Hp spectre x2


HP SPECTRE x2

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Windows Ink: quickest way to bring ideas to life.

See how Windows Ink makes it easy.

Draw and write your photos and videos.

Write, draw, capture and share ideas with apps like OneNote and PowerPoint.

Sketch, doodle and take notes using a virtual ruler and variety of pen types.

Draw a route and see the distance, amount of time it will take and get directions. Markup and add notes to your map to share with friends.

Easily capture what's on your screen and mark it up with your digital pen. Whether it's a doc, web page, photo or app, take a screenshot of your desktop, ink it up and share it in one click.

A stainless steel kickstand holds firm at your ideal writing angle, for a remarkably natural pen experience designed to make you rethink the way you use a PC.

Sketch, blend, write, and navigate on your Spectre x2 with smooth control and astonishing accuracy.

No matter which position you work in, the keyboard holds secure with a powerful magnet. For an angled typing experience, a second magnet locks into an elevated position.

Work comfortably with a full-sized aluminum keyboard, with 1.5mm key travel.

A stainless steel kickstand holds firm at your ideal writing angle, for a remarkably natural pen experience designed to make you rethink the way you use a PC.

Sketch, blend, write, and navigate on your Spectre x2 with smooth control and astonishing accuracy.

No matter which position you work in, the keyboard holds secure with a powerful magnet. For an angled typing experience, a second magnet locks into an elevated position.

Work comfortably with a full-sized aluminum keyboard, with 1.5mm key travel.

Designed for those who appreciate beauty and performance as much as practicality, the newSpectre x2 brings this design to life with a range of smart, innovative features.

Finished in Dark Ash Silver with Copper colored kickstand, the Spectre x2 is expertly crafted from aluminum for a precise design that promises a more refined build and feel.

Built with ultra-durable 3.5mm stainless steel, an iconic U-shaped design hugs the edges and pops out fluidly for ultimate stability.

Whether you're working from a desk, lounging on a couch, or anywhere in betweem—this kickstand is optimized for inking.

“Although strikingly thin, it boasts outstanding structural integrity. For the first time ever, we’ve integrated a copper-coated stainless steel kickstand. Being one of the strongest metals available, we were able to carve out an ultra-thin support structure and achieve remarkable strength.”

Stacy Wolff, Global Head of Design at HP Inc.

The way you work will never be the same with the precision of Windows Ink7 on a stunningly radiant 6-million-pixel display. Draw, edit and retouch photos with with our brightest display yet.1

Ascend to a whole new level of productivity thanks to a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor2 with Iris Plus Graphics,up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB SSD PCIe.3

Handle even the most demanding apps with the high performance Intel Iris Plus Graphics.

Intel Core i5 and i7 Processors make even the most performance-intensive tasks feel smooth and responsive.2

Ascend to a whole new level of productivity thanks to a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor2 with Iris Plus Graphics,up to 16GB RAM, and up to 1TB SSD PCIe.3

Handle even the most demanding apps with the high performance Intel Iris Plus Graphics.

Intel Core i5 and i7 Processors make even the most performance-intensive tasks feel smooth and responsive.2

Now, nothing stands between you and your work-flow with up to a 8 hour battery life8, and Fast Charge9 which lets you power back up to 50% in a mere 30 minutes.

Speed and space come together with a 1TB PCIe SSD3 that sits at the forefront of innovation. Boot up is quick, apps load rapidly, and multi-tasking is smooth and fluid.

HP speakers, custom-tuned in collaboration with experts at Bang & Olufsen, deliver rich, authentic sound. Don’t just listen – let the immersive experience move you.

HP Spectre x2 premium features

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2-in1 Notebook Tablet - The HP Spectre x2 | HP® Singapore

Brilliant design is about getting the best of both worlds, with none of the limitations. Our thinnest detachable yet spares nothing - it's durable, stylish, and powered to boost your productivity as a PC, a tablet, and as an irreplaceable companion. 

Starting at

S$1,999

Explore the new design: Supremely thin yet incredibly durable

Designed for those who appreciate beauty and performance as much as practicality, the new Spectre x2 brings a sleek, sandblasted aluminum design to life, with a range of smart, innovative features.

Unique kickstand design:

The durable stainless steel kickstand rotates 150 degrees to adjust smoothly to any viewing angle.

