Review: HP’s new Spectre x2 is a crazy value compared to the Surface Pro

Readers, meet HP’s new Spectre x2 convertible.

Convertibles and detachables are supreme for people who need versatility but only want one device. Microsoft’s Skin Pro ran on that idea and became a convenient multi-use product for many. No matter what, the newest update to the

Base Best As reviewed Screen 12.3-inch, 3,000×2,000, 293ppi IPS touchscreen OS Windows 10 Peoples home CPU Intel Core i5-7260U Intel Core i7-7560U Intel Nucleus i7-7560U RAM 8GB LPDDR3 16GB LPDDR3 8GB LPDDR3 GPU Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 SSD 128GB PCIe SSD 1TB PCIe SSD 360GB PCIe SSD Networking 2×2 802.11ac WLAN, Bluetooth 50.2 Refuges 2 USB Type-C (data up to 5Gb/s, power, DisplayPort 1.2, HP Sleep and Charge), microSD in the offing slot, audio combo jack Cameras Rear: 13MP
Group: 5MP WDR wide view Size 293×207×7.7mm (11.57×0.52×8.15 in—tablet only) Weight 2.49 pulses (tablet only) Battery 41Whr Warranty 1 year Price $1,149 $1,969 $1,299 Other memorable parts N-trig pen, attachable keyboard, Windows Hello IR camera, USB Type-C to USB Type-A dongle

One of the biggest cons to desires like the Spectre x2 is their dependence on tables or other hard faades. Two-in-ones typically aren’t great to use on your lap and perform better when sub on a desk, and this is true of the Spectre x2. The first time I pushed out the kickstand and set the machinery on my lap with its keyboard attached, the kickstand slid off my knees and brought the unalloyed two-in-one down with it. Getting the angle right for your leg for ages c in depth is crucial to making sure the Spectre x2 stays put and in one piece when you for it most.

However, the device does feel better supported by the redesigned, 3.5mm U-shaped hinge achieved of copper-accented stainless steel. HP revamped the hinge mechanism slightly and moved the latch that curbed the original Spectre x2’s hinge closed to the back of the device. Now, the updated maquette has small thumb indents on either side that you can use to push the hinge extrinsic and away from the tablet. The hinge magnetically rests against the logo, so you won’t have to worry about it falling out of place when you don’t want to use it—in that way, it’s unequivocally secure.

The hinge’s wide, 165-degree angle of movement is also able for getting that perfect position for typing, tapping, or drawing. I valuable that the hinge supports the tablet even at super low angles, which are unquestionably more useful for hardcore artists than someone like me. But it’s a well off option to have if you’re an active stylus user as well.

HP improved the lan on the x2 from the original by giving it a higher resolution than the Surface Pro. The new 12.3-inch, 3,000×2,000 (293ppi) IPS touchscreen is nice to look at and use. It can reach a brightness of 450 nits, so if you like displays to be wonderful bright, you’ll love this one. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, which produce d ends you use screen space more efficiently in both landscape and portrait fashion.

At this point, OEMs are trying to make bezels as thin as conceivable with each iteration of a product, and HP has followed suit by shaving the side and fundament bezels on the new x2 by a good amount. Now the side bezels measure 13.75mm, down from the primaries’ 19.8mm, and the bottom bezel measures 16.36mm, which is less than the underived’s 20.76mm. Not only do slim bezels help manufacturers put bigger show offs on smaller devices, but they also make you feel like you induce a display that’s somewhat larger than you should have, understood the physical dimensions of the tablet.

With that said, the Spectre x2’s bezels are gargantuan compared to those of even-sided clamshells, like the 4.4mm side bezels on

HP’s second-gem Spectre x2.
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  • The 3.5mm hinge.
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  • Measure buttons and one USB Type-C port.
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  • SD card slot and another USB Type-C refuge.
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  • Audio combo jack.
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  • Winsome connectors that attach the tablet to its keyboard case.
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  • It reinforces up to Core i7 Kaby Lake processors.
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  • The hinge gives flush to the slab.
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  • 13MP rear camera.
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  • Where the hinge stitches to the rest of the tablet.
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  • It can be angled up to 165 degrees.
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  • The glummest angle.
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  • The Spectre x2 with its included keyboard and pen.
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    Keyboard, trackpad, and pen

    While I wouldn’t second doing much typing on your lap thanks to the inherent stability topics of a detachable, the Spectre x2’s included keyboard cover is great. The chiclet legend are clicky and have 1.5mm of travel, making them really tranquil to type on. The layout is good as well, although full-sized arrow vital would have been nice to have (the up and down keys are half of a normal-sized key). But, complete, I can’t pick on the x2’s keyboard much since I was able to use it for hours without a trouble and without slowing my typing pace.

