HP Spectre x360 14 review

The spectre x360 14 is the 2-in-1 laptop in its most elegant form.

HP Spectre x360 14

Laptop Mag Verdict

HP's strikingly gorgeous Spectre x360 14 combines elegance with powerful performance, gorgeous visuals and long battery life.

Striking, luxurious design

Gorgeous OLED and FHD display options

Long battery life

Comfortable keyboard

Large, responsive touchpad

Unwieldy as a tablet

RAM maxes out at 16GB

Too much bloatware

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Price : $1,299 (starting); $1,619 (as reviewed) CPU : Intel Core i7-1165G7 GPU : Iris Xe RAM : 16GB Storage : 512GB Display : 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixels (IPS); 3000 x 2000-pixel (OLED) Battery : 12:11 Size : 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches Weight : 3 pounds

When did HP become the designer brand of laptops? 

The company's Spectre models have always stood out against uninspired competitors, but the new Spectre x360 14 is downright luxurious. The newest edition to HP's premium 2-in-1 lineup combines a startlingly attractive chassis with gorgeous display options, fast performance and long battery life. It separates itself with a unique 3:2 aspect ratio and OLED panel option, a pair of features capable of enhancing work and play.  

Not only does the Spectre x360 14 nail the basics, but it also comes with a USB-C rechargeable stylus and offers a decent selection of ports (USB Type-A and microSD included). Add to that a clicky keyboard and a large, silky touchpad and the Spectre x360 14 is one of the most impressive laptops I've ever reviewed. 

While it's true that there is no shortage of capable 2-in-1 laptops on the market today, the new Spectre x360 14 is our top choice.   

HP Spectre x360 14: Price and configurations

With a starting price of $1,329, the Spectre x360 14 is among HP's most expensive consumer products. If you spend that much on the base version you'll get a 1920 x 1280- pixel (WUXGA+) display along with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. 

If it were up to me, I'd spend $1,619 for our review unit, which has an FHD display, a Core i7-1165G7 CPU with 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Upgrading to an OLED display raises the price by only $90. Our OLED review unit costs $1809.99 and has an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. 

Although there have been 13-inch and 15-inch versions of this PC, the Spectre x360 14 is technically the first of its kind, so let's hope the price goes down a bit in future iterations. On a positive note, HP includes a rechargeable Tilt Pen stylus and a fancy laptop sleeve free of charge.

HP Spectre x360 14: Design 

OK HP, now you're just showing off. I've likened the company's Spectre laptops to precious stones before; using that same analogy, the Spectre x360 14 is the crown jewel — you know, the one encased in bulletproof glass for everyone to see but not touch. 

I'm hardly exaggerating; the Spectre x360 14 is absolutely stunning. Stunning, as in, this is the most gorgeous laptop I've ever reviewed. But enough of the superlatives, let's get to the why . It starts with a Poseidon Blue hue (seriously, get this color option!), a dark hue that's somewhere between emerald and indigo. Our OLED model comes in Nightfall Black, which is even more glamorous albeit less intriguing to my eyes.

Adding to the luxury is gold trim in every place HP could put it — around the display, bordering the touchpad, on the gem-cut edges of the base, coating the stylish HP logo centered on the lid, and even on both hinges. It's a bold direction that will appeal more to those looking to stand out than blend in. 

Then there are the tiny details you only notice upon close inspection, like the triangular pattern making up the speaker grill above the keyboard, the large, simple white font on the keys, and the aggressively angled corners and beveled edges. It's a meticulously crafted notebook that will make you forget about however much you ended up spending on it.

With a modern design, you get modern features, including an edge-to-edge display. Yes, we've seen this done better on the XPS 13, but the bezels around all four edges of the Spectre x360 14's panel are thin, allowing you to immerse yourself in the 13.5-inch display. 

As a 2-in-1 laptop, the Spectre x360 14 can bend back into a tablet or be placed in tent mode for viewing videos without a keyboard in the way. The hinges are easy to fold back but just strong enough to prevent the screen from moving much when tapped. I wish they were a bit stiffer, but it's not a major issue (for now). Just keep in mind that the Spectre x360 14 feels unwieldy as a tablet. It's fine on a table or your lap but you won't want to hold this thing in one hand for very long.

Measuring 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches and weighing in at 3 pounds, the HP Spectre x360 14 is less compact but about as heavy as the 13.4-inch Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches, 2.9 pounds). The 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i (12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, 3 pounds) matches the weight of the HP but is a tad sleeker while the 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 (14 x 9 x 0.6, 3.5 pounds) is understandably larger and heavier than the others.

HP Spectre x360 14: Security 

It's all here. That is, all the features you need to keep your sensitive files secure from snooping eyes. Taking the place of the right Ctrl key is a fingerprint sensor , which quickly and accurately recognized my unique print each time I used it to log in.

But I didn't use the sensor often because above the display is a webcam with an IR sensor for facial recognition login. It also worked quickly and accurately although there were a few times when it failed to recognize my face (like when I was wearing glasses). 

When you're not using the webcam, one tap of a shortcut key will cover the camera, putting a shield between you and the lens.

HP Spectre x360 14: Ports 

Laptops this thin don't always have USB Type-A ports so I was glad to see one located on the left side of the Spectre x360 14.

It's the only port on that edge of the laptop; on the right side are two Thunderbolt 4 ports — one on the beveled corner — a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack and a microSD card slot. 

It's a minor complaint but I do wish HP had split the two USB-C ports so you could charge from either side. 

HP Spectre x360 14: Display 

New size, new aspect ratio. The 13.5-inch display on the Spectre x360 has an increasingly common 3:2 aspect ratio, meaning the screen is taller and more narrow than a standard 16:9 panel. 

This lets you view more content on the screen at once when you're browsing web pages, writing reports or scanning spreadsheets. The tradeoff is that larger black bars appear around videos, but it's one I'm OK with.

Now, about the panels. HP was kind enough to send us both the 14-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixel (WUXGA+) IPS and 3000 x 2000-pixel (3K2K) OLED displays, and they are both great. As expected, the 3K2K OLED display offers a better picture, exhibiting exceptionally vibrant colors, perfect black levels and unparalleled contrast. But don't rule out the 1920 x 1280-pixel screen, which is reasonably colorful and gets pretty bright (not to mention, it's not nearly as power-hungry). 

Glorious shades of sizzling orange and yellow erupted from the OLED panel, glistening off the indigo ocean after a plane laid waste to an oil rig in the trailer for 007: No Time to Die. I could see every wrinkle in Daniel Craig, ahem, James Bond's relaxed pose and the OLED magic made his sapphire eyes pop off his faintly rosy complexion. I could go on about this gorgeous panel but the lower-res option deserves some praise as well. The aforementioned fireball may not have burst off the screen in the same way but what the FHD panel lacks in contrast it makes up for with decent colors, brightness and detail.

The Spectre x360 14's 1920 x 1280-resolution panel covers 75% of the DCI-P3 color gamut , making it more colorful than the panel on the XPS 13 2-in-1 (70%) and about as vibrant as the Yoga 9i's (76%) 14-inch display. The competition is no match for the Spectre x360 14's 3K2K OLED display option, which covers an astonishing 140% and demolishes the category average (86%). 

You shouldn't have any problems using either display outdoors although they could both stand to be a bit brighter. And actually, the FHD screen, at 365 nits, outshines the OLED panel (339 nits) along with the Yoga 9i (334 nits). Only the XPS 13 2-in-1 (488 nits) and the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (565 nits in outdoor mode) could top the Spectre and the category average (388 nits).

HP Spectre x 360 14: Keyboard, touchpad and stylus 

It's a familiar feeling tapping away at the Chiclet-style keys on the Spectre x360 14. This is the same keyboard found on previous Spectre and Envy notebooks except with a few tricks up its sleeve. 

Those come in the way of multimedia buttons that let you quickly toggle certain functions. I found myself regularly using the mute and webcam shutter keys during video conferences, and the aforementioned fingerprint scanner key to log in to the system.

This "all-in-one keyboard" puts the power key in the top-right corner of the deck. It avoids the infuriating key placement I've written about previously by being positioned to the left of the "delete" key. I prefer dedicated power buttons located away from the keyboard as they're easier to locate but at least I didn't inadvertently put the Spectre x360 to sleep each time I needed to correct a typo from front to back. 

As for the typing experience, it's rather good. The keys, though shallow, are snappy and bouncy. While I frequently bottomed out, the keyboard was comfortable enough to where I didn't feel the need to use that precious USB Type-A port to connect my mechanical gaming keyboard. And those with larger hands will appreciate the keys' large size and generous spacing. 

The low key travel combined with a snappy mechanism allowed me to type at 112 words per minute with a 96% accuracy on the 10fastfingers.com typing test; both results beat my 109-wpm at 95% accuracy averages.

Now, this is a proper touchpad. Expanded by 16.6% compared to those on previous Spectre models, the large 4.5 x 2.8-inch surface can easily accommodate all five fingers. The smooth, buttery glass touchpad responded swiftly to my swipes, taps and Windows 10 gestures , which included three-finger swipes to switch between windows and the handy pinch-to-zoom.

HP throws in the Rechargeable 2.0 MPP Tilt Pen with your purchase of the laptop. It's pretty standard stuff here; the pen has two reprogrammable buttons, it supports tilt for line variation, and gets 30 hours of battery life after which you can recharge it via a hidden USB-C port on the side.

HP Spectre x360 14: Audio 

Good things happen when luxury brand Bang & Olufsen meets a quad-speaker setup.

HP's B&O-tuned top and bottom-firing speakers delivered a sonic punch when I listened to LEISURE's "Lonely Nights," a funky alternative-pop song. There was a nice depth to the drum hits and a clear sizzle to each tap of the hi-hat. The vocals were crisp but overshadowed, and some of the treble tones of the electric guitar were peaky. 

The plentiful trebles in The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" were sharp but at least this Spectre doesn't suffer from the same hissing static I've noticed in previous models. The vocals in this lively rock song were clear and present but the speakers struggled to juggle the cacophony of electric tunes being strummed from every angle.

HP Spectre x360 14: Performance 

Armed with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, the Spectre x360 14 handled my dizzying workload without argument. Firing up dozens of Chrome tabs didn't induce exhaustion; the Spectre kept running along like a well-trained marathoner. Graphics and text blinked onto the page the moment I pressed Enter, even when two 1080p YouTube videos and a pair of Twitch streams were running in the background.

Scoring a 5,004 on the Geekbench 5.0 benchmark test, the Spectre x360 14 lagged behind the XPS 13 2-in-1 (5,639, Core i7-1165G7) and Yoga 9i (5,440, Core i7-1185G7) but fared much better against the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (4,144, Core i7-1065G7) and the category average (4,178). 

The Spectre needed 17 minutes and 2 seconds to convert a 4K video into 1080p resolution, a decent result though slower than the XPS 13 2-in-1 (15:52) and the Yoga 9i (14:24). The Spectre landed right around the category average (17:13) and finished several minutes before the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (22:18).  

Needing only 30 seconds to duplicate 25GB of multimedia files, the 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD in the Spectre x360 14 transfers data at an expeditious 764 megabytes per second. That is quicker than the Yoga 9i (692.2 MBps, 512GB SSD), the XPS 13 2-in-1 (503.1 MBps) and the category average (581.1 MBps). 

HP Spectre x360 14: Graphics 

Decent gaming performance from integrated graphics ? Yes, this is the strange new world we live in. 

The Intel Iris Xe graphics employed by the Spectre x360 14 reached a respectable 4,229 in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, topping the XPS 13 2-in-1 (3,847) and Galaxy Book Flex 15 (2,215) but falling just short of the Yoga 9i (5,014) and the category average (4,488). 

In real-world testing, the x360 14 struggled to play Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (1080p), averaging 20 frames per second, or well below our 30-fps threshold. Again, it lost to the Yoga 9i (25 fps) and the average (28 nits) but topped the Galaxy Book Flex (16 fps).

HP Spectre x360 14: Battery life

When equipped with a 1920 x 1280-pixel display, the Spectre x360 14 achieved excellent battery life of 12 hours and 11 minutes on our test, which involves continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. That beats the XPS 13 2-in-1 (10:52), the Yoga 9i (11:15) and the premium laptop average (9:58). Only the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (15:44) put up a better time.

Opt for the 3K2K OLED display and, as you might expect, you'll sacrifice several hours of runtime. The upgraded panel dropped the Spectre x360 14's battery life to 7 hours and 14 minutes. 

That's an OK runtime given the high-res OLED panel, but a few hours short of what we consider acceptable for an ultra-slim laptop. If you're a content creator needing the very best display while on-the-go, get the OLED. Otherwise, save some cash and get the lower-res panel.

HP Spectre x360 14: Webcam 

Laptop webcams have set a low bar and the 720p camera on the Spectre x360 14 only does enough to meet it. That's to say that the images and videos taken from this laptop look poor. A selfie I snapped in my office was shrouded in tiny dots of visual noise, enough to obscure my beard into a dark abyss. My naturally rosy complexion was blanched to a sickly pale while my green eyes were more seaweed than emerald.

It'll do in a pinch but do yourself, and everyone on the other side of the conference call a favor, and buy one of the best external webcams like the Logitech HD Pro C920 . 

HP Spectre x360 14: Heat

Taxing the Spectre x360 14 with a heavy workload can cause the bottom panel to get warm, but not troublingly hot. 

After playing a 15-minute, 1080p video, the underside of this convertible, near the vent, reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That's considerably hotter than our 95-degree comfort threshold, so consider buying a cooling pad.

Fortunately, the areas your fingers will touch remained cool with the keyboard reaching 85 degrees and the touchpad warming to only 80 degrees.

HP Spectre x360 14: Software and warranty 

I'll keep harping on this until it's resolved: HP, please package your apps into a single one-stop-shop program. There are too many icons clogging my Taskbar. And by "too many" I mean 11 of them counting only those starting with "HP." Such elegant hardware needs more refined software.

That's not to say these OEM apps are bloatware . HP's Support Assistant gives you all the diagnostics you need to know about your specific system, from its battery health to the remaining warranty. Here, you'll find the latest software and drivers. Command Center, which has its own dedicated keyboard key, lets you change the cooling mode and prioritize your network to give high-priority apps the fastest bandwidth.

There are also some basic display modes, an app for assigning the stylus buttons, and some privacy settings. This laundry list of apps is accompanied by a number of third-party programs, including ExpressVPN, LastPass, and McAfee Personal Security — all of which should be left to the customer to download (or ignore). 

As is standard, the Spectre x360 14 ships with a one-year warranty. See how HP fared on our Best and Worst Brands and Tech Support Showdown special reports. 

Bottom line 

I think I'm in love. And let me just say, this was love at first sight. 

The Spectre x360 14's edgy yet sophisticated chassis drew me in while the excellent 1920 x 1280-pixel and 3K2K OLED display options told me this one was a keeper. The relationship got even better once I realized the Spectre x360 14's brilliance isn't only skin deep; equipped with an 11th Gen Intel CPU, the Spectre x360 flew through my rigorous real-world testing and our benchmarks alike. Moreover, the keyboard is clicky, the large touchpad is silky and all the latest security features are here to keep you protected and make logging in a breeze.

Is the Spectre 14 perfect? Almost, but no, it isn't. Its large size makes it unwieldy as a tablet, there are too many pre-installed apps, the hinge could be stronger, and you're stuck at 16GB of RAM. Oh, and then there is the high sticker price. But if you have the budget, and need a portable solution, those few drawbacks are easy to ignore for a device that does so much right. 

If you're looking for the best 2-in-1 laptop on the market, it's the Spectre x360 14 — a head-turning laptop capable of running anything you throw at it, and looking damn good while doing it.

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.

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Best Laptop 2023: HP Spectre x360 14

I have used a heck of a lot of laptops in the past year, and some of them are quite nice. MacBooks have nailed the “premium” look and feel for years, and I’ll never waste an opportunity to gush about the build quality of Dell’s XPS line . 

But I’ve never touched a consumer laptop as gorgeous as the Spectre x360 14. The new Spectre’s sturdy black body, lustrous accents, and boldly sharp edges would make it a standout among convertible laptops across the board, even if it didn’t have a slew of other excellent qualities — which, from its 3:2 screen and packaged stylus to its stellar performance and battery life, it absolutely does.

With a starting MSRP of $1,299.99 ($1,589.99 as tested) the Spectre x360 is easily my new favorite 2-in-1 laptop. Today’s market is full of capable convertibles that look good, work well, and do certain things really well. But while the Spectre x360 14 isn’t a perfect laptop, it tops the pack in almost every area. It’s a stylish chassis, premium panel options, stylus support, a powerful processor, and fantastic battery in one. It’s proof that you can have it all — for a price. 

The HP Spectre line is second to none when it comes to design, and this latest model is no exception. Like its 13-inch predecessor , the Spectre x360 14 is made of CNC-machined aluminum. Also like its siblings, you can get the 14 in “nightfall black,” “Poseidon blue,” or “natural silver.” Take a look at some pictures before selecting your color because they each have pretty different vibes. The nightfall black option has a sophisticated, svelte aesthetic that looks tailor-made for a boardroom. Poseidon blue is friendlier and probably the one I’d go for myself. 

The accents, though, are what make the Spectre stand out from the legions of other black laptops out there. Lustrous trim borders the lid, the touchpad, and the deck. The hinges share its color, as does the HP logo on its lid. It’s bold without being obnoxious. The two rear corners are diamond-shaped, and one of them houses a Thunderbolt 4 port on its flat edge. (On the sides live an audio jack, a USB-A, a microSD slot, and an additional Thunderbolt 4, which is a decent selection — gone is the trapdoor that covered the USB-A port on the 13-inch model.) And the edges are all beveled, making the notebook appear thinner than it actually is (it’s 0.67 inches thick). Careful craftsmanship is evident here — I’m not exaggerating when I say this Spectre feels like artwork.  

The HP Spectre x360 14 sits open on top of a piano. The screen displays a blue and white background.

And, as the “x360” moniker implies, the Spectre is a 2-in-1. At 2.95 pounds, it’s a bit heavy to use as a tablet for long periods, but it’s smooth and easy to fold and the hinges are quite sturdy. Unlike with many convertibles, there’s barely any wobble when you use the touchscreen. The display is also stylus-compatible; the Spectre ships with HP’s MPP2.0 pen, which attaches magnetically to the side of the chassis.

Despite its design similarities, this Spectre looks noticeably different from its ancestors, and that’s because of the screen. The new model has a 3:2 display, which is 13 percent taller than the 16:9 panel on last year’s device. (It’s kept the same 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.)

There’s barely any wobble when you use the touchscreen

Microsoft’s Surface devices have been using the 3:2 aspect ratio for years, and I’m glad that the Spectre line is finally making the switch . If you’re used to using a 16:9 display (which many modern Windows laptops have) and you give a 3:2 a shot, you’ll see what I mean. You have significantly more vertical space, which means less scrolling up and down and less zooming out to fit everything you want to see. It makes multitasking significantly easier without adding much size to the chassis. 

This 3:2 panel can come in a few different forms. My test unit has an FHD option that HP says should reach 400 nits of brightness. I measured it multiple times, but it only reached 285 in my testing — which is dimmer than I’d hope to see from a device at this price point. I’ve reached out to HP to see what’s up and will update this review if it turns out to be a bug. (Of course, 285 nits is still more than enough for indoor office work.) 

The HP Spectre x360 keyboard angled to the right, seen from above.

In addition to the FHD display, you can opt for a 3000 x 2000 OLED panel (HP didn’t provide a brightness estimate for this one; LaptopMag measured it at 339 nits) or a 1,000-nit option with HP’s Sure View Reflect technology, which makes the screen difficult to read from the sides. This will mostly be a benefit for business users.

