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  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019

    HP Specter x360 (13 inches, 2019)

    HP Specter x360 (13 inches, 2019)

    A sleek, well-thought-out design, enormous battery life and an excellent selection of components make the 13-inch Specter x360 one of the best ultraportable hybrids of the moment.


    Wrapped in metal with beveled edges like a gemstone, the new 13.3-inch Spectrum x360 weighs 1.3kg and is only 14.5mm thick. A little gem of elegance and finesse whose design has also gained in functionality. And thanks to increased performance, it is on an equal footing with competitors like the Lenovo Yoga C930, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro and the LG Gram 14. The Specter x360 beat them all in our test of autonomy with more than 13 hours.

    But this premium machine is still expensive, with a price that starts at 1.399 euros and climbs to 2.100 euros. But if you need a long battery life in a two-in-one lightweight, stylish and functional design, then the Specter x360 will not disappoint you.

    Design

    Although its chiseled angular edges allow it to stand apart from other high-end ultraportables, the design is not only aesthetic. The corners cut on the back edge hide the power button and one of its two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

    The position of the power button in the left corner makes it easy to find it blind and avoid accidentally pressing it in tablet mode. The key is also accessible regardless of the position of the screen.

    On the right side is a microSD card reader, a headphone / microphone jack, a second Thunderbolt 3 port, and a slider to disable the webcam. Be careful though, because it does not cut the microphone. You will need to do this separately in Windows 10 settings. For more privacy and security, there is a fingerprint reader and an infrared webcam for facial recognition with Windows Hello.

    In terms of display, HP offers two options: full HD and Ultra HD. The Full HD screen offers good color and contrast, even if it is not particularly bright. So, working outside is a little more difficult. But it is however very profitable to the autonomy. The UHD option is interesting, but it truncates the battery life.

    The keyboard is spacious and its marking is easy to read. The keys do not have a lot of travel which is not surprising given the shallow depth of the keyboard. There is a two-level brightness backlight that turns off automatically after about 30 seconds of inactivity and requires a key press to reactivate it. The touchpad is a comfortable size considering the space that HP had to work and the touch is soft and responsive.

    Above it is a speaker grille that adds to the sleek design while apparently enhancing the system sound optimized by Bang & Olufsen. The audio quality is correct but nothing more.

    Marathon runner autonomy

    If there's one thing we've learned over the last few months, it's that high-end ultraportables are the benchmark for those looking for extra long battery life. One after another came to our lab and passed the 12-hour mark in our endurance test. The Specter x360 set a new record with 13 hours and 18 minutes.

    Spectrum components are designed for everyday personal and professional use, such as word processing, web browsing and email, but have enough resources to perform more demanding tasks, provided they are not not too intensive graphically.

    The configuration we had in our hands seamlessly cashed a dozen active tabs in Google Chrome while other apps were running in the background. Streaming video and music are not a problem either. We can also do photo editing and video casual without difficulty.

    Conclusion

    The current range of premium ultraportables is impressive. Our best choice is the Lenovo Yoga C930, but the HP Specter x360 follows closely. The HP is a bit smaller, has better battery life and a full size active stylus. The C930 has a larger screen, a slightly more comfortable keyboard, a better sound and a stylus that fits in its frame. And instead of cutting the webcam electronically, Lenovo has a physical shutter that blocks it. Choosing between the two could be sliced ​​to the front.

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