|Specifications at a glance: HP Specter x360 13.5-inch|
|Screen||13.5 inch 1920×1280 IPS touch screen||13.5-inch OLED touchscreen with a resolution of 3000 × 2000|
|operating system||Windows 11 Home||Windows 11 pro||Windows 11 Home|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1235U||Intel Core i7-1255U|
|R.A.M.||8GB LPDDR4-4267||16GB LPDDR4-4267|
|storage||512GB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD||2TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD||1TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD|
|graphic card||Intel Iris Xe|
|Networking||WiFi 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||11.73 × 8.68 × 0.67 inches
|weight||3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)|
|Miscellaneous||Pen, sleeve included|
HP’s 13.5-inch Specter x360 has something for almost everyone. An ultra-lightweight build makes it a desirable class of convertible with a matte finish and eye-catching accents. A 3:2 screen stands taller than most and includes an OLED option that looks vibrant yet natural. There are clever design options too, like a beveled edge with a charging port, backlit volume/mic mute/camera shutter buttons, and a decent port selection.
The Specter x360 13.5-inch gets an A+ on looks and scores high (but not perfect) on design details. But it still has some room for improvement when it comes to productivity, especially when compared to other high-performance microlights in its price range.
For those who insist on squeezing every ounce of performance out of a sub-1-inch-thick convertible, there are stronger contenders. But other than that, the Specter 2022 is at the top of its class.
Table of Contents
- winning design
(AI-powered) webcam and more
A note on bloating
Almost at the top of its class
HP’s Specter lineup continues to offer some of the most attractive ultralights, albeit a little less flashy this year. My review unit’s Nightfall Black color contains highlights that are so faded that they look more silver than the “brass” described by HP. A thin reflective silver stripe runs around the lid and deck, creating a layered effect when viewing the closed PC from the side. Strangely, you can even see a hint of the keyboard when looking at the closed laptop from either the left or right side, so I’m a little more worried about dust getting into the PC when it’s closed than I normally would be.
Visually, the hinges pop a little less than last year’s model, which featured contrasting colors throughout the spine and hinges. But more importantly, this year’s hinge reliably holds the screen in place no matter how far back I bend the lid.
Also, the aluminum lid was harder to bend and felt denser than most other ultralight laptops I’ve tested recently.
This paired well with an equally solid deck; However, the beveled edges of the deck occasionally made my wrists slip when I was typing. This may have caused me to hit the touchpad more frequently while typing, causing abrupt, distracting disruptions to my workflow.
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