There are lots of reasons to love the current HP Spectre x360: the company borrowed the x360 brand name from its previous fold-back hybrids and attach premium features like interlocking hinges for a sturdier design, snappy performance thankful to an Intel Core i5 processor, and 10 hours of battery life.
The combination of style and speed put the Spectre x360 at the top of the list of all-around laptops this year, but HP couldn’t wait until next year to outdo itself with a whole redesign.
Starting at $1,050 (£860 or AU$1,400, converted), the new 13-inch HP Spectre x360 laptop done the display to a 13.3-inch FHD IPS edge-to-edge touchscreen that twists back into a tablet configuration. The PC is also thinner with a decrease bezel, but the company managed to cram in two extra Bang & Olufsen speakers (four total) so you can get the full stereo adventure while it’s in tablet mode.
HP Spectre x360 consists :
The new models all come standard with solid-state drives in either 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB storage — solid-state drives are definitely a must-have for multitasking and the ability to suddenly wake the machine.
The chassis also has all the ports you need to turn it into a desktop workstation: 2 USB Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, HDM, and a USB Type-A 3.0 port for older peripherals.
But the real star of the show is the enhanced battery life. The new Spectre x360 continues the company’s goal to maximize battery gains without reducing performance, and this time, HP somehow fit a larger-capacity battery into the thinner design for 15-plus hours of juice — that’s a 25 percent increase over the last model.
And if you’ve ever had to sit around waiting for your laptop to charge so you can work it on the go, you’ll appreciate the laptop’s Fast Charge feature that recharges the batteries to 90 percent capability in just 90 minutes.
The new Spectre x360 goes on sale October 12 in the United States.
HP Envy 13
HP Envy 13
The latest HP Envy notebook has a 13-inch display with the option to upgrade to an edge-to-edge glass display, a full HD panel or a touch screen QHD.
The company also released the Envy 13 laptop for buyers that want to cherry-pick the specialty they want in a PC. Compared to the x360, this model is also a 13.3-inch design but distinctly, lacks the ability to backflip into tablet mode. Instead, buyers can choose to add an optional edge-to-edge glass display, a full HD panel or a touch screen QHD.
The primary weakness of last year’s Envy model was the battery life, which we estimate to be just over seven hours in our standard battery drain test. Anecdotally, it was worse at only slightly longer than four hours in day-to-day use.
This time around, HP packs in 4 more hours of battery life and tells us it can reach up to 14 hours corresponded to last year’s model, but we’ll run it through our tests for the actual review.
Other features on the HP Envy 13 cover:
- Two USB 3.0 ports and one USB Type-C port
- Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor
- 13.3-inch display
- Up to 16GB RAM
- Two Bang & Olufsen speakers
- Dual-band wireless with Bluetooth
- Glass touchpad and backlit keyboard with 1.3mm key driving
- All-metal casing finished in aluminum and magnesium
The HP Envy 13 laptop will go on sellout October 26 with prices starting at $849 (£700 or AU$1,130 converted).