Premium 2-in-1 experience

Work with full PC power on a high-performance keyboard, or travel freely with the versatility of a Full HD1 tablet in one resourceful device.

Everything you need in a notebook

The Spectre x2 was made for mobile productivity with a full-sized keyboard and trackpad. With a fabric bottom cover and an aluminum top, the hybrid keyboard design gives you a unique combination of featherweight portability and heavyweight typing performance. The Spectre x2 keyboard is only 5mm thick, but it delivers the same typing experience and 1.5mm key depth you expect from a larger notebook.

All you want from a tablet

The Spectre x2 brings you premium entertainment in tablet mode with 1920x1280 Full HD IPS Display1. Enjoy a bright, sharp picture with an extra-wide 170 degree viewing angle. With the built-in kickstand, you can adjust the tablet to your perfect angle for movie watching, gaming, or browsing. And with the latest Intel® Core™ M processor2 and up to 512GB3 of storage, you have plenty of speed and space for all your movies, apps, and games.

Audio by Bang & Olufsen

As leaders in the field of high-quality audio equipment, Bang & Olufsen knows what it takes to make every note of music ring true. So after extensive testing by our own engineers, we ship product samples to Denmark, where Band & Olufsen's Tonemeister ensures our work lives up to their exceptionally high standards.

Four stereo speakers

Two speakers on the keyboard and two speakers on each side.

Your reception matters. That's why we started with next generation Wi-Fi. Then we positioned them at the top of the device and encased them in a durable glass panel to maximize reception and minimize dropped signals.

It's the perfect blend of the analog and digital to give you a writing experience as natural as pen-to-paper and simple, seamless organization of all your notes and thoughts. The Spectre x2 is compatible with active pens using Wacom technology, sold separately.

Up to 10 hours of battery life4

This lightweight beauty packs a heavy-hitting battery, with up to 10 hour of tireless productivity.4

The 5MP front-facing camera with Full HD video capture brings crisp detail to your photos and video charts.

Keep going even in dimly lit rooms or aboard red-eye flights. With an illuminated keyboard you can type comfortably in more environments.

Charge and transfer data from the latest and most advanced USB Connector. Adapter also included in box to to give you the connection you need for your standard USB accessories so you can do it all without needing extra dongles.

The best Windows 10 experience. Windows 10 + HP. This is huge.

Windows 10 is finally here and it's amazing on HP PCs. We partnered with Microsoft to make it that way, so you can take your projects to a whole new level. Do something huge. Bend the rules.

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2-in1 Notebook Tablet - The HP Spectre x2 | HP® Malaysia

Brilliant design is about getting the best of both worlds, with none of the limitations. Our thinnest detachable yet spares nothing - it's durable, stylish, and powered to boost your productivity as a PC, a tablet, and as an irreplaceable companion. 

Powered by Intel® CoreTM m3 Processor.

Intel Inside®. Extraordinary Performance Outside.

Starting at

RM4,699

Explore the new design: Supremely thin yet incredibly durable

Designed for those who appreciate beauty and performance as much as practicality, the new Spectre x2 brings a sleek, sandblasted aluminum design to life, with a range of smart, innovative features.

Unique kickstand design:

The durable stainless steel kickstand rotates 150 degrees to adjust smoothly to any viewing angle.

Premium 2-in-1 experience

Work with full PC power on a high-performance keyboard, or travel freely with the versatility of a Full HD1 tablet in one resourceful device.

Everything you need in a notebook

The Spectre x2 was made for mobile productivity with a full-sized keyboard and trackpad. With a fabric bottom cover and an aluminum top, the hybrid keyboard design gives you a unique combination of featherweight portability and heavyweight typing performance. The Spectre x2 keyboard is only 5mm thick, but it delivers the same typing experience and 1.5mm key depth you expect from a larger notebook.

All you want from a tablet

The Spectre x2 brings you premium entertainment in tablet mode with 1920x1280 Full HD IPS Display1. Enjoy a bright, sharp picture with an extra-wide 170 degree viewing angle. With the built-in kickstand, you can adjust the tablet to your perfect angle for movie watching, gaming, or browsing. And with the latest Intel® Core™ M processor2 and up to 128GB3 of storage, you have plenty of speed and space for all your movies, apps, and games.