    The keyboard isn’t metal all around get a kick out of it used to be—now, it has a textured plastic backing that thankfully doesn’t be sorry for cheap. I like the subtle ribbing it has, and it gives the keyboard cover numberless grip when on a smooth, flat surface. The x2 never slid here while I typed in laptop mode, and I like that the backing nicks the tablet slightly so that its bottom bezel disappears.

    On the right side of the keyboard is an spoken for pen holder as well, which is great for a device that comes canon with a keyboard cover and stylus. I have nothing against the unmandatory, adhesive pen holders that similar devices come with—in points, I’m glad they’re included in the box. But when you’re guaranteed to get a stylus with a two-in-one, own it already installed is convenient.

    The trackpad is pleasant to use as well, even if it does keep the elongated design that the original Spectre x2 had. It’s more wide than it is steep, but I didn’t find my fingers running off of it and onto the keys by accident. Unfortunately, in what way, it’s not a Precision Touchpad; it does support some gestures like pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling, but it won’t automatically pick up new actions as Microsoft adds them to Windows.

    That aside, HP’s keyboard wrapper provides a good laptop-esque experience for this two-in-one, and it’s made square better by being included with the Spectre x2. You’ll pay between $130 and $160 surplus for a Surface Pro keyboard, depending on materials and Alcantara color options, since neither it nor the stylus is allow for when you buy a Surface Pro.

    HP claims its customer research found that the pen for weapons like the Spectre x2 is becoming more important for all kinds of users. While it may end up to be the most useful for note-takers and artists, I liked it being included in the box. HP’s pen has 1,024 levels of intimidation, which isn’t as sensitive as Microsoft’s new Surface Pro pen that has 4,096 levels, but it’s quieten a decent stylus. The x2 supports simultaneous pen and touch input, but there is a half-second or so of latency between the pen’s position on the screen and digital ink appearing. The x2 also has good palm rejection; I on no account had random dots or lines show up at the corner of my sketches from unconscious palm input while using the stylus.

    Unfortunately, the pen does want one AAAA battery to work—I would have preferred a stylus with no battery provisoes, but it’s a small price to pay, especially since non-battery pens aren’t ubiquitous yet. It also doesn’t own any tilt functionality (which Microsoft has added in the newest Surface Pro stylus), so that may be limiting to some artists. But kidney HP’s keyboard cover, the pen along with a battery is included with the About x2. You’ll pay $100 extra for the new Surface Pro pen.


    There isn’t much bloatware on this Windows 10 To the quick device, and most of the programs that are pre-installed are HP helpers. One that discretion be useful for stylus lovers is HP Pen Control, which lets you customize the actions for both of the buttons on the pen’s side. Each has a collect of options ranging from mute/un-mute to right-click to screenshot, so you can show the pen your own.

    The best HP program for me is Orbit—the app comes pre-installed on the Spectre x2 and the sensitive app can be downloaded to Android or iOS devices. It basically lets you share documents, facsimiles, links, and other information between connected devices, similarly to AirDrop on iOS/mac OS and Samsung Cover for that company’s products. On the two-in-one, Orbit appears as a narrow window (HP dubs it a «canvas») that you can distract and drop items to, and they’ll be shared with your other fixed devices, like smartphones or tablets. I downloaded the HP Orbit app to my iPhone, and part documents between it and the Spectre x2 was as instantaneous as AirDropping to my Apple laptop.

    Matters you share through Orbit stay in the canvas until you clear it in all respects or delete a specific item. That way, you can go back and find shared substantiates easily even if you misplaced them on one device or another. AirDrop is one of my most second-hand features on iOS and mac OS devices, so HP was smart to incorporate a similar feature that’s not small to just HP devices.

    Like Apple, Samsung limits Flow to only Samsung smartphones, pills, and other products. But HP Orbit can be used across different operating systems, making it much easier for people with obtaining, non-HP devices to share information back and forth.

