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HP Spectre x360 15 (2020)

Would you like your 2-in-1 super-sized yes, please, and add amoled.

Charles Jefferies

Bottom Line

  • Luxurious design
  • Stunning AMOLED 4K/UHD touch screen
  • Powerful six-core Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics as tested
  • Quality speakers
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Middling battery life
  • Stylus not included with every configuration
  • Just one USB Type-A port

HP’s flagship Spectre line has continually impressed us with its quality, style, and features. This latest iteration of its Spectre x360 15 is the best yet for this big convertible 2-in-1 , which retains (and improves on) the charms of the 2019 model while being smaller and lighter. It’s also more powerful; our $1,849 review unit packs a six-core Intel Core i7 “Comet Lake” H-series processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX-class graphics, though it’s also available at $1,399 with a quad-core “Tiger Lake” chip if you don’t need all that oomph. Available with a stunning (and well-worthwhile) AMOLED 4K/UHD touch screen either way, the Spectre x360 15 is truly a first-class splurge. It earns our Editors' Choice for being a large-screened convertible 2-in-1 without equal.

A Trimmer, But Still Cadillac-Size, Convertible

HP took a shaver to the Spectre x360 15 for 2020. It’s down to 4.23 pounds and 8.9 inches deep thanks to its smaller top and bottom display bezels, reductions of six-tenths of a pound and six-tenths of an inch over the 2019 model. It now bests even some elite non-convertible 15.6-inchers in those areas, such as the 4.5-pound, 9.1-inch deep Dell XPS 15 9500 .

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Front Three Quarter

The Spectre x360 15’s other measurements stayed the same. Its 14.2-inch width is but a few tenths of an inch wider than its screen, while its 0.79-inch thickness is forgivable for a convertible 2-in-1 this large. (The XPS 15 9500 isn’t much thinner, at 0.71 inch.)

That said, the Spectre x360 15 is still a big slab when used as a tablet. Like most convertible 2-in-1s, its 360-degree functionality is best served on a solid surface, especially in its presentation mode...

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Easel

This position is great for movie-watching. It’s also practical in airline coach or in the back of a car where you may not be able to fully unfold a traditional notebook.

The screen-rotating mechanics aside, the Spectre x360 15 remains the snazziest-looking 15.6-inch convertible 2-in-1 out there. The Nightfall Black and Copper Luxe accents of my model drew easy compliments. Customizable models on HP’s site also offer a nautical-sounding Poseidon Blue with Pale Brass accents theme.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Front

Its looks are matched by quality. Its chassis and lid are made entirely from anti-glare-treated aluminum that hides fingerprints and resists flexing. Although the chassis isn’t a unibody design, the gaps between its parts are so small that they are hard to find by feel.

The attention to detail continues with the subtly concave sculpting of the palm rest, perfectly smooth chassis edges, and rear corners that look sharp but somehow aren’t. The rightmost corner holds one of the laptop’s two Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) ports, with the other alongside on the right edge.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Right Rear

This location can also be beneficial since it angles at least one cord toward the rear. The Spectre x360 15 can be charged through either Thunderbolt 3 port, though it is necessary to connect the included 135-watt power adapter for full performance since Thunderbolt 3 tops out at 100 watts. The other connectivity over here comprises a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port (it supports 10Gbps transfers, which is nice to see versus the usual 5Gbps Gen 1 ports) and a microSD card slot.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Right

Next to the Type-A port is a webcam kill switch, which isn’t an exaggeration. When it is switched off, Windows 10 no longer thinks the laptop has a webcam. For the privacy-conscious, this is arguably more secure than a physical shutter that merely blocks the view, assuming you remember to engage it.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Webcam Switch

Moving to the other side, the power button is on the left rear corner. I must admit that it took me a minute (okay...three minutes) to find it.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Left Rear

The merit of this location is that it’s less likely to be bumped by mistake in tablet mode than a side-mounted location. The left side also holds the power jack, an HDMI 2.0a video output, and an audio combo jack (headphone/microphone).

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Left

It’s an overall respectable level of connectivity, though I’d prefer another Type-A port. Inside, an Intel AX201 card covers the wireless bases with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 support.

AMOLED: You Can’t Unsee It

This Spectre x360 15’s most eye-catching feature is, without doubt, its AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display. It is state-of-the art by any standard with its 4K/UHD (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) resolution and 10-point touch support.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Front

The AMOLED technology is what truly sets this Spectre apart. Unlike traditional notebook screens or desktop monitors that use a backlighting unit, the pixels on this display are their own lighting sources. Black on the display looks like the display is turned off in those areas because indeed it is, at least for those pixels showing black. That characteristic is what gives this display an infinite contrast ratio.

It’s also super bright and colorful. HP rates it for a dazzling 400 nits and 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space that is used by cinema companies. Users of color-sensitive apps, such as Photoshop, will find the HP Display Control app useful for switching color spaces, including sRGB and Adobe RGB.

One display improvement on this 2020 model is an anti-glare treatment for the Corning Gorilla Glass surface, but it’s not matte-surfaced like a TV. It still looks reflective (it is glass, after all), but the I-see-myself mirror effect that plagues most glass-surfaced screens is much reduced. The coating also does a better job of resisting fingerprints.

For artists and scribblers, the display has a passive digitizer that supports MPP 2.0 styli. Customizable models on HP’s website include one; strangely, my review model does not. But my model isn’t devoid of freebies; it includes a carry sleeve to keep the laptop protected in a backpack or case.

A Keyboard and Touchpad Done Right

Snappy feedback, a flex-free keyboard deck, and two levels of white backlighting make the Spectre x360 15’s keyboard a comfortable place. It gets bonus points for its four-column number pad, which has a standard layout with full-size keys.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Keyboard

Just above the keyboard are two of the laptop’s four Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers, the other two projecting sideways from under the palm rest. It’s a great-sounding setup with lots of volume. Below, the buttonless touchpad provides a smooth, expansive surface and tactile clicking.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) - Touchpad

To its right is a built-in fingerprint reader that can also be used for Windows Hello biometric logins.

The Core Components: True Desktop-Replacement Power

My Spectre x360 15-eb0065nr review model has hardware that is rarely seen in a convertible 2-in-1. Its six-core, 12-thread Intel Core i7-10750H processor (featuring a 2.6GHz base clock, and up to a 5GHz turbo clock) is a 45-watt chip that would be at home in a gaming notebook. Meanwhile, its 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Max-Q) graphics card provides enough oomph for 1080p gaming. (I’ll address the practicality of using this PC for gaming later.)

What if the Spectre x360 15’s design and AMOLED screen interest you, but you don’t need all that power? You’re in luck: HP offers the Spectre x360 15 (model 15t-eb100 ) with a quad-core, eight-thread Core i7-1165G7 “ Tiger Lake ” processor and integrated Intel Xe Graphics that are still quite capable. It starts at $1,399; adding the AMOLED display, 16GB of memory, and the 1TB solid-state drive/32GB Intel Optane storage combo of my Comet Lake-based review unit brings it to $1,679. (It also includes a stylus that, as I noted, did not come with my review model.) A one-year warranty is standard.

Besides being less expensive, the Tiger Lake model should run cooler and quieter (and offer better battery life) than my model, though that is largely educated speculation since I didn’t test it. (See some of our early testing of Tiger Lake here .) Oddly, it is listed as the same weight and thickness as my model, so it’s not as attractive as it could have been.

As for how the competition stacks up to the Spectre x360 15, it’s rather hard to say. HP appears to be the only vendor marketing a 15.6-inch convertible 2-in-1 with an AMOLED screen or a six-core H-class processor in the United States as I type this, let alone both in one machine. If the 360-degree functionality isn’t a must-have on your shopping list, the Dell XPS 15 9500 that I mentioned makes a good, albeit pricey, alternative. It commanded $2,234 on Dell’s site, but without an AMOLED screen. (The 500-nit-rated screen I mock-built it with is top-notch, though.)

For convertible 2-in-1 competition, Lenovo’s Yoga C740 (15-inch) is the closest I found, but it only loosely compares to the Tiger Lake version of the Spectre x360 15. It offers just a 1080p screen, a traditional 10th Generation Intel Comet Lake Core i7 chip, and less powerful Intel UHD Graphics for $1,249. Dell does a little better with its Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 (7506) , though it, too, tops out with a 1080p screen. With the same Core i7-1165G7 as in the base ($1,399 Tiger Lake-based) Spectre x360 15, it’s $1,058.

Testing the Spectre x360 15: A Unique Power Mix in a 2-in-1

It’s past time to put the Spectre x360 15 through its paces in our benchmarks. I compared it to the PCs whose basic specifications are listed below...

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) spec comparison chart

Most of these are non-convertibles since there just aren’t enough 15.6-inch convertible 2-in-1s to fill the charts. The Lenovo Yoga C740 (15-inch) that I mentioned earlier and the Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch) are the only two that use quad-core chips. The MSI Prestige 15 offers a rare six-core U-class chip (it’s rated for 15 watts, not 45 watts like the one in the Spectre x360 15), though the Dell XPS 15 is the one to beat, performance-wise; its Core i7-10875H is an eight-core monster that drove up the price of our $2,299 test model.

Storage, Media, and CPU Tests

We’ll start with PCMark 10, our general system performance assessment that simulates web browsing, video streaming, and office productivity. The Spectre x360 15 blended with the others with a strong 4,786-point showing despite its resource-hungry 4K/UHD screen. (A 4K screen can be a suppressive factor on this test.) It also measured up in our PCMark 8 storage drive test, which stresses the performance of the primary system drive.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) PCMark chart

Next up is a pair of CPU-crunching tests: Cinebench R15 stresses all available processor cores and threads while rendering a complex image, while in our Handbrake test, we transcode a 12-minute 4K video down to 1080p.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) Cinebench chart

The Spectre x360 15 could have done better in both tests; its Cinebench R15 score should be 15 to 20 percent higher, indicating that it may be throttling its performance for some reason. It did just fine in Handbrake, though.

Last in this section is our photo-editing test. We use an early 2018 release of Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud to apply 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG image, timing each operation and adding up the totals. This test is not as CPU-focused as Cinebench or Handbrake, bringing the performance of the storage subsystem, memory, and GPU into play.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) Photoshop chart

Now things are back on track for the Spectre x360 15. Its 147-second finish didn’t faze the eight-core Dell, but it still offers plenty of performance for advanced photo editing.

Graphics Tests

We use two benchmark suites to gauge the gaming performance potential of a PC. In UL’s 3DMark, we run the Sky Diver (lightweight, capable of running on integrated graphics) and Fire Strike (more demanding, for high-end gaming PCs) tests, both DirectX 11-based. Unigine Corp.'s Superposition is the other; it uses a different rendering engine to produce a complex 3D scene.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) 3DMark chart

The Spectre x360 15 scored high enough in 3DMark Fire Strike to suggest it’s capable of modern 1080p gaming, if not at maximum detail settings. The Superposition 1080p numbers confirm this, where it just cleared the bare minimum 30-frame-per-second (fps) mark for playability.

I also ran our typical 1080p gaming benchmarks on the Spectre x360 15 to gauge its real-world gaming prowess. In Far Cry 5’s built-in benchmark (DirectX 11), it averaged 55fps at Normal settings and 48fps at Ultra, while in Rise of the Tomb Raider (which we run in DirectX 12 mode), it averaged 71fps at Medium settings and 52fps at Very High.

Those numbers are more than playable, so the Spectre x360 15 can certainly serve as a casual gaming machine. However, I must stress that serious players won't find it a substitute for a modern gaming laptop. Its AMOLED screen offers only a 60Hz refresh rate, which won’t provide the smoothness of the triple-digit refresh rates that are routinely found on gaming notebooks. It’s also expensive for this level of performance. If gaming is your primary goal, check out our gaming laptops guide for better options. Think of the gaming on our $1,849 unit as a nice side dish, not the main course.

A word on cooling before we move on. The Spectre x360 15’s fans send warm air out the left and right edges of the chassis. They ran frequently in my usage, even for general web surfing, though the fan noise is nonintrusive against the usual household background noise. The area just above the keyboard gets hot under the extended stress of benchmark testing, while the rest of the chassis (including the underside) gets warm, but not uncomfortably so.

