HP Spectre X360
A powerful hybrid with unfinished business.
HP’s premium foldable hybrid laptop the Spectre x360 is a sleek and powerful ultrabook that adds the modern functionality of a tablet to the powerful laptop form factor. The clean unibody design merges the 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass FHD touchscreen and the thin x keyboard with a sleek pair of hinges that provide ample support for the device to fold on itself at angles of up to 360 degrees. Combine this foldable design with the HP Pen stylus and the range of drawing and designing applications available on Windows 10, and you have a designing workstation that you can take anywhere.
Sporting one of Intel’s 8th gen i5-8250U or i7-8550U CPUs and a respective 8GB or 16GB of RAM both variations offer generous computing power. These components are fed by a 360GB or 512GB NVME PCIe SSD that can read and write at speeds of up to 3000 and 1500MB/s respectively, which is between 15 and 30 times faster than a traditional spinning platter hard drive. These components combine for a highly responsive computing experience where the 4 core i7-8550U CPU model scores 506 points in Cinebench’s multi threaded CPU scores, putting it well above the dual core processors you’ll often see in 2-in-1s.
When it comes to battery life the Spectre x360 holds its own, lasting 5 hours and 4 minutes in the demanding PCMark 8 Home battery accelerated benchmark. This’ll equate to a full days working use for general work tasks. Two USB 3.1 Type-C connections, a fingerprint reader, a USB 3.1 Type-A port and a microSD card reader round out a good selection of interface options for this premium swiss-army-knife-like hybrid laptop. The unit is available in a subdued silver or a luxury black and gold colouring.
Verdict This powerful 2-in-1 is great for anyone needing a powerful working device that’ll get all day battery and can be used as a tablet.