HP’S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE

HP’S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE

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HP’S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE

– HP unveils 15-inch Spectre x360 considered the world’s thinnest laptop.

– It is a good buy in terms of its size and battery life.

– The touch pad can be a bit flaky; No performance gains over the smaller version and discrete graphics not an option.

HP’S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE

HP'S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE
New 15-inch Spectre X360

HP has unveiled its new Specter, the new titleholder for “world’s thinnest laptop.”

At four-tenths of an inch thick, and weighing a little less than two and a half pounds, it’s thinner and lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air. (It weighs slightly more than the new MacBook and Lenovo Yoga 900S). It is an upgrade on the 13-inch spectre x360 of 2015.

HP gave its new portable computer a copper sheen to appeal to anyone who loves gold gadgets or devices that look like jewelry. It is a sleek gadget.

The Pros

It is thin and light for a laptop this size; 4K screen option on this 15-inch model; well-constructed; comfortable keyboard; 10-plus hours of battery life; almost no bloatware and good sound quality.

HP’S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE

The Cons

The touch pad can be a bit flaky; No performance gains over the smaller version and discrete graphics not an option

Summary

The Spectre x360 15-inch is a bigger version of the original x360 we reviewed last year. It brings the same well-constructed design as its smaller stablemate, along with a comfortable keyboard and a nearly bloatware-free Windows install. Because it’s so thin and light for its size, it is a good pick for people who want more screen real estate (not to mention a 4K resolution option).

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It is a fine, well-rounded machine; just don’t expect any performance gains over the smaller model. If you do indeed need some processing muscle to match those extra pixels, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

HP'S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE
A 15-inch Spectre X360 Streched Like a Smartphone

The battery of this computer is a good bargain when you consider its life span. HP says the machine’s 64.5Wh battery should run for up to nine and a half hours on a charge.

I can’t speak for the 4K edition, but the lower-res 1080p model I tested actually beat that estimate, lasting exactly 10 hours and 17 minutes before giving up the ghost.

Mind you, that was with an HD video looping, WiFi on and the brightness fixed at 65 percent. With a less taxing workload, you might be able to eke out even more run time.

Even as is, though, 10-plus hours is more than respectable for a modern laptop, though it must be said that the 13-inch version we tested a year ago lasted even longer.

What about its configuration option and competition?

The 15-inch x360 starts at $1,150 with a 2.3GHz dual-core Core i5-6200U processor, integrated Intel HD 520 graphics, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 1080p display.

From there, you can get 16GB of RAM ($80), upgrade to a 4K screen ($60) or double the storage capacity to 256GB ($200). There are other processor options too, including Core i7-6500U ($60) and Core i7-6560U ($200), the latter of which includes beefier Intel Iris graphics.

If you care, that in-between Core i7-6500U chip can be configured with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM while the higher-end 6560 U processor is 16GB only. All told, assuming you went with all the upgrade options I just ticked off, the price would be $1,690 before tax.

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If you’re shopping around, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is an obvious competitor here, in that it is also a slim, lightweight 15-inch machine with a high-res screen (2,880 x 1,800 in this case). Though it is heavier than your Spectre x360 15-inch. This then make it a better choice in terms of size.

Finally, this thin-and-light, 15-inch convertible laptop costs a pretty penny and has some annoying quirks, but you’ll love its style and long battery life.\

HP’S 15-INCH SPECTRE X360: COME FOR THE SIZE, ENJOY THE BATTERY LIFE