In terms of other specs, the base model pairs the 400-nit screen with a Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage (plus 16GB of Intel Optane). Then, there are a few upgrades you can go for. My test unit, priced at $1,589.99, keeps the base model’s screen but has a heftier processor (the quad-core Core i7-1165G7) and double its RAM and storage. I think this model is a good option for most people — it gets you a top processor and a good amount of storage without too stratospheric of a price tag. If you want to get fancier, you can get the OLED screen and 1TB of storage (plus 32GB of Intel Optane) for $1,699, or the Sure View screen and 2TB of storage for $1,959.99.  

Of course, laptops aren’t just for looking at, but you’re not compromising on performance to get this build quality. The Spectre is verified through Intel’s Evo platform, which means that it offers a number of Intel-selected benefits including Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6, all-day battery life, quick boot time, fast charging, and reliable performance. In my testing, it more than surpassed those standards. 

The back left corner of HP Spectre x360 14 up close.

The system handled my heavy workload of Chrome tabs, downloads, and streams speedily with no issues. Battery life was excellent; I averaged 10 hours of continuous use with the screen around 200 nits of brightness. That means if your daily tasks are similar to mine, the Spectre should make it through your workday with no problem. (You’ll likely get less if you opt for the OLED panel.) The processor also includes Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics. While you wouldn’t want to use those for serious gaming, they’re capable of running lighter fare. 

Elsewhere, I have almost no complaints. The backlit keyboard is snappy with a solid click — it’s easily one of my favorites. The speakers sound good, with very audible bass and percussion. There’s a fingerprint sensor to the left of the arrow keys and a Windows Hello camera, neither of which gave me any trouble.

I have almost no complaints

Apart from the dimness, there are only two things about this laptop that I’m not in love with. They’re both minor; the fact that I’m even mentioning either of them in this review is a testament to how excellent this device is. 

The first is the touchpad. It’s quite smooth and roomy (16.6 percent larger than that of last year’s Spectre x360 13) and handles scrolling and gestures just fine. But it’s noticeably stiffer than some of the best touchpads on the market. The press required to physically click is firm enough that I ended up doing it with my thumb most of the time. On the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and the MacBook, clicking with a finger is much less of a chore. When I first clicked with the integrated buttons, I also had to overcome some initial resistance to hit the actuation point (put plainly, every click felt like two clicks). This issue resolved itself during my second day of testing, but it’s still a hiccup I generally only see with cheaper items. 

The HP Spectre x360 angled to the right, seen from above, with the lid half closed.

Secondly, bloatware. There are a number of junk programs preloaded onto the Spectre and several pinned to the taskbar. Dropbox, ExpressVPN, McAfee, and Netflix are all on here, and I got all kinds of notifications from them. This is an oddity at this price point, and seeing cheap McAfee alerts popping up on the Spectre is like seeing really ugly bumper stickers on a Ferrari. This software doesn’t take too long to uninstall, but I’m disappointed to see it nonetheless. 

But those are really the only two complaints I have, and neither of them should stop you from buying this laptop. It’s beautiful to look at and a dream to use. I found myself using it in my free time instead of my personal device (which almost never happens with review units — I really like my products). 

Agree to Continue: HP Spectre x360 14

Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them, since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

To start using the HP Spectre x360 14, you’ll need to agree to the following:

  • A request for your region
  • A request for your keyboard layout
  • License agreements for Windows, HP, and McAfee

You can also say yes or no to the following:

  • Microsoft account (can be bypassed if you stay offline)
  • Windows Hello fingerprint recognition and face recognition
  • Privacy settings (speech recognition, location, Find My Device, sharing diagnostic data, inking and typing, tailored experience, advertising ID)
  • Customize your device for gaming, schoolwork, creativity, entertainment, family, or business
  • Sync an Android phone
  • OneDrive backup
  • Allow Microsoft to collect and use information for Cortana’s personalized experiences and suggestions, including: location and location history, contacts, voice input, speech and handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, content and communication history from Microsoft services, messages, and apps
  • Provide your name, region, and contact information to HP
  • Allow HP to use information about your system to provide customer support, and enable your PC to show HP contact options, warranty information, and support messages
  • Allow HP to use information about your system to improve HP products and services
  • Allow HP to use your contact details and information about your system to send personalized news and offers

That’s six mandatory agreements and 20 optional agreements to use the Spectre x360 14.

When we’re evaluating a convertible laptop at the Spectre’s price point, the big question is how it compares to the gold standard of Windows convertibles, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 . The XPS has a few advantages: it’s a bit thinner and lighter, its touchpad is less stiff, and it has a more modest look that some users might prefer. 

But for me, the ball game is close but clear. The Spectre x360’s meticulous craftsmanship, classy aesthetic, and 3:2 screen put it over the top. It also edges out the XPS in a few key areas: the keyboard is more comfortable, the battery life is better, and Dell’s closest-priced configuration to this unit only has half its storage. The Spectre’s smaller amenities that the XPS lacks — like the bundled stylus, the USB-A port, the blue color, and the OLED option — are icing on the cake. 

If you’re looking for a premium Windows convertible with a classy aesthetic, that makes the Spectre a no-brainer purchase. This is HP at its best; it’s a luxury laptop in pretty much every area. I can’t imagine that it won’t be the next laptop I buy. 

Photography by Monica Chin / The Verge

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HP Spectre x360 14 review: This 2-in-1 gets it all right

From its privacy features to its pen to its performance, this laptop hits all the marks.

Updated June 28, 2021 4:00 a.m. PT

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HP Spectre x360 14

  • Zippy performance with superb battery life
  • IR camera, fingerprint reader, webcam kill switch and mic mute button for increased privacy
  • Premium look and feel
  • Thunderbolt ports crowded to one side

With so many people still working from home, having a handful of office-friendly features goes a long way. For example, the 2021 version of the HP Spectre x360 14 is the company's first Spectre two-in-one with a taller 3:2-ratio display. While 16:9 wide-screen displays are nice for entertainment, a 3:2 display is roughly the same as a standard A4 sheet of paper and has about 20% more vertical viewing space than a 16:9 display. That means you do less scrolling when you're working. It also makes it more comfortable to use as a tablet, especially with the included active pen. 

But HP isn't alone with a taller display on a two-in-one.  Acer's Spin 5 , the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 , Asus ROG X13 Flow ,  Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga for business and Microsoft's Surface Pro  are all excellent options. So what else does the Spectre x360 14 going for it? Quite a lot actually, and while the ones I just mentioned (and the 16:9 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 ) are excellent in their own ways, the Spectre x360 14 is a better balance of features, performance and design. 

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HP Spectre x360 14 is a tall-screen two-in-one.

The Spectre x360 14 is not a bargain, however. It's a premium model and is priced as such, currently starting at $1,170 on HP's site . It can be set up with an 11th-gen Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB or 16GB of memory, up to 2TB of storage and a choice between two 13.5-inch 1,920-by-1,280-pixel displays, one with 400-nit brightness and the other with 1,000-nit brightness and HP's privacy screen feature, which makes it difficult for onlookers to see what's on your screen. You can also pick one up with a 3,000-by-2,000-pixel OLED display for $1,730 . Prices for the Spectre x360 14 starts at £1,200 in the UK and AU$3,199 in Australia.

The configuration I tested sells for $1,430 and is what I would consider good for most people, although I would personally spend the extra $80 for the 1000-nit display with the integrated privacy screen. The extra brightness is nice for working outside and the additional privacy is handy on a plane, in a hotel lobby or a coffee shop. 

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No flimsy build quality here.

It looks the part

Regardless of what components you go with, the Spectre x360 14 looks and feels like a premium two-in-one. Admittedly, the laptop's angular gem-cut edges and cutaway corners might not be for everyone, but they do help it stand out and actually add to the functionality. The dual-chamfer edges make it easier to grip and open the x360 from the front or sides, for example.

Also, the cutaway corner on the right side has one of the laptop's two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. Since it charges via USB-C, the angled port allows you to charge the x360 while keeping the cord out of the way. It also helps keep your desk tidy and is nicer to use with a USB-C dock. 

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All but one USB-A port are crammed into the rear right side.

The one minor complaint I have is HP put both of the laptop's USB-C ports on the same side (like a MacBook Air). Generally, it's not an issue, but since they can both be used for charging, it would be nice if the ports were split between the sides. This isn't uncommon with premium models, however, it seems like a missed opportunity to give people a little more flexibility when charging and more space for connecting other devices.

All together now

Many two-in-ones put things like the power button and volume controls on the sides so they're more accessible when used in tablet or kiosk mode. HP's done that with past x360s but not here; the power button and the webcam kill switch are now integrated into the keyboard along with a mic mute button and a fingerprint reader. 

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The touchpad matches the screen ratio.

HP's keyboards on its Spectre models are some of my favorites and that's still the case here. It's comfortable, easy to read and backlit. The precision touchpad is also excellent and matches the 3:2 screen ratio. HP includes one of its full-size USB-C rechargeable MPP 2.0 tilt pens for writing and drawing on the display. It doesn't store in the body, but it magnetically attaches to help keep it from rolling off your desk. HP bundles a laptop sleeve with the laptop that has a pen loop on it for storage.

What's also nice to have included here is the depth-sensing IR camera you can use for signing in with face recognition. That way no matter which mode you're using the Spectre x360 14 in, you'll be about to unlock it just by looking at the camera. It just makes getting right to work that much easier.

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The Spectre x360 14 is slim and light at 3 pounds.

All about Evo

I've tested a bunch of Intel Evo-verified laptops at this point and they've all lived up to the platform's promise. The  Evo label  means the system is tested to hit certain mobile performance requirements such as getting at least 9 hours of battery life with normal use, recharging quickly, nearly instantly waking and connecting to Wi-Fi and being just as responsive on battery power as it is plugged in. All of these things are true for this HP. 

While its performance wasn't quite as fast in our benchmark tests as other similarly configured systems, it held its own. And in general use, it certainly never felt sluggish or remotely slow. It's not a gaming laptop or meant for content creation, though it can handle casual use for both. Battery life was long, too, getting 14 hours, 22 minutes on our streaming video test and it had no problem getting through a workday and beyond with occasional breaks.

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A killer combination

The HP Spectre x360 14 is unquestionably excellent. With a display that's as tall as a 15.6-inch laptop but only as wide as a 13.3-inch model, you get more vertical space to work without impacting portability. The aluminum body gives you that high-quality feel you expect at this price. It's loaded with privacy features that make it great for remote work. And with several configuration options, you can tailor it for your performance and battery life needs. If the tall screen isn't what you want, though, Lenovo's Yoga 9i is equally impressive or you can check out other options on our list of the best two-in-ones .

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HP Spectre x360 14 review

This hp 2-in-1 packs beauty and brawn into a svelte package well-suited for work and play.

HP Spectre x360 14 review

Tom's Guide Verdict

This 2-in-1 laptop combines beauty, brawn, and brains to create the ultimate entertainment center and workhorse.

Excellent sound quality

Stellar display

Intuitive touchscreen and pen controls

Ultra portable

Very expensive

No 10-key option

Pen input finicky for left-handed users

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Price: $1,669 as reviewed CPU:  Intel Core i7-1165G7 Display:  14-inch 1920 x 1280 FHD (as tested) or 3000 x 2000 OLED touchscreen Battery:  12:11 (tested) Memory:  16GB Storage:  256GB to 512GB SSD Dimensions:  11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches Weight:  2.95 pounds

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a powerhouse of a convertible laptop, featuring top-tier hardware that provides excellent performance for both work and play. Available in three colors (silver, black, and navy blue) and sporting an ultra-thin profile of just .67 inches, the HP Spectre x360 brings a touch of sophisticated style that perfectly complements its internal components. Whether your office is wherever you happen to be that day, or you're looking to upgrade your home laptop, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option.  

Buyers be warned though, this 2-in-1 laptop comes at a steep price. The entry-level models start at $1,369 (though HP is discounting that to $1,249 at time of publication), meaning many customers will be left searching for more affordable options. However, if you're willing to spend a bit more to get a quality laptop that will serve you well for years to come, or just want to be able to buy the best of the best no matter the cost, the HP Spectre x360 14 is an excellent option. 

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Pricing and availability

As mentioned earlier, this laptop's impressive power and gorgeous design comes at a high price. With a starting price of $1,369 it's comparable to laptops like the Core i7 Dell XPS 13 ($1,259) and the MacBook Pro 13 ($1,299). You can pick one up through the official HP store, the Intel website, or you can try your luck at major retailers if you're hoping to get lucky with a good deal or sale price. 

I tested the $1,669.99 version loaded up with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 2.8GHz quad core CPU (that can be overclocked to 4.7GHz), 512GB solid state drive, 16GB RAM, integrated Intel Xe Graphics, and 14-inch FHD touchscreen display. 

It comes packaged with a rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen, which is perfect for digital artists or anyone who prefers to take handwritten notes during class or meetings, as well as a faux leather protective sleeve to prevent damage while it's packed away in your backpack, tote bag, or carry-on luggage. I suggest springing for the 1TB SSD and 2K OLED screen options to ensure that you have plenty of space for projects and optimal color ranges if you work with photography, video, or graphics.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Design

The chassis for the HP Spectre x360 14 is made of machined aluminum and is available in three colors. The Poseidon Navy model I was able to test looks stunning, and was the envy of the household.

The 180-degree hinges feel sturdy and solid while folding the laptop into tablet mode or back into traditional laptop mode; there is virtually zero side-to-side play, which is great for long-term durability.

The laptop weighs just under 3 pounds, and manages to pack a 14-inch screen into an 11-inch housing; measuring just 0.67 inches thin, this laptop easily slips into almost any bag for commutes, business travel, or heading to the library to finish a term paper.

The included protective sleeve is made of sleek, black faux leather with plenty of cushioning to protect your hefty investment from flexing, scratches, and minor bumps and knocks.

The included rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen looks and feels like a high-quality traditional ink pen, and the input buttons are perfectly placed for use in either the left or right hand; the pen comes with two additional nibs for quick and easy replacement if one becomes damaged or worn.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Ports

The model I tested featured two USB-C ports for both connectivity and charging, a USB Type-A port, headphone/microphone jack, microSD card reader, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless peripheral and device connections.

However, the Bluetooth 5.0 connection only allows for setting up 2 simultaneous devices; bad news for anyone who has invested in multiple wireless peripherals like headsets and mice, or needs to connect multiple mobile devices to their laptop. 

With Wi-Fi 6 compatibility you can take advantage of next-gen wireless internet speeds in order to transfer files to and from cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive, making external physical storage a moot point. It's also perfect for anyone who has frequent video calls and virtual meetings and needs a fast, reliable connection.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Display

You can choose between a 1920 x 1280 FHD or a 3000 x 2000 OLED touchscreen for your new Spectre x360 14. For most applications at work or at home, the full HD screen will be just fine. HP claims it can deliver up to 1000 nits of brightness, depending on your customization options, meaning that you'll be able to watch videos or drop into virtual meetings and visual calls in almost any lighting environment. It also has incredibly wide viewing angles.

The screen gets bright enough for most settings, and in our testing we recorded an average brightness of 365 nits across the whole display. That's as good as Apple's latest MacBook Air (365 nits) but a bit short of competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (469 nits). The colors look great, too; in our testing the HP Spectre x360 14 with a 1920 x 1080 FHD display covered 105.3% of the sRGB color spectrum, beating out the XPS 13 (97.9%) but falling behind the MacBook Air (114%).  

I tested our review unit with YouTube and Hulu in both tablet and laptop mode, and even at extreme side angles, colors remained vivid and true-to-life. If you're a digital artist or work in video production, you may want to spring for the OLED touchscreen for more consistent brightness and enhanced color and detailing. 

Both options are made with Gorilla Glass for durability when using touch controls either with your hands or the Tilt Pen. The glass feels smooth and sturdy, with very little flex, so you won't have to worry about damaging your screen when you swipe, write, or tap away at your programs and files.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Keyboard and Tilt Pen

The chiclet-style keyboard has an ultra-low profile that feels great to type on, though if you're used to mechanical or optical switch keyboards, it may feel a bit "mushy" and takes some getting used to. It has two levels of backlighting to make it easy to type in almost any setting, and you can turn off the backlight completely for bright rooms or when it would be a distraction, like in a meeting. 

Both the display and trackpad allow for intuitive gesture controls; you can pinch to zoom, swipe, and tap the screen, and the trackpad allows for pinch zoom and quick scrolling. Taking notes with the Tilt Pen feels almost identical to writing with traditional pen and paper, and the program that parses handwriting into digitized text is great at picking out words and letters even if you're like me and have horrible penmanship. 

If you're left-handed, you may want to use sticky keys to lock the Windows Start button and taskbar so you don't accidentally close out of your document or art program in the middle of a project. While a minor annoyance, it doesn't detract from the ease of use offered by the Tilt Pen for when you want to make comments on a report or PowerPoint, write yourself a to-do list, or knock out some preliminary sketches for clients. The pen has two input buttons that can act as right and left click would on a mouse or they can be customized to suit whichever program you're working in for personalized shortcuts; this is great for quickly switching brushes in Photoshop or effects in Lightroom.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Audio

HP partnered with Bang & Olufsen to pack some high-quality audio into this slim little laptop. The four-speaker array located above the keyboard delivers clean, clear sound in both laptop and tablet mode. 

While many laptop speakers can sound "tinny" or have a "buzz" at high volumes, the Bang & Olufsen speakers sound amazing even at full volume. Everything from dialogue in movies and shows to industrial noise rock and techno comes through crisp and clear. I put on some podcasts and personal playlists while doing chores around the house and was able to hear everything clearly even in other rooms across the house. 

The HP Audio Boost software included with the laptop allows you to create custom audio mixers to suit your tastes in music and switch between several presets quickly and easily when you're in the mood for something different.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Performance

The Intel Core i7 CPU in our review unit can handle just about anything you can throw at it, from typical work programs like Google Docs, PowerPoint, and Chrome to streaming movies, music, and even casual gaming.

While I wouldn't classify the Spectre x360 14 as a gaming laptop, you shouldn't have any issues playing games like Minecraft, Among Us, or Fortnite for a few hours with friends. More graphically-demanding games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will definitely push the laptop to its limits, so maybe keep that to your desktop or console. 

In terms of raw numbers, the HP Spectre x360 14 review unit we tested put up a respectable average score of 4,937 in our Geekbench 5 general performance test, beating the similarly-priced Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 (3,880) but falling behind competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (5,254).

The SSD is speedy enough, as evidenced by the fact that in our file transfer test (which measures how fast a laptop clones 25GB of files) the Spectre x360 14 moved files at a decent clip of 764MBps. That's decent, but behind competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (806MBps) and the ZenBook Duo 14 (921 MBps).

If you're looking to edit video on the go, know that our Spectre x360 14 review unit performed decently in our Handbrake video editing test, converting a 4K video to 1080p in just over 17 minutes. That's better than the 18 minutes it took our Dell XPS 13 review unit to complete the same task, but far slower than the 7:44 it took the MacBook Air to get it done.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Battery life

This laptop sports an updated 4-cell lithium-ion battery that HP rates at 21.5 hours running video playback; our web surfing tests put the battery life just north of 12 hours, which is more realistic for a typical work day. That's better than the Dell XPS 13 (11:7 as tested) and nearly as good as the Lenovo Yoga 9i (11:15 as tested). More importantly, it means you can go all day, or several days, before you need to even think about plugging in. 

