance, the 2021 variant of the HP Specter x360 14 is the organization’s first Specter two-in-one with a taller 3:2-proportion show. While 16:9 wide-screen shows are great for diversion, a 3:2 presentation is generally equivalent to a standard A4 piece of paper and has around 20% more upward review space than a 16:9 showcase. That implies you do less looking over when you’re working. It likewise makes it more agreeable to use as a tablet, particularly with the included dynamic pen.

Be that as it may, HP isn’t the only one with a taller presentation on a two-in-one. Acer’s Spin 5, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, Asus ROG X13 Flow, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga for business, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro are altogether great choices. So what else does the Specter x360 14 make it work? A considerable amount really, and keeping in mind that the ones I recently referenced (and the 16:9 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360) are phenomenal in their own particular manners, the Specter x360 14 is a superior equilibrium of elements, execution, and plan.

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The Specter x360 14 isn’t a deal, notwithstanding. It’s an exceptional model and is estimated thusly, presently beginning at $1,170 on HP’s site. It tends to be set up with an eleventh gen Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB or 16GB of memory, up to 2TB of storage, and a decision between two 13.5-inch 1,920-by-1,280-pixel shows, one with 400-nit brilliance and the other with 1,000-nit splendor and HP’s privacy screen highlight, which makes it hard so that spectators could see what’s on your screen. You can likewise get one with a 3,000-by-2,000-pixel OLED show for $1,730. Costs for the Specter x360 14 beginnings at £1,200 in the UK and AU$3,199 in Australia.

The setup I tried sells for $1,430 and is the thing that I would think about useful for the vast majority, in spite of the fact that I would actually spend the extra $80 for the 1000-nit show with the incorporated privacy screen. The additional splendor is great for working outside and the extra privacy is convenient on a plane, in a lodging hall, or in a café.


 

HP SPECTRE X360 14

Price as reviewed $1,430
Display size/resolution 13.5-inch 1,920 x 1,280 touch display
CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7
Memory 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X (onboard)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Networking 802.11ax wireless, Bluetooth 5.0
Connections Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (x2), USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), 3.5mm combo jack, microSD card slot
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2)

looks and feels

Regardless of which components you go with, the Specter x360 14 looks and feels like a superior two-in-one. Honestly, the laptop’s rakish pearl cut edges and cutaway corners probably won’t be for everybody, except they truly do assist it with standing out and really add to the usefulness. The double chamfer edges make it easier to grasp and open the x360 from the front or sides, for instance.

Also, the cutaway corner on the right side has one of the laptop’s two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. Since it charges through USB-C, the calculated port allows you to charge the x360 while keeping the rope far removed. It also helps keep your desk clean and is more pleasant to use with a USB-C dock.

looks and feels

The one minor objection I have is HP put both of the laptop’s USB-C ports on the same side (like a MacBook Air). By and large, it’s anything but an issue, however since the two of them can be used for charging, it would be great on the off chance that the ports were split between the sides. This isn’t exceptional with premium models, notwithstanding, it seems like a missed chance to give individuals somewhat more adaptability when charging and more space for associating different devices.

TWO-IN-ONES

Numerous two-in-ones put things like the power button and volume controls on the sides so they’re more accessible when used in tablet or kiosk mode. HP’s done that with past x360s however not here; the power button and the webcam off button are currently coordinated into the console alongside a mic quiet button and a unique finger impression peruser.

HP’s keyboards on its Specter models are some of my favorites that is still the case here. It’s agreeable, easy to peruse and illuminated. The precision touchpad is also astounding and matches the 3:2 screen proportion. HP includes one of its standard USB-C battery-powered MPP 2.0 slant pens for composing and drawing on the display. It doesn’t store in the body, yet it attractively attaches to assist with holding it back from moving off your desk. HP bundles a laptop sleeve with the laptop that has a pen circle on it for storage.

What’s also great to have included here is the profundity sensing IR camera you can use for signing in with face acknowledgment. That way regardless of which mode you’re using the Specter x360 14 in, you’ll be going to open it just by taking a gander at the camera. It just makes getting right to work that a lot easier.

 

 EVO-VERIFIED LAPTOPS

I’ve tested a lot of Intel Evo-confirmed laptops now and they’ve all satisfied the stage’s promise. The Evo mark means the system is tested to hit specific portable execution requirements such as getting no less than 9 hours of battery existence with typical use, re-energizing rapidly, almost instantly waking and associating with Wi-Fi, and being just as responsive on battery power as it is connected. These things are valid for this HP.

 EVO-VERIFIED LAPTOPS

While its presentation wasn’t exactly as fast in our benchmark tests as other similarly designed systems, it stood its ground. Furthermore overall use, it absolutely never felt sluggish or somewhat slow. It’s anything but a gaming laptop or implied for content creation, however, it can deal with casual use for both. Battery life was long, as well, getting 14 hours, 22 minutes on our streaming video test and it had no issue traversing a working day and past with occasional breaks.

