HP Spectre x360 (College Review)

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The HP Spectre x360 is a gorgeous 2-in-1 hybrid laptop from those at Hewlett-Packard. This slim machine slots between HP’s 11 and 15 inch offerings, giving consumers a middle-of-the-road alternative. Are customers making sacrifices in choosing this laptop though? Let’s take a look with this college-exclusive HP Spectre x360 review.


Features

  • Aluminum chassis
  • Touchscreen display
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 1080p HD webcam
  • HP Connected Apps
  • 15.9mm thin

Specs

  • Screen Size: 13.3″
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-5200U (2.2Ghz) or higher…
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 256Gb SSD
  • GPU: Intel integrated HD Graphics 5500
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ac
  • Average Battery Life: 12.5 hours
  • Weight: 3.26 lbs

Specs Review: The HP Spectre x360 comes in a stunning aluminum body, rivaling that of Apple’s own Macbook. Its hinge allows the laptop to be configured in multiple ways, so you can be productive at the library when you need to and comfortable in bed while binge-watching Breaking Bad at 2:00 AM instead of studying for your final the next morning. The laptop also has a fantastic 13.3″ touchscreen display. Though more 2-in-1 hybrid laptops in this class have begun shipping with QHD (2500 x 1440) resolution displays lately, HP has decided to stick with a FullHD display instead. The tradeoff is worthwile, as the screen appears incredibly sharp, while sacrificing less battery life than a QHD display would otherwise. Speaking of battery life, the HP Spectre x360 has an incredibly high endurance. HP promises a whopping 12 hours and 30 minutes of battery life. Though the laptop does not usually hit the mark in normal circumstances, it easily crosses into double digits. 10 hours of usage is more than reasonable to be expected from a college student. Classwork shouldn’t be an issue either with this machine; it comes with Intel’s newest Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. This is plenty for most tasks, whether that be working in Photoshop or simply browsing on Netflix. For storing photos and other documents, the HP Spectre x360 has a 256GB solid state drive. As long as you aren’t planning on gaming with this machine (which you shouldn’t be), this shouldn’t be an issue. Instead, users can look forward to incredibly quick boot and load times. The benefits are certainly worth the tradeoffs, making the laptop even more user-friendly.

For an HP laptop, the HP Spectre x360 is surprisingly void of a lot of extra bloatware. Other than Cyberlink’s software, which is used for the webcam, the only non-HP applications are Netflix, Skype, a 30 day trial of malware McAfee antivirus, Buy Office, and the ever-so-useful Dragon Assistant. Good on you, HP, for giving us fewer useless apps.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • “…  this is the best laptop I’ve ever owned and the best looking to boot. I mean, it’s premium.”
  • “It feels solid and is pretty light. The aluminum case is beautiful.”
  • “I’m loving this laptop. It’s light, easy to balance on my lap. I love the little details that make this fun to use…”
  • “It looks great and is fast. It’s a solid design with lots of ports.”

Conclusion for College Students: The HP Spectre x360 is a fantastic choice for college students. It ticks the boxes for what most college students are looking for in a laptop. Its beautiful design coupled with excellent hardware for the price is exactly what many should be looking for. HP certainly didn’t skip on this option, and created an excellent competitor in the 2-in-1 hybrid laptop marketspace. Any non-gamer can get this laptop and be satisfied with its offerings. The HP Spectre x360 covers the needs of almost all majors, from arts, to business, and the needs of those staying at home or commuting to and from school. All in all, if you’re in the market for a new laptop, you need to consider the HP Spectre x360.

Looking for something a little more powerful? Check out the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro for a colorful option that can handle more intense tasks.
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