When you do need to top up your battery, the USB-C port supports rapid charging, giving you up to 50 percent battery in just 45 minutes, so you can recharge over your lunch break or while you're in a meeting.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Security

The model I tested had what I consider to be baseline options for security in work and home laptops. It had a physical camera shutter and dedicated mute button for the integrated microphone, which is helpful for both virtual meetings and making sure no one peeks into your office or listens in on your calls without you knowing. 

If you deal with sensitive information or creative projects, the integrated fingerprint reader creates a password-free log-in shortcut for important programs, files, and accounts to prevent theft and unauthorized access. The integrated webcam has infrared capabilities and works with Windows Hello to allow facial recognition for another layer of protection.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Cooling

Since this is a slim 2-in-1 laptop, there isn't much room for air or liquid cooling to keep the machine running at optimal temperatures. However, the built-in fans do a decent job of drawing waste heat away from vital components like your CPU and forcing it out of the vents in the bottom of the laptop. 

During typical office work, the laptop doesn't ever get too warm to the touch, and the fans stay fairly quiet, which is great for anyone who works in an open-concept office or shares workspace with others. The HP Command Center app allows you to choose from four fan operation presets or manually control the cooling fan to suit your work. You can also use this app to monitor your fan speed and CPU temperature to catch problems before they escalate.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a great long-term investment for anyone looking to upgrade their mobile workstation. You can customize the laptop's configuration on the HP official store site for the optimum balance between power, performance, and design. 

Of course, if you're not tied to Windows, the Apple MacBook Air with M1 will give you better battery life, better colors, and better photo/video editing performance for roughly the same price.

On the flip side, MacBook users looking to move to a Windows-based computer will love the familiar feel of the HP Spectre x360 14's keyboard and USB-C connections as well as the gorgeous FHD and 2K OLED displays. The 2-in-1 convertible form factor is ideal for anyone who wants to streamline their workflow and eliminate redundant devices like tablets; the 180-degree hinges make it a breeze to switch from a traditional laptop to a tablet for watching videos or drawing. 

While the price is steep, the top-notch components are worth the extra cash in order to keep up with current and next-generation graphics and processing needs as well as internet and wireless connectivity. 

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HP Spectre x360 (2021) review

The hp spectre x360 (2021) receives an major update.

The HP Spectre x360 (2021) on a wooden desk next to a notebook and a pot of succulent

TechRadar Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 (2021) presents a brilliant update on an already excellent laptop, bringing the latest Intel hardware to a stunningly designed 2-in-1 device. It can get a bit loud, and it's expensive – but it looks beautiful, and offers brilliant battery life as well.

Gorgeous design

Excellent battery life

Great performance for day-to-day work

Large, comfortable keyboard

Fans can get noisy

Not great as a tablet device

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HP Spectre x360 (2021): two-minute review

It’s hard to improve on a winning formula but the HP Spectre x360 (2021) has done just that. It raises the bar of what to expect out of these laptops now that it comes with Intel ’s Evo certification. 

To meet Intel’s standards, HP had to not only improve upon the laptop’s performance but its design and battery life as well. In fact, it lasted almost 13 hours in our PCMark 10 battery life test.

This makes the 2021 refresh of the Spectre x360 one of the best laptops out there right now, building on everything we loved in our HP Spectre x360 (2020) review . Whether you’re concerned about battery life and want something that can hang with Chromebooks and MacBooks during long workdays, need something portable enough to easily take on the go, or want something powerful, the HP will be able to satisfy just about any user outside of hardcore gamers.

Price and availability Design Performance Battery Life Features Should I buy? Also consider

With that said, the HP Spectre x360 takes some missteps. It’s a bit clumsy when in tablet mode since it’s a bit too big to comfortably use in that mode. If that’s a crucial feature for you and you want a laptop that’s as easy to use no matter what form factor it’s in, you might want to consider a Surface Pro 7 or iPad instead, which are thin and light tablets that can be used with keyboards.

Our other issue is that the fans become quite loud when you’re using the laptop – and, on occasion, even when you’re not. A few times we heard the fans kick even when the Spectre x360 was closed. It’s the one area of the design that doesn't feel completely premium.

Aside from those issues, this is a supremely accomplished laptop that’s great for day-to-day use, including work. However, with starting prices of $1,349/£1,199/AU$3,339 (various markets have different starting configurations), it's pricey. If you have the budget for it, though, you won’t be disappointed.

HP Spectre x360: price and availability

  • How much is it? Starting at $1,149 / £1,199 / AU$3,399
  • When can you get it? The HP Spectre x360 (2021) is available now
  • Where can you get it? The HP Spectre x360 (2021) is available in the US, UK, and Australia

The HP Spectre x360 (2021) is available in a variety of configurations and prices. Prices start at $1,149.99 in the US, for a model with an Intel Core i5 -1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

In the UK, the base model costs £1,199.99 and comes with an Intel Core i5 -1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.

Then there’s a version with an Intel Core i7 -1165G7 processor, 16GB of R AM and a 512GB SSD, which is the version on review here. It costs $1,349.99/£1,399.99.

There's also a model with the same CPU and RAM, but with a 1TB SSD and a 4K OLED screen for £1,699.99.

In addition, the Spectre x360 comes with various screen sizes: 13 inches (the version we’re testing), 15 inches, and 13.5 inches (which has a taller 16:10 aspect ratio).

Here is the HP Spectre x360 (2021) configuration sent to TechRadar for review: 

CPU : Intel Core i7-1165G7 (quad-core, up to 4.7GHz Boost) Graphics : Intel Iris Xe RAM : 16GB LPDDR4 (3200MHz) Screen : 13.3-inch FHD (1080p) touch Storage : 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD Ports : 1x USB-A 3.1, 2 x Thunderbolt 4, microSD card reader, combi audio jack Connectivity : Intel Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5 Camera : HP TrueVision HD 1080p IR Webcam Weight : 2.8 pounds (1.3kg) Size (W x D x H) : 12.08 x 7.66 x 0.67 ins (306 x 194.5 x 16.9 mm)

In Australia, you can get the 13-inch model with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD for AU$3,399. It's also available with the Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 4K OLED screen and a 2TB SSD for AU$4,599.

Like models in the UK and US, there are numerous configurations available, including models with 14-inch and 15-inch screen sizes.

So, as you can see, there's plenty of choice available for those in the market for a new HP Spectre x360 – but we'd hesitate to say there's a model for every budget. Even the cost of the base models exceed those of many other laptops. This is a seriously premium laptop – which means it needs to work hard to justify its high price.

HP Spectre x360: design

  • Stunning design
  • Good amount of ports
  • A better laptop than tablet

With a premium price you expect a premium design, and HP certainly delivers with the HP Spectre x360 (2021). To be honest, we never had any doubt that it would; the previous model was one of the nicest-looking laptops we've had the pleasure of reviewing.

So, it comes as little surprise that the new model is yet another gorgeous laptop from HP. Design-wise, the Spectre x360 is basically identical to the previous model  – which is no bad thing, considering how impressed we were with its looks.

The Spectre x360 arrives with a brushed-metal design that's available in several color combinations. The 360-degree hinge, which allows the screen to flip back completely, turning the Spectre x360 into a tablet-like device, feels solid and reliable. The right-hand side is engraved with the word ‘Spectre’ – a nice touch that further cements the Spectre x360’s overall premium feel.

In terms of connections, you get an audio-in jack and full-size USB port on the right (the inclusion of a full-size USB port is a nice touch for such a thin and light laptop), plus two USB-C ports, a microSD port and a physical webcam kill switch on the left.

The latter allows you to turn off the webcam when it isn't in use; it's a great feature for people concerned about their privacy. It’s definitely a big selling point, and that – along with the full-size USB port and microSD slot – show that it is possible for a thin and light laptop to incorporate multiple connections without compromising design. It certainly puts the two USB-C ports of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) and MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) to shame.

Open up the HP Spectre x360 and you’re presented with a bright and vibrant screen, surrounded by extremely thin bezels. This gives the device a modern look, while keeping the overall size of the laptop down. 

It’s another case of a Windows 10 laptop looking more stylish than an Apple MacBook – something both HP and Intel will be pleased to learn, and is yet another reason for Apple to consider updating its MacBook designs.

The keyboard is large and enjoyable to use, with the keys offering decent travel. They’re also backlit, so you can comfortably use them in the dark.

The touchpad is nice and responsive. It's wider than you’d expect on a 13-inch laptop, providing a bit more room to move your fingers. There’s also a fingerprint scanner to the right of the touchpad for logging into Windows 10.

Similar to HP's provision of ports, the company has found a way of cramming a large keyboard and trackpad into a small body. It’s a seriously impressive design feat, and means the HP Spectre x360 doesn’t only look good, it feels good to use as well.

Flipping the screen entirely back, using the Spectre x360 as a tablet-like device, the large touchscreen works well. However, while this is a thin and light laptop, compared to tablets such as the iPad, the Spectre x360 actually feels heavy and bulky. 

Having the option to use the laptop in this way is certainly welcome, but it isn't an ideal replacement for a standard tablet. The Spectre x360 is far more successful as a laptop.

HP Spectre x360: performance

  • Upgraded 11th-gen Intel processors
  • Not really good for gaming

The biggest upgrade on the HP Spectre x360 (2021) over the previous model are its components and performance, with the laptop being a showcase for Intel’s latest mobile processors.

The review unit we were sent in for review features an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor. This is a quad-core unit that can achieve boost speeds of up to 4.70GHz, which marks a decent leap over the Intel Core i7-1065G7 (the previous generation CPU) included in last year’s model.

As you can see in our Cinebench and Geekbench results, the new Spectre x360 delivers a lift in performance compared to last year’s model, with a single-core score of 1,317 compared to the previous model’s 1,259. It isn't a huge leap, but it’s an increase nonetheless. The Intel Core i7-1065G7 was a pretty great mobile processor anyway, so it’s good that Intel has built on its solid foundation.

Here’s how the HP Spectre x360 (2021) performed in our suite of benchmark tests :

Cinebench R20 : 1,430 points GeekBench 5 : 1,317 (single-core); 4,541 (multi-core) PCMark 10 (Home Test) : 4,721 points  PCMark 10 Battery Life : 12 hours 52 minutes  Battery Life (TechRadar movie test) : 11 hours 22 minutes

Overall, as a result of the new CPU, along with a hefty 16GB of RAM, the HP Spectre x360 is a great little performer, with Windows 10 feeling fast and responsive. Multi-tasking, with numerous apps open at once, alongside plenty of Edge tabs too, didn’t really serve to slow down the Spectre x360’s performance, either.

For day-to-day use, then, the Spectre x360 delivers the sort of performance you'd expect of a premium laptop at this price point. You certainly won’t be disappointed.

However, one of the biggest upgrades to come alongside the new Tiger Lake CPUs such as the Intel Core i7-1165G7 is the inclusion of Intel Iris Xe graphics. This is an integrated GPU that promises to offer vastly improved performance compared to previous integrated graphics, and could even rival some discrete GPUs.

While the Spectre x360 certainly isn't one of the best gaming laptops out there, it could feasibly run some of the best PC games that don't have especially steep hardware requirements and will definitely do better than a lot of other thin and light laptops out there. 

While Cyberpunk 2077 at full graphical settings isn't on that list, Intel has claimed it could play GTA 5 at over 60fps, while esports games such as Rocket League, League of Legends and CS:GO – which are less graphically demanding, but require fast performance – could be playable on the right settings.

So, of course, we attempted to play a few games on the HP Spectre x360. As we've mentioned, this definitely isn't a gaming laptop, but we wanted to see if it would be possible to play games at the end of the day, when you want to unwind after a hard day at work.

The answer is: sort of . Total War: Three Kingdoms managed only 30fps on low settings. Anything more demanding was unplayable. We also fired up Ori and the Will of the Wisps – a visually stunning 2D platform game, which despite looking great, is less taxing than a lot of other modern games. 

Unfortunately, we had to drop graphical settings to low, and scale down the resolution, to achieve smooth gameplay. As such, while it was possible to play modern games such as Ori and the Will of the Wisps, it was only with big sacrifices to graphical fidelity. So, don’t give up the day job, Spectre x360.

One thing to note, is that even while performing relatively low-powered tasks, such as downloading an app, the fans of the Spectre x360 will kick in. In a way, it’s understandable, since this is a super-thin laptop that needs to keep its components cool. 

However, it proved annoying, and was in sharp contrast to the silent operation we saw in our Apple MacBook Air (M1) review , which has a fanless design.

HP Spectre x360: battery life

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One of the biggest quality of life improvements Intel is pushing with its Intel Evo platform is long battery life, and the HP Spectre x360 (2021) doesn’t disappoint here. It lasted an excellent 11 hours and 22 minutes in our own battery life test, which loops a 1080p video file at 50% brightness until the battery dies.

The previous HP Spectre x360 also performed well in this test, scoring 10 hours and 55 minutes. Nevertheless, the extra half an hour is welcome, and it means the more powerful components haven’t come at the cost of battery life.

We also ran the intensive PCMark 10 battery life test on the laptop, which replicates day-to-day use such as web browsing and video calling. Here, the Spectre x360 managed almost 13 hours – again, a very impressive achievement and a big leap over the previous model’s four-hour result (on PCMark 8).

As such, the Spectre x360's battery is nice and balanced; it's able to last equally well in both light- and medium-use cases. You’ll easily get through a full work day on this laptop, which makes it an excellent tool for business users who are looking for a device that offers superb performance, fantastic looks, and won’t need to be plugged in until they return home.

HP Spectre x360: software and features

The HP Spectre x360 (2021) is premium enough that it isn't overwhelmed by bloatware, and – being a 2-in-1 touchscreen – also comes with an HP Tilt Pen. There is also a physical webcam killswitch, which is something that should be standard on every laptop in 2021, but many still haven't gotten with the program. 

Even better, the HP killswitch is a physical shutter over the camera rather than a software webcam deactivation, since in the latter case, malicious actors can reactivated your webcam remotely with a little bit of malware. Software killswitches are really only good enough to let you easily shut off your camera when you need to step away from the meeting, but that's about it. 

HP has been a real leader on the physical shutter front (along with Lenovo), and as such, we will never miss an opportunity to commend either company for caring about its customers' privacy and consistently implementing privacy shutters. More manufacturers need to follow their example.

Should you buy an HP Spectre x360 (2021)?

If you're still seriously considering the HP Spectre x360 (2021), we can safely say you're almost certainly not going to be disappointed, but even though it's one of the best 2-in-1 laptops you're going to find anywhere, it's not going to be the right fit for everybody.

Buy it if...

You want a stylish laptop The HP Spectre x360 really does look and feel premium, sporting one of the best designs we’ve seen in a laptop.

You want a powerful laptop for day-to-day use The new 11th-generation mobile CPU from Intel means Windows 10 runs extremely well, and the laptop is even capable of a bit of light gaming.

You’re after all-day battery life The battery life of the HP Spectre x360 is excellent; it will easily last you a full work or school day. Even on long transatlantic flights (remember those?), this laptop should last the journey.

Don't buy it if...

You just want a tablet The Spectre x360 can double as a tablet-like device, but it’s bigger, bulkier and more expensive. If you just want a tablet, there are better options out there.

You want a silent laptop The fans of the Spectre x360 kick in a little bit too readily, which means this is a laptop that can get noisy in use. The new MacBook Air, with its fanless design, shows how it’s done.

You’re on a budget This laptop with a premium design and premium features also comes with a premium price tag.

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HP Spectre x360 14 Review: The New Best 2-in-1 Laptop

Gorgeous 2-in-1 with a vivid 3:2 touchscreen and an excellent keyboard.

HP Spectre x360 14

Tom's Hardware Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a beautifully constructed 2-in-1 laptop with a vibrant 3:2 OLED touch screen to showcase your work. It has an excellent keyboard and a variety of ports for all of your accessories. Those who prioritize battery life may want to consider a non-OLED configuration, however.

Sleek, attractive design

Vivid 3:2 display shows more of your work

Clicky, responsive keyboard

Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-A ports

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There's no need to beat around the bush: the HP Spectre x360 14 ($1,219.99 to start; $1,699.99 as tested) is one of the best ultrabooks we've tested in the last several months. It's exquisitely designed with a 13.5-inch, 3:2 display that showcases more of your work, whether it be words, numbers, or code. 

You'll pay a premium price for it, but it sure feels premium, with a sleek chassis, clicky keyboard and both USB Type-C and Type-A ports, as well as a microSD card reader. The model we reviewed had an impressive OLED screen with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution. It looks great, but if you want all-day battery life, you may consider alternative configurations. 

Design of the HP Spectre x360 14 

HP makes a handsome laptop. The Spectre x360 doesn't make a ton of changes to what has largely become a tried and true design. It's an aluminum notebook with solid construction. Ours came in "nightfall black" with copper accents, which I think is a bit showy for my tastes these days, but you can also get in "Poseidon blue" or my likely choice, "natural silver." 

The back two edges near the 360-degree hinge are chopped off, one of which makes room for a Thunderbolt 4 port. It's a divisive choice, but it's grown on me. That placement lets you flip from a laptop into a tablet while it's charging and barely move the cable at all.

When you unfold the laptop for the first time, you'll notice the big difference with this Spectre: a 13.5-inch, 3:2 display that feels incredibly luxurious compared to the 16:9 screen on the smaller Spectre x360 13 that we recently reviewed. There's minimal bezel around it, putting the focus on your work. It also creates a slightly longer profile for the whole device. Unlike many 2-in-1s, the power button is on the keyboard, rather than the side of the device. As a person using it primarily as a laptop, I prefer this choice, though tablet-heavy users might be annoyed.  There's also a fingerprint reader next to the arrow keys, this, combined with the IR camera, allows for security options beyond a password whether in tablet or laptop mode, which I appreciate. The speaker grilles above the function keys make for a nice accent. 

There aren't a ton of ports on the Spectre x360 14, but there's enough for most people's everyday use. Most of the action is on the right side, where you'll find two Thunderbolt 4 ports (one on the right corner), a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microSD card. On the right, there is one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port. The rest of that side of the notebook is magnetized to fit the included HP Tilt Pen.

At 2.95 pounds with an 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67-inch footprint, the Spectre is fairly compact. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is 2.9 pounds and 11.69 x 8.15 x 0.56 inches — a bit smaller — but also has a 13.4-inch screen in a 16:10 aspect ratio. The MacBook Pro is a 3 pound clamshell and measures 11.95 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches, and the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 is 2.7 pounds and 12 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches. 

HP Spectre x360 14 Specifications 

Productivity performance on the hp spectre x360 14 .

Our HP Spectre x360 14 review unit came with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD with 32GB of Intel Optane memory. In my use, it could handle plenty of browser tabs and streaming video without an issue. On the Geekbench 5 overall performance benchmark, the Spectre earned a single-core score of 1,462 and a multi-core score of 4,904. The ZenBook Flip S was in a similar range. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 had a higher score in multi-core performance (5,639). The MacBook Pro, too, had a higher multi-core score when emulated through Rosetta 2 to run the same version of the test (5,925).

The Spectre transferred 25GB of files at a rate of 533.61 MBps, faster than the XPS 13 2-in-1, but slower than the ZenBook Flip S (979.37 MBps).

In our Handbrake test, which transcodes a 4K video to 1080p , the Spectre x360 14 finished the task in 18 minutes and 5 seconds. While this was four minutes faster than the ZenBook, the XPS 13 2-in-1 was speedier and the MacBook Pro led the whole pack, even while emulating x86 instructions.

To stress the Spectre, we ran it through 20 runs of Cinebench R23. It was fairly consistent in the low 4,000's, though there were some peaks up to around 4,300. The CPU ran at an average of 2.61 GHz and an average temperature of 74.07 degrees Celsius (165.33 degrees Fahrenheit).

