The newly released HP Spectre x360 14 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops you can buy right now. It offers excellent performance, gorgeous display and outstanding battery life. If you are searching for a laptop, and would love an OLED with a premium price, this can be the perfect choice for you. This laptop can be considered as one of the most impressive products created by HP. In this review, we will cover all the aspects that make it one of the market's biggest players.
The base model, which is the cheapest among all the variants, comes with a 1920x1280 pixel (WUXGA+) display along with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The second model costs more and brings along FHD display, a Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Additionally, the OLED model costs a bit more for a Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, and a crisp OLED display.
The HP Spectre x360 14 follows the outstanding design formula that HP has followed with this series of laptops. HP has added a gold trim around the display, base and touchpad, which gives the laptop a more luxurious feel. The screen has no bezels like you would expect from an expensive premium laptop. The edges are not thinner than Dell's XPS 13, but it still looks attractive and enjoyable with its crisp 13,5 inch display. The laptop's mechanism has no issues while changing the angle of the screen or converting into a tablet. The tablet mode is convenient enough, but similarly to other 2-in-1 laptops, you probably won't use it on tablet mode for extended periods of time. Although the laptop is very light with a classy finish, the technology still has room for improvement for tablet mode.
Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU version has enough power to work smoothly no matter how many programs are running simultaneously. It also performs well when stacking RAM with Google Chrome tabs, thanks to it's fast 16 GB RAM.
Comparing Geekbench benchmark results, the Spectre x360 14 scored better than the Galaxy Book Flex 15, but less than Lenovo's Yoga 9i and Dell's XPS 13, all offering i7 processors.
The SSD of the laptop is incredibly fast, scoring 764 MB per second transfer rate. The 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD in the Spectre x360 14 duplicated 25 gigabytes in 30 seconds, and it beats Yoga 9i, XPS 13 2-in-1 and the category average at 581.1 MBps by far. The Intel Iris Xe graphics chip struggles to run games or graphics intensive processes, so this is something to keep in mind when choosing this model.
This HP laptop follows the same aspect ratio as other recently released laptops, ditching the 16:9 standard panel and bringing 3:2 dimensions ratio. This means more content on one screen when it comes to browsing websites, working with documents and spreadsheets. When watching videos, you'll have to get used to the black borders as most video content have 16:9 aspect ratio.
Whether you pick the Full HD IPS display model, or the 3K2K OLED, the quality and sharpness of the screen is impressive. The OLED model is noticeably better, but the IPS one still offers excellent colours.
HP partnered with Bang & Olufsen to create a high quality quad speaker setup for its premium laptop. The music isn't very accurate with the laptop's speakers, but it's still impressive compared to lightweight laptops like Spectre x360 14. Vocals sound good, drum hits seem sharp and the volume is high enough without irritating background noise.
While HP invested in audio, they overlooked webcam for some reason, and added a lower standard 720P camera. This is alright, but doesn't feel like the camera of a premium laptop that strives to impress you.
The Spectre x360 14 with its 1920x1280 display has an excellent battery life of 12 hours and 11 minutes. And that's while web browsing over WiFi at 150 nits brightness.
This laptop beats the XPS 13 2-in-1 that scored 10 hours and 52 minutes, and Yoga 9i scoring 11 hours and 15 minutes. At the same time Spectre x360 loses easily to Galaxy Book Flex 15 that scored 15 hours and 44 minutes. The laptop doesn't get hot, but it gets warm when loaded with a lot of simultaneous tasks. However, it surpasses the comfort threshold just after quarter an hour of playing a video. Which means HP Spectre x360 14 heats up very fast.
HP Spectre x360 14 is one of the best choices available as it is ahead of the competitors in terms of battery and performance in general. The laptop has a great package of features and an impressive design. If none of the mentioned drawbacks concern you, this might be the laptop for you.