Battery Rundown Test

For our last benchmark, we measure a laptop's unplugged runtime while playing a locally stored video with screen brightness at 50 percent and audio volume at 100 percent. We use the notebook's energy-saving rather than balanced or other power profile, turn off Wi-Fi, and even disable keyboard backlighting to squeeze as much life as possible out of the system.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) battery test chart

The Spectre x360’s AMOLED screen, the 4K worth of pixels to push, and powerful hardware drain its large 72.9-watt-hour battery quickly; last year’s AMOLED model went for 14 hours and 9 minutes with a low-wattage Intel U-class processor. The Dell went for several hours more with the same class of hardware, though its 86-watt-hour battery helped, too. The Spectre x360 15’s time is still enough to get through the day and perhaps a little video streaming after hours.

Still the Classiest Big-Screen 2-in-1

The year-over-year changes for the Spectre x360 15 are subtle but game-changing for this big convertible laptop. Trimmer display bezels and a lower carry weight put it on par with some elite non-convertible 15.6-inchers, while more powerful hardware lets it act as a true desktop replacement.

HP Spectre x360 15 (Main Image)

The star of the show, however, continues to be the option for its AMOLED 4K/UHD touch screen, which, fortunately, is also available on the base model. A class act either way, the Spectre x360 15 stands almost by itself in the high-end, big-screen 2-in-1 market. It defines what that admittedly limited niche of laptops can aspire to. If you have the budget, and the appetite for a big, bold convertible, it doesn’t disappoint.

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About Charles Jefferies

Computers are my lifelong obsession. I wrote my first laptop review in 2005 for NotebookReview.com, continued with a consistent PC-reviewing gig at Computer Shopper in 2014, and moved to PCMag in 2018. Here, I test and review the latest high-performance laptops and desktops, and sometimes a key core PC component or two. I also review enterprise computing solutions for StorageReview.

I work full-time as a technical analyst for a business software and services company. My hobbies are digital photography, fitness, two-stroke engines, and reading. I’m a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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HP Spectre x360 14 and 16 get bump to Meteor Lake and a high-resolution 9MP webcam

Some configurations will get Wi-Fi 7.

HP Spectre x360

HP is using CES 2024 as an occasion to announce updates to its flagship HP Spectre x360 14 and 16 2-in-1s, some of the best ultrabooks now with Intel's Core Ultra processors. The new systems also come with high-resolution webcams, OLED screens and options for Wi-Fi 7. The two laptops share many common features, including going up to 32GB of soldered RAM and up to 2TB of storage in the form of a PCIe Gen 4 SSD. While the screen sizes are different, both feature 2880 x 1800 OLED display options at 120 Hz (adjustable down to 48 Hz based on what you're watching) with IMAX Enhanced Certification.

Neither has seen a major change to the design, which still has diagonal cut corners on the back to allow for ports on the corner. The Spectre x360 14 will come in black, blue, and silver, while the 16-inch version will only come in black and blue.

The 14-inch x360 will start at an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H and top out at a Core Ultra 7 155H, while the 16-inch laptop will start with the 155H. Both will use Intel's integrated Arc graphics, though the 16-incher has an option for an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 Laptop GPU for some more power. The new Core Ultra chips are Intel's first processors to feature NPUs on board, which should assist in some AI tasks. The Spectres are switching from U and P series processors to the H series with Meteor Lake. In some ways, this is a bump in performance, but Intel is wrapping the P series into the H series name, you're still getting a 28W part. One of the specs that stands out in the spec sheet is a 9 megapixel camera, which is higher resolution than most. I'm really looking forward to seeing how good this looks in testing. HP claims this camera will feature hardware-assisted low light adjustment.

The camera is also the center of a series of features that HP is pushing as using AI, though it's unclear how many of them will utilize the NPU out of the box. These include walk-away lock for better privacy in public spaces and having the screen dim when you look away. The other, non-camera option is HP SmartSense, which detects what you're using the computer for and adjusts the thermal profile.

I'm a bit surprised to see that Bang & Olufsen's name has been removed from the laptops. HP's partnership with B&O has led to some excellent speakers, even in thin notebooks (the x360 16 is .78 inches thick, for instance). In the spec sheet, HP lists Poly Studio quad speakers (HP owns Poly) with DTS:X Ultra support. 

While the Wi-Fi 7 networking support may be attractive to enthusiasts looking to upgrade their routers for the new standard, Wi-Fi 6E will also be included in some configurations, so Wi-Fi 7 is likely to bump the cost.

Both laptops are set to launch today, with the HP Spectre x360 14 starting at $1,499.99 and the Spectre x360 16 beginning at $1,599.99.

HP is set to launch more Intel Core Ultra-based devices across its productivity lineup in the first quarter of the year, including 14- and 16-inch HP Pavilion Plus notebooks, 14 and 15.6-inch HP laptops (yes, they're just called HP and the screen size), and a series of upcoming all-in-ones .

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HP Spectre x360 15 review: The best gets bigger

With a 4k display, pen and all-metal body, can hp strike twice with the larger spectre x360 15 you bet..

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Last year, HP released its revamped Spectre x360 13-inch Ultrabook with accolades all around. I named it my favorite laptop of the year, besting the venerable Dell XPS 13. The question remained, however, if the company would apply its lessons-learned formula to the Spectre's bigger brother, the Spectre x360 15.

HP answered that question in early January at CES with the brand new — and similarly designed — Spectre x360 15-bl062nr.

The new Spectre x360 15 is bigger and heavier, but after a week with the device, I'm very impressed with HP's engineering. Here is why this laptop is the best value for your money.

About this review

The HP Spectre used here in testing is the Kaby Lake Core i7 (i7-7500) version with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. HP provided an early review unit, and the Spectre x360 15 is expected to go on sale on February 24.

2017's changes and improvements

The Spectre x360 15 is a different beast amongst laptops. Usually, once you hit the 15-inch range, the devices start packing 45W quad-core processors with much bigger, heavier chassis. It's even rarer to find a two-in-one convertible at this size.

In that sense, the Spectre x360 15 is best thought of as a large Ultrabook. For instance, the Spectre x360 15 packs "only" a 15W dual-core processor, and while it has a dedicated NVIDIA GPU, it's more of a boost than it is for gaming graphics. (More on that below).

HP kept the display to only 4K instead of offering two versions (Full HD and 4K). The reason for that choice is consumers overall preferred the 4K variant with one caveat. They wanted the battery life of the Full HD version. That initiated the second change: a larger battery. By putting in a 79-WHr battery, HP bucked a trend and made the 2017 Spectre slightly thicker than last year's model. That's a bold move but absolutely the right one. (The laptop is still just 0.70 inches (17.78 mm) thin.)

There is also the massive reduction in the display's bezel, something that HP says a whopping 97 percent of customers wanted. The result is this year's Spectre has bezels that are 70 percent thinner than last year's model, coming in at just 4.65mm. The overall design language mirrors the smaller 13-inch variant, with the only other change being the color, a dark ash instead of silver.

Packed to the brim

HP Spectre x360 15 specifications

An all-metal beauty

HP Spectre x360 design

The 15-inch Spectre is very similar in design to the 13-inch version, just bigger. That's a good thing, too, because HP found, in my opinion, the sweet spot between form and function.

The HP Spectre x360 15 is made from CNC machined aluminum, and it's outstanding. The all-metal feel makes it rather heavy at 4.42lbs (2kg), but that just adds to the quality feel. It's a dense beast that very much mimics the beautiful qualities of Apple's devices. Nonetheless, HP maintains a very distinct look with the Spectre x360 series, and no one will mistake it for a MacBook Pro.

Unlike the 13-inch version, the 15 is offered in "dark ash silver." To my eyes, it looks like black and copper, but there is a subtle distinction. It is not quite that black but more ash. While the all-silver 13 looks great, I think dark ash silver offers a very handsome, professional look. This was an excellent color choice by HP, especially with those contrasting polished edges. I think the Spectre x360 is by far one of the nicest looking and quality feeling Windows laptops, even besting Microsoft's Surface series. (Yes, I just wrote that.).

One slight downside of the dark ash silver is it is slightly prone to collecting fingerprints, but it is not nearly as bad as the Razer Blades of the world.

You still can't open this laptop with one hand, however, because you need some help holding down the base.

My only real gripe with this laptop is a small one. Due to the x360 hinge that lets you turn the device into a tablet, you can shake the laptop until the display slips down on its hinge. To be clear, this doesn't happen when typing in your lap, but it's an apparent side effect of having a large, 15.6-inch touch display with an aluminum chassis. I'm not sure how you engineer around that, as the hinge needs to be flexible enough to switch to tent, presentation and tablet modes without much force.

Overall, while the Spectre x360 15 is one of the heavier 15.6-inch laptops that's not quad-core, its outstanding build quality, machined body, and elegant color choice makes this notebook feel substantial and worth every dollar. It's just outstanding.

HP Spectre x360 15 display

The argument over the need for 4K displays in laptops won't end anytime soon, but no one can deny that they look great. The real concerns are impacts on performance and battery life.

The 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS display HP uses in the Spectre x360 15 is a different class than Sharp IGZO display found in Dell's XPS line. That's not a knock. I like this display panel in the Spectre x360 15. The colors are not overly vibrant, and while the screen is glossy, I didn't find reflections too bothersome.

HP also says the display is non-PenTile and features Panel Self Refresh technology. PenTile screens have had mixed reactions, with some hating the subpixel layout with noticeable grain and other distractions. Luckily, those criticisms do not apply here as non-PenTile is smoother and clearer. Panel Self Refresh technology helps save power when viewing static images. Both are neat to have, and display nerds will likely welcome them.

The brightness is OK. HP claim 340 nits, which is enough for indoor use under bright lights. Users will struggle outdoors, though, with reflections and the lack of more power. Companies such as Samsung add "outdoor modes" with displays peaking at 500 nits for short periods. I had no issue with general use. The display also gets dim enough to be used comfortably in a dark bedroom without flooding the room with light and waking a spouse.

HP's 4K display is one of the most natural, easy-on-the-eyes 4K panels I have used. Color accuracy, rated at 72% Adobe, is not the highest but it is more than fine for most professionals. The look of this screen is the opposite of AMOLED and other technologies that offer high contrast at the expense of looking fake. I sometimes find Dell's IGZO 4K overwhelming, but I did not have such a problem here.

Inking is here

HP Spectre x360 15 pen

When HP released the Spectre x360 13 last year, many people asked about the missing Active-Pen support. There is no such confusion with the 15-inch version. The Spectre x360 15 comes with a very nice Active Pen. There is no slot in the laptop to carry the pen but HP threw in an excellent leather-ish sleeve to protect the laptop and hold the pen.

To be clear, the Active Pen takes a battery (one AAAA cell), it does not rely on Bluetooth, and the display detects the pen when hovering and not only direct contact (like a passive stylus). There is no pairing required. You just put in the battery and begin writing on the display.

The pen has two buttons, both of which are configurable using HP's pen app that runs in the taskbar.

HP's pen feels a lot like Microsoft's Surface Pen. Both are metal-ish and while the Surface Pen is heavier at 22g, compared to the 17g for HP's pen, the balance and diameter are very similar. I applaud HP for that choice. It's a splendid pen, especially because it's included with the laptop. Although, I am scratching my head as to why HP's pen has a silver accent instead of a laptop-matching copper one.

Being able to flip the Spectre x360 into tablet mode and use the pen, or just use it on the display to navigate, use Stick Notes or draw, is a great option to have. It works well. I'm not an artist, but I can't say it felt radically different from use on the Surface.

HP also says the Spectre x360 15 will work with the forthcoming N-Trig Universal Pen, which should work on Wacom tablets and all Windows products that use a stylus. So you'll likely have even more options later this year when that device is released.

A typing delight

HP Spectre x360 15 keyboard

The Spectre x360 15's keyboard is even better than the 13-inch version's keypad. You get the same 1.5mm of key travel, but because the keys are now ash silver you get much better contrast with the backlit chicklet keys.

HP spent a lot of time on the so-called "force curves" of each key, or how the keys feel when you push them down, as well as on the return. Ideally, the keys bounce back at the same rate as your fingers leave them. If it's too fast the key pushes your finger, too slow and the key feels stuck. Whatever the company did, it worked. HP also ensured that each key feels the same, for consistency.

The Spectre x360 15's keyboard is likely my favorite keyboard on any laptop. It's outstanding. There's no flex on the body when typing on a desk, and it is just a satisfying experience.

I will, however, raise one possible issue: the Home key. HP put the Home-key row to the right of the keyboard, running down vertically. That means the Home key is to the right of the Backspace key. While I had no issues with this setup when typing, a few friends of mine hit the Home key instead of Backspace repeatedly. Lenovo did something similar years ago, and that did bother me because the Backspace key was also regular sized. HP's is double-wide, which is why it's not a problem for me. That and you must stretch your pinky to reach the Home key. If you're sensitive to such changes, however, it may take you some time to adjust. I type at a brisk 75 words per minute, and with a proper typing position, the key placement is just fine.