Display on the HP Spectre x360 14 

The 13.5-inch touchscreen on the Spectre x360 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, making it taller than it is wide. It's an opulent amount of space, especially for doing work. You'll see more text, code, spreadsheet cells or whatever else you're working on because the screen is taller. It's a big improvement over 16:9 displays, and makes for a more natural shape as a tablet, as it's similar in shape to a piece of paper. Our main review configuration was an OLED model with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution. It looked incredible, with deep blacks and vibrant colors, as has been the case on most OLED monitors we've seen to date. Of course, most videos are still 16:9, so when I watched the trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong , it was letterboxed on the top and bottom. The beginning of the trailer features the titular ape on a barge during a sunset, and its blue and orange hues were beautiful as jets flew overhead.

The OLED screen covers 139.7% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (the non-OLED, 1920 x 1280 screen covered 74.6%).  The next best was the ZenBook Flip S, also with an OLED display, at 113.1%. The MacBook Pro measured 78.3% and the XPS 13 2-in-1 covered 70%.

The Spectre’s display measured an average of 339 nits on our light meter. This never seemed like an issue in regular use, though the ZenBook, XPS 13 2-in-1 and MacBook Pro all got far brighter.

Keyboard, Touchpad and Stylus on the HP Spectre x360 14 

The keyboard on the Spectre takes up as much room as possible, moving from edge to edge of the chassis . This gave HP room to include a full keyboard, including an extra column for home, page up, page down and end keys. The tilde key is a little squeezed, but not enough for me to be inconvenienced. The keys are clicky (they even have a bit of a clicky sound!), and I really enjoyed typing on them. On the 10fastfingers typing test, I reached 105 words per minute with my usual 2% error rate. There's a fingerprint reader built into the keyboard on the right side, next to the arrow keys. On the function row, there's a key to kill the camera. The F1 key is sort of wasted, though, in that it is programmed exclusively to open the browser and search for "how to get help in Windows 10 ."

HP has equipped the Spectre x360 with a 4.5 x 2.8-inch touchpad. It's slightly smaller than the MacBook Pro (5.1 x 32 inches), but is still plenty spacious. With Windows 10 precision drivers , it responded immediately to every gesture.

A rechargeable stylus is included with the laptop, the "HP Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen." (MPP is short for Microsoft Pen Protocol.) It's round with one flat edge that connects to the left side of the laptop with magnets. That flat side also has two customizable buttons

The Spectre's palm rejection worked pretty well, and the stylus worked well with both tilting and shading in supported applications. In Paint 3D, using the crayon tool required extra pressure for a deep hue, just like the real thing. I do wish, like some of Microsoft's styluses, that HP would add an eraser to the end.

HP claims it lasts 30 hours on a charge. When you slide up the top of the stylus, a USB-C port is revealed, which is a neat addition. A ring light on the very top tells you its charging status.

Audio on the HP Spectre x360 14 

HP's collaboration with Bang & Olufsen has produced winning laptop audio for a while now, and the Spectre x360 14 is no exception.

These things get loud — too loud, even. As I listened to Spotify, I turned the volume down as Fall Out Boy's "Bob Dylan" stormed through my apartment. The drums, vocals and guitars were clear. Bass was a bit quiet. I tried changing that manually in the Bang & Olufsen control center, but to a little effect. There are presets in that app, but I found most of them to be overkill.

Upgrading the HP Spectre x360 14

Unfortunately, HP has made upgrades and repairs to the Spectre x360 14 more difficult for the average person than they need to be. There are two visible Torx screws on the underside of the laptop, but underneath the rear rubber foot, there are four more Phillips head screws. The feet are applied with adhesive and could rip when you remove them. HP makes extras available to authorized repair shops. If you did get into the laptop, per the maintenance manual , you would find that while the RAM is soldered down, the SSD, WI-Fi module and battery are user replaceable.

Battery Life on the HP Spectre x360 14 

Like most laptops with OLED screens, the Spectre x360 14's battery life isn't exceptional. It will last you most of the day, but you'll want to bring the braided USB Type-C charger with you. On our test, which continuously has laptops browse the web, run OpenGL tests and stream video over Wi-Fi at 150 nits, the Spectre ran for 7 hours and 14 minutes. A non-OLED version with a 1920 x 1280 screen ran for 12:11, should you value battery life over image quality. 

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 lasted 10:52, while the ZenBook Flip S (also with OLED) ran for 8:11. The MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 processor lasted the longest at a whopping 16:32.

Heat on the HP Spectre x360 14

We took skin temperature measurements on the 14-inch Spectre x360 while running our Cinebench R23 stress test. 

The center of the keyboard measured 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.64 degrees Fahrenheit), while the touchpad was a cooler 29.4 degrees Celsius (84.92 degrees Fahrenheit). The hottest point on the bottom was 47.1 degrees Celsius (116.78 degrees Fahrenheit).

Webcam on the HP Spectre x360 14 

It's a shame this beautiful, high-resolution screen wasn't paired with a beautiful, high-resolution webcam . Like most laptop cameras, the Spectre x360’s is  still stuck at 720p . An image I took at my well-lit desk was color accurate, catching my navy shirt, blue eyes and the mixed shades of brown in my hair and blue. But overall, the picture was grainy, and light coming in from some nearby windows was blown out.

On the bright side, it works with Windows Hello for facial login. While there's also a fingerprint reader on the keyboard, this is better for logging in when it's a tablet.

Software and Warranty on the HP Spectre x360 14 

While the Spectre x360 is undoubtedly a premium device, it has the kind of bloat you would expect from some budget machines. HP has a lot of its own software. I wish it would combine more of these disparate programs into the main app, HP Command Center, which lets you make performance adjustments based on temperature and sound and also lets you decide which software gets network priority. 

There are separate pieces of software for choosing among different display modes, switching between headphone and speakers, changing HP telemetry settings and adjusting the buttons on the stylus. There's also HP Quick Drop to move files between your phone and the laptop. On top of all that, there is MyHP, which gives you your serial number and is otherwise filled in with some fairly vapid tips for using your PC. HP has also added LastPass, ExpressVPN, Netflix, trials of Adobe software and a promotion with Dropbox for new users to get 25GB of free space. There's also a suite of McAfee software, including McAfee LiveSafe, Personal Security and File Lock. Amazon Alexa is also preinstalled, which may be divisive. It sure is more useful than Cortana. Either way, it's not actively listening. Instead, you have to sign in to your Amazon account.

Of course, there's also some bloatware that’s included in most Windows 10 installs, like Hulu, Roblox and Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure .

HP sells the Spectre x360 14 with a 1-year warranty.

HP Spectre x360 14 Configurations 

We tested the Spectre x360 14 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD with 32GB of Intel Optane memory, a 3000 x 2000 OLED display. It comes in black and costs $1,699.99 at Best Buy as of this writing.

HP sells other configurations on its own website, starting at $1,219.99 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD with16GB of Intel Optane memory and a 1920 x 1280 touchscreen. Changing to black or blue adds $10 to the price, and for more money, you can go up to 2TB of storage (up to an extra $320).

Bottom Line 

The HP Spectre x360 14 is the best 2-in-1 laptop you can get right now. The 3:2 display highlights your work in laptop mode and is more natural than 16:9 or 16:10 screens in tablet mode. It offers solid performance, has a variety of ports, includes a stylus and has an excellent keyboard. If battery life is your priority, the OLED screen won't do you any favors, but the 1920 x 1280 model might be more your speed. The MacBook Pro with M1 , a clamshell alternative, is top of the class in endurance. If you prefer a smaller footprint, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is still very good, though it has fewer ports and a 16:10 screen rather than 3:2.

But the Spectre x360 14 largely has it all, making this one easy to recommend if you're willing to pay a premium price.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social .

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  • g-unit1111 I've always wanted to get a 2-in-1 laptop like this and have always liked the design of the Spectre 360. Right now my Surface is handling those needs but I would definitely get one of these when my Surface is no longer useful. Reply
  • bigdragon I'm glad this review devoted some time to talk about the stylus. (y) Looks like a solid machine that uses space well. Reply
  • jeffunit "The 13.5-inch touchscreen on the Spectre x360 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, making it taller than it is wide. " Based on the photos, it sure looks like the display is wider than it is tall. Does anyone proofread these articles? Reply
jeffunit said: "The 13.5-inch touchscreen on the Spectre x360 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, making it taller than it is wide. " Based on the photos, it sure looks like the display is wider than it is tall. Does anyone proofread these articles?
  • FalconBlue Hi Andrew Freedman – There's a typo here: "On the right, there is one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port." That port is on the left , not the right. You inventoried the ports on the right side in the preceding sentence, and you accidentally referred to the right again in this sentence. Also, there's a typo mentioned above where you said the screen is taller than it is wide. It's the opposite – all computer screens are wider than they are tall, including 3:2 screens. Reply
  • MarsISwaiting No OLED burn-in mentioned in the whole review ... I am really worried about windows taskbar and fixed windows icons on the screen . one of my Samsung phones got Burn in after two years of use . Reply
  • FalconBlue I just stopped by because of the new comment, and notice that Tom's Hardware hasn't fixed the errors in the article. Is this normal? It's been over a week since the initial report on the screen ratio, and almost a week since I reported the erroneous port description, and they haven't fixed them? Isn't Tom's kind of a major publisher in this space? They have tons of revenue, their own fancy HQ building and so forth. It's strange that they would publish and not fix errors. Reply
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HP Spectre x360 14 Convertible Review: An Instant Favorite

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The Spectre x360 14 is HP's latest flagship convertible in its high-end Spectre series joining the existing 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 and 15.6-inch Spectre x360 15 . Despite what its name may suggest, the Spectre x360 14 utilizes a 13.5-inch display instead of a 14-inch one but in a squarer 3:2 form factor that's becoming increasingly common on newer Ultrabooks. HP is hoping to capture a wider audience of professionals and office users with the new aspect ratio as opposed to the traditional 16:9.

Current configurations range from FHD (1920 x 1280) to OLED (3000 x 2000) with 400 nit or 1000 nit options, the Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM, and up to 2 TB of SSD storage starting at $1300 to over $1700 USD. All options come with integrated Iris Xe graphics only. Our specific test unit is a middle configuration sporting the Core i7 CPU, 400-nit FHD touchscreen, and 512 GB SSD for approximately $1500 USD.

Competitors in this space include other 16:10 or 3:2 subnotebooks like the Huawei MateBook X Pro , Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 , Dell XPS 13 9300 , Razer Book 13 , or Asus ZenBook S .

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If you've handled a Spectre x360 13 or 15 in the past, then you'll know exactly what to expect from the Spectre x360 14. HP has translated the existing luxurious Spectre design and metal materials to the new 3:2 form factor without any surprises. Both the base and lid exhibit little flexing and no creaking when attempting to twist their corners or depress their surfaces. Chassis rigidity doesn't feel any better or worse than the Asus ZenBook S or XPS 13, but its gold trims are arguably classier.

One thing we would improve is the rigidity of the hinges at certain angles. The lid falls over too easily once it reaches past 120 degrees which can be annoying when typing or transporting the laptop. This also doesn't give a good sense of longevity as the hinges will inevitably become weaker over time.

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The system is larger and slightly heavier than the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 and so tablet mode is a bit more cumbersome to handle as a result. Of course, owners get a larger display in return without needing to opt for the even bigger Spectre x360 15. Note that the Dell XPS 13 9300 is smaller than our Spectre x360 14 in every dimension due in part to its smaller 13.4-inch 16:10 display.

Familiar metal chassis and quality as the Spectre x360 13 or 15

Connectivity

Port options are identical to the Spectre x360 13 but with a couple of minor changes. Firstly, both the power button and camera kill switch are now directly on the keyboard instead of the rear corner or right edge of the chassis, respectively. Secondly, both USB-C ports now support Thunderbolt 4 in addition to Thunderbolt 3 for users who can take advantage of the extra bandwidth.

The corner USB-C port can feel a little weird at first. We would've preferred a USB-C port on both the left-hand and right-hand edges so users can charge the laptop on either side much like on the Razer Book 13.

Front: No connectivity

SD Card Reader

Fully inserted MicroSD card sits almost flush against the edge. Moving 1 GB of images from our card to desktop is very fast at just over 6 seconds

Communication

The Intel AX201 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. We experienced no issues when connected to our Netgear RAX200 test router.

Soldered WLAN module

Maintenance

The bottom panel is secured by two T5 Torx screws and four Philips screws hidden underneath the rear rubber feet. These latter screws are annoyingly difficult to access which can make simple SSD upgrades more involved than it needs to be. Both RAM and WLAN are soldered.

There isn't much to upgrade once the panel is removed

Accessories and Warranty

The retail packaging include a carrying sleeve and the HP MPP2.0 active pen free of charge. The standard one-year limited warranty applies with plenty of extension options if ordered directly from HP.com.

Input Devices

HP has some of the best laptop keyboards for its Spectre and EliteBook families. Feedback feels crisper and deeper for a more satisfying typing experience when compared to the oftentimes shallower and spongier keyboards on most other Ultrabooks. keys on the XPS 13 keyboard, for example, are shallower and with lighter input pressure. It all comes down to user preference, of course. We recommend testing out the keyboards on the Spectre x360 13 or 15 to get a good sense of what the Spectre x360 14 keyboard feels like.

Key layout is a mixed bag. The fingerprint reader in particular replaces the Ctrl key meaning users who have been relying on this key on other laptops will find the change annoying. Meanwhile, the power button takes slightly more force to depress than the surrounding keys to avoid accidental presses, but we would have preferred a fingerprint-enabled power button instead.

The clickpad is larger than the one on the Spectre x360 13 (11.5 x 7.4 cm vs. 11.1 x 5.6 cm) due to the longer length of the chassis. Texture is similarly smooth and with very little sticking when gliding at slow speeds for accurate cursor control. Clicking on the clickpad has a satisfying audible click even though feedback could have been firmer.

Keyboard layout is similar to the recent Envy series. The Command Center hotkey near the power button is handy, but not customizable

The base LG Philips FHD panel is a high quality IPS panel worthy of the Spectre name. It excels in offering a very high contrast ratio of over 2500:1 compared to half that on most other flagship Ultrabooks. Black-white response times, however, are relatively slow for noticeable ghosting. Upgrading to the pricier OLED option will solve that problem completely.

HP offers 1000-nit brightness options to be at least two times brighter than anything from the Dell XPS, Lenovo Yoga, Microsoft Surface, or Asus ZenBook series. This feature is available only for the FHD IPS SKUs and it can also be found on certain EliteBook laptops . The base 400-nit option is otherwise sufficient if you mostly plan on using the convertible indoors as it's already brighter than the display on the Lenovo Yoga 9i .

Edge-to-edge glass protection. OLED is available for higher resolutions and deeper colors

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers almost all of sRGB and approximately 62 percent of AdobeRGB not unlike other high-end Ultrabooks. The costlier OLED option will be able to offer even deeper colors approaching DCI-P3.

vs. sRGB

Color temperature is slightly too warm out of the box which our X-Rite colorimeter is able to address. RGB balance is merely average even after calibrating the panel ourselves.

Grayscale before calibration

Display Response Times

Screen flickering / pwm (pulse-width modulation).

Outdoor visibility is about the same as the Spectre x360 13 or Asus ZenBook S since they all have similar maximum brightness levels. The higher contrast ratio of the Spectre x360 14 display, however, helps to mitigate washed out colors by just a bit when under sunlight. Glare is otherwise almost unavoidable. We recommend the 1000-nit option if outdoor visibility is priority.

Outdoors under sunlight

Performance

The 11th gen Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 directly replaces last year's 10th gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 . Unlike the Envy series, there are unfortunately no AMD options available on this Spectre since it is an Intel Evo-certified laptop. The Spectre would lose its Evo certification if it came equipped with AMD options.

We set our unit to Performance mode via HP Command Center prior to running any performance tests below for the highest possible scores. We recommend owners become familiar with Command Center since it includes manufacturer-specific performance and network controls.

Annoyingly, HP Command Center shows fan speed but you can't actually adjust it

Much like on the Dell XPS 13 9310 with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU, processor performance can be unsteady when running high loads for long periods as clock rates will cycle to keep core temperatures in check. However, the amplitude and range at which clock rates cycle on the HP is tighter than on the Dell for a more predictable level of performance. Our CineBench R15 xT loop test below illustrates this as our Spectre 14 would generally score between 770 and 820 points compared to 620 and 750 points on the XPS 13. The HP system is seemingly better at sustaining both tighter and faster clock rates than the Dell as a result.

Raw multi-thread performance is about 20 to 40 percent faster than the Core i7-1065G7 in the Spectre x360 13. Some laptops with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU are able to run even faster like the Razer Book 13 .

System Performance

PCMark 10 results are where we expect them to be relative to other laptops with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU. The HP system edges out ahead of Ultrabooks sporting older generation CPUs like the Asus Zenbook S or Spectre x360 13.

We experienced no software or hardware issues with our test unit save for an interesting Smart Sense observation that we will note in our Power Consumption section below.

PCMark 10 Standard

DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals DPC latency issues related to ACPI.sys. 4K UHD video playback at 60 FPS is otherwise smooth and with no dropped frames during our minute-long YouTube test.

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Storage Devices

Our unit ships with the Samsung PM981a which is a high-end PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD. Running DiskSpd Read in a loop shows that the motherboard interface is able to utilize the high x4 transfer rates of the SSD. Optane options are available much like on the Spectre x360 13, but most office users will be just fine without it.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more comparisons.

AS SSD

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

Gpu performance.

Graphics performance is excellent and towards the higher-end of the spectrum when compared to other laptops with the same GPU. 3DMark scores are notably well above the GeForce MX350 by about 30 percent, but real-world games will still run faster on the Nvidia GPU more often than not due to its more mature game-ready drivers.

Frame rates when gaming on the Spectre 14 tend to fluctuate due to the fluctuating clock rates when under stressful conditions. When idling on  Witcher 3 on the lowest settings, for example, frame rates would constantly cycle between 80 and 95 FPS instead of remaining constant as shown by our graph below. This behavior is similar to the XPS 13 albeit it is even more pronounced on Dell's machine. We explore this further in our Stress Test section.

See our dedicated page on the Iris Xe 96 EUs for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11

System Noise

Fan noise remains quiet even when browsing the web or video streaming on Performance mode. Running the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06, for example, would induce a fan noise of just 26.4 dB(A) against a silent background of 25.9 dB(A). It's not until we would run Witcher 3 for longer periods would the fans begin to run at higher and more audible RPMs. At worst, users can expect a noise of 41.5 dB(A) with thankfully no annoying pulsing behavior.

The twin fans are small at just ~35 mm in diameter each

Noise Level

Temperature

Surface temperature development is symmetrical due to the symmetrical cooling solution inside. The keyboard center can be as warm as 39 C while the bottom hot spot can be as high as 53 C when under high processing stress. These results are even warmer than what we recorded on the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 by 5 to 10 degrees C on each side. Though the palm rests are never too warm, a cooler bottom would have been appreciated.

Dual rear exhaust

Stress Test

When stressed with Prime95, the CPU would boost to 4 GHz for the first few seconds and at a core temperature of 95 C. Clock rates and core temperature would then steadily fall and eventually cycle between 2.1 and 3.4 GHz and 75 C and 95 C, respectively. Running this same test on the XPS 13 9310 with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU would result in slower clock rates of 1.9 to 3.1 GHz and a cooler core temperature of 71 to 78 C.

