Featuring an attractively slim body, the HP Spectre x2 is an elegant 2-in-1 laptop/tablet that is targeted at business users. The ultrabook, which looks to compete with heavyweights such as the Microsoft Surface Pro and Apple MacBook, although mostly on price, offers a brilliant Full HD display, latest Intel processor, speedy solid-state drive and convincing audio setup.
Design and Display
The HP Spectre x2 is not expected to come cheap, so its build quality has to be impressive and, indeed, it is. The notebook is built to impress with a sleek, sandblasted aluminium body. It rocks a durable kickstand made of stainless steel and able to rotate up to 150 degrees; releasing the kickstand is as easy as sliding a button. The detachable Spectre x2 should make a great companion to on-the-go professionals given its slim (8mm) and lightweight (840g) build. It comes with a full-size, backlit keyboard offering nice key travel and a large trackpad. You simply need to snap on this keyboard with the aid of integrated magnets to move from tablet to laptop.
This machine should make for highly enjoyable content viewing, judging by the Full HD (1,920 x 1,280) resolution of the 12-inch display. Pleasurable wide viewing angles are on the card given the use of an IPS panel.
Hardware and Software
Under the hood, the HP Spectre x2 is powered by latest Intel Core M processor – you will be able to choose from Core m3 to m7. The low-power CPU used here will, unfortunately, not be able to support the level of robust performance the likes of Surface Pro 4 will. However, RAM of either 4 GB or 8 GB should boost performance. The use of solid-state drives with capacity ranging from 128 GB to 512 GB will also help to further enhance performance. The 2-in-1 notebook runs on latest Windows 10 operating system with many great features.
HP Spectre x2 will be equipped with a battery which HP says will support as much as 10 hours of ‘tireless productivity.’ It supports the use of a Wacom-based active pen (stylus) for annotating and drawing. There are two reversible USB Type-C ports and an additional dongle for establishing connection with devices supporting older USB standard. A microSD reader is also onboard. It offers 4G LTE connectivity support for Verizon as well.
For superb sound, the HP Spectre x2 is equipped with four speakers (a pair each on the keyboard and sides of the screen) enhanced by Bang & Olufsen Audio software. It offers three cameras – an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Intel RealSense camera setup.
The HP Spectre x2 has its starting price set at $800, which means you should only consider this one if you have a significant amount to spare. The implication of this is that you should expect a price in the range N200,000-N250,000 in Nigeria. But then, it is cheaper than the heavyweights on the market, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which had its starting price set at $899, without a keyboard and stylus.
HP Spectre x2 at a Glance
– Slim (8mm) and lightweight (840g)
– Premium, detachable 2-in-1 design
– 12-inch Full HD (1080p) IPS display
– Sixth-gen Intel Core M processor
– 4GB or 8GB RAM
– 128GB-512GB SSD
– Windows 10
– Two USB Type-C ports
– Audio by Bang and Olufsen
– Intel RealSense 3D camera