Audio by Bang & Olufsen

As leaders in the field of high-quality audio equipment, Bang & Olufsen knows what it takes to make every note of music ring true. So after extensive testing by our own engineers, we ship product samples to Denmark, where Band & Olufsen's Tonemeister ensures our work lives up to their exceptionally high standards.

Four stereo speakers

Two speakers on the keyboard and two speakers on each side.

Your reception matters. That's why we started with next generation Wi-Fi. Then we positioned them at the top of the device and encased them in a durable glass panel to maximize reception and minimize dropped signals.

It's the perfect blend of the analog and digital to give you a writing experience as natural as pen-to-paper and simple, seamless organization of all your notes and thoughts. The Spectre x2 is compatible with active pens using Wacom technology, sold separately.

Up to 10 hours of battery life5

This lightweight beauty packs a heavy-hitting battery, with up to 10 hour of tireless productivity.5

The 5MP front-facing camera with Full HD video capture brings crisp detail to your photos and video charts.

Keep going even in dimly lit rooms or aboard red-eye flights. With an illuminated keyboard you can type comfortably in more environments.

Charge and transfer data from the latest and most advanced USB Connector. Adapter also included in box to to give you the connection you need for your standard USB accessories so you can do it all without needing extra dongles.

The best Windows 10 experience. Windows 10 + HP. This is huge.

Windows 10 is finally here and it's amazing on HP PCs. We partnered with Microsoft to make it that way, so you can take your projects to a whole new level. Do something huge. Bend the rules.

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HP Spectre x2 Review

HP is out to dethrone the Surface Pro by making its Spectre x2 ($1,149 to start, $1,299 as tested) better than ever. This detachable 12.3-inch notebook features an improved hinge system and a bright, vibrant 3K display. Plus, unlike the Surface Pro, the Spectre x2 comes with a super-comfy keyboard and a pen that works with Windows Ink at a much cheaper price than a similarly configured Surface. Only short battery life holds this 2-in-1 back from being our top pick.

Design

The Spectre x2 sports an eye-catching black-and-copper machined aluminum design with a dark ash silver finish that pops when light bounces off, making it one of the most attractive 2-in-1 PCs on the market today.

Unlike last year's model, which used a stiff switch to activate the kickstand, users extend and retract the hybrid's stainless-steel kickstand by manually moving it to the position they require. It's a welcome improvement.

As a tablet, the HP Spectre x2 weighs 1.7 pounds and measures 0.31 inches thick, which makes it similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro (1.7 pounds, 0.33 inches) and the Samsung Galaxy Book (1.7 pounds 0.29 inches), thinner than the Lenovo Miix 720 (1.7 pounds, 0.4 inches) and lighter than the Dell Latitude 5825 2-in-1 (1.9 pounds, 0.38 inches).

With its keyboard, the Spectre x2 weighs 2.5 pounds and measures 0.54 inches. That's similar to the attached Galaxy Book (2.6 pounds, 0.6 inches), the Surface Pro (2.4 pounds, 0.54 inches) and the Miix 720 (2.6 pounds, 0.6 inches), and lighter than the attached Latitude 5825 (2.7 pounds, 0.6 inches).

The Spectre x2 sports an eye-catching black-and-copper machined aluminum design, making it one of the most attractive 2-in-1 laptops yet.

The Spectre x2 offers only USB Type-C ports (splitting the two connectors between the left and right sides), but it's not a problem for legacy users, as the detachable includes a USB Type-A adapter. Take note, competitors: This is how you do it. Its headphone jack and microSD reader sit on the left side of the tablet.

While kickstand-based detachable laptops don't make for good typing experiences in your lap (which none of its competitors offer), the stainless steel kickstand on the Spectre x2 is great for drawing with a stylus. Drawing on the Spectre x2 and Surface Pro, set at their widest angles, I noticed that the former stayed stable, while the latter wobbled slightly.

Display

The bright 12.3-inch, 3000 x 2000-pixel panel in the Spectre x2 pumps out beautiful looking images. Watching the 4K science-fiction film Tears of Steel on the panel, I noted that black tones looked inky and pure, and colors -- such as flapping green foliage and the red of a flowing cyborg eye -- looked vibrant and accurate. The screen offered enough clarity for me to read the microscopic text of an augmented-reality overlay and see the crisscrossing adhesive bandages on the bottom of a robotic arm.

