You’ll want to ditch your Macbook for this

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The HP Spectre x360 is HP thinnest convertible laptop at just 13.79mm thick. Quality designed 360 degrees geared hinge and versatility for ultimate productivity.

The Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop is a really well rounded offering from HP.

REVIEW

When you first get a hold of HP’s Spectre x360 laptop, you’re struck by the thin, lightweight design of the company’s premium range 2-in-1 laptop

The device, which can also be folded into a tablet is HP’s thinnest convertible yet and is the successor to last year’s popular Spectre notebook.

But once you mess around with the device, the svelte and quality design — cut from a solid aluminium block — arguably plays second fiddle to the impressive specs and functionality of the product.

Admittedly, I’ve owned and used an Apple Macbook for such a long time that I always feel a tad lost switching over to explore in the Windows operating system.

And with a $2,499 price tag, it would have to do a lot to permanently convert me — but it certainly gives it a red hot go.

The convertible laptop is just 13.8mm thick and tips the scales at a measly 1.295kg.

What the company is calling a “micro edge bezel” has shaved off nearly 2cm on each side of the screen, packing in more punch into the 13.3-inch full high definition touchscreen display.

However after experimenting with the placement of the front facing camera, HP opted not to do the same with the bottom and top edge bezel, meaning they could keep the camera in the desired position and leave the wireless antenna at the top of the screen for better Wi-Fi performance.

There are plenty of options with the HP Spectre x360 convertible laptop.

There are plenty of options with the HP Spectre x360 convertible laptop.Source:Supplied

The Spectre x360 was released along with the EliteBook x360 which has a strong focus on security and caters towards more security conscious execs.

Spectre x360 meanwhile is the more consumer focused offering and is marketed at creative and business types who want all their work talks and entertainment needs to be met with a single device.

It ships with the Windows 10 operating system, which of course features Microsoft’s AI assistant, Cortana.

It also comes with a digitiser pen or stylus which can be used in creative applications or simply to edit documents or draw on maps. This is definitely one area where the Spectre x360 eclipses the Macbook Pro which doesn’t even have a touch screen or inking system to provide added versatility.

There are definitely areas in which HP’s offering outcompetes the Macbook.

There are definitely areas in which HP’s offering outcompetes the Macbook.Source:Supplied

The device can be put in tent mode, allowing it to stand on its own or completely folded into a tablet-like shape which is particularly useful when using the stylus.

With four built-in Bang & Olufsen speakers facing in different directions, the laptop produces a consistent and good quality audio.

The keyboard was a big focus for HP with the new device, but the company understands not to mess around too much with the arrangement of the keyboard from its predecessor.

The strong attention to the design results in a comfortable and solid keyboard which is backlit allowing you to work in any light conditions and sits alongside a very lovely glass trackpad.

The quality design on the Spectre x360 is immediately apparent.

The quality design on the Spectre x360 is immediately apparent.Source:Supplied

Under the hood and the laptop is powered by Intel’s seventh generation Core processor and the device has room for up to 16GB of RAM.

It has two thunderbolt USB-C ports for both charging and data, plus a legacy USB 3.0 port which will no doubt make life a little more convenient for anyone.

It has kept the headphone jack but is missing a SD card slot or micro SD card slot which might disappoint some users. The Spectre x360 also ships with a USB-C to HDMI adaptor.

Battery life been improved, allowing users up to 15 hours per charge while working with Wi-Fi on, but screen brightness set to minimum.

I was able to use the laptop for days before requiring a charge.

Given that it is marketed to the busy professional, HP has ensured it can be charged quickly on the go. The device includes “HP fast charge” technology meaning 50 per cent of the computer’s battery will charge in 30 minutes.

With the $2,499 price tag, it might be hard for some Apple Macbook-philes to be convinced to make the switch. But for the less stubborn among us, a device like the HP Spectre x360 is a worthy investment and provides a lot of potential and versatility.

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