Still not "Precision" but also not bad

HP Spectre x360 15 trackpad

HP opted for a very spacious layout for the trackpad, which is preferred especially once you enlarge the right-click area under Settings. It's a very smooth, satisfying trackpad with adequate clicking that won't annoy you each time you use it in a quiet room.

The copper trim looks great, and it serves as an excellent peripheral guide when looking for the trackpad.

My beef with the trackpad is the same Why-not-Precision? an argument I made with the 13-inch Spectre. HP uses Synaptics hardware, which is fantastic, but it also chose to enable Synaptics software for the trackpad configuration. While you can configure plenty of gestures, clicks, speed, scrolling and more, it's not quite as smooth as a Microsoft-tuned Precision version.

To be clear, HP could use the same hardware but enable Precision software instead. (Synaptics can do both, and the choice is up to the manufacturer.) The result is some Windows 10 gestures, such as the three-finger swipe, often have delays or don't register at times. While I never experienced issues with Precision, I saw quirks with the Synaptics software.

Nonetheless, despite my snobbery over Precision versus Synaptics, it is still a superb trackpad one. In the future, HP could let customers decide which setup to use, as it already does on some of its business lines.

HP Spectre x360 15 audio

Unlike the 13-inch Spectre, the 15-inch version only has two speakers instead of four. Those extra speakers allowed for high-quality audio when in tablet mode. The 15, however, opts for just two but they are discretely amped and larger than on the 13. They are also placed on the left and right sides of the keyboard and fire upwards.

As usual, HP has had these speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and they come with equalizer software for further configuration by the user, for specific modes such as music and movies. HP also include an audio switch app that lets you change quickly between internal and external speakers, headphones and microphones.

One small bug is present, however. Occasionally, when scrolling with two-fingers on the trackpad I can hear a faint audible buzz coming from the speakers. For context, you would need to have your ear placed near the speaker to hear it or be in an exceptionally quiet room. To me, this falls into coil whine territory where some people are very sensitive to it while others are not.

Overall, the speakers are nice, though I find them to be very "crispy." While they can get thunderous, I do wish there were some more bass and richness to the audio to make it perfect.

Well hello, Windows Hello

HP Spectre x360 15 camera

The front-facing web camera is one of the better ones I have used on a laptop. It's full HD and wide-angle making it ideal for conference calls or just a Skype chat. HP kept the camera on the top bezel, giving it a standard-looking view.

Like the 13-inch version, the 15-inch features two IR cameras that can be used with Windows Hello, which lets you log into Windows 10 using just your face. It's exceptionally fast and accurate though you may have to fine tune it for use in different lighting conditions.

HP Spectre x360 benchmarks

Performance-wise, the Spectre x360 15 holds its own. Since the dual-core i7-7500U is the same found in the 13-inch version, performance is nearly identical using Geekbench 4.0.

Geekbench 4.0 benchmarks (Higher is better)

For traditional computing, the Spectre x360 15 is on par with other Kaby Lake Ultrabooks on the market. Where things get more interesting is when we turn to more GPU-intensive tasks, such as CUDA scores.

Geekbench 4.0 CUDA (Higher is better)

Compared to other devices with dedicated GPUs from NVIDIA, the Spectre's CUDA scores are low, but that is expected with the 940MX because it's an older, lighter chip. OpenCL gives a better comparison with similar Ultrabooks that lack dedicated GPUs.

Geekbench 4.0 Graphics OpenCL (Higher is better)

Here you can see the benefit of the NVIDIA 940MX. Its performance is very like Intel's Skylake-era Iris Pro graphics. My hunch is HP would have used Iris or Iris Pro in the Spectre x360 15 too, but that variant from Intel for Kaby Lake is not yet on the open market. HP likely wanted to release this laptop sooner than later so it tossed in a comparable performing 940MX as a substitute.

Looking at PCMark using Home Conventional 3.0, the Spectre x360 15 gets a score of 2,472 and is rated better than 41 percent of all results, slightly edging out the notebook average. That test is more about the CPU and overall performance than graphics.

PCMark (Home Conventional 3.0)

Using 3DMark Cloud Gate, which is ideal for most consumer-level PCs and laptops, the Spectre gets a reasonable 8,185 making it "better than 28 percent of all results" in that category.

Turning things up to the extreme is 3DMark Time Spy (DirectX 12), which is reserved for gaming rigs, desktop PCs, VR-enabled computers and anything considered high-end. As you'd expect, the 940MX does not do well here.

3DMark (Time Spy)

For casual gaming, the Spectre x360 15 does just fine. I had no issue playing Pinball FX2 with high graphics for instance. More intense but still casual games such as Killer Instinct and ReCore, are also perfectly playable with high framerates and medium-to-high graphics, if you tune it down to 720p resolution. That may sound bad, but 720p upscaled on a beautiful 4K display still looks darn good.

The bottom line is the NVIDIA 940MX is there to help with those 4K graphics when using Office, the web and any Windows apps. While it will help with gaming this laptop is not advertised as, nor should it be thought of as, a gaming laptop .

Finally, the Spectre x360 15 sports a Toshiba THNSN5xxxGPUK NVMe SSD in 256GB and 512GB versions. It's not clear what HP will use for 1TB drives, as those have not shipped yet. As far as SSDs go, they are PCIe, which is good. But they are not the fastest on the market.

CrystalDiskMark (Higher is better)

The drive seems to be user-replaceable, however, though it is a bit tricky to change. In usage, the SSD performed quite well, so it's probably best to not get fixated too much on the numbers. Just know there are much faster, albeit expensive, storage options available.

More room, less noise

HP Spectre x360 15 heat and fan noise

The 15-inch Spectre x360 has two fans located on each side of the laptop for cooling. That means there are now two vent grills on the sides instead of one, as with the 13-inch version.

Because of those two fans and more room to work with, the cooling is significantly better and quieter. Some people have observed that the fan on the 13-inch kicks in even when it's idle, that is not the case with the 15-inch version.

Using an IR camera, temperatures under load from ten minutes of gaming peaked at 111℉ (44°C) directly out of the vents. The laptop itself only got warm near the top (above the keyboard), and there it never went above 100℉ (38°C).

Under regular usage (web browser or watching videos), the laptop's hottest spot was around 81℉ (27°C). Overall, this is a well-cooled machine, and it is comfortable to use in most scenarios, even under heavy load.

All day and quick charging

HP Spectre x360 15 battery life

HP put a large, 79WHr battery in the new Spectre x360 15 so that with a 4K panel it can still match the battery life of last year's Full-HD version. Using a closed-loop video test, HP pushed 12.75 hours of battery. Of course, a video loop test is not real world use, which is tougher to measure, especially if you're using the dedicated GPU. In my experience, the laptop lasted at least six hours but often pushed eight.

That may not sound super impressive, but we are talking 16GB of RAM, Core i7 and a dedicated GPU, all driving a 15.6-inch 4K panel. I think that eight-hour mark is the sweet spot, and most people should be OK with that.

HP includes a beefy 90W USB Type-C charger in the box. That's a bigger charger than the one that comes with the 13-inch, which is only 45W, resulting in quicker charges. The included fast-charge ability means you should get around a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes, or from 0 percent to 90 percent in about 90 minutes.

Battery life can always be better, but I was content with what I got out of the 15-inch Spectre x360.

USB-C and USB-A?!

HP Spectre x360 15 ports

HP includes two USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 ports on the right of the device. Both ports can handle "HP Sleep and Charge, " and one of them is Thunderbolt 3, with no compromises. There is also a full HDMI 2.0 port for video out if Thunderbolt 3 is not used.

On the left side, there is a standard USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A) for legacy users. HP also squeezed in a full SD card reader. That SD slot lets you squeeze in the entire card, too, instead of having to leave it out halfway, like some other laptops.

There is also a power button, audio headphone jack and volume rocker for use in tablet mode on the sides. Overall, HP did a great job here giving everyone a little of everything.

Is the HP Spectre x360 15 the perfect all-around laptop?

While there are more powerful 15-inch laptops on the market, especially ones that feature quad-core processors and beefier GPUs, the HP Spectre x360 15 may be the best all-around laptop yet. I say that for a few reasons, including overall design, build quality, typing, display, battery and performance.

Furthermore, while there are quad-core laptops none of them also double as tablets or offer an Active Pen in the box for notetaking. That's a huge advantage, and it puts the Spectre x360 15 in a class all its own.

Perhaps the top reason why I love the Spectre x360 15 is the same reason I loved the 13-inch: value. The version tested here comes with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of Storage, Core i7, and a 4K touch display, with a pen, all for $1,499 . As HP notes, that's nearly a grand less than a MacBook Pro (which is admittedly a different machine in many ways.)

If you want lesser specs, HP will happily sell you a Core i7 version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with the same 4K display for $1,279. If you want the top-end (16GB, 1TB of storage), you'll fork over a still reasonable $1,699. Those are some crazy prices for a CNC machined aluminum chassis, 4K touch display, and a small-but-efficient GPU. I'm not sure what other devices out there can do all that the Spectre x360 15 can at this size and for that price.

As I noted in my review of the 13-inch model , HP has created a very well balanced PC that has something for everyone. Sure, the trackpad and speakers could be a bit better, but these are minor complaints. The overall experience is excellent, and that's what matters.

Toss in Fast Charge, Windows Hello IR camera, an Active Pen and the premium design, and I think it's fair to call the Spectre x360 15 a near-perfect, all-around laptop for students , creatives and professionals. Simply put, the HP Spectre x360 15 does the most, the best — at a great value.

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  • High-quality CNC build.
  • Best keyboard experience.
  • Windows Hello with facial recognition.
  • Excellent camera placement.
  • Fantastic 4K IPS display.
  • Good battery life with fast recharge.
  • SSD could be better.
  • Trackpad hardware is great, but the software isn't as good as Precision.
  • Not a light machine at 4.42lbs (2kg).
  • Only dual-core, strictly notebook class.

Wallpaper images used in this review are under license from Shutterstock and agsandrew. You can purchases images from his collection here .

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host , and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

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HP Spectre x360 15 Our most powerful Spectre yet

Our best and brightest just got better.

The world's most powerful 15" convertible with a 90% screen-to-body-ratio 2 Big power, incredible performance.

Our most powerful Spectre yet

More screen, better views., tiny camera, larger viewing., smart technology. designed for your peace of mind.    .

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Keep all your conversations private with the help of an easy-to-activate mute button.

Powerful performance that keeps up with your hustle

Long battery life.

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The ultimate combination of performance and speed to edit photos and videos faster.

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HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) Review: Behold, the AI PC

  • Paul Thurrott
  • Jan 08, 2024

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

I’ve been using the Meteor Lake-based HP Spectre x360 14 for the past month, and I wasn’t surprised to discover that it’s a terrific laptop. But I am surprised by how much of an improvement this is over the previous-generation Spectre x360s that were already among my favorite PCs of all time. This is an astonishing accomplishment, and I only wish I had had the chance to check out the 16-inch version, which offers optional discrete graphics in addition to its more expansive display.

The 2024 Spectre x360 balances the striking and angular designs of the past with some necessary concessions to usability, and the result should prove less polarizing to HP’s customers.

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It retains the chopped off keyboard deck rear corners, which help to angle the combo headphone/microphone jack and one of the USB-C ports, respectively, away from the device, a design flourish that is both useful and visually interesting. And it again refines the curved front and side edges, with the overall effect being more consistent without sacrificing looks or usability.

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Like its predecessors, this Spectre x360 14 is a convertible PC and can be used in a variety of form factor configurations aside from the traditional clamshell laptop mode that most will use exclusively.

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These include a tent mode in which the screen is flipped around the back with the screen facing outward and a tablet mode that is likely the most common secondary configuration. This versatility means that the display can also lie flat, which I find useful on airplanes.

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And while HP has used two-tone color schemes with previous Spectres, this version appears to go for a more uniform color scheme. The review unit is in what HP calls Nightfall black, but Slate blue and Sahara silver colors are also available. I think it looks terrific, with minimal skin oil retention.

