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Tech review: HP Spectre x360 15in laptop


HP’s new Spectre x360 is an incredibly powerful and stylish Windows 10 machine with lots of great features

The HP Spectre x360 15in laptop is a gorgeous black-and-copper machine that turns heads. 

A stunning QHD display (with 3840×2160 resolution) matches the beauty of the laptop itself, but there are other reasons to love it.

These include the blazing fast 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor and battery life that iswell above average.

But the bright and striking display is a huge selling point. It’s one of the sharpest I’ve ever seen on a laptop, rich in detail and with a superb colour gamut.

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It’s great for editing video and images, or watching movies. The latter is made all the more enjoyable by the quality of the built-in Bang & Olufsen speakers.

The keyboard keys are generously spaced and respond quickly and accurately. The touchpad is a decent size and supports Windows 10 gesture recognition and smooth scrolling.

The laptop also comes with a HP Active Stylus that was accurate and precise — but maybe not quite to the level of Microsoft’s best-in-class Surface Pen.

What I love about the HP stylus, though, is that it’s charged from a USB Type-C port in its barrel, revealed by twisting and pulling on the butt barrel.

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The Spectre x360 15in is a delight to use, as it can take everything you throw at it, such as running a split screen with 15 browser tabs open while a 4K movie plays.

Gamers will enjoy super smooth frame rates due to the Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB RAM.

Battery life is brilliant. I regularly got more than eight hours out of the laptop.

There are connectivity options galore too.

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These include Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C and HDMI ports, a fast-charging USB 3.1 port, a headphone jack and a full size SD memory card reader.

I can’t fault this machine. It’s a veritable beast that I took everywhere during the test period.

The model I used had 512GB SSD storage and 8GB RAM but there are various configurations available.

HP Spectre x360 15-ch005na costs €2199 from Curry’s PC World.

 

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