Both CPU and GPU clock rates would fluctuate when gaming as well resulting in unsteady frame rates. Our screenshot below illustrates this when running Witcher 3 . You may want to enable v-sync to reduce screen tearing and uneven frame pacing.

Running on battery power limits processor performance even when on the Performance power profile. A 3DMark 11 test on batteries would return Physics and Graphics scores of 3209 and 6714 points, respectively, compared to 11810 and 6658 points when on mains.

System idle

HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB) Bass 100 - 315 Hz (±) | reduced bass - on average 11.6% lower than median (±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency) Mids 400 - 2000 Hz (+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median (+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency) Highs 2 - 16 kHz (+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median (+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency) Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz (+) | overall sound is linear (12.3% difference to median) Compared to same class » 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 89% worse » The best had a delta of 6%, average was 21%, worst was 57% Compared to all devices tested » 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse » The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB) Bass 100 - 315 Hz (±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median (±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency) Mids 400 - 2000 Hz (+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median (+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency) Highs 2 - 16 kHz (+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median (+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency) Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz (+) | overall sound is linear (10.2% difference to median) Compared to same class » 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 94% worse » The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53% Compared to all devices tested » 3% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 96% worse » The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Energy Management

Power consumption.

Power consumption fluctuates more readily on the Spectre x360 14 when compared to most other Ultrabooks with the same Core i7-1165G7 like the Asus ZenBook 14 . Our screenshots below illustrate the ranges owners can expect when running high processing loads. This behavior is in line with the fluctuating clock rates we observed above.

On average, however, power consumption when running higher loads isn't all that different from the Asus Zenbook S or  Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 each equipped with less powerful Ice Lake or Core i5 processors. The HP is especially efficient when compared to Ultrabooks with discrete GeForce MX graphics like the Huawei MateBook 14 which consumes about 15 to 20 W more when gaming.

We're able to record a temporary maximum draw of 56.2 W from the small (~8.8 x 5.3 x 2.1 cm) 65 W AC adapter when running extreme loads.

It's worth noting that the default HP Smart Sense power profile is not the most power efficient mode. During our tests, the system would consume at least 6 W on Smart Sense mode compared to just 2 to 3 W when on Quiet mode. You'll want to use Quiet mode if battery life is of utmost importance.

Consumption when running the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06 would fluctuate more than expected

Battery Life

Battery capacity is 10 percent larger than on the Spectre x360 13 (66 Wh vs 60 Wh) and with a longer WLAN runtime of about 1.5 hours. Users can expect almost 12 hours of real-world WLAN usage on a full charge.

Idling on desktop at the lowest brightness setting on HP Smart Sense mode would last for just 14.5 hours compared to over 36 hours on Quiet mode. The wide discrepancy may be due to the higher power consumption of Smart Sense mode mentioned above.

Charging from empty to full capacity takes about 2 to 2.5 hours.

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The best thing about the Spectre x360 14 is that it's a perfect adaptation of the Spectre x360 13. Almost everything we loved about the 13.3-inch model can be found unscathed on the 13.5-inch model including the excellent keyboard feedback, strong and classy metal design, high contrast ratio display with full sRGB coverage, and long battery life. However, this also means that the system inherits many of the same drawbacks as the Spectre x360 13 like the cycling CPU clock rates, non user-upgradeable RAM, average hinge rigidity at certain angles, and slow black-white response times. There's definitely still room for improvement in this regard.

We're not fans of a couple of changes. Whereas the Spectre x360 13 had WAN options, the Spectre x360 14 has silently omitted them. Meanwhile, the larger fingerprint reader is easier to use, but it comes at the expense of a Ctrl key. If you never relied on these features in the first place, however, then these changes won't be much of a problem.

The 13.5-inch Spectre x360 14 puts the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 in a tight spot. Though HP insists that the former won't replace the latter, we can see a scenario where the Spectre x360 13 will be slowly phased out anyway in favor of the Spectre x360 14 because both are so similar. If you're in the market for a Spectre, we recommend the 13.5-inch model over the 13.3-inch one simply because it is able to offer a noticeably larger screen size with only marginal increases to size and weight.

HP's latest convertible is faster than the Dell XPS 13 with the same Core i7 CPU while offering a larger and optionally two times brighter display. There are a few faults, but they are generally easy to overlook given that the Spectre x360 14 is so well-crafted and a joy to work on.

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HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Laptop Review

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Picture

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) is a premium Windows ultraportable laptop. It replaces the HP Spectre x360 14 from 2022 (Intel 12th Gen). This 2023 model is identical in design to its predecessor, as it's mainly an internal spec bump up to Intel 13th Gen CPUs. RAM and storage max out at 32GB and 2TB, respectively. It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1080p webcam, and a 66Wh battery. For the display, you can get an FHD+ (1920 x 1280) IPS or a 3k (3000 x 2000) OLED panel. There's an additional FHD+ IPS panel with an advertised brightness of  1000 cd/m² and an integrated privacy screen to protect your information from prying eyes. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, a MicroSD card reader, and a headphone jack.

You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 is great for school use. Its compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry around, and its battery lasts over thirteen hours of light use. You can get it with an FHD+ IPS or 3k OLED display; both look sharp and get bright enough for use in most indoor settings. If you like handwritten notes, this laptop has stylus support and comes with a pen in the box. The keyboard feels great to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive. Its Intel 13th Gen U-series CPU and integrated graphics can handle general productivity tasks like web browsing and text processing; however, they aren't ideal for demanding workloads like CAD or programming.

  • Thin and light.
  • All-day battery life.
  • Sharp, bright FHD+ displays.
  • Comfortable keyboard, large touchpad.
  • Great 1080p webcam.
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.

The HP Spectre x360 is mediocre for gaming. It's only available with low-power Intel 13th Gen U-series CPUs and integrated graphics, which aren't powerful enough to provide smooth gameplay in demanding games. You can play some older or lighter titles, but you'll have to play with low settings to get playable frame rates. Also, there are only 60Hz display options with no VRR to reduce screen tearing. On the upside, it doesn't get overly hot or loud under load.

  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
  • Doesn't get hot or loud under load.
  • Only 60Hz display options with no VRR.
  • Soldered RAM.

The HP Spectre x360 is great for media consumption. It's very portable due to its compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts over ten hours of video playback. Since this is a 2-in-1, you can set the laptop up in tent mode or use it as a tablet. It's available with an FHD+ IPS or 3k OLED display; both look very sharp and get bright enough for indoor use. There's also an FHD+ display option with an advertised 1000 cd/m² brightness for outdoor use. The FHD+ panels aren't ideal for dark room viewing, as their low contrast makes blacks look gray, so it's best to get the OLED panel if you often view content in a dim setting. The speakers are bottom-firing; however, they get very loud with minimal compression and sound clear, with a decent amount of bass.

  • Available with 3k OLED display.
  • Speakers sound clear, with a decent amount of bass.
  • IPS panels aren't ideal for dark room viewing.

Depending on your workload, the HP Spectre x360 can be a good option for use as a workstation. It provides a great user experience with a nice sharp screen, a comfortable keyboard, and low fan noise. It also has a good port selection with two Thunderbolt 4s for your peripherals and external displays. Unfortunately, performance is the problem, as its low-power Intel 13th Gen U-series CPU and integrated graphics can't handle demanding workloads. You can do some color-critical work, though, as the 3k OLED display has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.

  • OLED panel has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.

The HP Spectre x360 is good for business use. It has a compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts over thirteen hours of light use. Its 14-inch display provides just enough space for split-screen multitasking and gets bright enough to combat glare. The keyboard feels comfortable to type on, and the touchpad is responsive to all movements and gestures. Performance-wise, its Intel 13th Gen CPU can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. It has a great 1080p webcam for video calls and a wide port selection, including two Thunderbolt 4s. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable, so you'll have to get enough for your needs upfront.

  • 8.2 Multimedia
  • 7.7 Workstation
  • 7.9 Business
  • Updated Dec 07, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2 .
  • Updated Nov 03, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1 .
  • Updated Oct 05, 2023: Review published.
  • Updated Oct 02, 2023: Early access published.
  • Updated Sep 22, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  • Updated Sep 07, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  • Updated Sep 01, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences between sizes and variants.

Our HP Spectre x360 14 (model 14-ef2000ca) has an FHD+ IPS (400 cd/m²) display, an Intel Core i5-1335U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The screen, CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

You can see our unit's label here .

Compared To Other Laptops

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a good general productivity laptop. It provides an excellent user experience with its sharp screen, comfortable keyboard, and large touchpad, and its battery life is among the best for Windows laptops. However, its CPU performance isn't as good as many other laptops with a similar configuration, as its tuning prioritizes a better user experience over raw performance.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best lightweight laptops , the best travel laptops , and the best business laptops .

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) are both great ultraportable laptops and very similar overall. The Spectre is more portable since it's a smaller device, and its battery lasts much longer. Although its display isn't as large as the Envy's, it looks sharper due to its higher pixel density. There's also a 3k and a 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display option with an integrated privacy screen, which you can't get on the ENVY. On the other hand, the ENVY has a better 1440p webcam and is available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU.

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023) are both great 2-in-1 convertible laptops. The HP is more portable since it's a smaller device, and its battery lasts slightly longer. The HP's screen is smaller, but you can configure it with a 3k OLED display that provides a significantly better viewing experience, making it a better option for media consumption. On the other hand, the Lenovo has a wider port selection and is available with faster P-series CPUs.

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022) are both premium laptops that provide a great user experience. The HP is a 2-in-1 convertible with stylus support, while the Dell is a more traditional clamshell model. The Dell feels much sturdier build-wise; however, it doesn't have as many ports as the HP, and its battery life is significantly shorter.

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are very similar 2-in-1 convertible laptops. The HP has longer battery life and better speakers; however, the ASUS has an HDMI port and is available with faster P-series CPUs. If permanent burn-in worries you, the HP is available with IPS panels but not the ASUS.

Test Results

perceptual testing image

The HP Spectre x360 14 has a sleek, premium design that fits easily into most professional work environments. It has a silver-color aluminum chassis with diamond-cut corners at the back, thin bezels, silver-color keycaps, a glass touchpad, and a chrome HP logo on the lid. On the bottom, you'll find a pair of speakers near the front and air vents near the back. There are also air vents on the back of the laptop. It's available in three colors: Natural Silver, Nocturne Blue, and Nightfall Black.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Build Quality Photo

The HP Spectre feels well-built. Its all-aluminum chassis feels sturdy, with no obvious gaps in the construction. However, there's some flex on the lid, display, and keyboard deck, more than expected for a premium all-metal laptop. The finish doesn't scratch easily. Fingerprints and smudges aren't a problem on the silver model, though it's likely worse on the darker color models. The feet feel strong and stick firmly to the bottom.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Hinge Photo

The HP Spectre has good hinges. They feel smooth when opening and closing the lid and are very stable, exhibiting almost no wobble when touching the screen or typing aggressively. There's too much resistance to open the laptop with one hand; however, that's somewhat normal for a 2-in-1, as the hinges need to be stiff enough to prevent the laptop from collapsing in tent mode and to keep the screen still in tablet mode.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Dimensions Photo

The HP Spectre 2-in-1 and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Internals Photo

The HP Spectre x360's serviceability is mediocre. Accessing the internals is relatively easy; you only need to remove four torque screws and undo the clips holding the bottom panel with a prying tool. The screws are of two different sizes, so keep them organized. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable. The storage slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

You can see the maintenance and service guide here .

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) In The Box Photo

  • HP Spectre x360 14 laptop
  • 65W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen
  • Extra pen tips
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Documentation

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Display Photo

The HP Spectre x360 is available with the following displays:

  • IPS 1920 x 1280 60Hz Touchscreen (400 cd/m²)
  • IPS 1920 x 1280 60Hz Touchscreen (1000 cd/m² with integrated privacy screen)
  • OLED 3000 x 2000 60Hz Touchscreen (400 cd/m²)

Although HP markets this laptop as a 14-inch model, the screen is actually 13.5 inches. Both the FHD+ (1920 x 1280) and 3k (3000 x 2000) panels look very sharp. The latter is technically sharper, with a pixel density of 267 PPI; however, the difference isn't immediately noticeable on such a small display at typical viewing distances. Also, the 3k display will consume more power. Like all OLEDs, the 3k display is susceptible to permanent burn-in with static elements like Windows' taskbar, though it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.

The 3:2 aspect ratio is great for productivity, as the increased vertical space lets you see more information at once, reducing the need to scroll. It's also well suited for tablet use, as it makes the screen feel less narrow in portrait orientation.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Motion Blur

The HP Spectre x360 is only available with 60Hz displays, which is typical for a productivity laptop. The FHD+ IPS panel has a slow response time, causing visible ghosting in fast-moving scenes. The 1000 cd/m² FHD+ panel will perform similarly. The 3k OLED panel likely has a faster response time, as most OLEDs do.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Contrast Photo

The FHD+ panel has a good contrast ratio. It's at the higher end for an IPS panel but relatively low compared to other display technologies. Blacks still look gray in dim settings at this contrast level. For the best dark room viewing experience, go with the 3k OLED panel. It has effectively an infinite contrast ratio as, like all OLEDs, it can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks.

The FHD+ display gets bright enough for use in most indoor environments but not quite outdoors in broad daylight. It's very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing, as it's easier on the eyes. The other FHD+ display has an advertised brightness of 1000 cd/m², so it's a much better option for outdoor use. The 3k OLED panel has an advertised brightness of 400 cd/m².

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Reflections Photo Off

The display handles reflections well. Its glossy finish mostly struggles with direct, mirror-like reflections, so it's best to avoid having bright light sources directly behind you, like a lamp or open window during the day. These reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Black Uniformity Photo

The FHD+ display's black uniformity is decent. There's a little bit of clouding here and there, which is only visible when viewing dark color content in a dim setting. The 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display will likely have similar uniformity. The OLED display has perfect uniformity since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Horizontal Chroma Picture

The FHD+ display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out relatively quickly as you move to the side, so you need to be more or less directly in front of the screen to get the best accuracy. The 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display has a much narrower viewing angle due to its integrated privacy screen. This privacy-protection filter makes the displayed content harder to see from the side, similar to the one on the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) . The 3.5k OLED panel will likely perform better regarding color washout and brightness loss, but it'll struggle more with color shifting.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Vertical Chroma Picture

The FHD+ display's vertical viewing angle is okay. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image dims and washes when viewing from above and below, so you need to look at the screen more or less straight on to see an accurate image, which can be challenging in tight places where you don't have much room to tilt the screen, like on a bus or airplane. Again, the vertical viewing angle on the 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display will be much worse due to the privacy screen, and the OLED panel will likely perform better regarding color washout and brightness loss but struggle more with color shifting.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) White Balance Screencap

The FHD+ display's out-of-the-box accuracy is decent. Most color inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot. The white balance is a bit off at higher brightness levels where there's too much red. The color temperature is slightly warmer than the 6500K target, which is not enough to make much difference visually. The gamma follows the sRGB curve loosely; dark scenes are too dark, and some bright scenes are too bright.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Gamut SDR

The FHD+'s color gamut is excellent. It has full sRGB coverage, meaning it can produce all the colors in this commonly used color space. It has great DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage but not enough for HDR video production or print photography. The 1000-nit IPS panel has the same color gamut, while the 3k OLED panel has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Flicker Graph

The FHD+ IPS panels are entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain. The 3k OLED panel likely flickers, as most OLEDs do.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Keyboard Photo

The HP Spectre has a great keyboard. The layout is fairly standard, so it's easy to get used to. Key spacing is good, but the whole keyboard could have been bigger, considering the amount of space available on the deck. The keys are stable; they wobble a bit, but not enough to affect the typing experience. They have a good amount of travel, don't require much force to actuate, and provide relatively satisfying tactile and audio feedback. You can adjust the backlight using the F4 hotkey. The backlight is white, leaning on the cooler side. Like most keyboards with light-color keycaps, the white backlighting can make the legends harder to see in well-lit settings. If this is an issue, go with the Nocturne Blue or Nightfall Black color.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Touchpad Photo

The HP Spectre has a great touchpad. Size-wise, it's large but could be a tad bigger. It tracks all movements and gestures well, and there's no problem with palm rejection. It doesn't always register touches around the edges, which isn't necessarily bad, as it's where most people are more likely to accidentally touch when typing. The buttons feel satisfyingly tactile, but you can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Frequency Response Plot

The speakers get very loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. They sound clear and natural, with good instrument separation and a decent amount of bass. They don't sound as full as the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M2, 2023) but are easily among the better speakers in the Windows world.

The webcam's video quality is great. The image looks detailed and well-exposed. The colors are true to life, but the tint is slightly unnatural. Voices sound loud and clear, albeit a tad hollow. The microphone's noise canceling feature works well in removing background noise, but it's pretty aggressive and causes a 'fade in' effect when you start speaking, so the first few words might be hard to understand for the person at the other end. You can turn off this feature at the cost of more background noise during calls. There isn't a physical privacy cover; however, you can disable the camera using the key next to the power button.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Ports Photo

The HP Spectre x360 has a good port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps) and Sleep and Charge. The latter lets you charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. Both USB-Cs support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two 4k displays at 60Hz), USB4, USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0, and Sleep and Charge. Power Delivery lets you fast charge the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port.

The wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

The HP Spectre x360 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-1335U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1355U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 5.0GHz, 12MB cache)

Both CPUs are low-power processors typically found in thin and light productivity laptops. They both have a hybrid architecture with two performance and eight efficiency cores; the only difference is that the i7-1355U has faster clock speeds, giving you slightly better performance. These CPUs can only handle light, general productivity tasks like web browsing, text processing, video playback, spreadsheets, and presentations. If you have a more intensive workload like programming or video editing, it's best to get a laptop with a more powerful H-series CPU. You can find these high-performance CPUs in relatively thin and light laptops like the Dell XPS 15 (2023) .

The HP Spectre is only available with Intel Iris Xe. This integrated GPU can only handle light tasks like web browsing and video playback, not demanding workloads like video editing or 3D graphics. You can play some older or puzzle-like games, but you'll likely have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphical settings to get smooth gameplay.

You can configure this laptop with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

You can get this laptop with 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Geekbench Image

The HP Spectre x360 has an overall great score in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks. The Core i5-1335U's multi-thread performance is good but worse than expected for this particular CPU, as the tuning really limits the performance to keep the laptop cool and quiet. The overall performance is still good enough for general productivity tasks, but don't expect to do anything intensive like programming or video editing. You can get slightly better performance by switching to the Performance mode in the HP Command Center app, though at the cost of louder fans. The Core i7 will only perform slightly better. As for the GPU-intensive workloads, the Intel CPU's integrated graphics perform poorly and aren't suitable for heavy computing tasks.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Cinebench R23 Photo

The Intel Core i5-1335U has strong single-thread performance, but its multi-thread performance is on the slower side. For heavy, sustained multi-threaded workloads, it's best to get a laptop with an H-series CPU, like the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) or the Dell XPS 15 (2023) .

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Blender Image

The performance in Blender is mediocre. Neither the CPU nor the integrated GPU is suitable for 3D rendering. A laptop with a discrete GPU is best if you need to work in Blender. Even an entry-level model like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Laptop GPU can render 3D images much faster. If you want even better performance, you can get a laptop with an NVIDIA RTX GPU, as the RTX models support Optix hardware acceleration, significantly boosting performance.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Basemark Image

The HP Spectre performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Its Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics can only handle simple, puzzle-like games or older titles at 1080p, and even then, you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphics settings to get playable frame rates.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Storage Performance Image

The 1TB SSD's performance is outstanding. The sequential write speed is a bit slow for a PCIe Gen 4 SSD but acceptable for a thin and light laptop designed for general productivity. The 2TB SSD is likely faster, as larger SSDs tend to perform better, while the 512GB is likely slower.