The HP Spectre x360 14 ships with a spectacular 14-inch OLED multi-touch HDR display panel that offers a 2.8K (2880 x 1800) resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. It features dynamic and variable (48 to 120 Hz) refresh rate capabilities, TUV+Eyesafe low blue light, and ultra-wide viewing angles. And while its reported brightness isn’t all that unusual—400 nits for SDR content and 500 nits for HDR—it is bright, punchy, and colorful. And it covers 100 percent of the PCI-P3 color gamut.

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In use, the display is nearly ideal for both productivity work and entertainment, and its fast 0.2 millisecond response time suggests it would be good for gaming as well. The move to 16:10 from 3:2 was the right choice, as most people will simply use this as a traditional laptop most of the time.

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The bezels surrounding the screen are of different sizes, with very small bezels on the sides and larger bezels on the top and bottom, where the webcam and hinges respectively take up some space. But HP says that the body to screen ratio is about 89 percent, which is quite good.

Internal components

The HP Spectre x360 14 can be configured with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125 or Core Ultra 7 155 “Meteor Lake” processor with integrated Intel Arc graphics and Intel AI Boost neural processing on its chiplet-style SoC (system on a chip), 16 or 32 GB of LPDDR5x-7467 MHz RAM, and 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe TLC M.2 SSD storage. This is about as modern and powerful as things get these days in the portable productivity-focused PC space, though the 16-inch version can sidestep into gaming PC territory with its optional NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 discrete GPU.

I’d love to test that, but the review unit configuration is still pretty impressive, with a 16-core H-series Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor (with 6 Performance cores, 8 Efficient cores, and 2 Low Power Efficient cores), 32 GB of RAM, and 2 TB of SSD storage. This is an Intel Evo-compliant PC, a brand that indicates to potential customers that the PC meets certain premium requirements. For example it wakes instantly from sleep, offers “incredible performance,” provides 9.5 or more hours of battery life, can fast-charge over USB-C to at least 4 hours in under 30 minutes, and so on. With Meteor Lake, the Evo umbrella is expanding to include an NPU, Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E/6 GHz, and AI-based noise suppression requirements, plus optional 5G and “adaptive usage” features like Wake On Approach/Walk Away Lock (proximity sensing) and Gaze-Based (Screen) Dimming. And you also get an Intel Evo sticker on the wrist rest because everyone loves stickers, I guess.

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I was very curious to see whether this PC and its new hybrid architecture would offer additional advantages beyond the typical office productivity work that this type of device typically targets. For example, I know that Intel Arc offers significant performance improvements over the previous generation Intel Iris Xe graphics and was curious if it might offer a mid-tier level of gaming performance between that and a PC with discrete graphics. And then there’s the AI capabilities: Are there any real-world advantages to AI Boost, which is designed to optimize workloads against the NPU and/or GPU intelligently, or are we too early in the cycle, and still waiting for more on-device AI applications?

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This will be an evolving conversation throughout 2024, I bet, as I review more of these AI PCs and as Microsoft and third parties release more and more NPU-aware apps for Windows. And we’ll add to our knowledge base and experience over time. But this is the first. And here’s what I’ve discovered over the past month.

There were no compatibilities issues to speak of, so Intel’s newest generation hybrid architecture doesn’t seem to have broken anything there. And the day-to-day performance of this PC is excellent, with no slowdowns, glitches, or unexplained pausing. That said, it’s also not unusually good, despite its beefier, 28-watt, H-series processor: The previous two Spectre x360s I reviewed, in 2021 and 2022 , both offered 15-watt U-series processors, and while I can’t run side-by-side comparisons, this new Spectre works just like the PCs I use with 12th- and 13th-Gen Intel Core processors.

OK, fine. But what about the GPU and NPU?

To test the GPU, I installed some games. First, I went for two extremes, or so I thought, the Half-Life remake Black Mesa and the 2023 remake of Dead Space , a far more advanced title that supports ray tracing and other more modern graphics effects.

Black Mesa was playable at the display’s native resolution and at Ultra graphics quality, though busy scenes pushed the frame rate closer to 30 FPS than 60, and so I lowered it to a more reasonable Full HD+ resolution (1920 x 1200) and … wow. The games flies and looks beautiful. This is a terrific game, of course, and being able to play it on the go is a plus.

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But Dead Space was a non-starter, no matter how I configured it: At native resolution using high graphics quality and with vertical sync enabled, it crept along in the 6 to 8 FPS range. But even after tweaking a lot of settings—that same 1920 x 1200 resolution, v-sync off, and medium graphics quality—it struggled to get above 20 FPS, and the action sequences were basically unplayable.

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Curious where the line was, I briefly tested two other titles—the World War II shooter Hell Let Loose , which just came to Game Pass, and Rise of the Tomb Raider , a several-year-old classic in the sense that it still looks great and seems to perform pretty well regardless of the hardware. Both worked pretty well once I bumped down the settings. And Rise of the Tomb Raider was looked great and was playable enough at 1920 x 1200 with low quality textures, shadows, and anti-aliasing that I ended up playing it quite a bit, getting past the save point I had been stuck at previously.

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The bottom line is while that the Spectre x360 14 is not a gaming PC, but it can handle older games pretty well if you set your expectations appropriately, and it does seem to provide a new tier for low-end PC gaming on the go. I am left wondering about the 16-inch version, of course.

Testing the NPU was a bit more complicated, as expected: We’re still at the start of this new AI era, and the list of meaningful applications that use AI locally and can exploit an NPU could fit on one side of a recipe card. Fortunately, I had a few obvious places to start right in Windows 11, since Microsoft is already shipping several AI features across this platform, including one, Windows Studio Effects, that requires an NPU.

The problem, of course, is that most of the new AI features in Windows 11 don’t even use the NPU, let alone require it. The new Cocreator feature in Paint runs against Microsoft Copilot in the cloud and doesn’t hit the NPU at all. I’m not sure how background removal does its thing in Paint or Photos, but I can tell you it doesn’t engage the NPU at all either. And even the Windows integration features in Copilot in Windows 11—“enable Dark mode” and so on—don’t use the NPU. So I guess we’re stuck with Windows Studio Effects, a Microsoft suite of webcam capabilities that to date have only worked on newer Windows on Arm PCs, the first PCs to ship with an NPU.

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And it’s OK. Windows Studio Effects offers automatic framing, eye contact, and background blur effects in any app that uses the camera on the Spectre, and in enabling one or more of these features, I finally got the NPU to wake up and do its thing. I assume that pushing this work off the CPU and GPU improves general system performance and battery life, but this software is not demonstrably superior, quality-wise, to the third-party webcam enhancements I’ve used in review PCs over the past year, none of which require an NPU. (Speaking of which, HP offers its own webcam enhancement solution, but it hasn’t been updated to support the NPU, so its auto-frame, enhancement filters, and background replacement features peg the GPU and CPU instead.)

I did experiment with LM Studio and a few locally downloaded large language models (LLMs), like Microsoft Phi2 and Stable Diffusion. But this app is currently designed for GPUs, not NPUs, from what I can tell, and further testing is required. I will continue looking into this area, and I have a few pointers—GIMP with an Intel plug-in for Stable Diffusion and the Adobe Premiere Pro beta, among them—for further research. There’s also a personal AI assistant called Superpower that Intel showed off at the Meteor Lake launch that will run locally on the PC’s NPU. But for now, the AI prowess of this and other Meteor Lake-based PCs remains a bit aspirational, I guess.

Connectivity

The HP Spectre x360 14 is the first PC I’ve used with integrated Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 capabilities, not that I can really test either to any degree, and HP’s documentation notes that “Wi-Fi 7 (802.11BE) functionality requires Windows 11 24H2,” which is interesting. (You can also configure this PC with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.)

Whatever. Connectivity was always terrific around our condo and I didn’t have the problem I sometimes have with HP laptops where the wireless card doesn’t connect immediately to my Eero-based home network. No issues there.

Ports and expansion

The Spectre x360 provides a limited number of ports given its thinness. You’ll find a combo headphone/microphone jack on the angled left rear of the PC, with a full-sized. drop-jaw USB-A 3.2 port (with 10 Gbps of data transfer) on the left rear side.

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There are also two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, one on the angled right rear of the device and the other nearby on the right. Each provides 40 Gbps of data transfer speeds, USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 2.1, and HP Sleep and Charge capabilities.

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But those looking for legacy ports will appreciate the bundled HP Elite USB-C Hub, which can passes through power from the laptop’s USB-C power cable at up 45, 60, or 90 watts and provides one full-sized USB-A 3.0 port, one full-sized USB-A 2.0 port, and one full-sized HDMI 2.0 video-out port in a compact space. HP also bundles a separate USB-C to HDMI dongle, which seems generous.

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Audio and video

The Spectre x360 14 is IMAX Enhanced certified, which means that it meets a strict set of performance qualifications related to both the display— for such thing as resolution, color support, and contrast—and the audio fidelity of the speakers, which must support DTS immersive sound. Basically, it’s an alternative to the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos suite, though some of its more advanced features suffer from limited availability: IMAX expanded aspect ratio content is available on Disney+ right now, as are select IMAX-optimized movies, for example, though I don’t subscribe, and additional IMAX Enhanced features are coming soon, HP says.

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There’s no IMAX app to manage the video functionality, but you can use the bundled DTS Sound Unbound app to retrieve your free licenses to the DTS:X decoder for the built-in speakers and DTS Headphone:X, and configure the speakers and your headphones. Not surprisingly, the AV experience can be incredible: I watched bits of All Quiet on the Western Front and 6 Underground on Netflix, plus key scenes from the original Jurassic Park movies, and the picture quality and sound ranged from very good to truly impressive. The four built-in speakers—two top-firing tweeters and two front-firing woofers—are fine, but I had much better results with headphones, and even my cheap podcasting headphones delivered superior immersive sound.

Hybrid work

HP is really stepping up its support for hybrid and remote workers, and the Spectre x360 14 offers its best webcam yet, a 9 MP unit that can record up to 4K (2160p) and provides Windows Hello IR compatibility, temporal noise reduction, hardware-backed low-light adjustment, and integrated dual-array microphones with background noise-removal capabilities.

The webcam also supports some unique security features, like wake on approach, walk-away lock, auto screen dimming, and a privacy alert. And some truly goofy gestures that let you pause and resume media playback or scroll through photos by waving your hands in the air in front of the laptop. You can even enable optional screen distance and screen time wellness features if you find the Spectre so compelling that you’re using it in less than healthy ways.

If you’re familiar with HP’s PCs, you may know that they’ve partnered with Bang & Olufsen for years. But with its acquisition of Poly (the former Plantronics) in 2022, they’ve been working to bring the audio tuning in-house. And the Spectre x360 is the first to ship with Poly-tuned audio courtesy of Poly Studio and, of course, Poly Studio branding on the laptop itself. The quality here is quite good, but the laptop’s audio controls are lackluster, with music, movie, and voice presets but no automatic content sensing function, plus a basic equalizer. You also use this interface, buried under Audio control in the myHP app, to configure noise removal on the microphone and keyboards, and configure the microphone for personal or conference mode.

Keyboard, touchpad, and pen

HP makes some of my very favorite laptop keyboards and though we are years past the column of Home, Pg Up, Pg Dn, and End keys that I Ioved so much in previous-generation Spectres and still miss, the full-sized, backlit, island-style keyboard in this 2024 model is fantastic, with snappy key throws and ideal key feel.

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It also comes with a few upgrades of its own. Key among them the fingerprint reader that’s now integrated into the power button—it used to be in the bottom row of keys, taking up space—which sits in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. I don’t typically like that placement, as it hurts my muscle memory for the DEL key. But the power button has small edge ridges that make it easy to identify by feel, and so shifting my finger to the left to hit DEL has worked surprisingly naturally.

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The touchpad is larger than ever now, and it uses haptics rather than moving mechanical parts for clicks and gestures. This was initially very interesting to me, but it unfortunately undermined my typing accuracy by continually introducing mis-taps that sent the cursor flying into other parts of the documents I was writing. I also had to disable three- and four-finger gestures, which is a more common problem, because I would routinely trigger them mistakenly while scrolling (with two fingers).

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This sent me looking for some way to dial down the sensitivity. HP includes a basic Touchpad interface in myHP, and so I used that to disable the default gestures—brightness control on the left and volume on the right—but it relies on the Windows 11 Setting app for “feedback intensity,” which only controls the haptic feel and audio, and not the sensitivity. I was never able to resolve the touchpad issues.

