Reviews and Problems with HP Spectre 13 / Spectre 13 Pro
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HP Spectre 13 review
20 June 2014
Summary: It won't break any speed records, but the HP Spectre 13 is a smart, attractive Ultrabook that can give Apple's MacBook Air a run for its money. The HP's slimline design, high-quality display and reasonable battery life help ensure that it earns its keep when you're out and about. And, of course, there's that over-sized trackpad, which is a small but worthy innovation that makes it just that little bit more comfortable to use than many of its rivals.
HP's Spectre 13 x2 dwarfs smaller tablets and hybrids
20 February 2014
Summary: A rare larger-screen hybrid, the HP Spectre x2 aims to be both a portable laptop and a video-friendly slate. The price is right, but the design feels awkward and the wonky touch pad makes it hard to use as a full-time laptop.
Pros: The HP Spectre 13 x2 converts into a large 13-inch tablet with a full 1080p display. The system is reasonably priced, and has a decent selection of ports on the keyboard base.
Cons: The combined hybrid body is awkwardly top-heavy, and the touch pad isn't sensitive enough for easy all-day use.
Conclusion: The HP Spectre 13t x2 is very similar to the standard HP Spectre 13t ultrabook. Though the latter offers slightly better performance, the difference isn’t noticeable in day-to-day use, and battery life is almost identical. The x2 is about a pound heavier, is a tenth of an inch thicker, and will set you back only $100 more.
Pros: Solid build quality, Pleasing keyboard, Intuitive hinge and dock, High-quality 1080p touchscreen, Fast solid-state drive, Silent, cool operation
Cons: Lackluster processor performance, Disappointing battery life (as a tablet), Heavy for its size
Summary: Quite the spectre! HP calls its premium ultrabooks "Spectre" - and equips its most recent flagship device with a high-resolution QHD IPS display. But is the difference between QHD and Full HD truly that noticeable? And what about its build quality, its design, its performance and its connectivity? In short: Is the premium ultrabook worth its premium price?
Pros: fast enough for everything - except for games, sturdy premium chassis without any uneven clearances, great design with much passion for detail, good keyboard, three-zone touchpad, works very well with Windows 8, fine display with a QHD resolution, precise, reliable touchscreen, most scaling issues resolved with Windows 8.1, Lightroom 5 (full version!) pre-installed, Both the high-resolution display and the premium chassis.
Cons: somewhat heavy, some sharp edges, twitchy fan (not always that quiet), very prone to fingerprints, gets very warm under full load (sometimes too warm to use on one's lap), CPU might be a bit faster, highly reflective screen, barely any accessories, no software DVDs, Accessories such as adapters - why does a microfiber cloth have to be the highlight?
Conclusion: The Spectre 13 has a touch screen, and a very nice one, but its innovative touch pad makes a strong play for users with a traditional bent. They want to use gestures to accomplish some tasks, but they don't want to be poking their notebook's screen to do them. When you combine the Control Zones' convenience with the quality build, outstanding display, and peppy performance of the HP ultrabook, it's an exceptional value at $999.
Pros: Control Zone touch pad reduces need to poke screen, High-quality, distinctively colored aluminum case, Gorgeous 1080p display, Quick recovery from sleep, hibernation, Good battery life
Cons: Not the quickest multimedia machine, Cramped palm rest, Tactile distinction between touch-pad zones too subtle, F functions are two-key combinations by default
Conclusion: Performance is the Spectre 13t’s only problem. Though its specifications look fine on paper, they translated to below-average figures in both our compute and 3D benchmarks. Day-to-day use isn’t a problem, but you’ll notice the lack of grunt when editing video or playing games. By every other metric, however, this Ultrabook excels.
Pros: Thin and light, Excellent 1080p display, Loud, enjoyable speakers, Great touchpad, Long battery life, Affordable
Cons: Compute performance is below average, Only two USB ports and no Ethernet
Summary: Silent companion. Haswell makes it possible: HP offers a fan-less 13.3-inch notebook with the Spectre 13 x2, which transforms into a tablet with a push of a button. However, the bulky detachable is certainly no bargain with a retail price of almost 1,100 Euros (~$1485).
Pros: Rigid case with good build quality, Long battery runtimes, Good system performance, High-contrast IPS display, 802.11ac WLAN, UMTS/HSPA module, Silent and cool, Especially the versatility, which makes a Windows tablet like the HP Spectre 13 x2 so attractive. Over the day an (almost) complete working device and a nice tablet for videos or web browsing after work.
Cons: Low 3D performance, Limited connectivity, Device cannot be upgraded, High price, We would have appreciated a bit more 3D performance from the Core i5-4202Y - but this is also a result of HP's cautious energy management. An optional Power-Mode that uses the maximum TDP at the expense of higher temperatures would be a nice addition for gaming.