HP Spectre x360 hands-on review

HP Spectre x360 review

Not only is it more affordable, it uses a more premium design. While the Lenovo uses a metal lid, the inside is a soft-touch rubber finish. With aluminium all over, the HP Spectre x360 looks and feels more desirable and stylish. It’s not the thinnest and lightest design we’ve seen at 15.9 mm and 1.5 kg but it’s hardly a beast either.

Lenovo’s gorgeous hinge on the Yoga 3 Pro is made from many piece of metal and looks like a watch strap. HP’s on the other hand is much more simplistic. In fact, you wouldn’t know it has the ability to fold all the way round just by looking at it.

HP Spectre x360 review

Clever hinge technology hidden or not, the Spectre x360 can be used in various modes. There’s obviously laptop mode and the hinge means the screen can be rotated round to the underside of the keyboard turning it into a tablet – albeit and thick, heavy and large tablet so it’s hardly ideal in this setup.

With the keyboard face down on a flat surface and the screen not folded all the way back you have a nice way of using the device with the touchscreen only but without having to hold the device in the air like a regular tablet. It’s called stand mode and is particularly handy for cramped spaces such as the tiny tables you get on trains, busses and planes.

HP Spectre x360 review

The last mode looks like a tent and could come in handy but seems like a niche feature. It means you need little surface space to place the laptop but can still see the screen well so might make sense for a presentation or video watching in the right situation – we’re just not sure what that situation is really.

Specs are decent which we’d hope for the price including an Intel Core i5 processor with an i7 also available we’re told. There’s also 512 GB of storage via an SSD.

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