HP Spectre X360 15T (2019) Specifications, Review and Price – The HP Spectre x360 15T is a powerful laptop with a beautiful display and a smart, sophisticated design. It’s beauty and the beast all rolled into one, the reason that made us fall in love with the older MacBook Pro models in the first place, and we cannot get enough of it.
Take it from an Apple aficionado: its lethal combination of powerful performance and stunning design is more than enough to tempt us away from our MacBook Pro. And, that’s only after only a couple of hours of testing.
It’s why it leads our best 2-in-1 laptops list for 2019, and is our favorite of the HP laptops to date. That’s without considering its affordability and extra features, which Apple only wishes it had in its laptops.
HP Spectre X360 (2019) – (13-ap0013dx) Key Specs
- Display size/resolution 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touch display
- CPU 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U
- PC Memory 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz
- Graphics 128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Storage 256GB SSD
- Networking 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Wireless; Bluetooth 5.0
- Operating system Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
As for the display, HP offers three options starting with what I tested, a low-power, 1,920×1,080-resolution panel. There’s also a 1,920×1,080 display with HP’s Sure View technology that, at the press of a button, whites out the screen obscuring what’s on it for anyone not sitting directly in front of it. But, if you simply must have the most pixels for your 13.3-inch display, HP will sell you a 4K UHD touchscreen (3,840×2,160).
The low-power full-HD display delivers good color and contrast, though it’s not particularly bright. Working outside will likely have you frequently trying to increase the brightness in vain, but it’s great for battery life judging by our test results. If you work in a crowded office or your desk is regularly an airplane seat tray, I recommend getting the Sure View display.
Whoever says first impressions don’t last, clearly hasn’t met the HP Spectre x360 15T. This laptop’s design is as superior and sophisticated as its performance, with a smooth, matte ” Poseidon Blue ” chassis fringed with gold trimming running around its edges.
While it is a bit heavier than other premium laptops, such as the Macbook Pro, it doesn’t feel any less thin sitting at 0.76 inches thick, so much so that you’ll hardly even notice its weight. The enclosure is made of a high-quality aluminum that feels solid and looks smart, although it does collect fingerprints and show dust quite easily. If you’re a bit nitpicky with how clean your laptop is, expect to constantly wipe this chassis clean.
the two back corners are angled – the right one hiding a power button and the left holding a USB-C port – with vents positioned near the back on each side. For a 15-inch laptop with such a thin form factor, it comes with a good amount of ports, which is a welcome detail. The two USB-C ports help keep this computer future proof while the HDMI, USB 3.1, microSD reader, and audio jack cover any other connections one might need, especially the creative professionals looking to move away from Apple’s minimalist Thunderbolt campaign.
Price and availability
The HP Spectre x360 15T’s performance is great enough to make its price tag practically irrelevant. But, if you’re in the market for a budget computer, consider this: the souped up 15-inch configuration we had for our review will set you back $1,849 (£1,899, AU$4,199). With that, you get 1TB SSD storage, 16GB of memory (RAM), an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (CPU), 4K display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.