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HP also bundles its USB-C Rechargeable Tilt Pen Stylus with MPP 2.0, which is a fairly standard part with two barrel buttons, a battery status light on the eraser end, and a hidden USB-C port for charging. I didn’t spend much time testing this because smart pens are such a niche use case, and even with a PC convertible, most customers use the device solely as a laptop. But I will note that you can’t even pair this pen with the PC, which makes many native Windows settings unavailable. Instead, it just works, and there is a limited pen configuration capability in the myHP app that’s mostly about the two barrel buttons.

The HP Spectre x360 14 supports Windows Hello facial and fingerprint recognition, the latter via the power button, which is in the upper-right of the keyboard. There are webcam and microphone toggle keys in the top function row of the keyboard, which I very much prefer. And the fingerprint reader was always fast and accurate.

Rather than integrating with the Windows 11 proximity sensing functionality, HP bundles its own wake on approach, walk-away lock features, along with related screen dimming and privacy alert functionality. Each can be enabled and configured in the HP Command Center app.

Sustainability

The HP Spectre x360 14 uses 90 percent recycled materials in its outer display cover and keyboard deck, 50 percent recycled plastics in its keycaps and key scissors, ocean-bound plastic in its bezel and speaker assemblies, and 100 percent sustainably sourced recycled wood fiber and cushions in its packaging. The bottom is held on with Torx screws and should allow for easy repairability and upgrading of components like the wireless card, SSD, and battery, but I believe the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard.

Portability

The HP Spectre x360 weighs 3.19 pounds, which is noticeably heavier than its sub-3-pound predecessors. And with dimensions of 12.35 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches, it is a tad wider than previous Spectre x360s, but no thicker. Overall, I found it quite portable, and it’s possible that its slightly bigger 4-cell, 68-watt-hour battery explains the weight difference.

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HP claims the Spectre will provide about 13 hours of battery life., but I experienced an average of 6.5 hours in real-world usage. That’s good for a Windows laptop, but still a bit lower than I’d expected. I didn’t travel during the review period, but I kept it on battery until it needed to be charged for the most part, and always used it on the with HP’s auto-adaptive Smart Sense power management plan (configured in myHP) and with the dynamic refresh rate configured for the display.

You can configure a Spectre x360 14 with Windows 11 Home or Pro. But HP’s consumer PCs, even it’s premium prosumer models, have long suffered from an abundance of crapware in recent years, and the Spectre has a bit of that, too, with Adobe offers, Dropbox promotion, Energy Star, and the reviled McAfee LiveSafe clogging up the works. Beyond that, there are 10 HP-branded utilities (including its Omen Gaming Hub), three Intel utilities (including the Intel Unison phone connectivity solution), and DTS Sound Unbound.

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HP gives customers too many places to look at when you want to configure this laptop’s many unique features. For example, the HP Command Center has “Glam Cam” features related to the webcam, but other webcam features are configured in myHP, and there’s a separate HP Enhanced Lighting app too. And you can optimize the PC’s network usage using Intel Connectivity Suite, which is linked to from HP Command Center, but general system performance is configured in myHP, while further performance optimizations occur in the Omen Gaming Hub. It’s all a bit much.

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I know some readers are interested in Unison, but I wasn’t super-impressed with this app aside from the quick initial configuration. It offers a simple UI, but doesn’t support dark mode. And while it provides file transfer, photo gallery, messages, calls, and notification capabilities, only that first feature is an improvement over the Phone Link app in Windows 11 if you’re on Android (and that can be replaced by any Android user with Google’s Nearby Share app .) I mostly used Unison with my Pixel, but I did configure it for use with my iPhone too, as shown above, and it does offer the full feature set.

Pricing and configurations

Pricing wasn’t available during the review period, but HP tells me that the Spectre x360 14 starts at $1650 with an impressive configuration that includes a Core Ultra 7 U-series processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD storage, and an OLED display panel. The review unit, with its processor, RAM, and storage upgrades, will set you back a bit under $2000. Which, yes, is a lot of money but also reasonable for this much performance.

Recommendations and conclusions

Given its heritage, the HP Spectre x360 14 is unsurprisingly a superior premium convertible PC that is perhaps let down only by its dodgy haptic-powered touchpad and a few too many HP utilities. The design is modern and refined, the performance is excellent, and the hybrid work functionality is top-notch. The benefits of its integrated NPU are still a bit of a mystery, but the Intel Arc graphics are a step-up, and the configuration choices have nicely risen to match. Personally, I’d prefer the 16-inch version, but this model hits nicely at the sweet spot of the market, and it will give any buyer years of satisfaction. Highly recommended.

At-a-glance

  • Professional and refined design
  • Excellent performance with next-level integrated graphics, high-end RAM and storage options
  • Gorgeous OLED display, IMAX audio/video certification
  • Decent battery life
  • Great keyboard that is only somewhat let done by touchpad-induced issues
  • Bundle pen, USB-C hub, and HDMI dongle
  • Little immediate benefit from AI hardware
  • Too many HP utilities, crapware/bundleware
  • Touchpad needs sensitivity training

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HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) Review: Meteor Lake Arrives in Style

With a next-gen Intel Core Ultra CPU and strong build quality, HP's premium two-in-one is pricey but primed for a long and useful life -- and its 9-megapixel webcam is awesome.

Updated Jan. 8, 2024 5:00 a.m. PT

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HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

  • CPU delivers good performance and future-proofing
  • Intel Arc GPU offers performance bump
  • Beautiful, all-metal chassis
  • Strong AV output with OLED display, quad speakers
  • Super-sharp 9-megapixel webcam
  • Always-on LED on power button gets annoying
  • GPU upgrades not offered
  • Limited port selection

The HP Spectre x360 14 two-in-one is one of the first laptops to feature Intel's new Core Ultra CPU. While this Meteor Lake update brings AI capabilities that will become more significant as software is updated to better take advantage of them, the Spectre x360 14 offers immediate benefits in the form of improved graphics performance from Intel's integrated Arc GPU. Moving from Intel's previous Iris Xe to Arc graphics doesn't turn the Spectre x360 into a gaming laptop, but content creators will appreciate the bump in performance.

The addition of the Core Ultra 7 155H processor is the big news here, but HP made a few other substantial upgrades to the Spectre x360 14. HP ditched the boxy 3:2 display found on previous models for a more versatile 16:10 aspect ratio. The webcam above the laptop's OLED display also received an update: It's a 9-megapixel camera that can capture 4K video. Combined with the AI-assisted Windows Studio Effects and noise reduction features, you'll look and sound great on video calls. With premium looks and premium parts, the HP Spectre x360 14 is one of the few laptops with integrated graphics and a price approaching $2,000 that I would recommend.

HP offers a choice of two Intel Core Ultra processors for the Spectre x360 14. The baseline model features the Core Ultra 5 125H chip along with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for $1,500. Our test system costs $1,970 and features the Core Ultra 7 155H CPU and comes maxed out with 32GB of RAM and a 2TB SSD. Both models feature Intel Arc graphics integrated with the Core Ultra processor -- there is no option to upgrade to a discrete GPU. There is a lone display option for the Spectre x360 14, but it's a good one: an OLED panel with a 2.8K resolution (2,880x1,800 pixels) and a variable refresh rate up to 120Hz. 

Meteor Lake models of the HP Spectre x360 14 are not yet available in the UK or Australia, but you can find the previous models based on 13th-gen Intel processors on sale starting at £1,099 in the UK and AU$2,039 in Australia . 

About that Ultra performance

The Core Ultra 7 155H is a member of Intel's new Meteor Lake family of chips. It introduces a new chiplet architecture that's a departure from Intel's previous-generation mobile chips. Instead of using a single slice of silicon, Core Ultra chips contain four tiles, or chiplets, that sit on top of a silicon substrate. The Core Ultra 7 155H has four tiles: a compute tile, a graphics tile, an SOC tile and an I/O tile. This tile setup not only makes the manufacturing process more efficient for Intel -- only the compute tile is manufactured on the company's latest 7-nanometer Intel 4 process -- but it also makes the chips more efficient themselves as they are able to better balance workloads across the performance and efficiency cores than previous versions' chips with Intel's performance/efficiency hybrid layout. 

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The other headliner of Meteor Lake is the low-power neural processing unit, or NPU, that assists with AI task acceleration. The NPU resides on the SOC tile and handles minor repetitive tasks to free up the CPU and GPU for heavier lifts. The NPU is put to use for AI detection in image and video editing, for example, or blurring the background in a video call.

Along with the above changes, Intel also has changed the meaning of the letters in its chips' model numbers. That is, an H-series chip from the new Core Ultra series is not the equivalent of a 13th-gen H-series chip. The Core Ultra 7 155H has a base TDP of 28 watts, and the previous 13th-gen H-series chips were 45-watt parts. The new Core Ultra H-series chips are actually more in line with the previous 28-watt P series processors, although the Core Ultra 7 155H has a maximum power draw of 155 watts, which is the same as the previous H series. 

The Core Ultra 7 155H processor features six performance cores and eight efficiency cores on the compute tile. Along with the two-core NPU, the processor offers a total of 16 physical cores and 22 processing threads.

Our current suite of benchmarks does not include AI workloads, so it doesn't allow the Core Ultra-based Spectre x360 14 to flex its muscles. On our application tests, the Spectre x360 14 finished between a pair of laptops based on a Core i7-13700H CPU and RTX 4050 graphics and just behind the only other Core Ultra laptop we've tested, the Acer Swift Go 14 . Both the Spectre x360 14 and Swift Go 14 posted scores that were significantly higher than the Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320, which features a Core i7-1360P processor. The Spectre x360 14 showed smaller gains on Geekbench 6, but did top the M3-based MacBook Pro 14 on that test. It was unable to best the M3 MacBook Pro on Cinebench, however, and finished with a score much lower than the Swift Go 14, a disappointing result given the Acer and HP share the same processor. (Scroll to the end of the review to see the results of our testing.)

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We expect to see larger gains in application performance from Core Ultra laptops as more software is updated to take advantage of local AI processing, but we witnessed immediate gains in the move from Intel Iris Xe to Arc graphics -- so much so that I included two laptops with RTX 4050 graphics in the performance discussion and charts below. On our three 3DMark tests, the Spectre x360 14's scores were 54% to 84% better than those of the Dell XPS 13 Plus and its Iris Xe GPU.

The Spectre x360 14 lasted nearly 10 hours on our battery drain test, which is a positive result given that it has a high-res OLED display. With a 4-cell, 68-watt-hour battery, the Spectre x360 14 ran longer than it would have if it had a smaller 3-cell battery that's commonly found in ultraportables. 

We typically don't run our gaming tests on laptops with integrated graphics, but I ran a few on the Spectre x360 14 to get a sense of the pixel-pushing capabilities of the Intel Arc GPU. On the Riftbreaker GPU test, it averaged 70 frames per second, which was a few frames faster than the Swift Go 14 but well behind the 173 fps and 198 fps that the RTX 4050-powered Acer Swift X 14 and HP Victus 16 averaged, respectively. On the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark at 1,920x1,080 with highest quality settings, the Spectre x360 14 eked out an average of 31 fps. I was able to achieve a more playable frame rate of 55 fps at 1080p when I dropped the quality settings to Lowest. 

When playing games, the back half of the laptop heated up, a not unsurprising result with the exhaust vents located along the laptop's back edge between the display hinges. Unfortunately, the WASD keys were in that heat zone. On a positive note, the cooling fans were surprisingly quiet, even during the most chaotic scenes in games.

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High-res 16:10 OLED display

The biggest design change to this latest Spectre x360 14 is the move from a 3:2 display to one with a 16:10 aspect ratio. So other than a general shift in size, the chassis remains relatively unchanged -- a positive for me since the Spectre laptop has been one of my favorites among Windows models for years. The all-metal chassis feels rigid and has a soft, brushed texture that's pleasing to touch. The soft textured surfaces and rounded edges give the Spectre x360 14 a luxurious feel befitting of a premium laptop. The matte black finish adds to the premium look and feel but does attract fingerprints and smudges.

The luxurious feel extends to the display hinges, which are doubly important in a two-in-one where the display rotates into a variety of positions. The hinges offer smooth action when repositioning the display yet are strong enough to keep it firmly in place. And about that display: the tall, unusual 3:2 display is gone, and in its place is a more common 16:10 panel. A 3:2 panel is well suited for business use where you want to be able to see as many lines of a document or spreadsheet on the screen as possible, but a 16:10 offers greater versatility, sitting between a work-mode 3:2 display and a widescreen 16:9 display that's best for watching shows and movies. 