According to our colorimeter, the Spectre x2's display produces 123 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which is near the 127 percent from the Latitude 5285 and the 130 percent from the Miix 720. Higher marks came from the 140-percent Surface Pro and 205-percent Galaxy Book.

The Spectre x2's panel is also quite bright, emitting up to 365 nits. That's similar to the 361-nit Lenovo Miix 720, and better than the 289-nit category average, the 188-nit Latitude 5285 and the 342-nit Galaxy Book. The 396-nit Surface Pro gets even brighter. This makes for decent viewing angles, as I saw its colors only slightly darken at 30 degrees to the left and right.

The detachable keyboard that comes with the Spectre x2 is one of the best I've ever used.

The Spectre x2's touch screen accepted my taps accurately and speedily responds to Windows 10's swipe-in gestures. Doodling in MS Paint with my fingers, I noticed a slight delay when my fingers moved at a slightly speedy pace.

Keyboard, Touchpad and Active Pen

The detachable keyboard that comes with the Spectre x2 is one of the best I've ever used. Its aluminum-over-plastic deck and keys felt excellent underneath my hands, giving the Surface Pro's ($169) Alcantara Type Cover a run for its money.

Its keys offer a comfortable typing experience that allowed me to tie my 80 words-per-minute average on the 10fastfingers typing test. Its keys are slightly shallow, with 1.3 mm of travel (we hope to see at least 1.5mm), but their 70 grams of required actuation force makes up for that (we look for at least 60g).

The 4.7 x 2.1-inch touchpad provides a solid feel to each click and accurate input recognition. It also speedily recognized Windows 10's three-finger app-navigation gestures, and allowed for smooth two-finger page scrolling in Chrome.

The detachable includes an HP Active Pen stylus, which is Windows Ink-certified and offers decent tracking and solid palm-rejection. One of its downsides is a small but noticeable amount of latency (an issue the Galaxy Book's S Pen avoids). Another downside is that, with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, it's not as responsive as the Surface Pro's ($99 extra) Surface Pen, which sports 4,096 levels as well as tilt-sensitivity. Annoyingly, the Active Pen came with a sticker that, when removed, left a residue I had to wipe off.

Audio

For those about to rock, the Spectre x2's sweet sound salutes you. Radiohead's Karma Police sounded excellent on the 2-in-1, filling our large conference room with clear guitar strings, crisply crashing drum cymbals and accurate vocals.

Armed with an Intel Core i7-7560U CPU and 8GB of RAM, the Spectre x2 is made for multitasking.

HP gives the option to adjust sound via the Bang & Olufsen Audio utility, which is most-easily accessed from the HP Audio Switch taskbar utility. The default Music setting provides a solid balance that's great for trailers and tunes, and the Voice and Movie options just narrow and dampen the sound.

Performance

Armed with an Intel Core i7-7560U CPU and 8GB of RAM, the Spectre x2 is made for multitasking. I saw no lag after splitting my screen between a 1080p YouTube video and a dozen Chrome tabs (including Slack, Google Docs and TweetDeck), with Paint and password-manager 1Password running in the background.

This configuration scored a very good 8,633 on the Geekbench 4 general performance benchmark. That's similar to the 8,652 from the Surface Pro (Core i7-7500U, 16GB of RAM) and the 8,434 from the Miix 720 (i7-7500U, 8GB of RAM), and beats the 5,916 from the Galaxy Book (Core i5-7200U, 4GB of RAM). The 8,915 from the Latitude 5285 (Core i7-7600U, 16GB of RAM) is the highest score of the bunch.

MORE: Best HP Laptops

The 360GB NVMe M.2 PCI-e SSD in the Spectre x2 duplicated 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 22 seconds, for a speed of 231.33 megabytes per second. That tops the 217.06 MBps category average, the 203.57 MBps from the Miix 720 (256GB PCIe SSD) and the 267.9 MBps from the Galaxy Book (128GB SSD). We saw higher rates of 339.28 MBps from the Latitude 5285 (256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD) and 339 MBps from the Surface Pro (1TB SSD).

The Spectre x2 turned in a solid time on our OpenOffice productivity macro test, matching 20,000 names to addresses in 3 minutes and 33 seconds. That's similar to the results from the Latitude 5285 (3:27) and the Miix 720 (3:34), and better than the 5:56 ultraportable average and the 5:14 from the Galaxy Book. The Surface Pro (3:13) took less time.

The integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 chip in the Spectre x2 paced it to a score of 92,759 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test. That beats the 57,294 category average, the 65,938 from the Latitude 5285 (Intel HD 620), the 49,088 from the Miix 720 (Intel HD 620) and the 63,187 from the Galaxy Book (Intel HD 620). The Microsoft Surface Pro (Iris Plus 640) scored a higher 109,678.

While HP isn't marketing the Spectre x2 as a gaming machine, it can handle modest titles. The hybrid ran the Dirt 3 racing game (set to medium graphics, 1080p display) at a smooth 67 frames per second, beating the 38-fps ultraportable average and the 53-fps rate from the Galaxy Book.

Battery Life

Unfortunately, you'll need to take the Spectre x2's power cord with you if you're going to be away from an outlet for more than a few hours. We ran the Laptop Battery Test (web surfing over Wi-Fi) four times on HP's 2-in-1 and it averaged only 5 hours and 1-minute of endurance, with a high time of 5:27 and a low-time of 4:53. 

The Surface Pro lasted more than 2 hours longer at 7:30, while the Galaxy Book lasted an hour longer (6:38). Lenovo's Mix 720 turned in a similarly disappointing 5:37.

MORE: Laptops with the Longest Battery Life

Cameras

The Spectre x2's 3.6-megapixel front camera and 9.4-MP rear-mounted lens capture decent color, but falter elsewhere. So while the grass and sky looked accurate in a selfie I shot on our rooftop terrace, only the front of my hair and the top of my forehead rendered crisply.

I noticed similar issues with the skyline shots and video I captured, where only a small section of a tree's red leaves looked clear, and the green petals of a shrub appeared blurry.

Heat

The Spectre x2 gets warm, but not too hot. After we streamed 15 minutes of HD video on this system, our heat gun caught a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit on its shell, which means it reaches -- but doesn't break -- our comfort threshold (95 degrees).

Software and Warranty

The Spectre x2 includes some useful tools from HP and some other stuff you'll probably consider uninstalling as you set the notebook up. Once you've decided on keeping or deleting Candy Crush Soda Saga and Sling TV, you'll likely notice the Pen Control app, which allows you to change what the two buttons on HP's Active Pen do. HP's Orbit allows you to send files between an Android phone and the Spectre x2, and its Smart utility allows you to control HP all-in-one printers.

HP backs the Spectre x2 with a standard one year limited warranty. See how HP fared on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brand ratings.

Configuration Options and Accessories

We tested a $1,299 Spectre that features a Core i7-7560U CPU, 8GB of RAM and 360GB of SSD storage. It features a 3000 x 2000-pixel display (found in all configurations) and includes its attachable keyboard, HP Active Pen and a black, faux-leather sleeve.

The Spectre x2 starts at $1,149, with a model that includes a Core i5-7260U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Unless you're using demanding programs, you'll likely be better off getting the 16GB RAM upgrade, which brings you up to $1,249, rather than the $1,299 Core i7 model we tested.

Bottom line

The Spectre x2's colorful and bright display, seductive design and excellent keyboard almost place it at the front of the class for detachable 2-in-1 notebooks. We also appreciate the improved hinge mechanism and included Type-A USB dongle.

When it comes to specs and what you get in the box, HP's system is also a better value than the Surface Pro, as it includes a keyboard and pen in its starting configuration for just $1,149. A similarly specced Surface Pro starts at $1,299 before you add the Surface Pen and keyboard; it costs $1,558.98 overall, which is a $410 difference.

However, the Spectre x2's lower battery life can't be ignored. That's why we recommend splurging on the Surface Pro, because it offers 2 hours more endurance on a charge. Microsoft's 2-in-1 also has a better pen. But, overall, the Spectre x2 is a fantastic option for the money.

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HP's Spectre x2 Is the 2-in-1 Laptop to Beat

In the high-walled world of 2-in-1 Windows tablets, it has been Microsoft's Surface Pro that has caught the eye of consumers, critics, and Wall Street. The Surface Pro is the device against which every other 2-in-1 device maker compares its wares – and some, like HP's latest version of the Spectre x2, are beating Microsoft at its own game by offering some compelling improvements over what was already a winning formula.