The HP Spectre x360's battery life is outstanding. You can easily get through a whole day of light use on a full charge. Models with the 3k OLED panel will have shorter battery life, likely around eight to nine hours of light use.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Borderlands 3 Graph

Borderlands 3 isn't playable. The gameplay is extremely choppy, even with low graphical settings. The CPU and integrated GPU can't handle such a demanding game. You can expect the same performance in other similar titles.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Civilization VI Graph

Since Civilization VI is a strategy game that doesn't require fast reaction time or precise aiming, it's perfectly playable at 30 fps, which you can get by lowering a couple of graphical settings. The turn time is long, though. Upgrading to the Core i7 won't improve the turn time significantly.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) CS:GO graph

CS:GO runs poorly on the HP Spectre at 1080p with high settings. Although the average frame rate is good, the game stutters a lot due to frame drops. It runs more smoothly with low settings, but there are still noticeable stutters.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) SOTTR Graph

Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn't playable on the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 at 1080p, as it's too demanding on a low-power U-series CPU and integrated graphics. The gameplay is choppy, even with low graphical settings. You can expect the same performance in other similarly demanding titles.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Keyboard Temps Picture

The keyboard is cool when idle and only gets mildly warm under load. Likewise, the fans are completely silent when performing lighter tasks and barely audible under more intense use. These are results obtained in the Smart Sense mode, which automatically adjusts the fan speed and temperature target. This feature also takes into consideration the battery status and ambient temperature. Other profiles are available in the HP Command Center app, like Balanced , Cool , Quiet , Power Saver , and Performance . The app includes a slider that lets you manually adjust the target surface temperature.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Performance Over Time Graph

The HP Spectre's performance over time is outstanding. Neither the CPU nor the GPU gets particularly hot under load. The CPU starts throttling only a few minutes in, slowing down significantly in the first 15 minutes; however, its performance goes back up once the fans kick in and bring the temperature down.

The HP Spectre x360 has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • Bang & Olufsen Audio Control: Lets you change the audio profile and tweak the EQ.
  • Concepts: Sketching and drawing app.
  • Dropbox promotion: Ad for Dropbox file hosting service.
  • Duet Display: Software to connect and manage external displays.
  • ExpressVPN: Link to virtual private network service.
  • HP Command Center: Lets you tweak the laptop's performance and fan speed, optimize network performance, and view system information.
  • HP Connection Optimizer: Lets you optimize your network performance.
  • HP Display Control: Lets you calibrate the display and change the color profile.
  • HP Documentation: User's manual.
  • HP Enhanced Lighting: Adds a virtual light ring on the screen to improve lighting during video calls.
  • HP Pen Control Plus: Lets you change the buttons' function on the stylus.
  • HP Smart: App for HP printers.
  • HP Support Assistant: Lets you access information on how to repair and diagnose issues. Also contains guided troubleshooting via a virtual assistant.
  • HP System Event Utility: Lets you see the system's information and run diagnostics.
  • Intel Unison: Lets you connect your smartphone to the laptop, allowing you to send and receive messages, view photos on your smartphone, and transfer files, similar to the MyPhone app.
  • McAfee: Antivirus software. Requires subscription.
  • myHP: Settings to optimize audio and video quality during video calls.
  • OMEN Gaming Hub: Lets you access your installed games, HP rewards, and picture gallery. It also lets you see system information like CPU and GPU usage and temperatures, optimize the PC, and change the power profile.
  • Solitaire & Casual Games: Solitaire, FreeCell, Spider, Mahjong, Sudoku, and other casual games.

The HP Spectre x360 has a fingerprint sensor and a facial recognition IR camera. The fingerprint sensor is next to the right Alt key. You can use either to log in quickly, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.

This laptop supports pen input and comes with an MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol) 2.0 stylus. It supports tilt and 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and it charges via USB-C. There's a slot on the laptop sleeve to store the pen for transport. The pen can attach magnetically to the side of the screen, but it isn't very secure, as the magnet is fairly weak.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Is this premium 2-in-1 laptop worthy?

It’s a super-slim, high-end laptop you can use in laptop, tent, and tablet formation. But is it worth the price? Our HP Spectre 14 review provides the answer

HP Spectre x360 14 review

While expensive, the HP Spectre x360 14 2-in-1 Windows laptop's combination of gorgeous screen, lovely keyboard and fantastic audio offers very good value. Just be aware of the 3:2 screen ratio, and limited number of ports.

360-degree rotation

Beautiful screen

Quality audio

Fast performance

Limited connectivity

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But the HP Spectre x360 14 doesn’t just promise sleek looks, a gorgeous screen and great performance. It’s also fully convertible. Which you can use it as a laptop, rotate it 360 degrees to use it as a tablet, put in tent formation for watching movies, or even lay both parts flat as a single rectangle.

If that kind of versatility appeals to you, then this streamlined, 17mm-thin laptop may well be the one for you. But it isn’t cheap. While the base model starts at a lower price, the model we were sent to review, the ea0008na featuring the faster Intel i7 1165G7 processor, is more money.

So is it worth it? Our HP Spectre x360 14 review answers that question, by looking at the laptop in its totality, including its design, screen and speakers, performance, connectivity and battery life.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Design

First impressions of the HP Spectre x360 14 are impressive: this is a sleek and upmarket design. The CNC machined chassis is both beautiful and professional looking, with the reflective HP logo and the diamond-cut diagonal edges adding extra touches of elegance and originality. 

We also love the speaker grill above the keyboard, with its fashionable dotted stylings; the confident capital typefaces on the keys themselves; and the subtle placement of the Bang & Olufsen and Spectre logos. In short, it’s one of the most attractive laptops around right now.

It’s wonderfully functional, too, with large, responsive keys spread almost from edge to edge across the base. The 1.5mm key travel provides a satisfying click, and there's an impressively size touchpad (74 x 115mm), although we found you did have to press on this a little harder than we're used to.

There’s also a small and unobstructive 720p web cam at the top, which you can use to unlock your device with Windows Hello, and which you can lock with one tap of a shortcut key. There’s also a fingerprint sensor next to the arrow keys.

As a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 14 is flawless. The robust hinges work perfectly to let you to move the screen through a full 360 degrees, letting you put it in tent mode for watching movies or giving presentations, reverse mode for using it on your lap as a tablet, or any other angle that suits your purposes. 

Admittedly, you can’t quite open the laptop lid with one hand, and it’s a shame there’s no number pad on the keyboard. Also, anyone used to a 2-in-1 like the Surface Go may find it weird feeling the keys on your lap while using this laptop in 'tablet' mode. But these are pretty small niggles, and shouldn't detract from the fact that this is one beautifully designed device.

One final point: you also get a high-quality rechargeable‌ stylus – the HP MPP2.0 tilt pen – completely free with the HP Spectre x360 14. This works well with the touchscreen, and is an obvious plus for artists, architects, or anyone who just wants to mess about with digital drawing or notetaking. You also get a free laptop case, which is nothing to write home about, but free stuff is always good in our book.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Screen and speakers

The most notable about the 13.5-inch touchscreen is that it has proportions of 3:2. This makes it 13 per cent taller than the 16:9 ratio you find on most laptop screens, monitors and TVs these days. (Notable exceptions are Microsoft ’s Surface Go and Surface laptops, which pioneered the 3:2 format.)

What this means in practice is that you get bigger black bars when watching movies, but you see more of, say, a web page before scrolling down. Whether you prefer 3:2 or 16: 9 is entirely a matter of personal preference and depends the kind of thing you use a laptop for. But in general, if you’re doing productivity focused tasks you’re most likely to benefit, while if you want to watch a lot of movie and TV content, it may be a little irksome. Watching Ready Player One, for example, the movie took up just 57 per cent of the available screen space.  

Depending on how much you want to spend, you have three screens to choose from. The base model comes with a Full HD (1920 x 1280) touchscreen IPS display. Our pricier review model, however, came with a 3000 x 2000 OLED panel: not quite 4K but as near as damn it. And it’s quite frankly one of the nicest screens we’ve ever enjoyed. Colours were deep and rich, with blacks and whites being especially enticing. Details were super-sharp, and the brightness levels ample for use inside and out.

And then comes audio, and here's the best news of all. In sharp contrast to many of its rivals, the sound here more than matches up to the visuals. Of course, that’s what you’d expect when you partner with a name speaker brand like Bang & Olufsen. And in this case, the collaboration really does deliver, from the deep and enveloping bass to the crisp clarity of percussive sounds.

With four speakers (two on the top, two on the bottom), you’re sure to get a decent blast of sound from your HP Spectre x360 14, however you decide to configure your 2-in-1 device. It’s loud enough, too: we found a 30-40 per cent volume was more than sufficient to fill a room. And if you’re a proper audiophile, Bang & Olufsen’s equaliser software lets you tweak the settings to your heart’s content.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Performance

The version of the HP Spectre x360 14 we were sent for review features the Intel Core i7-1165G7 chip. This is certified by Intel’s Evo platform, which means that HP and Intel have worked together closely to get the maximum of out of the new processor. And although it bumps up the cost significantly, it does make a clear and recognisable difference. 

Whether using the device as a tablet or laptop, this 11th generation Tiger Lake processor made short work of all the tasks we put it through, including multiple-tab web browsing, video and audio entertainment, productivity software such as Microsoft Office, Zoom calls and more. 

We do have one niggle to report, though: after a few hours with the laptop on our lap, it slowed to a crawl and needed rebooting. The base at this point felt noticeably warm. By switching it off and on again, things returned to normal immediately. We've had similar experiences with other slimline laptops, and suggest that using this kind of device on your actual lap is best avoided for long periods.

On the desk, though, things went swimmingly. The processor features Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics, which meant that Photoshop, digital drawing tools, video editing software and even most AAA games ran smoothly with some tweaking of the frame-rates.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Battery life and connectivity

HP claims a battery life of up to 10 hours 30 minutes, and this chimed with our experience. We managed a number of full working days using battery power alone, playing videos, listening to music, using apps like Microsoft Office and Google Docs, and all the kind of day-to-day web browsing, emailing and social media bothering you'd expect a laptop to handle.

In general, the HP Spectre 14 lasted a good 8.5-9.5 hours performing such tasks, and if that's not long enough for your working day, then we admire your work ethic. Meanwhile, in our standard test playing a downloaded Netflix movie on repeat, the Spectre stayed alive for an impressive 11 hours 8 minutes.

Now the less good news. With thin laptops, connectivity is often limited, and you're certainly not spoiled for ports on the HP Spectre x360 14. That said, it's great to see there's at least one USB-A slot, on the left-hand side, while on the right, you get two USB-C ports, both of which you can use for charging, and a headphone/mic jack in between. We're not wild about one of the USB-Cs being on the diagonal edge of the laptop, but it didn't actually pose any practical issues; it just looks a bit weird.

What's a real shame, though, is you don't have the choice to charge the laptop from the left-hand side. Splitting the USB-Cs between left and right would have been our preference, and we can't work out why HP has designed its ports in this way.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Verdict

There's an awful lot to like about the HP Spectre x360 14, but its main appeal lies in being able to rotate the laptop through 360 degrees. in practice, that works amazingly well... as long as you use it. Not everyone does, though. So if you just want a 'normal' laptop, you may be better off with a non-rotating rival such as the Dell XPS 13.

The other thing you may like or dislike is the 3:2 screen ratio. This approach has both admirers and detractors, and it's difficult to know which side you fall on until you try it. As a rule of thumb, if seeing big black bars around movies upsets you, go for a 16:9 screen instead. But if the idea of seeing more of a web page in one go excites you, then 3:2 could be the answer to your prayers.

Assuming these two factors enthuse rather than repel you, then this high-performing 2-in-1 Windows laptop, with its gorgeous screen, should be right up your street. With great battery life, an excellent keyboard, top-class audio, and a couple of decent freebies thrown in, this laptop may be an expensive option, but does offer good value for money.

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HP Spectre x360 14 review: they did it again

Mark Coppock

“The HP Spectre x360 14 is the prettiest, smartest, and fastest convertible 2-in-1 you can buy.”
  • Attractive aesthetic
  • Very good productivity performance
  • Good to great battery life
  • Excellent haptic touchpad
  • Superb 120Hz OLED display
  • Superior audio quality
  • No discrete GPU option
  • A bit expensive

The HP Spectre x360 has, for many years, maintained a top spot for me as one of the best laptops. But over time, the design hasn’t changed all that much, with multiple years of small CPU bumps. All that’s changed with the new Spectre x360 14, though.

Specs and configurations

Design and ports, keyboard and touchpad, ai everywhere, performance, an excellent oled display and much-improved audio, meaningful improvements add up to a superior 2-in-1.

I was able to conduct an early review of the laptop, which made its debut at CES 2024 . Sporting a slightly larger display, a smoother aesthetic, and a new haptic feedback touchpad, there’s nothing here but improvements. Everything considered, HP’s Spectre x360 14 is going to be hard to beat in 2024.

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Pricing is still being finalized, but as of the writing of this review, the Spectre x360 14’s starting price is $1,650. Presumably, that’s for the entry-level configuration of an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H CPU, 16GB of RAM , and a 512GB SSD. My review configuration with a Core Ultra 7 155H, 32GB of RAM , and a 2TB SSD is $1,970, which would be a very reasonable price for a heavily upgraded machine.

These prices are subject to change when the laptop starts rolling out, but unless they drop considerably, the Spectre x360 14 is solidly in premium laptop territory.

From a distance, the Spectre x360 14 looks a lot like its predecessor. Up close, though, it’s a different story. The notched display corners remain, with one housing a Thunderbolt 4 port and the other a 3.5mm audio jack, retaining the Spectre’s most iconic — and convenient — design element.

But the chassis edges have been smoothed out and now carry the same color as the rest of the chassis, specifically Nightfall black, Slate blue, or Sahara silver. Those changes create a more minimalist aesthetic that I find even more attractive than the previous generation. You won’t mistake the Spectre x360 14 for a MacBook Pro , but I think it looks just as good. The Spectre also looks great with the display open, with thin speaker grills flanking a spacious, off-color keyboard with bold lettering and a large haptic touchpad that takes up the available space on the palm rest.

The Spectre x360 14 also retains the line’s usual excellent build quality, with no bending, flexing, or twisting in the CNC-machined lid and chassis. The hinge isn’t quite as smooth as Apple’s or the dual-clutch version Dell uses on its XPS laptops , but then the Spectre x360 14 is a convertible 2-in-1 and requires a different mechanism to support the full 360-degree rotation.

Speaking of that, the bottom display bezel is larger to accommodate a 2-in-1’s flexibility, giving the Spectre a slightly less modern appearance.

Interestingly, despite boasting a display that’s half an inch larger, the new model is only slightly wider than the previous model. It’s equally deep and thin, and it weighs just a few ounces more. That makes it just as portable while offering significantly more screen real estate. The MacBook Pro 14 is around the same width and depth, but it’s thinner and heavier. That makes the MacBook Pro feel denser in hand.

Connectivity is OK for a 14-inch laptop, with a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports and a single USB-A port to go with a 3.5mm audio jack. Some 14-inch laptops , like the MacBook Pro 14, also include an HDMI port, and the new Spectre drops the microSD card reader that was in the previous model. That’s disappointing. Wireless connectivity, though, is an improvement thanks to the laptop’s Meteor Lake chipset, with Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 to go with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

The Spectre x360 14’s keyboard has large keycaps and plenty of key spacing, and the switches are light and clicky. They feel less snappy than past versions, though, so I wasn’t quite as enamored with them. Apple’s Magic Keyboard remains the best, and I’d rank Dell’s XPS keyboard ahead of this one as well. It’s still a very good keyboard, just not as good as I remember.

In a move that’s just starting to gain momentum industrywide, HP has finally included a haptic touchpad on the Spectre. I’ve used a few haptic touchpads on other Windows laptops , and none have been as good as Apple’s Force Touch version. They’ve been less responsive with their fabricated clicks, and some have had issues holding onto clicks too long, causing an unnatural feel and inadvertent screen interactions.

The Spectre x360 14’s implementation, though, is almost as good as Apple’s. Surprisingly, it’s larger than the touchpad on the MacBook Pro 14, and it feels just as natural. In this regard, the Spectre is the first Windows laptop that rivals Apple. The only thing missing from HP’s touchpad is Apple’s Force Click feature, which provides a convenient means to quickly access additional functionality.

Of course, the Spectre x360 14 is a convertible 2-in-1, so it also has a touch display with active pen support. That sets it apart from any MacBook, and I miss it when using an Apple machine. HP’s pen support is excellent, and if you like to draw or take notes, then the Spectre x360 14 is a great platform — assuming you don’t mind holding onto a tablet that weighs more than 3 pounds.

AI is one of the hot topics of 2024 , and much is being made of the Neural Processing Unit (NPU) integrated into Meteor Lake to speed up various AI tasks. To date, just how AI will be used in our day-to-day computing hasn’t been fully explained, but HP gives a hint in its press materials, where it talks a good deal about how AI has improved several key aspects of the Spectre’s performance.

To begin with, HP has always offered some of the highest-resolution webcams, and they’ve bumped up the Spectre x360 14’s version from 5MP to 9MP with built-in, hardware-enabled lowlight adjustments. More than that, though, HP also touts AI-reduced power usage when Windows Studio Effects is utilized for better background blurring and automatic framing. The webcam and associated software worked well, but I couldn’t say it’s better than other non-AI incarnations.

The Spectre x360 14 also uses the NPU to drive its user presence-sensing technology. Thanks to the infrared camera that also supports Windows 11 Hello facial recognition, the Spectre can lock the laptop and put it to sleep when the user walks away and unlock and wake the laptop when the user returns. The screen can also dim when the user looks away from it.

AI is further used to enhance how performance, fan noise, and heat are optimized based on open apps, the Spectre’s physical placement, and how much battery life remains. HP even mentions AI in the context of automatically adjusting the display’s refresh rate from 48Hz to 120Hz.

It’s unclear how AI makes these features better than they’ve been on earlier models, but presumably, things are smoother and more responsive. That’s not something I could test, however.

HP also gives some other examples of how the NPU can be utilized, including faster generative AI performance in GIMP’s Stable Diffusion function and AI video editing using the Adobe Premiere Pro beta.

Perhaps most interesting was a reference to “Superpower,” a personal AI assistant that runs on the NPU and can perform actions like managing action items from a meeting, summarizing a topic, writing an email, and other tasks. I couldn’t test that functionality either, but clearly, AI will impact our computing in some unforeseen ways.

AI aside, Meteor Lake is also supposed to provide faster performance and better efficiency with a new architecture involving technical details that are beyond the scope of this review. I tested the Spectre with the Core Ultra 7 155H, a 28-watt CPU with 16 cores (six Performance, eight Efficient, and two Low Power Efficient) and 22 threads running at up to 4.8GHz. The laptop can also be configured with the Core Ultra 5 125H with 14 cores (four Performance, eight Efficient, and two LP Efficient) and 18 threads running at up to 4.5GHz.

Specs and architectures aside, my Spectre x360 14 review unit provided CPU-intensive performance that falls somewhere in between the 28-watt, 12-core Core i7-1360P and the 45-watt, 14-core Core i7-13700H. Looking at our database, the Spectre performs more closely to the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 with the Core i7-1360P than the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED with the Core i7-13700H. That is, it was around as fast as the Yoga in multi-core processes while being slower than both in single-core tasks. Notably, Apple’s M3 processor provides around the same multi-core performance, again with faster single-core performance.