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The Spectre x360 14's display is an OLED panel with a crisp 2.8K resolution. It has stellar contrast with deep black and bright white levels. It offers excellent color coverage. In testing with a Spyder X Elite colorimeter, the display covered 100% of the sRGB and P3 spaces and 94% of AdobeRGB. It was also warm and bright; white backgrounds looked accurate and not overly cool and blue. I measured a peak brightness of 404 nits. The display looked great in a variety of indoor settings and remained viewable outside under an admittedly weak winter sun.

HP includes a pen in the box so you can write, scribble and draw on the screen in tablet mode when you aren't tapping on it in laptop mode. The display features a dynamic refresh rate between 60Hz and 120Hz, which resulted in smooth movement in videos and games.

HP also includes a USB-C adapter in the box because the port selection is limited. There are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports on the right side of the laptop, one of which is located on the back corner that's sliced on the diagonal. You'll find a combo audio jack in the other corner next to a USB-A port on the left side. That's it for ports. The included adapter offers HDMI and additional USB-A connectivity. 

First 9-megapixel laptop webcam

The Spectre x360 14 is the second laptop I've tested with a Core Ultra chip and the first with a 9-megapixel webcam. The camera can capture 4K video, and images looked incredibly crisp on the laptop's 2.8K display with accurate colors and good balance. With the AI-assisted Windows Studio Effects, you can enable automatic framing to keep your face in the frame and blur the background. And using the audio controls in the myHP app, you can enable AI-assisted noise removal for the microphone to filter out background noise. I would classify it as noise reduction, but the feature was effective in reducing background noise while keeping my voice clear and unaltered. 

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The webcam also has an IR sensor so you can use facial recognition for easy, secure log-ins. And there are shortcuts on the Function keys for cutting power to the camera and muting the microphones, two features that are always welcome to protect your privacy when you aren't using the camera. A small LED glows orange on each key to let you know when the camera is off and the mic muted.

The power button also doubles as a fingerprint reader, giving you a second secure biometric login option. It's not all good news, however, with the power button. It has a small LED strip that glows white, and there is no way to disable it. It becomes an unwelcome distraction when watching a movie in a dark room.

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Outside of the power button and its always-on LED, I have no complaints about the keyboard. The keys are roomy and offer snappy feedback and two-level backlighting. The touchpad is also roomy and, like the touchpads on MacBooks and the Dell XPS 13 Plus 9320 , it uses haptic feedback instead of a mechanical click. I ran into a few hiccups with the XPS 13 Plus's haptic touchpad, but it was smooth sailing and mousing on the Spectre x360 14's touchpad. I actually enjoyed using it more than a MacBook's touchpad, and I hold Apple's haptics in high regard. The Spectre x360 14's haptic response felt a bit livelier and springier than the MacBook's and remained steady and accurate throughout testing.

The Spectre x360 14 packs quad speakers that are a step above typical tinny laptop sound. I was still left wanting more from the bass response when listening to music, but shows and movies exhibited clear dialog and realistic effects.

I don't make it a practice to recommend laptops that cost nearly $2,000 that rely on integrated graphics. At this price, it's reasonable to expect a dedicated GPU for gaming or content creation. The Spectre x360 14, however, is the rare exception. With its next-gen CPU, gorgeous OLED display and premium build quality, the Spectre x360 14 is primed for a long and useful life and delivers value even at its elevated price.

The review process for laptops, desktops, tablets and other computer-like devices consists of two parts: performance testing under controlled conditions in the CNET Labs and extensive hands-on use by our expert reviewers. This includes evaluating a device's aesthetics, ergonomics and features. A final review verdict is a combination of both objective and subjective judgments. 

The list of benchmarking software we use changes over time as the devices we test evolve. The most important core tests we're currently running on every compatible computer include: Primate Labs Geekbench 5 , Cinebench R23 , PCMark 10 and 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra . 

A more detailed description of each benchmark and how we use it can be found in our How We Test Computers page. 

How we test computers

The review process for laptops, desktops, tablets and other computer-like devices consists of two parts: performance testing under controlled conditions in the CNET Labs and extensive hands-on use by our expert reviewers. This includes evaluating a device's aesthetics, ergonomics and features. A final review verdict is a combination of both objective and subjective judgments. 

The list of benchmarking software we use changes over time as the devices we test evolve. The most important core tests we're currently running on every compatible computer include: Primate Labs Geekbench 5 , Cinebench R23 , PCMark 10 and 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra . 

A more detailed description of each benchmark and how we use it can be found in our How We Test Computers page. 

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Ces 2024: hp transforms consumer portfolio to power the personal.

Spectre PCs with AI built in and HP and Poly peripherals adapt, optimize, and customize all the ways you live with technology

January 8, 2024

News Highlights:

  • Experience your newest personalized companion with HP Spectre x360 laptops , the world’s most adaptive PCs with built-in AI technology, 1 the world’s most advanced convertible PCs for collaboration, 2 and the world’s largest haptic touchpad for a Windows-based 16-inch PC. 3
  • Tune in like never before with Poly Studio on new HP notebooks featuring Poly’s legendary audio, designed to deliver signature sound to your PC.
  • Never miss a beat with the Poly Voyager Free 20 wireless earbuds , delivering powerful sound and style when you need it most.
  • Personalize more than just your PC with the world’s most versatile ergonomic split wireless keyboard, the HP 960 Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard , and the HP 430 Programmable Wireless Keypad , the world’s most customizable Bluetooth® mechanical keypad.

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2024 — Today at CES 2024, HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) ushered in a new era of computing with its latest portfolio of PCs, monitors, and peripherals designed to reimagine how we interact and live with technology.

“We believe that the best innovations are also the most personal ones,” said Samuel Chang, Senior Vice President & Division President of Personal Systems Consumer Solutions, HP Inc. “New technologies from HP deliver solutions that allow us to be more personalized than ever, taking advantage of game-changing innovations like AI that will alter the way that technology moves us forward.”

Power Your Possible with New Spectre x360 Laptops

Today’s PC is no longer a personal computer, but a personalized companion that anticipates your needs for more responsive and optimized experiences, and the HP Spectre x360 14 inch 2-in-1 Laptop PC and the HP Spectre x360 16 inch 2-in-1 Laptop PC do just that with:

  • A PC That Adapts to You : A 9 MP camera with hardware-enabled low-light adjustment for clear calls day or night; a dedicated AI chip that delivers built-in security features including walk away lock, wake on approach, and privacy alerts to warn you of snooping eyes; adaptive screen adjustments like a screen dimmer when you look away to save power and variable refresh rate for immersive performance and power efficiency; 4 and, automatic performance optimization that adjusts fan noise and temperatures based on applications being used, placement of the laptop, and battery status.
  • Powerful AI Technology : Three engines (CPU, GPU, and NPU) across Intel® Core™ Ultra 5  processors and optional NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 4050 Laptop GPUs offer some of the most exciting technology available today to perform a variety of local AI workloads like photo and video editing for faster, more efficient content creation and collaboration.
  • Advanced Collaboration: The latest Spectre laptops are the first consumer devices to feature audio tuning by Poly. Poly brings decades of audio tuning experience to these devices, delivering the best voice clarity and remarkable sound. Further enhance calls and video with Windows Studio effects, 6 which offloads AI features like automatic framing, background blur, and the ability to maintain eye contact onto the NPU for engaging connections. ​
  • Picture Perfect Views: The latest Spectre laptops offer the world’s most immersive experience display, 7 with up to a 2.8K OLED 8  screen for sharper images and more vibrant colors, along with an IMAX Enhanced Certification 9 for watching movies. The 16:10 aspect ratio 10 allows you to view more content, and the display can adjust from 48 Hz to 120 Hz based on the type of content you are viewing.

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Get Connected with HP Peripherals That Adapt to Your Every Move

HP is also introducing new peripherals to adapt to your everyday digital experiences. Whether you're an avid music lover, a tech-savvy professional, or simply someone who appreciates comfort and efficiency in your everyday interactions, HP’s range of products adapts to a broad spectrum of needs and lifestyles.

Designed for those on the go, the Poly Voyager Free 20 wireless earbuds deliver powerful sound and style. Whether listening to music or taking a call, these earbuds come equipped with hybrid adaptive active noise canceling (ANC) to filter out ambient noise, so you never miss a beat. Poly’s legendary audio and intelligent noise reduction enable you to speak confidently, knowing you will be heard with total clarity on every call. Plus, you can power through your day with up to eight hours of listening time expected on the earbuds, 11 and a portable Qi charging case that extends earbud battery life by 2.5 times. 12 To enhance your comfort and overall listening experience, the Poly Lens Mobile App offers a personalized fit test with recommendations for the ideal ear tip size.

Experience a seamless blend of comfort and customization with the HP 960 Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard, the world’s most versatile ergonomic split wireless keyboard. 13 Designed with a split-zone layout, it adapts to your typing style, while the 20 programmable keys 14 and a separate numeric keypad take customization to the next level. The keyboard offers Bluetooth® and dongle connectivity, ensuring you have the right tools for any task. Beyond enhancing your well-being, it also helps protect our shared future. This keyboard contains 50% post-consumer recycled materials 15 and its external packaging is sustainably sourced. 16

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Additional peripherals designed to enhance your digital experience include:

  • HP 690 Rechargeable Wireless Mouse : Introducing the world's first Qi-charging Bluetooth® mouse with six or more programmable buttons, 17 enabling you to connect wirelessly with ease. Personalize your productivity through the HP Accessory Center App.
  • HP 430 Programmable Wireless Keypad : Experience the world’s most customizable Bluetooth® mechanical keypad. 18 Its compact and portable design makes it an ideal travel companion.
  • HP USB-C Travel Hub G3 : Add five essential ports to your notebook with this compact mobile hub, including one USB-C port®, two USB-A ports, and an HDMI port. It offers scalable power delivery and plug-and-play connectivity across almost any device. 19
  • HP 400 Backlit Wired Keyboard : Simplify your workspace with this spill-resistant and sanitizable keyboard. 20 It comes with a USB-C® cord and USB-A adapter for easy connectivity.

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Series 5 Displays

HP is reimagining its consumer displays lineup with its first HP Series 5 Monitors. Available in 24-, 27-, and 32- models, these displays now offer a 1500:1 contrast ratio and enhanced 100Hz refresh rates. 21 Along with their thin and light design, effortlessly connect to multiple devices with an added HDMI port. The displays’ unifying design with ultra-thin bezels and integrated cable management easily allows connections of multiple monitors for a seamless look and feel.

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HP Series 5 Monitors

Pricing and Availability 22

  • The HP Spectre x360 14 inch 2-in-1 Laptop PC is available now at HP.com for a starting price of $1,499.99. The device is also available at BestBuy.com.
  • The HP Spectre x360 16 inch 2-in-1 Laptop PC is available now at HP.com for a starting price of $1,599.99. The device is also available at BestBuy.com.
  • The Poly Voyager Free 20 wireless earbuds are expected to be available in May 2024 for $149.00.
  • The HP 960 Ergonomic Wireless Keyboard is expected to be available in April on HP.com for $119.00.
  • The HP 690 Rechargeable Wireless Mouse is available now on HP.com for $59.99.
  • The HP USB-C Travel Hub G3 is expected to be available in late February on HP.com for $69.99.
  • The HP 430 Programmable Wireless Keypad is available now at HP.com for $49.99. 
  • The HP 400 Backlit Wired Keyboard is available now on HP.com for $49.99.
  • The HP Series 5 Displays are expected to be available in Spring 2024 at HP.com. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.

For more information about the HP at CES 2024, including OMEN and HyperX news, please visit the HP Press Center .

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1 HP internal analysis based on all Windows-based laptop PCs in the market as of Jan 2024. Most adaptive is a combination of AI features including Smart Sense, 9MP camera with hardware-enabled Low Light Adjustment, dedicated AI chip for Walk Away Lock, Wake on Approach, Privacy Alert, Auto Screen Dimming, and UBRR (user-based refresh rate), plus variable refresh rate which automatically adjusts the laptop’s refresh rate from between 48Hz to 120Hz based on user behavior and/or application used or viewed.

2 HP internal analysis based on all convertible PCs in the market as of Jan 2024. Most advanced is a combination of overall features including high resolution 9MP camera with night mode built into the hardware; HP Presence 2.0 which includes 5MP camera and above, Auto Frame, Backlight adjustment/Low light adjustment, AI noise removal, Dynamic voice levelling, Multi-Camera, Keystone, Background adjustment (blur or customize background); AI Privacy Alert; and audio tuning by Poly Studio. Collaborating in Hybrid life is a flexible computing model that supports a blend of in-office, remote, at home, and on-the-go computing.

