Hewlett- Packard is back with the loudest of bangs! The introduction of its two new high-end laptops has taken the computer market by storm. But today, we will simply focus on one of its new and extremely thin laptops, that being the HP Spectre.
The much talked about HP Spectre has a big 13 inch screen with, however, only one display option- a 1,920 x 1,080 non-touch screen. As per the company, it is somewhat a trade-off required to hit the Spectre’s most essential and crisp feature- it’s the world’s thinnest laptop with thickness of a mere 10.4mm. Despite offering current-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors and not the low-powered Core M CPUs in the also-magnificent HP EliteBook Folio G1, the other great product simultaneously by HP but, with a touch screen, it manages to maintain those extremely few pounds .
Installed with a Core i7-6500U processor, 8GB RAM and a moderate 256GB SSD, Spectre costs about INR 83569.90. Considering that the i7 is in place, the cost should not bother in my opinion. The i5 version certainly brings down the price by a few notches. Irrespective of the model you choose, just be prepared to enter a world of USB-C which is a new multipurpose data-cum- power-cum-accessory connector. The Spectre has three USB-C ports along the back. Surprisingly all the three ports are capable of carrying data or power unlike no other laptop of its kind and the two center ones act as ‘Thunderbolt’ ports for high-speed data movement purposes.
Coming on the outside of it, let us get to how thin a 10.4mm laptop will be.
That’s how thin it is! The thickness to weight ratio is just about perfect which, in certain terms, is better than that of the Macbook. At 2.4 pounds i.e. about 1.1kg (excluding the power cable), it’s quite light. Although, it is not the lightest 13-inched laptop we have come across. Usually one chooses between thickness and weight especially when wanting full access to Core-i processors. But with Spectre, HP has aimed towards shaving off millimeters from the chassis at the expense of weight and features like touch and ports, apart from the slim USB-C ones (exactly! USB-Cs aren’t the only ports!) But the kind of performance that Spectre is providing with its current feature house, this is a minor setback which I believe no buyer will pay much attention to.
The HP Spectre is one show stealer when it comes to design, display and looks. It seems as if some extraterrestrial robot built it. The reason simply being that a bold, sleek and vibrant color scheme makes it stand out of the entire lot. Its entire hinge is a bright jewel gold which will hold your glaze for forever! This gives rise to its unusual yet appealing design. But one quite disturbing fact about its coat is that its picks fingerprints pretty easily. That brings me to a word of caution- Keep a sanitizer with you while using it.
That hinge mechanism is shaped out of aluminum which is same as the laptop’s lid while the bottom panel is made out of carbon fiber. HP says, “The mix of materials serves to give the Spectre the right balance between weight and stiffness, especially in the lid. After all, you don’t want your very thin tech to feel flimsy and flex under the slightest touch.”
‘Magnificent’ is the word for its keyboard. In comparison with other thin laptops, Spectre’s glowing keyboard stands out as an excellent one. The keys are somewhat shallower than those on a general 13-inch laptop such as HP’s own Spectre x360, but this is still a standard island-style keyboard i.e., it is the one to which you are accustomed to and would find it rather comfortable for the typing purpose unlike the very flat keys on the MacBook.
HP Spectre Specifications
So far the ‘Zeus’ of laptops- the HP Spectre can be summarized as below-
|Price as reviewed||INR83,569|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 screen|
|PC CPU||2.5GHz Intel Core i7-6500U|
|PC memory||8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz|
|Graphics||128MB Intel HD Graphics 520|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
If you have been following the ultra-thin laptop market over the past few years, the specifications inside Spectre may come as a bit of a shock. Spectre uses current-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and more importantly, HP says the efficient cooling system gives enough room to the CPUs to run at their top speeds instead of being under-clocked, which generally happens when you put too many processors into a small finite space.
With all those battery cells stuffed in, it should not come as a surprise that Spectre has a great battery life which runs for 7:10 hours. It beats systems such as the EliteBook Folio and Razer Blade Stealth.
There are a lot of competitors hovering around but HP’s Spectre takes the baton in its hand for being the world’s thinnest laptop. To get it this thin, there are a couple of compromises. You had better be on board with USB-C, because that’s the only add-on you get. Then there’s the single full HD/non-touch display. But if you pick thin over touch, then the HP Spectre is undoubtedly my top preference. It’s a brilliant performer as well as a head-turner, thus, making people passing by change their routes just to take a closer look at its unique and sleek design. Even better is the combo of a Core i7 CPU and a decent 256GB SSD that will make you 83k lighter in your pocket. Nevertheless, it is one great buy and surely will make you fall in love with it!