I also ran the PugetBench Premiere Pro benchmark, which runs in a live version of Adobe’s Premiere Pro and can use the GPU to speed up various processes. I wouldn’t normally run that benchmark on this class of laptops , but I wanted to see how the Intel Arc graphics performed. On Meteor Lake, Arc is Intel’s newest integrated graphics, utilizing eight Intel Xe GPU cores and promising faster performance than the previous Intel Iris Xe graphics.

Unfortunately, the Spectre didn’t perform well, hitting just 258 in the benchmark. We haven’t run this version of PugetBench on any laptops with Intel Iris graphics, but the Acer Swift X 14 with a Core i7-13700H and the entry-level Nvidia RTX 4050 discrete GPU managed a score of 545. That’s right, the Spectre was just half as fast. Consider that the fastest laptop we’ve tested is the MacBook Pro 14 with the M3 Max, which managed a score of 889.

It’s still early, and it’s entirely possible that firmware updates will improve things. So far, though, Meteor Lake isn’t shaking up laptop performance — the Spectre x360 14 is a strong performer for demanding productivity use and unsuitable for anything but light creative work. It’s fast enough, just not a game-changer.

Note that I didn’t test gaming on the Spectre x360 14. My editor, Luke Larsen, covered gaming in his overview of Meteor Lake in the Acer Swift Go 14 . I did run the 3DMark Time Spy, though, where the Intel Arc graphics hit a score that’s improved over Intel Iris Xe, but less than half that of the RTX 4050.

That result and Luke’s experience means that while you can game a little better on the Spectre than on the previous model, the difference won’t be significant. The laptop’s going to let you run older titles, and you’ll need to turn the graphics all the way down if you want to run any modern games.

It’s also worth noting that HP doesn’t sell an option with discrete graphics. GPUs have always been a weakness of the Spectre series of laptops , and that’s also true here. Now that the Spectre x360 is in the 14-inch category, its lack of an option for something like an RTX 4050 is more apparent. Look at the new Dell XPS 14 , for example.

The next important question regarding Meteor Lake is battery life. Efficiency is the architecture’s stated goal, so I expected the Spectre x360 14 to achieve more longevity. The Spectre x360 14 has a 68-watt-hour battery, which is about average for 14-inch laptops , and it has a power-hungry 2.8K OLED display. So, there are factors to consider beyond the CPU by itself.

Considering everything, I’m at a loss to say whether the Core Ultra 7 155H is a particularly efficient processor. The Spectre hit eight hours in our web-browsing test and 18 hours in our video-looping test. The former is about average, while the latter is well above average. The previous-generation Spectre x360 13.5 with an OLED display and a lower-power 15-watt Intel Core i7-1255U hit 10 hours in the web-browsing test and 14 hours in the video-looping test. That machine wasn’t nearly as fast, however. And then we need to consider Apple’s MacBook Pro 14, which lasts closer to 18 hours in both tests with a very fast CPU and a mini-LED display.

We’ll have to wait to test more Meteor Lake laptops to draw meaningful conclusions. For now, suffice it to say that the Spectre x360 14 might last a full day of work, depending on how you’re using it. But I can’t say for sure.

There’s not much to say about the Spectre x360 14’s 2.8K OLED display that hasn’t been said about so many similar displays in the past. It looks incredible out of the box, with bright, dynamic colors and inky blacks. Watching high dynamic range ( HDR ) video is a treat, and it’s even better with content from Disney+ that supports the IMAX technology built into the Spectre. That provides unique aspect ratios and enhanced sound, and it works well.

My colorimeter agreed. The OLED panel is bright enough at 391 nits, well above our 300-nit threshold for working in bright indoor conditions. Blacks were perfectly black, with incredible contrast that’s beyond meaningful measurement. Colors were wide at 100% of sRGB, 97% of AdobeRGB, and 100% of DCI-P3, with excellent accuracy at a Delta-E of 0.68 (anything less than 1.0 is indistinguishable to the human eye).

In short, the display is sharp enough and offers superb image quality. It’s suitable for every kind of user, whether for productivity, creativity, or media consumption.

The Spectre x360 14 also features quad speakers with Poly audio tuning, including two upward-firing tweeters and two front-firing woofers. My standard for great audio has been Apple’s MacBook Pros, which use six speakers and force-cancelling subwoofers to produce loud, dynamic, and deep audio that no other laptop can match.

I can happily say that the Spectre comes surprisingly close, with plenty of distortion-free volume, crystal clear mids and highs, and more bass than any other 14-inch Windows laptop I’ve tested. It may not be quite as good as the MacBook Pro, but the Spectre pumps out excellent sound that will stop you from reaching for a pair of headphones .

There may be questions regarding the Meteor Lake chipset’s performance and efficiency, but that’s not to say that the Spectre x360 14 is a poor performer. It’s plenty fast for all but demanding creators and offers good to great battery life. Its display and audio are excellent, and the new design is attractive and functional.

There’s a lot to like about the Spectre x360 14, so I’m giving it a near-perfect rating as the best convertible 2-in-1 I’ve used. Perhaps HP will better tune the Meteor Lake chipset for improved performance and efficiency. And I question the real value of all the AI discussed in the marketing materials. But as it is, I can give the Spectre my strongest recommendation.

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HP Spectre x360 14 Review and Prices

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What Is the HP Envy x360 14?

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Ranked No. 15 in our Best Laptops of 2023 rating, the HP Spectre x360 14 has a high starting price. However, for high performance and even higher build quality in a 2-in-1 convertible, very few laptops come close to the Spectre. The unique security and design features help offset the premium this HP demands.

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Detailed, high-quality design

Brilliant displays

Superb webcam

Starting prices are higher than competitors

Battery life is only average

Ever since laptop manufacturers switched to metal cases, most laptops look similar. So it takes creativity to push laptop design to another level, especially when that push comes from a company like HP that sells average-looking laptops in bulk. The Spectre x360 14 is a rare machine that manages to be both pretty and powerful. It will appeal to laptop customers seeking to be seen in the coffee shop and who want unique features that some other companies don’t offer.

As a high-performance 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 14 can’t match the raw power of the M1-powered MacBook Pro and MacBook Air . However, with Core i7 processors and up to 32 gigabytes of memory, the Spectre comes close. It also sports an attractive, bevel-cut case, built-in privacy screens, a smart camera, and bright, high-resolution touch screens. The starting price of $1,519.99 will put off many business and casual users. However, the Spectre x360 will appeal to others, including artists and creatives who don’t need the extra power of a dedicated graphics card.

For the ultimate 2-in-1 laptop , there appears to be no better choice than the HP Spectre x360 14. It’s expensive, but the Spectre’s price is the main complaint from most professional reviewers. They love the impressive performance, beautiful displays, and cutting-edge design. Power users who need the flexibility of a 2-in-1 will be more than happy. Casual and business users will overspend on this laptop because they’re unlikely to take advantage of its performance and unique features.

HP Spectre x360 14: Price

The Spectre x360 14 starts at $1,519.99 (for the 14t-ea100 model). Even the base model is well-equipped with an Intel Core i7-1195G7 at a peak of 5.0 GHz, 12 MB cache, and integrated Iris Xe graphics. It has 32 GB of Intel Optane DDR4 memory, a 512 GB Intel SSD, a 13.5-inch HD IPS display at 1920 x 1280 pixels, and an HP stylus pen. Upgrading to a brighter display with the built-in privacy shield, more graphics memory, and a 1 TB SSD costs $1,789.99. Fully loaded with the high-res display and 2 TB SSD, the Spectre costs $2,259.99.

HP Spectre x360 14: Design

The Spectre x360 14 has a unique case with diagonally cut edges and bronze accents along the base and display bezel. This lends an angular look that’s very distinguishable among laptops. While the bronze accents are only on the Nightfall Black color, the Spectre also looks good in Poseidon Blue (accented in silver) or a monochrome Natural Silver. There’s a USB-C port installed on the base’s three-sided edge, whereas most laptops have only a 90-degree edge. Reviewers note this helps keep plugged-in devices from getting tangled.

As a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 14 can be used as a tablet by folding the display 360 degrees behind its closed position. It can also stand upside down in a “tent” mode or held vertically. Reviewers say it’s a little too heavy to be used as a tablet for very long, but the included stylus pen feels good to hold and to use. HP also includes a soft sleeve for the laptop with a pen holder.

At 0.67 inches thick and just over 3 pounds, the Spectre is not the lightest or slimmest 2-in-1 laptop on the market. But the build quality and small manufacturing details like the triangular pattern on the speaker grill make this HP worth its premium price for many users.

HP Spectre x360 14: Performance

Reviewers found the Spectre x360 14 to match or beat competitors like the Lenovo Yoga 9i , Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 , and even the HP Envy x360 13. However, it fell a bit behind in other tests, some of which included video rendering and file copying. Despite the increasing levels of shared system memory that HP allocates to the Intel Iris Xe graphics when you upgrade, gaming performance was below average in some tests. Photoshop performance was better, and this is where the Spectre shines as a laptop and a tablet that’s best used with the included pen.

Reviewers found the quad-core Core i7 ran cool and without slowdowns for most tasks, although the laptop heats up under heavy workloads. For illustration programs, streaming, and web browsing, the Spectre delivers more than enough power for everyday life.

HP Spectre x360 14: Displays

The Spectre x360 14 offers three touch-screen displays with a 13.5-inch diagonal size and a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is taller and more square than the 16:10 ratio in the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 . The two high-definition displays use IPS technology for consistent brightness at wide angles. They have a 1920 x 1280 resolution at either 400- or 1,000-nit brightness. Only the 1,000-nit HD display comes with a privacy screen. The best display is the 3000 x 2000 OLED that can cover the entire DCI-P3 color gamut and has controls to switch to Adobe RGB and sRGB color modes. The display can also switch modes depending on the ambient lighting. Reviewers love the clarity and saturation of this OLED display.

HP Spectre x360 14: Ports and Audio

HP uses a dedicated power input, which frees up its two USB-C ports to run at full Thunderbolt 4 speeds. A USB-A 3.2 port is included on the left side. An SD card reader joins the power and two USB-C ports on the right side, one of which is on the angled edge toward the back to make it easier to plug in peripherals.

Sound comes from four Bang & Olufsen speakers mounted above the keyboard and at the bottom of the base. Reviewers generally like the sound quality. Software lets you choose from preset equalizer settings to balance the tone to your desired media.

HP Spectre x360 14: Keyboard, Touchpad, and Webcam

Reviewers like the keyboard's look and design, especially the typeface on the keys and the “snappy” feel. There are some notable differences from other laptops, however. The right Control key is replaced by a fingerprint reader, where some of the Function keys along the top are instead dedicated keys for the power and webcam shutter. The touchpad is large and responsive according to most reviewers.

The Spectre’s 5-megapixel webcam is the most advanced we’ve seen on a laptop. It uses software with unique distance- and subject-tracking capabilities, and a beauty mode applies live filters to soften the skin. On a call, the software crops the image as a photographer would when taking a headshot, so your face is zoomed and centered automatically. In one click, you can turn the laptop’s display into a virtual ring light with adjustable brightness and color to better illuminate your face. When not on a call, the camera app can suggest that you move further from the screen or give your eyes a break based on times and distances you set.

HP Spectre x360 14: Security 

In addition to a fingerprint reader, microphone mute button, and webcam shutter, the webcam has more advanced security features. For example, HP's GlamCam software can detect if a person is looking over your shoulder and will either notify you or blur the entire screen. The webcam can also lock the laptop when you leave and wake it up when you come back using the Windows Hello facial recognition login feature. A privacy screen, called HP Sure View Reflect, can darken up to 95% of light coming from the screen to prevent people from viewing it off to the side.

HP Spectre x360 14: Battery Life

HP promises up to 17 hours of battery life with the HD display and 11.5 hours with the OLED display. However, reviewers saw 12 to 14 hours with the HD display and less than eight hours using the OLED display. This is about average among small laptops. HP offers “in-bag detection” that senses if the laptop has been stored in a backpack or briefcase so it can prevent itself from overheating. This theoretically should help preserve the battery.

HP Spectre x360 14 vs. the Competition

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HP Spectre x360 14 vs. HP Envy x360

The Envy x360 is the budget version of the Spectre x360. That means it has less overall performance and capability, and the design is less flashy. It’s also significantly heavier despite its smaller display at nearly 4.5 pounds. But with a starting price of $799.99, the Envy x360 has all the essentials of a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that many users need.

Learn more in our HP Envy x360 review .

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HP Spectre x360 14 vs. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 

Both the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and the HP Envy x360 are premium 2-in-1 laptops. The Dell offers a 4K display that’s wider and more detailed than the HP Envy. It’s also lighter and slimmer. The HP Spectre uses faster Intel processors, more standard memory, and has a superior webcam and security features. Both have similar battery life. The HP offers a USB Type-A port and better speakers. The HP Envy is more expensive by about $400 to start.

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HP Spectre x360 14 FAQ

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HP sells a couple of pre-configured models that currently require one month to build. Selecting different options doesn't appear to affect the lead time. Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers may have the Spectre x360 in stock but may have more limited configurations available.

What is the HP Spectre x360 14 warranty?

The HP Spectre x360 has a one-year warranty with an option at purchase to extend it to two or three years, with or without an accidental damage clause.

What screen options are available for the HP Spectre x360 14?

Three touch screens are available in a 13.5-inch size. The standard IPS HD screen has 1920 x 1280 resolution at 400-nit brightness. The optional IPS HD screen has 1,000-nit brightness and a privacy feature that can block up to 95% of the screen’s light from certain angles. The OLED screen is 3000 x 2000 resolution at 400-nit brightness.

What processor options are available for the HP Spectre x360 14?

The HP Spectre x360 has the Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor, with peak speeds of 5.0 GHz and a 12 MB L3 cache. When ordering, HP splits the processor choices by the amount of shared system memory allocated to the CPU’s onboard graphics processor (either 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB).

What memory options are available for the HP Spectre x360 14?

The HP Spectre x360 comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

What software is bundled with the HP Spectre x360 14?

Windows 11 Home/Pro, a trial version of McAfee LiveSafe, and HP software for the webcam, display, and other functions come included. HP offers a discount on Microsoft Office 365 or a standalone version of Office 2021.

Is the HP Spectre x360 14 good for business use?

Yes, the HP Spectre x360 is a good choice for creatives in the business field who would use the 2-in-1 design, touch-screen capability, pen, and its impressive displays. For normal business users, it’s probably too much laptop.

Is the HP Spectre x360 14 good for gaming?

No, the HP Spectre x360 is not a gaming laptop . While you can play relatively simple games on it, anything more demanding will require a laptop with a faster processor and better graphics like the Acer Nitro 5 .

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The HP spectre x360 is a powerful and slimline two-in-one laptop . Unlike many other convertibles of its kind – which tend to offer tablet-grade performance dressed up in a laptop form-factor – this folding flagship from HP is designed to be just as fast, functional and practical as your typical, non-folding laptop.

This year’s version of the 14in HP spectre x360 presents a generational upgrade to the laptop’s underlying specs, bringing the very latest Intel processors to bear on what was already a fantastic and versatile device, especially for business users in search of a professional-looking machine to carry around with them.

That means the same elegant chassis and impressive near edge-to-edge display on the outside, and a big boost to performance on the inside. The HP spectre x360 is an all-round excellent machine, with a full-size keyboard that’s a joy to work on, booming sound from Bang & Olufsen, an included stylus and seamless security features.

How we tested

We put the HP spectre x360 through its paces over the course of several full working days of tasks, including writing articles in Microsoft Office and Google Docs, wrangling large files, editing images and video in Adobe Creative Suite and juggling dozens of open Chrome tabs.

We also regularly used it in its tablet mode, watching shows on Netflix and videos on YouTube and browsing social media on the sofa. Here’s what we found.

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At full brightness, the OLED screen is impressive

This is the specification of the HP spectre x360 14-ea0008na sent to IndyBest by HP for review – other models will differ in terms of RAM, processor speed and display resolution

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 1165G7
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe graphics
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 13.5in, 3,000 x 2,000px
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Pros : Vivid OLED display, great battery life
  • Cons: Expensive

The HP spectre x360 is a refreshing laptop to behold. Unlike 95 per cent of Windows laptops , it doesn’t attempt to resemble yet another Apple MacBook. And unlike the remaining 5 per cent of Windows laptops, it doesn’t look like it was designed in 1994 by an accountant armed with only a slide rule.

Instead, what you get is a powerful and well-designed Windows machine with a vibrant screen and an enormous battery life. But that’s not all – oh no – the HP spectre x360 is a two-in-one convertible. The laptop’s big party trick is unfolding a full 360 degrees, turning inside-out to prop itself up tent-style for presentations or become a portable tablet for web browsing on the couch.

Performance

The 2021 version of the HP spectre x360 leaves the laptop’s stylish exterior largely untouched, but refreshes almost every interior component to bring it in line with some of the best mid-range laptops you can buy today. The configuration we tested was powered by Intel’s latest 11th generation Core i7 processor, which not only delivers impressive everyday performance, but best-in-class power efficiency too. The dialled down Core i5 model offers less speed, but even better battery life.

As a tablet the HP spectre x360 feels chunky, with this giant gap between the base and the screen

That updated CPU means that the HP spectre x360 now meets the criteria for the Intel Evo badge: a certification awarded to laptops built to a certain quality standard (and that use Intel’s own high-performance i5 and i7 chips, of course). To secure an Intel Evo badge, a laptop must have a battery life lasting at least nine hours, recharge to four hours battery life in half an hour, and be able to boot up and be ready to use within one second of pressing the power button.

Accolades aside, the performance of the new HP spectre x360 can be appreciated from the moment you start using it. While it’s less suitable for routinely taking on processor-intensive tasks such as video editing and manipulating large documents, there’s enough power here to breeze through most everyday jobs you could ask of it, from juggling dozens of browser tabs, to multitasking between Zoom calls and Microsoft Office to light gaming, so long as you’re happy to dial some graphics settings down.

Battery life

Because the HP spectre x360 is built to work hand-in-glove with Intel’s shiniest new chips, it can take full advantage of the processors’ power-saving features to reduce battery draw and extend the laptop’s lifespan.

In our tests, after a full workday the laptop has enough juice left in it to comfortably squeeze in a couple of episodes of Married at First Sight on the commute home. It’s a small difference, but it means that accidentally leaving your charging cable at the office or forgetting to plug in overnight isn’t a death sentence for the HP spectre x360.

At 1.3kg, the HP spectre x360 is light, but sturdy enough to throw in a rucksack

The HP spectre x360 is a beautiful piece of engineering, and appears to have been chiselled out of a single block of brushed aluminium. It stands out in a sea of identikit laptops: from the abstract and rotationally symmetrical HP logo adorning the back of the case to the subtle, chamfered trim encircling the base and screen. The hinges are industrial-thick and sturdy, while not dominating the face of the laptop. When folded into its tablet guise, it’s way chunkier than any iPad, but it feels durable where other two-in-ones can feel rickety.

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The bevelled corners are unlike any others we’ve seen on a laptop: clipped off to form these starkly angular, diamond-shaped edges that appear both futuristic and retro at the same time. There’s a Blade Runner -esque quality to the design of the spectre x360. Maybe it’s just the laptop’s name, but it looks like something a Bond villain would use to blow up the moon. It’s fantastic.

The HP spectre x360 has a single USB-A port, ensuring connectivity with almost every existing peripheral and memory stick you might want to plug into it. On the opposite side of the laptop are two Thunderbolt USB-C ports for charging and high-speed video output to an external display. That presents decent connectivity for a laptop this thin.

