With so many people still working from home, having a handful of officefriendly 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.
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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 Specter 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.
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
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.
Now let’s have a break down of some of the amazing features of this
HP Spectre x360 14
Price as reviewed $1,430l
size/resolution 13.5-inch 1,920 x 1,280 touch display
CPU 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7
Memory 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X (onboard)
Graphics 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics
Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Networking 802.11ax wireless, Bluetooth 5.0
Thunderbolt 4 USB-C (x2), USB-A (3.2 Gen 1), 3.5mm combo jack, microSD card
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64-bit (20H2)
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
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.
SUMMARY: The laptop is a very nice gadget for workers who do most of
there jobs on a laptop, the only complaints gotten is on same positions,
but this is a minor problem compared to the satisfaction you would get
from the majestic laptop