COMBINATION

The HP Specter x360 14 is unquestionably astounding. With a display that is as tall as a 15.6-inch laptop yet just as wide as a 13.3-inch model, you get more upward space to work without affecting transportability. The aluminum body gives you that top-notch feel you expect costing this much. It’s stacked with privacy features that make it extraordinary for remote work. Also with several setup options, you can tailor it for your presentation and battery life needs. Assuming the tall screen isn’t what you need, however, Lenovo’s Yoga 9i is similarly impressive or you can look at different options on our list of the best two-in-ones.

GEEKBENCH 5 (MULTICORE)

Razer Book 13                                                              5,659
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch)                                             5,405
LG Gram 16                                                                  5,297
Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch)                           5,051
HP Spectre x360 14                                                      4,940

CINEBENCH R20 CPU (MULTICORE)

Razer Book 13                                                                 2,246
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch)                                                2,100
Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch)                              1,953
LG Gram 16                                                                     1,842
HP Spectre x360 14                                                         1,819

CINEBENCH R23 CPU (MULTICORE)

LG Gram 16                                                                       5,173
Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch)                                4,767
HP Spectre x360 14                                                          4,599

PCMARK 10 PRO EDITION

Razer Book 13                                                                   5,077
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch)                                                  5,052
Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch)                                5,027
HP Spectre x360 14                                                           4,835
LG Gram 16                                                                       4,665

3DMARK WILD LIFE EXTREME

Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch)                                  5,561
LG Gram 16                                                                         3,856
HP Spectre x360 14                                                            3,698

STREAMING VIDEO PLAYBACK BATTERY DRAIN TEST (MINUTES)

Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch)                                                      885
LG Gram 16                                                                           877
HP Spectre x360 14                                                               862
Razer Book 13                                                                       687
Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch)                                    446

SYSTEM CONFIGURATIONS

LG Gram 16 Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU; 16GB LPDDR4x 4,267MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Lenovo Yoga 9i (14-inch) Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2); 3GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU; 16GB LPDDR4x 4,267MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB PCIe NVM SSD
Razer Book 13 Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU; 16GB LPDDR4x 4,267MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 256GB PCIe NVM SSD
Samsung Galaxy Book 360 (15-inch) Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU; 16GB LPDDR4x 4,267MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD
HP Spectre x360 14 Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2); 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU; 16GB LPDDR4x 3,733MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe graphics; 512GB Samsung PCIe NVMe SSD

Product specifications

Operating system

Windows 11 Pro

Processor

Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 (up to 4.2 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics + 8 GB(onboard)
Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 (up to 4.2 GHz, 8 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics + 16 GB(onboard)
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (up to 4.7 GHz, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics + 8 GB(onboard)
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (up to 4.7 GHz, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics + 16 GB(onboard)
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (up to 4.7 GHz, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics + 16 GB(onboard) (OLED)

Display

13.5″ diagonal, WUXGA+ (1920 x 1280), IPS,Touch, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge, BrightView, anti-reflection, 400 nits
13.5″ diagonal, 3K2K (3000 x 2000), OLED, Touch, UWVA, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge, BrightView, anti-reflection, 400 nits

Storage

512 GB Intel® SSD + 32 GB Intel® Optane™ memory
1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
1 TB Intel® SSD + 32 GB Intel® Optane™ memory
2 TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD

Fingerprint reader

Fingerprint reader

Office software

No Additional Office Software
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Primary battery

4-cell, 66 Wh Li-ion polymer

Color

Natural silver
Poseidon Blue
Nightfall Black

Keyboard

Full-size island-style backlit keyboard (natural silver)
Full-size island-style backlit keyboard (natural silver)
Full-size island-style backlit keyboard(Poseidon Blue)
Full-size island-style backlit keyboard (Poseidon Blue)
Full-size island-style backlit keyboard (Nightfall Black)
Full-size island-style backlit keyboard (Nightfall Black)

Personalization

HP TrueVision HD IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
HP TrueVision HD IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
HP TrueVision HD IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone

Webcam

HP True Vision 720p HD IR camera with camera shutter and integrated dual array digital microphones

Wireless technology

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX 201 (2×2) and Bluetooth® 5 combo (Supporting Gigabit file transfer speeds)

Battery Recharge Time

Supports battery fast charge: approximately 50% in 45 minutes

Audio

Audio by Bang & Olufsen; Quad speakers; HP Audio Boost

 

Pointing device

Precision Touchpad Support

Expansion slots

1 microSD media card reader

External I/O Ports

Thunderbolt™ 4 with USB4™ Type-C® 40Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 1.4, HDMI 2.0, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 headphone/microphone combo

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Power supply

65 W USB Type-C™ power adapter

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