The webcam is fitted with an infrared sensor, which means it can be used to unlock the device using just your face. We also appreciated that the camera can be powered off with a single button press, which activates a camera shutter, shuts down your microphone and greatly reduces the chances of your most recent Zoom meeting going viral.

Tent mode is great for impromptu presentations, and watching snake videos

We’re testing the OLED version of the HP spectre x360, which features a lusciously bright and vibrant display that looks considerably better than your standard laptop screen, but knocks roughly five hours off the battery life. Thing is, at around 14-15 hours as standard, this laptop has heaps of battery life to begin with – an OLED screen takes the longevity of the HP spectre x360 from exceptional to average for a modern Windows laptop. If you’re not particularly concerned with wandering far from a power socket, and you have the budget for it, we would recommend the upgrade.

In its OLED configuration, at a pin-sharp 3,000 x 2,000 resolution, near enough to 4K as makes no difference. The 3:2 ratio display is taller than a standard widescreen display, a seemingly small change that makes a world of difference when using Google Docs and browsing the web. More headroom on the screen means more content can be viewed without constantly scrolling up and down. The downside is that TV shows and movies will look boxed in by black borders on the top and bottom of the display, but increasingly, laptops are moving towards this taller display format for the immediate benefits it brings to comfort and productivity.

The verdict: HP spectre x360, 2021

A fantastic convertible laptop, the HP spectre x360 impresses with its upmarket design, cutting-edge performance, class-leading power efficiency and overall versatility in transforming into a practical tablet with a single twist.

The two-in-one design and smart stylus make the HP spectre x360 an ideal companion for business users, especially anyone who regularly presents to clients while out and about. But if you don’t need a laptop that can be turned inside out on a whim, we’d consider the cheaper, but just as powerful Dell XPS 13 (£1, 499, Dell.com ) as an alternative.

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HP still sells the Spectre x360 13 , but you can forget about it. The Spectre x360 14 (starts at $1,299.99; $1,699.99 as tested) is an elegant convertible laptop that ditches the older system's 13.3-inch touch screen—and its familiar 16:9 aspect ratio—for a 13.5-inch panel with a squarer 3:2 ratio, for a superior view of text and web pages. Basically, it says, "I see you and raise" to the 16:10 display of the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 . Add to that some immaculate engineering, gorgeous OLED screen technology, and a stylus pen and USB Type-A port that the Dell lacks, and the Spectre edges out the XPS 13 2-in-1, snatching the Editors' Choice award as our new favorite premium convertible. 

Spectral Analysis: Sleek, Svelte, and Stylish 

The Spectre x360 14 is an Intel Evo laptop, so it flaunts the chipmaker's latest innovations including rapid wake, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and an 11th Generation "Tiger Lake" processor with Iris Xe integrated graphics. The $1,299.99 base model at HP.com (discounted to $999.99 at this writing) combines Core i5 power with 8GB of memory, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 1,920-by-1,280-pixel touch screen. One of HP's Sure View Reflect privacy screens is optional; a rechargeable tilt pen and carrying sleeve are standard. (The stylus clings magnetically to the side of the laptop, instead of fitting into a niche.)

HP Spectre x360 14 left angle

Our test unit, $1,699.99 from Best Buy (discounted to $1,449.99 at this writing), steps up to an OLED touch panel with 3,000-by-2,000-pixel resolution and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, as well as a quad-core, 2.8GHz (4.7GHz turbo) Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD bolstered by 32GB of Intel Optane Memory . Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth are onboard, though users who roam far from hotspots will be sad there's no WWAN option. 

Like previous Spectres, the HP is one of the most attractive laptops you can buy, with gem-cut contrasting edges highlighting its CNC-machined aluminum chassis. It's available in Nightfall Black with Copper Luxe accents, or Poseidon Blue with Pale Brass accents, each $10 more than the shy silver model. HP's stylized four-slash logo decorates the lid, which unfortunately takes two hands to open. (You must hold the base down while lifting the lid.) Two hinges let you fold the display back into the easel, tent, and tablet modes well known to hybrid users. The screen barely wobbles when tapped in laptop mode, and you'll feel almost no flex in the chassis if you grasp its corners or press the keyboard deck.

HP Spectre x360 14 rear view

At 0.67 by 11.8 by 8.7 inches, the system is slightly deeper than the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (0.56 by 11.7 by 8.2 inches), as well as barely heavier (2.95 versus 2.9 pounds). Among hybrid laptops that have screens with a 16:9 aspect ratio, the 13.3-inch Asus ZenBook Flip S is 0.54 by 12 by 8.3 inches, and the 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i is 0.6 by 12.6 by 8.5 inches. The screen bezels are ultra-thin (HP boasts a 90.33% screen-to-body ratio), yet the webcam remains properly located, positioned above, instead of below, the display. 

The laptop's left edge holds a USB 3.2 Type-A port. You'll find two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports on the right side (actually, one on the side and the other, suitable for the AC adapter, on the diagonal-cut rear corner), along with an audio jack and a microSD card slot.

HP Spectre x360 14 left ports

As with the Dell, you'll need a USB-C dongle to connect an external monitor if it has anything but a Thunderbolt or USB-C interface. The ZenBook Flip S, in contrast, wins points for providing an HDMI output, but it loses an equal amount for omitting the audio jack.

A New Perspective: Awed by OLED

Displays with 3:2 aspect ratios aren't unprecedented. Microsoft uses them for its various Surface Pro tablets and Surface Laptop clamshells, and the Acer Spin 713 is one of our favorite Chromebooks. But once you get used to their roughly 20% taller view of browsers and productivity apps, it's hard to go back to a 16:9 screen (unless you use your laptop primarily for watching videos).

HP Spectre x360 14 tent mode

The Spectre's OLED screen is lovely to look at, with ample brightness, sky-high contrast, pristine white backgrounds, and deep blacks. Colors are rich, vivid, and saturated, and fine details are sharp. The two-button tilt stylus kept up with my fastest swipes and scribbles in tablet mode, with a comfortable pen-on-paper feel and good palm rejection as I rested my wrist on the glass.

HP Spectre x360 14 pen

I always criticize HP laptop keyboards for arranging the cursor arrow keys in a clumsy row instead of the correct inverted T, with half-size up and down arrows squeezed between full-size left and right arrows. But otherwise, the brightly backlit keyboard is fine, with dedicated Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys and a somewhat shallow but snappy typing feel.

HP Spectre x360 14 keyboard

The keyboard incorporates functions often moved to the palm rest or sides, from the fingerprint reader (which replaces the right-side Control key, a slight quibble if you often use that) and power button to special keys to toggle the webcam privacy shutter and launch the HP Command Center utility. (More about the latter in a minute.) The buttonless touchpad glides and taps smoothly, and clicks quietly.

HP Spectre x360 14 fingerprint reader

The 720p webcam has IR face-recognition capability, joining the fingerprint reader to give you two ways to access Windows Hello logins. Its images are slightly soft-focus but reasonably bright, colorful, and static-free. Four speakers and an amplifier produce admirable sound, not particularly loud, but not tinny or hollow, either. The bass is noticeable, and it's easy to distinguish overlapping tracks. Bang & Olufsen software lets you choose among music, movie, and voice presets, as well as fiddle with an equalizer. 

HP Spectre x360 14 right angle

The pop-up HP Command Center lets you turn on application-based network prioritization. Also here, you can change the default Smart Sense system tuning and cooling fan setting to balanced, cool, performance, or quiet modes. (I used the performance option for our benchmark tests, and Smart Sense for our battery-life measurement.) A Focus Mode toggle dims the screen except for the active window.

HP Display Control offers default/vibrant, native, sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3, or automatic color palette selection. Other software on the Windows 10 Home system includes Amazon Alexa, as well as ExpressVPN, McAfee LiveSafe, and LastPass trials. The company also notes that in-bag detection keeps the laptop from overheating in your briefcase.

Performance Testing: A Convertible Clash 

For our benchmark comparisons, I pitted the Spectre x360 14 against three premium 2-in-1 models already mentioned: the Lenovo Yoga 9i, the Asus ZenBook Flip S, and the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. The last slot went to our Editors' Choice winner among midpriced convertibles, the HP Envy x360 13 , whose AMD Ryzen 5 CPU makes a change from "Tiger Lake" Core i7 chips. You can see the contenders' basic specs in the table below. 

HP Spectre x360 14 comparison chart

Productivity and Media Tests 

PCMark 10 and 8 are holistic performance suites developed by the PC benchmark specialists at UL (formerly Futuremark). The PCMark 10 test we run simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. We use it to assess overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet jockeying, web browsing, and videoconferencing. PCMark 8, meanwhile, has a storage subtest that we use to assess the speed of the system's boot drive. Both yield a proprietary numeric score; higher numbers are better. ( See more about how we test laptops. ) 

HP Spectre x360 14 PCMark

All five hybrids exceeded the 4,000 points that indicate excellent productivity in PCMark 10, with the Spectre topping the Yoga for the win. Their speedy SSDs breezed through PCMark 8's storage exercise. 

Next is Maxon's CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, which is fully threaded to make use of all available processor cores and threads. Cinebench stresses the CPU rather than the GPU to render a complex image. The result is a proprietary score indicating a PC's suitability for processor-intensive workloads. 

HP Spectre x360 14 Cinebench

Cinebench is often a good predictor of our Handbrake video editing benchmark, in which we put a stopwatch on systems as they transcode a brief movie from 4K resolution down to 1080p. It, too, is a tough test for multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs; lower times are better. 

HP Spectre x360 14 Handbrake

The Asus failed to keep up with its Intel stablemates, while the Envy's extra processing cores (six versus four) failed to give it an advantage. The Spectre performed solidly. 

We also run a custom Adobe Photoshop image-editing benchmark. Using an early 2018 release of the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop, we apply a series of 10 complex filters and effects to a standard JPEG test image. We time each operation and add up the total. (Lower times are better.) The Photoshop test stresses the CPU, storage subsystem, and RAM, but it can also take advantage of most GPUs to speed up the process of applying filters. 

HP Spectre x360 14 Photoshop

The Intel-powered convertibles finished in a close pack, a half-minute or more quicker than the AMD-based Envy. The Spectre's brisk response and stellar screen make it a fine choice for photo management, though I had a little trouble getting my microSD card out of its slot. 

Graphics Tests 

3DMark measures relative graphics muscle by rendering sequences of highly detailed, gaming-style 3D graphics that emphasize particles and lighting. We run two different 3DMark subtests, Sky Diver and Fire Strike. Both are DirectX 11 benchmarks, but Sky Diver is more suited to laptops and midrange PCs, while Fire Strike is more demanding and lets high-end PCs and gaming rigs strut their stuff. 

HP Spectre x360 14 3DMark

The Yoga claimed the gold medal, with the Spectre close behind. Thanks to Intel's Iris Xe , these laptops' integrated graphics can handle some light or casual gaming, even while they are no threat to the discrete GPUs of "true" gaming notebooks. 

Next up is another synthetic graphics test, this time from Unigine Corp. Like 3DMark, the Superposition test renders and pans through a detailed 3D scene, this one rendered in the eponymous Unigine engine for a second opinion on the machine's graphical prowess.  

HP Spectre x360 14 Superposition

Again, these laptops are built for productivity and creativity apps, not games. Intel's Iris Xe graphics are superior to its older integrated UHD Graphics solutions, but that's not saying a whole lot when it comes to really demanding graphics tasks like the 1080p test here. 

Battery Rundown Test 

After fully recharging the laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) where available and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. (We also turn Wi-Fi off, putting the laptop into airplane mode.) In this test, we loop a video—a locally stored 720p file of the Blender Foundation short film Tears of Steel Tears of Steel —with screen brightness set at 50 percent and volume at 100 percent until the system quits. 

HP Spectre x360 14 battery life

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is the standout for stamina, lasting nearly 18 hours. The others should certainly get you through a full day of work or school; the two OLED screens were hardest on battery life, but the Spectre outlasted the ZenBook. 

The Verdict: We Have a Winner 

Competition among high-end convertible laptops is fierce, but the 3:2 aspect ratio of the HP Spectre x360 14's screen would make it a game-changer even if it didn't have the advantage of its stunning OLED technology.

HP Spectre x360 14 rear corner

Except for wishing it had an HDMI port, we are having trouble finding anything to criticize—this Spectre x360 has the beautiful design and OLED goodness of its 15.6-inch sibling in a considerably easier-to-carry package. It not only deserves our Editors' Choice award in its category, it ranks among our top four or five laptops, period.

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Dec 01, 2017

Recently in the media there have been many articles warning the public of the dangers of drinking Moscow Mules and other cocktails out of copper mugs. With sensationalist headlines like “ Are Moscow Mule Copper Mugs Really Poisoning People?” you have good reason to be concerned and conduct your own research! As lovers of the traditional Moscow Mule drink and other cocktails served in a copper mug, we wanted to take this opportunity to dive into why it’s so important to always use a stainless steel lined copper mug like ours when enjoying your favorite cocktail.

The Origin of the Copper Mug

The Moscow Mule is a popular drink made of vodka, ginger beer, and freshly squeezed lime served over ice in a copper mug. It’s a refreshing cocktail that is said to have been invented in 1941 in a Los Angeles British Pub called Cock ’n’ Bull. Legend has it the owners of a vodka, ginger beer and copper mug company all found themselves in that pub on the same day lamenting about how slow their sales had been. Together along with the pub bartender, they devised a recipe for the Moscow Mule served in a distinctive copper mug. One of the creators traveled the US taking pictures of patrons drinking the cocktail with Polaroid cameras, a cutting edge invention of the day. As the Polaroids began to circulate, so too did the popularity of this novel cocktail. The Moscow Mule was born.

While originally the copper mug might have been paired with the Moscow Mule purely as a marketing gimmick, it turned out the mugs had some interesting properties that enhanced the popular cocktail. Copper mugs help keep cocktails cold for longer and with less ice than a typical glass. The copper in the mug also reacts with the lime and ginger beer to give the traditional Moscow Mule cocktail more of a ‘kick’. But as it turns out, the kick from the reaction between a pure copper mug and the ingredients of a Moscow Mule might actually be detrimental to your health!

Why Copper Mugs Without Stainless Steel Lining Are Dangerous

copper mug filled with liquid and ice placed on a glass coaster

While copper is an important essential mineral, it is also a heavy metal that reacts with acidic liquids such as cocktail ingredients. Any acidic drink will corrode the copper contained in a mug without a stainless steel  lining, which will then leach back into the drink and increase the level of copper consumed.

In some cases, you may be able to detect a metallic taste in your drink, which can provide a warning that there is too much copper in your drink and that you should not continue drinking it. However, in some cases, the flavors in your cocktail may mask the presence of excessive copper in the drink, thereby leading you to believe that your drink is safe.

The rate at which copper will leach into a drink depends on a variety of factors including the acidity level of the drink, its temperature, the quality of the copper mug, and the length of time the drink remains in the mug – but there is no doubt that copper leaching is inevitable in any copper mug that does not have a protective stainless steel  lining, and there is no doubt that the leaching process begins immediately upon contact.

How acidic does a drink need to be before you should be concerned about having it in a copper mug? According to a recent report released by Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division, and in keeping with Food and Drug Administration guidelines, copper should not come into contact with acidic foods with a pH below six. The pH of a traditional Moscow Mule, along with many of your favorite beverages, is well below 6, largely as a result of the alcohol and other acids contained in the cocktail.

The term pH refers to the acidity or alkalinity of liquids and is expressed on a scale of 0 to 14. Liquids with a pH below 7, like lemon juice, are considered acidic while liquids with a pH above 7, like liquid soap, are considered alkaline. Liquids with a pH of 7, like water, are considered neutral. Liquids like wine, beer, fruit juice, soda, tea (and even water with a dash of lemon in it) all have pHs well below 6. In short, the only safe use of a pure copper mug is for drinking water, which has a neutral pH.

Accordingly, if you use a copper mug that is not lined with stainless steel  with any drink that is even slightly acidic, the acidic fluids in your drink will cause a chemical reaction which will literally cause you to ingest large amounts of copper, leading to an unhealthy and potentially dangerous concentration of copper in your body.

The matter is so significant that the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited food or drink with pH levels below 6 from coming into contact with copper at licensed premises like bars or restaurants. The Food and Drug Administration also requires that anyone serving beverages through pipes must ensure that sufficient mechanisms are in place to ensure that copper is prevented from leaching into the drinks.

High concentrations of copper are very poisonous and have caused various food borne illnesses. Symptoms of copper poisoning include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and jaundice, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health . In fact, in one report published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers discovered an outbreak of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea among party-goers who had consumed cocktails at a party that have been sitting in copper cocktail shakers. The researchers determined that the concentration of copper in the drinks caused symptoms of chemical food poisoning precipitated by the consumption of alcohol on an empty stomach.

While one drink from a copper mug without stainless steel  lining won’t kill you, long-term exposure can pose serious health issues such as liver problems and low blood pressure. In some cases, severe copper poisoning can cause liver failure and death.

This recent report comes as no surprise to chefs and food scientists who have, for centuries, known to never use copper cookware with acidic recipes like tomato sauce. Beyond the negative health effects, using copper cookware with acidic foods results in metallic tasting recipes. No thanks!

However, while copper cookware has been used for centuries, the use of copper mugs with cocktails such as the Moscow Mule is a relatively new phenomenon and has only recently achieved widespread popularity. As a result, the health risks of using copper mugs without stainless steel  lining have not received the same attention until now.

The Solution: Stainless-Lined Copper Mugs

The good news is that not all copper Moscow Mule mugs are created equal. Some are lined with stainless steel , including our copper mugs . Why is stainless steel  lining so important? In short, unlike copper, stainless steel does not corrode or otherwise react when put in contact with acidic liquids. As a result, a cocktail or other drink enjoyed in a stainless steel   lined copper mug will not experience any copper leaching, which means that your health is fully protected!

In fact, Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division recommends that if bar and restaurant owners are going to use copper mugs for acidic drinks such as the Moscow Mule, then they should use copper mugs lined with stainless steel  in order to avoid copper leaching.

In order to protect the health of our customers, we specifically choose to only manufacture and sell copper mugs made from 100% pure high-grade and food-safe copper with an inner layer of high-grade stainless steel . As a result, you can enjoy your favourite cocktail in one of our copper Moscow mule mugs for years to come without worrying about copper poisoning or other negative health effects.

Cocktails from our Moscow Mule mugs taste pure and fresh. Like the original Moscow Mule mugs, ours are also great insulators that help keep your drink cold and frosty. The stainless steel lining in our copper mugs also has an added functional benefit. In particular, because copper is a very soft metal, it can become damaged by repeated use. Stainless steel plating increases the strength and durability of your copper mug and greatly extends its life!

Cleaning your stainless steel  lined copper mug is simple. Clean the inside of your copper mug with warm water, soap and a soft cloth and dry it immediately. Be sure to never wash your copper mug with detergents or in a dishwasher. The exterior of the mug will naturally patina over time, which many of our customers enjoy. If you wish to remove the patina, simply sprinkle a pinch of salt on a slice of lemon, allow the salt to dissolve, and then gently rub it on the surface of the mug. The lemon and salt will form a mixture that will naturally remove the patina and restore the copper’s shine. Once done, rinse with water and dry well.

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Mar 05, 2020 • Posted by Moscow Muled

Hi Stacie Culmer, you can handwash your copper moscow mule mugs with any liquid dish soap! Just be sure to never place the mugs in the dishwasher or use any abrasive detergents. :)

Mar 05, 2020 • Posted by Stacie Culmer

What kind of soap do you mean versus detergent?

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