Spectre is a classy, high-end laptop.
I’ve been a Mac user for many, many years. My first computer – the one I bought all on my own – was an iMac. I’ve since been primarily working off of laptops and as such, I’ve been indoctrinated into the MacBook/MacBook Pro lineup. The sleek design of the laptop and the nice layout of the keyboard is something that I’ve enjoyed for many years now. Mac and PC operating system differ so much that I really wasn’t sure how I would like the HP Spectre. But, I was immediately taken with the brilliant design and lightweight nature of it.
I’m not stranger to PCs. Even though a Mac is my primary ‘personal’ computer, I use a Lenovo laptop for work and am very well-versed as a PC user. In addition to that, I’ve used several Windows 10 tablets so, the operating system wasn’t a system shock to me either. I have actually been extremely impressed with Spectre as a working laptop. First of all, it has plenty of power to handle most tasks. It’s got an Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. My main use thus far has been standard office/email tasks. I haven’t done much in the way of graphic intensive work, but I feel as though this computer could handle most anything I asked of it.
The Spectre runs Windows 10 and includes a 256 GB solid state drive. As its name suggests, the Spectre is a 2-in-1 laptop, which means it can also be used as a tablet. It has a 360º flip-and-flop design. The graphics processor (Intel HD Graphics 620) has shared video memory to provide quality for Internet use, basic photo editing, and casual gaming. The Spectre has awesome quad speakers from Bang & Olufsen that provide a full, rich sound. The laptop only weighs about 3 pounds and will work for about 14 hours on a full battery charge. As an added bonus, HP included 2 USB-C ports for charging and data transfer as well as a standard USB port.
While I haven’t done extensive benchmarking tests or comparisons, I did run a performance test using Novabench and the Spectre received a score of 854.This is higher than the all-time average score of 845. The 3-month average score was over 1000, but I feel as though this computer performs above average.
After giving my initial thoughts on the laptop, I’ll now provide some thoughts on a few of the finer points of the Spectre.
Price – I feel that the almost $1200 price point is comparable to other laptops in its class. It’s a little higher than standard laptops, but it’s such a solid piece of machinery that I think the price is justified.
Keyboard – I LOVE the keyboard. Maybe it’s just how closely it resembles the Apple keyboards, but I really just love the way it feels when you type on it. There is a small click when your fingers dance across the keyboard, but nothing like a mechanical keyboard. It just has a nice soft feel to it and very good responsiveness.
Ease of Use – Set-up was very easy. I love the Hello feature that uses the computer’s onboard camera to recognise your face to unlock it. It’s a very cool feature. There aren’t a whole lot of extra steps that have to be taken and set-up is completed within just a few minutes of unboxing the laptop.
Portability – The Spectre is indeed a mobile computer. The laptop is very lightweight and has a convertible feature complete with touchscreen. The touchscreen is very responsive and just as easy to use as my iPad as far as typing on the screen.
Battery – I’ve found that the battery life is very, very good. When I first took it out of the box, I didn’t charge the laptop right away. I used it off and on for two days and then finally had to charge it when it dropped to 5% battery. I haven’t used it for more than a couple hours at a time so the battery might drain faster if you are constantly using it, but for the most part, the Spectre does a good job of sustaining its battery life.
The HP Spectre has a lot going for it. If you are looking to find a classy, higher end laptop with some pretty impressive specs, I would recommend checking it out. It’s a pleasure to use and a very solid computer.
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