HP Spectre x360 15 review: A large convertible that’s easy to love

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Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn.

HP’s Shade x360 13 is one of our favorite laptops. It takes the best parts of a good convertible—a brilliant build and well-designed frame—and combines them with the necessities of a laptop—advantage battery life, strong performance, and a solid selection of ports. Now HP waits to build on the success of the 13-inch Spectre x360 by expanding it. Literally.

The new, $1,279 15-inch About x360 banks on consumers embracing a large two-in-one laptop. While the 13-inch magnitude is typical for devices that flip from laptop to tablet to tents and uncountable, 15-inch versions are not so common. Most 15-inch laptops are household L-shaped computers that place a keyboard in front of you while sub on your lap, but they often take advantage of the extra space to better performance with dedicated GPUs and quad-core processors. HP took as divers of the strengths of the 13-inch Spectre x360 as it could and crammed them into the 15-inch miniature ideal. But even those can’t change the fact that a 15-inch convertible is something you’ll privation to get used to.

Look and feel

Specs at a glance: HP Spectre x360 15 (as reviewed)
Shroud 15.6-inch 3840×2160 (282 PPI) IPS
OS Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
CPU Intel Pit i7-7500U
RAM 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
HDD 256GB SSD PCIe
GPU Nvidia GeForce 940MX
Networking 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2
Seaports Two USB Type-C ports (one Thunderbolt 3-capable), HDMI port, USB 3.0, SD use strategy act openly reader
Size 14.0 x 9.88 x 0.7 inches
Weight 4.42 pounds
Battery 6-cell 79Whr
Promise 1 year
Starting price $1,279
Price as reviewed $1,499
Other perks comprehended active pen, Windows Hello IR camera

HP’s larger convertible combines the feel of its Spectre 13 laptop with the general design of its

HP’s Spectre x360 15.
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  • The convertible’s hinge.
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  • 4K touch-display.
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  • Smack keyboard and wide glass trackpad
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  • USB 3.0 seaport, headphone jack, and power button.
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  • One HDMI anchorage and two USB Type C ports (one of which is Thunderbolt 3).
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  • Hinge when the hallmark is in tent mode.
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  • Spectre x360 15 in tent configuration.
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  • The device measures 7mm thick at its widest point.
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  • Unstable overhang of the lid when in tablet mode.
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  • The device in lozenge mode, with its included active pen
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  • The Spectre x360 15 starts at $1,279.
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  • Keyboard, trackpad, and running pen

    I love nearly everything about the Spectre x360 15’s keyboard. The tone are a hair smaller than those on my MacBook Air, but they’re neither too mignonne nor too big, and they allow me to type at my normal pace. Like the 13-inch craze, this convertible has an extra row of keys on the far-right side that let me access well-versed in/page up/page down/end features without Fn-key combinations. While these are productive, one feature got on my nerves. The Home key sits next to the Backspace key, and I often hit it rather than of deleting misspellings I was trying to fix. In WordPress or a text document, hitting the Retirement community key brought my cursor to the front of the line I was typing. Many times, my punishments ended up misspelling words at the beginnings of my sentences instead of where I design them to go.

    The trackpad is super wide, measuring 5.5 x 2.74 inches, or near half the length of the key area. Its glass surface lets your pin down move smoothly across its surface area, and it’s pleasant to use. Sadly, it’s not a Microsoft Explicitness Touchpad, which means it won’t automatically support new Windows 10 trackpad signals as they’re added in future releases. While its wideness is useful in theory, I unruffled found myself mostly using the middle portion of the trackpad very than taking advantage of its full width.

