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Review: HPs 13.5-inch Spectre x360 is really a top ultralightwith flair

Close to the top of its class

Not the very best performer, however the Spectre has other wins, like its 3:2 screen.

HP Spectre x360 13.5

Enlarge / HP’s 13.5-inch Spectre x360.

Scharon Harding

Specs instantly: HP Spectre x360 13.5-inch
Worst Best As reviewed
Screen 13.5-inch 19201280 IPS touchscreen 13.5-inch 30002000 OLED touchscreen
OS Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro Windows 11 Home
CPU Intel Core i5-1235U Intel Core i7-1255U
RAM 8GB LPDDR4-4267 16GB LPDDR4-4267
Storage 512GB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD 2TBNVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD 1TBNVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD
GPU Intel Iris Xe
Networking Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
Ports 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4), 1x USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), 1x 3.5 mm jack, 1x microSD card reader
Size 11.738.680.67 inches

(297.94220.4717.02 mm)
Weight 3.02 pounds (1.37kg)
Battery 66 Wh
Warranty 12 months
Price (MSRP) $1,100 $1,760 $1,610
Other Stylus, sleeve included

HP’s 13.5-inch Spectre x360 includes a little something for nearly everyone. An ultralight build puts it an appealing class of convertibles with a frosted finish and flashy accents. A 3:2 screen stands taller than most and includes an OLED option that’s vivid yet natural looking. Additionally, there are cleverdesign choices, such as a chamfered edge with a charging port, light-up volume/mic mute/camera shutter keys, plus decent port selection.

The Spectre x360 13.5-inch gets an A+ in looks and scores high (however, not perfectly) in design details. Nonetheless it has some room to cultivate with regards to productivity, particularly when compared against other highly capable ultralights in its cost range.

For individuals who insist upon squeezing every ounce of performance out of a sub-1-inch-thick convertible, you can find stronger competitors. But also for the others, the 2022 Spectre is close to the top of its class.

Winning design

HP’s Spectre lineup continues to feature probably the most attractive ultralights around, even though they’re mildly less striking this season. The Nightfall Black color of my review unit includes accents so pale they look more silver compared to the “brass” that HP describes. A thin, reflective, silver strip runs round the lid and deck, developing a layered effect when viewing the shut PC from the side. Oddly, you may also visit a hint of the keyboard when viewing the closed laptop from the left or right side, so I’m a bit more worried about dust getting in the PC when closed than I’d typically be.

The laptop's right side.

Enlarge / The laptop’s right side.

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Visually, the hinges pop a little less than last year’s model, including contrasting colors over the entire spine and hinges. But, moreover, this year’s hinge keeps the screen reliably set up no matter what lengths I bend the lid back.

The Spectre's spine.

Enlarge / The Spectre’s spine.

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Plus, the aluminum lid was harder to bend and felt denser than that of all other ultralight laptops I’ve tested lately.

That paired well having an equally solid deck; however, the deck’s sloped edges occasionally made my wrists slide when I typed.This might have led me to more often bump in to the touchpad when typing, causing abrupt, distracting interferences in my own workflow.

It also comes in Nocturne Blue with Celestial Blue accents, which I wish I got to try, or a more boring Natural Silver. 

Enlarge / In addition, it will come in Nocturne Blue with Celestial Blue accents, that i wish I got eventually to try, or perhaps a more boring Natural Silver.

Scharon Harding

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