First Look: HP Spectre x360

By Team Digit | Updated 10 Jul 2015
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While unboxing, this stunner was packed inside a fancy white box which was inside the outer main package providing dual layer of protection. The packaging was strong enough to keep the Spectre x360 safe with all its charm in there. The power adapter with the manuals and other cords were placed in a separate section created especially below the laptop compartment.

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The HP Spectre x360 is a super slim convertible, has a beautiful aluminium body with stylish design and sturdy hinges. The chassis is a unibody design and sports a minimalistic aesthetic appeal, which makes it look and feel exquisite. The main surfaces have a soft, matte finish, while the narrow edges of the laptop have shiny polished metal. The lid has a clean, minimalist look. It's smooth, except for a small groove near the top and an offset "HP" logo in the middle. The laptop’s quite thin.

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It comes with a 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U processor clocked at 2.4 GHz. Along with it comes a 256 GB Solid State Drive, 8 GB of RAM but lacks an optical drive. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and has a dual-band Intel 7265 AC WiFi 802.11ac with MIMO technology. It also has a 720p webcam with dual-stereo microphone.

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The 13.3-inch display is a Quad HD LED IPS Display. The display is bonded directly to the glass that covers it, to deliver superior color quality and maximum brightness. The 10-point capacitive touch sensing on the screen works flawless. The screen seemed quite reflective and prone to fingerprints easily.

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It comes with Windows 8.1 Professional pre-installed. The touch screen enables you to take full functionality of the Modern UI layout of the operating system.

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It offers a charging port-with an LED Indicator, a USB 3.0 port, a physical power button and a microSD Memory Card Reader.

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The HP Spectre x360 boasts a physical Windows button, Volume Rocker, a Mini Display Port followed by a full size HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The lack of Ethernet port is fulfilled by bundling along a USB to LAN extension in the box.

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It has a full island-type keyboard but without the numpad on the right. It has backlit functionality which makes the keyboard look stunning in the dark. The keys have metal caps which makes it feel luxurious and not like those cheap plastic ones. The keyboard is great to type on and gives a good enough tactile feedback.

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The touchpad on the other hand is extra wide measuring 5.6 inches by 2.6 inches which is good enough to handle all gestures and clicks but also increases chances of accidental brushing of your palm. It feels nice on touch but since we haven’t fired up the machine we can’t tell how well it works.

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The HP Spectre x360 boasts a 3-cell non-removable battery which claims to provide good battery life – something we’d have to test before commenting on its prowess.

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The main feature of the Spectre x360 is its ability to bend over backwards upto 360 degree for you so you can use it in the tablet mode for gaming maybe, in the tent mode for presentations etc, as well as the default laptop mode for the conventional use. The hinges seem to be strong and sturdy and do not let the screen wobble on touch, and enable you to rotate the screen all the way around.

The HP Spectre x360 is priced at Rs. 1,29,990.

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