3 HP internal analysis based on all Windows-based 16'' convertible PCs in the market as of Jan 2024. Haptic touch pad of 160mm x 100mm.

4 All performance specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP's component manufacturers; actual performance may vary, either higher or lower

5 Available only on Evo designed products. Multi-core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.

6 Windows Studio Effects (background blur, eye contact, and automatic framing) are hardware dependent and require a qualified Neural Processing Unit (NPU).

7 HP internal analysis based on all laptop PCs in the market as of Jan 2024. Most immersive experience display is a combination of IMAX Enhanced Certification, OLED panel, Variable Refresh Rate, which automatically adjusts the laptop’s refresh rate from between 48Hz to 120Hz based on user behavior and/or application used or viewed, 2.8K resolution, 16:10 aspect ratio, at least 89% screen-to-body ratio.

8 2.8k content required to view 2.8k images.

9 Disney+ subscription required. Expanded aspect ratio feature now available on Disney+, additional IMAX Enhanced features coming soon. Must be 18+ to subscribe.

10  All performance specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP's component manufacturers; actual performance may vary, either higher or lower.

11 Based on preliminary testing actual battery life will vary with use and environmental conditions. The maximum capacity of battery will naturally decrease with time and usage.

12 Charge case provides approximately 2.5 times additional battery life for the earbuds before needing to be recharged. Based on preliminary testing battery capacity will naturally decrease with shelf life, time, usage, environment, temperature, system configuration, loaded apps, features, power management settings and other factors.

13 Based on separated numpad for use on left or right side of keyboard as of December 4, 2023, with software for customizable programmable keys, multi-connectivity (2.4G dongle or Bluetooth®).

14 Based on cordless keyboards marketed as ergonomic with split left and right keys. Only select keys are programmable on the keyboard, not on the numpad. Requires HP Accessory Center (HPAC) Software. HPAC is available for free download in Microsoft Store or Apple Store.

15  Recycled plastic content percentage is based on the definition set in the IEEE 1680.1-2018 EPEAT standard.

16 External packaging supplied by Forest Stewardship Council certified vendors.

17 Based on HP’s internal analysis of Bluetooth® mice with (No RGB lighting and Sensitivity <5000 Dpi) and charge using Qi as of December, 2023.​ Requires HP Accessory Center (HPAC) Software. HPAC available for free download in Microsoft Store or Apple Store.

18 Based on Bluetooth® keypads with Macropad and Numpad as of Dec. 2023. Most customizable based on 9 or more programmable keys, swappable keycaps and transparent keycaps that allow customer number or lettering.

19 Supports Windows 10, Windows 11, ChromeOS, Android, MacOS®, and iPadOS.

20 Select household wipes can be safely used up to 1,000 wipes. See wipe manufacturer’s instructions for disinfecting and the HP cleaning guide for HP tested wipe solutions at How to Clean Your HP Device Whitepaper .

21 All performance specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP's component manufacturers; actual performance may vary either higher or lower. 

22 Pricing and availability are subject to change.

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HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 8th Gen) Review

Laptop mag verdict.

The 15-inch Spectre x360 is a beautiful convertible with tons of speed and solid endurance.

Gorgeous, lightweight design

Speedy overall performance

Vibrant 4K display

Strong sound

Great battery life

No fingerprint reader

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Oftentimes, shoppers looking for a big-screen notebook need to settle for low-level battery life. But that's not the case with the 15-inch HP Spectre x360, a sexy black-and-copper beast that will turn heads and have you readying your credit card. It's got the speed of an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, a battery that lasts 2 hours longer than the category average and a colorful 4K display. However, its heat and keyboard raise our thermometers and eyebrows, respectively. Still, there's so much to like about this black-and-copper machine that you might be left green with envy if you see someone rocking it in public.

From its minimalist logo to the curves on its rear edge, the 15-inch Spectre x360 is one seductive piece of heavy metal; I love its sleek black-and-copper colorway. However, I still scratch my head at HP's decision to call this look "Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe."

At 4.2 pounds and 14.0 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches, the Spectre x360 is lighter than the Dell XPS 15 (4.6 pounds, 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches) and the Lenovo Yoga 720 15-inch (4.6 pounds, 14.3 x 9.5 x 0.8 inches). Both of those computers, though, are drab and boring gray rectangles that can't touch the Spectre x360's elegance.

The Spectre x360's Thunderbolt 3 , USB Type-C and HDMI ports sit on its right side, and a fast-charging USB 3.1 port is on the left, next to the headphone jack and near the SD memory reader.

Annoyingly, the Spectre x360 is missing the fingerprint reader that its little brother, the 13-inch Spectre x360, offers. The XPS 15 and Yoga 720 also pack fingerprint sensors.

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The Spectre x360's QHD (3840 x 2160) panel offers solid color and excellent detail. As I blasted my way through rounds of the side-scroller Cuphead, I noticed that red and green finger-gun blasts popped with accurate hues, and the game's luscious hand-drawn backgrounds and characters looked crisp enough to have been painted on my screen.

Producing 130 percent of the sRGB color spectrum, the Spectre x360's screen tops the 103-percent category average and the 114 percent from the Lenovo Yoga 720. The 188-percent panel in the Dell XPS 15 is even more colorful .

From its minimalist logo to the curves on its rear edge, the 15-inch Spectre x360 is one seductive piece of heavy metal; I love its sleek black-and-copper colorway.

Emitting up 247 nits, the Spectre x360's panel isn't the brightest. However, it didn't feel like a huge problem during testing, with the maximum brightness looking good enough for video and gaming. Still it's a small drop from the 256-nit category average, and well below the 282-nit rating from the XPS 15 and the 272-nit reading from the Yoga 720. And even though it's quite reflective, it offers solid viewing angles, with colors retaining their pop at 45 degrees to the left and right.

The Spectre's touch-screen display accurately tracked my touch input as I navigated the desktop and clicked through tabs in Chrome . It also correctly registered Windows 10 navigational swipe gestures for viewing all open apps and opening the action center.

HP's included Active Stylus provides decent input, though I did see a moderate amount of delay and latency (the pause between drawing and the line appearing) while drawing in MS Paint. What I love about this pen, though, is that it's charged from a USB Type-C port in its barrel, revealed by twisting and pulling on the butt barrel. It's much more convenient than using hard-to-find AAAA batteries, which I've only ever found online.

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Keyboard and Touchpad

The Spectre x360's keyboard is decent, but it leaves room for improvement. When I tested it out on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, I hit a decent rate of 75 words per minute, which is close to my 80-wpm average. While I could write sections of this review with these keys, I still noticed that they felt a little shallow, even though their 1.6 millimeters of travel is well within the standard 1.5-to-2-mm range we see on most mainstream laptops. The keys require 80 grams of actuation force, which should provide plenty of feedback, but my fingers still felt like they were hitting the deck of the notebook too soon -- a slightly painful occurrence called "bottoming out." However, neither the Lenovo Yoga 720 nor the Dell XPS 13 packs a notably better keyboard.

The Spectre x360's wide 5.5 x 2.5-inch touchpad makes the most of the generous deck space the big-screen notebook provides. It not only tracks input accurately and speedily but also offers smooth scrolling and Windows 10 gesture recognition.

The Spectre x360's Bang & Olufsen speakers pumped up the volume, filling our medium-size conference room with solid sound. Kristofer Maddigan's jazzy soundtrack for Cuphead sounded great on the notebook, with crisp hi-hat drums, strong horns and clear piano keys.

There's so much to like about this black-and-copper machine that you might be left green with envy if you see someone rocking it in public.

The preloaded Bang & Olufsen audio utility can be ignored, as its default Music setting is optimal for every kind of content, and its Movie and Voice settings distort the sound and take away its evenness.

Performance

The 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U CPU and 16GB of RAM in our review configuration of the Spectre x360 enable speedy performance. Even with Cuphead and Slack running in the background, I saw no slowdown or stutter after splitting my screen between a 2160p YouTube video and a dozen Chrome tabs (including Gmail and TweetDeck).

The Spectre x360 notched an impressive 12,656 on the GeekBench 4 general performance benchmark, beating the 11,030 mainstream-notebook average and the 11,951 from the Lenovo Yoga 720 (Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB of RAM). We recorded a higher score of 13,911 from the Dell XPS 15 (Core i7-7700HQ CPU with 16GB of RAM).

Even with Cuphead and Slack running in the background, I saw no slowdown or stutter after splitting my screen between a 2160p YouTube video and a dozen Chrome tabs (including Gmail and TweetDeck).

The 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 solid-state drive in the Spectre x360 duplicated 4.97GB of multimedia files in 10 seconds, for a speed of 508.9 MBps, which is nearly twice as fast as the 267.3-MBps category average. We saw slower rates from the 512GB PCIe SSD in the XPS 15 (339.3 MBps) and the 256GB SSD in the Yoga 720 (267.86 MBps).

Expect efficient execution of productivity tasks with the Spectre x360, which finished our OpenOffice macro test (matching 20,000 names to addresses) in 3 minutes and 25 seconds, which is much shorter than the 4:18 category average. The XPS 15 finished in a slightly shorter 3:23, while the Yoga 720 took a little more time, at 3:42.

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Gaming and Graphics

As you might have figured out by my references to the side-scroller Cuphead, the Spectre x360 -- with its 2GB Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU -- provides decent gaming chops. It not only ran Cuphead fast enough for hours of fun but also enabled a smooth frame rate of 165 frames per second on the Dirt 3 racing game. That beats the 95-fps mainstream-notebook average and the 110 fps from the Lenovo Yoga 720 (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU 2GB).

The Spectre x360 also did well on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, vaulting over the 99,555 category average with a score of 134,129. The Dell XPS 15 (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of memory) put up a similar score of 134,459, and the Yoga 720 fell lower, with a mark of 119,006. The lower scores from the GTX 1050 GPU-powered notebooks may seem odd, but neither of those machines has the more powerful 8th Gen Core CPU that's in the Spectre.

Battery Life

The Spectre x360 provides pretty great battery life for a big-screen notebook. The 2-in-1 made it 8 hours and 41 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, outlasting the 6:31 mainstream-laptop average and falling right between the times from the Dell XPS 15 (8:23) and the Lenovo Yoga 720 (8:59).

In a world where most laptops have terrible webcams, the Spectre x360's 2.0-megapixel shooter succeeds by being decent.

Sure, there's a fuzzy grain to the image. But it captured a decently even set of colors, and more details were evident in my hair and skin c -- blemishes and all -- than we typically see in in photos from integrated webcams.

While the touchpad on the Spectre x360 measured a cool 88 degrees Fahrenheit, the reading from its keyboard tied our 95-degree comfort threshold, and the 102-degree reading from its underside exceeded it. In contrast, the Lenovo Yoga 720 and the Dell XPS 15 don't make you feel like you're working near a radiator.

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HP loaded a minimal amount of software into the Spectre x360. Its preloaded stuffs begin with JumpStart, to get you through setup (feel free to delete if you're tech literate); Support Assistant, which combines driver download tools and support request links; and Recovery Manager, which provides options to create backups and recovery disks. There's also an offer for 30GB of free storage on Dropbox for a year, but that's just for new subscribers.

Of course, you'll also find the same bloatware seen on nearly every PC shipped today, including Bubble Witch Saga 3 (meh) and the Keeper password manager (delete in favor of LastPass , which our sister site Tom's Guide ranks as superior).

Configuration Options

We tested the Spectre x360 in its $1,399 configuration, which features 16GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. Its Intel Core i7-8550U, Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB of RAM and 3840 x 2160-pixel display are defaults that cannot be changed.

While I'd personally spend the money for that model, the entry-level $1,149 Core i7 configuration is no slouch, either, with 8GB of memory and a 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

Bottom Line

The Spectre x360's performance, sound and vibrant display define opulence in laptop computing. If only its heating issues didn't take away from the experience.

For a brighter screen on a cool-to-the-touch laptop, you could save $200 with the $1,199 Lenovo Yoga 720 we tested, though you'll be trading away some speed. But for a top-shelf laptop with first-class style and enough battery life for a long flight with multiple layovers, the Spectre x360 is an excellent option.