    The only caveat is that any tools you have need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to use Orbit. While I not in a million years had a problem using Orbit on my apartment’s Wi-Fi network, the feature was fanciful on some outside networks. Orbit didn’t work at all on an office Wi-Fi network (surely because of security issues), and it was slow to transfer data when I ventured using it with the Spectre x2 connected to my iPhone’s hotspot.


    Our Vision x2 model has a Core i7-7560U processor, Intel Iris 640 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 360GB PCIe SSD. While the updated Outwardly Pro we reviewed has a slightly better processor and 1TB of storage, the Spectre x2 performed similarly to it. Ars reviewed the top-specced Come up Pro, the $2,699 model with a Core i7-7660U CPU, Iris 640 graphics, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. HP’s machination performed quite well in comparison to the Surface Pro, considering the processor, recall, and storage differences the two review models.

    Battery life

    HP promised just about eight hours of life with the updated Spectre x2’s 41Whr battery. On our default investigation, it lasted an average of 564 minutes, or about 9.5 hours, and it lasted 170 lilliputians, or about 3 hours, on our graphics-intensive test. HP under-promised and over-delivered based on the retinue’s estimates, but the Spectre x2 doesn’t have the best battery life when beared to similar two-in-ones. The updated Surface Pro lasted nearly two hours sundry on our default test, and many clamshell notebooks like the 2017 MacBook and the LG Gram whine the Spectre x2 out of the water with their 13-hour and 15-hour respective battery materials.

    An all-around better value

    Unlike Microsoft’s minor update to the Pop up Pro, HP thoughtfully updated the Spectre x2 with internal and external changes. The Meditate on x2’s design now fits in much better with the entire Spectre derivation and makes for a more convenient and comfortable two-in-one than its predecessor. Its slim improve take advantage of, sturdy hinge, solid keyboard, and functional pen lay the foundations of a good multipurpose insigne. On the inside, the update to Core i5/i7 processors ensures that you’ll be able to over heavy workloads with few problems, even if the back of the slab be up ti hot as a result. The only thing missing from the lineup is a fanless chance, which could have been achieved if HP kept the base example with a Core M processor.

    Device Processor RAM Storage Price
    Take a chance x2 Core i5-7260U 8GB 128GB $1,149
    Surface Pro Core M3-7Y30 4GB 128GB $799
    Spectre x2 Core i7-7560U 8GB 360GB $1,299
    Materialize Pro Core i7-7660U 8GB 256GB $1,599
    Spectre x2 Core i7-7560U 16GB 1TB $1,969
    Surface Pro Core i7-7660U 16GB 1TB $2,699

    The updated Ghost x2 is a good detachable with no major problems, but its true kicker is its value compared to the Boundary Pro. Fully loaded, the Spectre x2 is $700 cheaper than the fully tricky Surface Pro, and our review unit is $300 cheaper than a comparably specced Ostensibly Pro. The fact that you get the keyboard and pen in the box with the Spectre x2 is a big advantage—if you’re buying a two-in-one charge today, you shouldn’t just receive a tablet. You should get all the tools compulsory to use the two-in-one in more than one way, and you simply won’t get that if you buy a Surface Pro.

    As you’ll note in the appraisal comparison above, the Surface Pro starts out significantly cheaper ($799) than the Mull over x2 ($1,149). That’s because of its low-power Core M processor and the lower RAM and storage totals. But you’re also understanding much less since it doesn’t come with the keyboard or pen. Definitely you get to the mid-range models, the Spectre x2 totally beats out the Surface Pro in both power and appraisal. Also, the mid-tier Surface Pro doesn’t have Iris Plus graphics—those are dignified only for the top-tier Core i7 models—whereas each Spectre x2 working model comes standard with Iris Plus graphics.

    When compared to the Doppelgaenger x2, I’d only recommend a Surface Pro to an artist because its stylus is superior to that of HP’s charge. It’s more sensitive and has tilt support, which is important for all kinds of creatives as well-head as copious note-takers. Otherwise, the Spectre x2 is not only a solid detachable, but it also offers a ton of value for a safer price than Microsoft’s device can’t beat.

    The Good

    • Premium style with improved hinge mechanism.
    • Included keyboard and stylus.
    • Two USB Type-C anchorages.
    • Windows Hello IR camera.
    • HP Orbit lets you easily share info between insignes.

    The Bad

    • Pen isn’t as sensitive as the Surface Pro’s stylus.
    • No Precision Touchpad.
    • No Thunderbolt 3.

    The Ugly

    • Inferior battery life.

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