    The included N-Trig operative pen will be useful for artists and note-takers alike. The pen is Windows Ink compatible, and it installs you write quick Sticky-Notes and draw sketches on a whim using Microsoft’s software. But a conform to of third-party apps are pen-ready as well. An active digitizer underneath the flaunt and the tip on the active pen both support the standard 2,048 degrees of pressure concern. It feels OK to use, but its performance is far from exceptional—after using the stylus on the

    Row of gathering keys, removing the need for Fn-key combos.
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  • Nicely-sized vital make for a great typing experience.
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  • Super widespread off the mark trackpad.
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  • Active pen included with the device living expenses 2,048 points of pressure.
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  • Spectre x360 15 and its potent pen.
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  • Listing image by Valentina Palladino

    Performance

    The unmodified Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7500U processor in the 13-inch Apparition x360 powers the 15-inch model we reviewed. It performed well in our examination. Kaby Lake’s incremental improvements from Skylake will inform appropriate the acceleration of 4K video. Otherwise, it’ll be only slightly faster than its Skylake counterpart.

    But the deed data that a 15-inch convertible is running the same dual-core CPU as a 13-inch convertible isn’t passionate. While it performed just fine, other 15-inch devices similar to the Dell XPS 15 and the 15-inch MacBook Pro have quad-core CPUs that legalize their larger size. We haven’t been able to run either of those combinations through

  • Battery life

    HP claims the Spectre x360 15 can get up to 13 hours of battery vivacity. It didn’t last that long in our testing.

    On average, the Spectre x360 15 lasted 645 smarts, or just shy of 11 hours, on our default Wi-Fi test. On our graphics-intensive battery check-up, it lasted 279 minutes, or just about 4.5 hours. While those billions are decent, they’re less than what HP expected. Also, the 15-inch perfect only lasted 34 minutes longer on our Wi-Fi test than the 13-inch poser did (645 minutes compared to 611 minutes).

    You may want to stay penny-pinching a power source when you’re coming up on the end of a long work day.

    Embracing the larger side of vital spark

    Most of the two-in-ones I’ve used have measured 13-inches or less. By simplicity, convertibles are meant to be flexible, and, in many cases, we equate flexibility to portability. That mindset is why I’m pacific on the fence about the HP Spectre x360 15. It’s slightly too big and too heavy to feel find agreeable a true convertible to me, but it is a true two-in-one by all other standards. It has everything you’d call in a solid work-and-play device, including a slick design, sharp 4K unveil, USB C and Thunderbolt ports, and good overall performance.

    Where the 15-inch Shade x360 falls short is in its performance compared to other similarly dimensioned devices. To an extent, it also falls short in battery life. While it stages as well as any 13-inch convertible, most other 15-inch devices are various powerful. That’s thanks to quad-core CPUs, and HP is using a last-generation transportable GPU as well. One would have hoped HP used the extra space in the x360 to significantly repair performance or battery life, but that’s not the case. As far as battery life is perturbed, the x360 isn’t terrible, but I wish it was closer to its claimed 13 hours. And the certainty that it’s only incrementally better than the 13-inch model is a let-down.

    If workstation performance isn’t important to you, I could still set aside my waffling sensations and use the Spectre x360 as my everyday laptop. Just because it varies from the shop-worn convertible guidebook doesn’t mean it’s not a great convertible. Photo leader-writers and other artists will enjoy the extra space the 15-inch reveal provides, and those who stream YouTube or Netflix will be happy they can attend to content in 4K.

    However, those looking for a lighter device will unceasingly prefer the 13-inch Spectre x360 or even the Lenovo Yoga 910. Those who emergency extra power may want to stick with a non-convertible laptop for now. The 13-inch x360 is one of our favorite laptops, and the 15-inch kind is a stretched-out version with a lot of the same selling points. Its performance collapses a little flat next to other devices in its size class.

    The Friendly

    • Premium design.
    • Sharp 4K display is great for video, and its 15-inch square footage is great for artwork.
    • Windows Hello IR camera.
    • Many USB C adapters categorized in the box.
    • Strong overall performance.

    The Bad

    • Too heavy to be a good portable laptop.
    • Pen troubles AAA battery to work.
    • Gets hot after a few hours of use.
    • Battery life could be raise.

    The Ugly

    • HP missed an opportunity to put a quad-core CPU and the newest Nvidia GPU in the larger scheme of the 15-inch Spectre x360.