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CES 2024 | 2024 HP Spectre x360 16 is looking to be an excellent alternative to the now divisive Dell XPS series

2024 HP Spectre x360 16 is looking to be an excellent alternative to the now divisive Dell XPS series (Source: HP)

For CES this year, HP has refreshed both its 14-inch and 16-inch Spectre x360 2-in-1 models to coincide with the launch of the 14th gen Intel CPU series. While the new 14-inch model has received more significant external changes, the 16-inch model is more or less visually identical to its 2023 version with only slight external differences.

An easy way to visually distinguish between the 2023 and 2024 Spectre x360 16 versions is to look for the integrated MicroSD reader as HP has dropped this feature on the latest model. Port options are otherwise the same albeit rearranged.

Internally, the 2024 model swaps out the Arc A370M for a GeForce RTX 4050 . The discrete mobile Arc series has barely made a dent in the market and so the switch back to GeForce is an understandable move. Display options have also changed from 60 Hz to 120 Hz variable refresh rate as standard. In return, however, the native resolutions of the new display options have been reduced from the 2023 options as shown by the table below.

Nonetheless, the minor year-over-year visual changes to the Spectre x360 series feel welcoming after seeing the drastic changes to the 2024 Dell XPS lineup. Many reviewers weren't happy with last year's XPS 13 Plus design for several reasons and to see that design completely replace the venerable XPS 15 might be a bit too much for longtime fans of the series. In contrast, potential buyers of the 2024 Spectre x360 16 can expect a comforting level of familiarity that is similar to its 2023 predecessor.

The 2024 Spectre x360 16 is now available at HP.com and Best Buy starting at $1600 in Black and Blue color options. There is no Silver option unlike on the new Spectre x360 14 series.

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CES 2024: The new HP Spectre x360 is tempting me to ditch my MacBook

Posted: January 8, 2024 | Last updated: January 8, 2024

The HP Spectre x360 14 got a refresh for CES 2024 , and I got a chance to get my hands on it. And let me tell you — I can't keep them off. So much so that I actually contemplated chucking my MacBook Pro out the window for that sweet, sweet typing experience on this irresistible HP laptop.

I thought the keyboard on the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 3 was blissful, but that's nothing compared to the clackers on the Spectre x360.

In addition to HP continuing to equip its laptops with addictive keyboards, the Spectre x360 14 has updated internals, including new Intel Core Ultra processors that now have AI-focused components (i.e., the NPU).

Oh, and did I mention the keyboard ?

7 ways AI benefits the HP Spectre x360 14

The HP Spectre x360 14, as I hinted at the outset, is filled with new upgrades, particularly in the realm of AI.

So what, exactly, is new with the next-generation HP favorite? Let's start with how the Intel Core Ultra processors, now equipped with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for running machine-learning tasks, will use AI to benefit the Spectre x360:

  • Stable Diffusion, a deep-learning, text-to-image model, gets a performance boost
  • Adobe Premiere Pro gets a "tremendous advantage," according to an HP rep, while rendering AI effects
  • AI apps like Superpower, a platform that records everything you do and turns it into a searchable archive via an AI assistant, will see improvements, too
  • It can detect when someone is watching your screen over your shoulder — and alert you
  • Instant wake is improved
  • Better customization for battery life and power consumption
  • Your laptop's behavior is optimized based on the apps you run and other activities

Other notable HP Spectre x360 14 features

Aside from the uptick in AI dedication, what else does the HP Spectre x360 14 have to offer? Let's start with the display.

The 14-inch OLED panel offers a variable refresh rate display, which means it adjusts the refresh rate depending on what you're watching. For example, if you're simply watching static content, the refresh rate drops to 48Hz. But if you're diving into some light gaming, it can climb to 120Hz for a smoother experience.

HP also claims that the OLED screen, featuring high resolution and dark blacks, is IMAX enhanced, a certification that confirms that the Spectre x360 14 meets high standards when it comes to vibrancy, contrast and clarity.

Other notable upgrades include a new 9MP webcam, up from 5MP. Plus, you should expect better performance — not just because of the new processors, but due to an improved system.

And finally, the HP Spectre x360's four-speaker system were tuned to deliver "studio-class" sound.

But it's the keyboard that steals the show

As a laptop reviewer, I've never experienced such clicky keys and responsive feedback. But what really makes this laptop stand out of all the rest is its bounce-back capabilities.

The moment my fingers land and hit an actuation point, they're already flying off to the next letter. As a keyboard snob, take it from me when I say the HP Spectre x360 14 has the best keyboard on the market.

I'm not joking when I say that I struggled to take my fingers off it.

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The record was set in 2019 by a team of seven athletes from Russia, Germany, France and Canada. They did it on September 8, on which the ‘Moscow-City Day’ is celebrated. The cord was stretched at the height of 350 m between the ‘OKO’ (“Eye”) and ‘Neva Towers’ skyscrapers. The distance between them is 245 m. The first of the athletes to cross was Friede Kuhne from Germany. The athletes didn't just walk, but also performed some daredevil tricks. Their record is 103 meters higher than the previous one set in Mexico City in December 2016.

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7 out of 10 Europe’s highest skyscrapers are located in Moscow-City. Earlier, the  ‘Federation Tower’ complex’s ‘Vostok’ (“East”) skyscraper was the considered the tallest in Europe.

Left to right: the lower of the ‘Neva Towers’ (296 m), Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt (300 m), Gorod Stolits (“City of Capitals”) Moscow tower (302 m), Eurasia tower (309 m), The Shard’ skyscraper in London (310 m), Mercury City Tower (339 m), Neva Towers (345 m).

Left to right: the lower of the ‘Neva Towers’ (296 m), Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt (300 m), Gorod Stolits (“City of Capitals”) Moscow tower (302 m), Eurasia tower (309 m), The Shard’ skyscraper in London (310 m), Mercury City Tower (339 m), Neva Towers (345 m).

However, in 2018, the construction of the 462 meter tall ‘Lakhta Center’ in Saint-Petersburg was completed, pushing ‘Vostok’ (374 m) into 2nd place. The 3rd place is taken by OKO’s southern tower (354 m).

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If all the building plans of Moscow-City were realized, the ‘Lakhta Center’ in St. Petersburg wouldn't have a chance to be Europe's highest skyscraper. Boris Tkhor, the architect who designed the concept of Moscow-City, had planned for the ‘Rossiya’ tower to be the tallest. In his project, it was a 600 meter tall golden cylindrical skyscraper ending with a spire that was inspired by traditional Russian bell towers. Then, the project was reinvented by famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. He had designed ‘Rossiya’ as a pyramid ending with a spire. The skyscraper itself would have been 612 meters tall, and the height including the spire would have reached 744,5 meters (for comparison, the ‘Burj Khalifa’ in Dubai, UAE, would have been just 83,5 meters taller). Unfortunately, the investors faced a lot of economic problems, due to the 2008 financial crisis, so the ‘Rossiya’ skyscraper was never built. A shopping mall and the ‘Neva Towers’ complex was constructed at its place in 2019.

4. Changed appearance of ‘Federation Tower’

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In its first project, the ‘Federation Tower’ was designed to resemble a ship with a mast and two sails. The mast was to be represented by a tall glass spire with passages between the towers. It was planned to make a high-speed lift in it. The top of the spire was going to be turned into an observation deck. But the ship lost its mast in the middle of its construction. Experts at the Moscow-city Museum based in the ‘Imperia’ (“Empire”) tower say, that the construction of the spire was stopped, firstly, due to fire safety reasons and secondly, because it posed a threat to helicopter flights – the flickering glass of the spire could potentially blind the pilots. So, the half-built construction was disassembled. However, an observation deck was opened in the ‘Vostok’ tower.

5. Open windows of ‘Federation Tower’

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We all know that the windows of the upper floors in different buildings don’t usually open. Experts say that it’s not actually for people’s safety. Falling from a big height is likely to be fatal in any building. The actual reason is the ventilation system. In a skyscraper, it’s managed with a mechanical system, and the building has its own climate. But in the ‘Zapad’ (“West”) tower of the ‘Federation Tower’ complex, the windows can open. The 62nd and last floor of the tower are taken up by a restaurant called ‘Sixty’. There, the windows are equipped with a special hydraulic system. They open for a short period of time accompanied by classical music, so the guests can take breathtaking photos of Moscow.

6. Broken glass units of ‘Federation Tower’

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The guests of the ‘Sixty’ restaurant at the top of the ‘Zapad’ tower can be surprised to see cracked glass window panes. It is particularly strange, if we take into consideration the special type of this glass. It is extremely solid and can’t be broken once installed. For example, during experiments people threw all sorts of heavy items at the windows, but the glass wouldn’t break. The broken glass units of ‘Zapad’ were already damaged during shipment . As each of them is curved in its own way to make the tower’s curvature smooth, making a new set of window panes and bringing them to Russia was deemed too expensive . Moreover, the investors had financial problems (again, due to the 2008 financial crisis), so the ‘Vostok’ tower even stood unfinished for several years. Eventually, the cracked window panes were installed in their place.

7. The highest restaurant in Europe

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‘Birds’, another restaurant in Moscow-City, is remarkable for its location. It was opened at the end of 2019 on the 84th floor of the ‘OKO’ complex’s southern tower. Guests at the restaurant can enjoy an amazing panoramic view at a height of 336 meters. On January 28, the experts of ‘Kniga Recordov Rossii’ (“Russian Records Book”) declared ‘Birds’ the highest restaurant in Europe, a step toward an application for a Guinness World Record.

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A guman killed at least 17 people, including 11 children, at a school in central Russia (Sept. 26)

In this image taken from video, school children run from the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

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In this image taken from video, servicemen and emergency employees carry the wounded from the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

In this image taken from video, servicemen carry a wounded person from the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

In this image taken from video, emergency employees carry the wounded from the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

People gather to lay flowers, put toys and light candles in memory of victims of the shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in a school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting in School No. 88 in Izhevsk, a city 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region. (AP Photo/Sergei Kuznetsov)

In this handout image taken from video released by the Russian Investigative Committee, ammunition are seen on a table in a classroom at the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. A gunman on Monday morning killed several people and wounded others in a school in central Russia, authorities said. (Russian Investigative Committee via AP)

In this handout image taken from video released by the Russian Investigative Committee, ammunition are seen on a table at the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. A gunman on Monday morning killed 13 people and wounded 21 others in a school in central Russia, authorities said. Russia’s Investigative Committee said in statement that seven children were among those killed in the shooting in the school in Izhevsk, a city about 960 kilometers (596 miles) east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region. (Russian Investigative Committee via AP)

Funeral workers carry a body of victim at the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in a school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting in School No. 88 in Izhevsk, a city 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region. (AP Photo)

People gather to lay flowers and toys and light candles after the shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (AP Photo/Sergei Kuztsov)

In this image taken from video, a man helps a boy to run from the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

In this image taken from video, an emergency situation employee caries a wounded boy from the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

In this image taken from video, emergency situation employees help wounded people to escape the scene of a shooting at school No. 88 in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed 15 people and wounded 24 others in the school in central Russia. According to officials, 11 children were among those killed in the Monday morning shooting. (Izhlife.ru via AP)

Women arrive to lay flowers near the entrance of the school No. 88 after a shooting, in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed several people and wounded others in a school in central Russia. (AP Photo)

A police officer guards an entrance of the school No. 88 as a man lays flowers in memory of victims after a shooting, in Izhevsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Authorities say a gunman has killed several people and wounded others in a school in central Russia. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW (AP) — A gunman opened fire in a school in central Russia on Monday, killing 17 people and wounding 24 others before shooting himself dead, authorities said.

The shooting took place in School No. 88 in Izhevsk, a city 960 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region.

Russia’s Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the same school, and said he was wearing a black t-shirt bearing “Nazi symbols.” No details about his motives have been released.

The government of Udmurtia said 17 people, including 11 children, were killed in the shooting. According to Russia’s Investigative Committee, 24 other people, including 22 children, were wounded in the attack.

The governor of Udmurtia, Alexander Brechalov, said the gunman, who he said was registered as a patient at a psychiatric facility, killed himself after the attack.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the shooting as “a terrorist act” and said Russian President Vladimir Putin has given all the necessary orders to the relevant authorities.

“President Putin deeply mourns deaths of people and children in the school, where a terrorist act took place,” Peskov told reporters Monday.

The school educates children between grades one and 11. It has been evacuated and the area around it has been cordoned off, the governor said.

Russia’s National Guard said Kazantsev used two non-lethal handguns adapted to fire real bullets. The guns were not registered with the authorities.

A criminal probe into the incident has been launched on charges of multiple murder and illegal possession of firearms.

Izhevsk, a city of 640,000, is located west of the Ural mountains in central Russia.

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