Nothing drastic has changed between the 2017 Spectre x2 and the previous version of the product, which arrived in early 2016. Like the Surface Pro, it is foremost a tablet by design. The keyboard is magnetically attached and pulls off easily should you want to lighten the 2.4-pound load by three-quarters of a pound. Since there's no hinge system (which works to great comic effect when you first accidentally flip it open, laptop style), propping up the screen means extending a kickstand which wraps around the backside of the screen. This combo is unworkable in your lap, but works just fine on a tabletop. You can also bend the hinge back as far as 165 degrees so the screen is only slightly elevated, like a drafting table, should you want to get up close and personal with the included pen.

Overall weight has dropped a few ounces since 2016, but just a fraction of a millimeter has been shaved off of the still 8mm-thick width (14mm with the keyboard attached). HP says battery life has been improved by 15 percent (it's now a bit over four hours, but I don't have a benchmark for the last version), and the (oddly-sized) 3000 x 2000-pixel screen is brighter (which is a claim that holds up well), with better (though still not great) color representation.

While specs vary based on configuration—these start at $1,150 and head just shy of $2,000—my midrange test unit features a 2.4GHz Core i7, 8 gigs of RAM, and a 360-gigabyte SSD and carries a $1,300 price tag. That compares quite well to a similarly-equipped Surface Pro at $1,599, and that price doesn't even include a keyboard.

In testing, performance was surprisingly high given the small stature of the Spectre x2. On most tests, it even outperformed many high-end laptops, not to mention other 2-in-1s that have hit the market of late. Notably, the Spectre x2 handily outclassed HP's own Spectre x360 laptop, a machine that costs $300 more.

Connectivity is limited to two USB-C ports, one of which doubles as the power input. While HP includes a USB-C to standard USB dongle, most users will likely need to upgrade to a multi-port hub for extended use. Still, that's miles ahead of the Surface Pro, which features just one standard USB port, and has no USB-C at all.

As for actually using the Spectre x2, it worked like a dream throughout my testing. I had no noteworthy hiccups or headaches. Aside from a somewhat slow SSD, working with the machine is lovely whether you're in tablet mode or using it as a laptop. That said, a 12.3-inch LCD does limit the keyboard's size (and your typing speed), and I'd love to have a bit more travel on the keys, but otherwise it works beautifully.

Crow about the Surface Pro all you want: Today the Spectre x2 is the 2-in-1 to beat—across the board in performance, usability, and price.

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HP Spectre x2 review: It beats the Surface Pro on value, if not performance

Our review of HP’s Spectre x2 12.3-inch 2-in-1 tablet begins with a simple question: Can HP continue its tradition of being an elegant, yet durable alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Pro flagship?

The answer is Yes. HP took the best bits from its Elite x2 tablet and the first-generation Spectre x2 tablet (2015), then updated the new Spectre x2 with the latest Kaby Lake chips. The Spectre x2 gives you more features for the money than the Surface Pro: Our $1,300 review unit included both the keyboard and the stylus right in the box (hear that, Microsoft?). It’s a shame this solid value is let down by middling battery life and a pesky fan. 

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Specs: Kaby Lake and an outstanding display 

HP will offer one $1,300 retail version of the Spectre x2 (the one we tested):

  • Model name: Spectre x2 12-c012dx
  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 8GB  LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 360GB PCIe NVMe 

Four more SKUs will be available via HP.com:

An entry-level Core i5 version for $1,150:

  • Model name: Spectre x2 12t
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  • CPU: Core i5-7260U
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 128GB PCIe NVMe 

An entry-level Core i7 version for $1,230:

  • Model name: Spectre x2 12-c052nr
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  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 256GB PCIe NVMe 

Two higher-end Core i7 versions have these starting configurations and can be upgraded. This one starts at $1,670:

  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 16GB  LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 512GB PCIe NVMe 

The highest-end one starts at $1,970:

  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 16GB  LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 1TB PCIe NVMe 
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The Spectre x2’s fan vents are situated at the top of the tablet, perhaps making them appear louder. In any event, the fan seems to turn on frequently.

All the versions use Intel’s Iris Plus 640 integrated graphics and a 12.3-inch touch display with 3,000x2,000-pixel resolution behind Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. This display is a big boost over the first-generation Spectre x2’s 1920x1280 display and even the new Surface Pro’s 2736x1824 display.  According to our light meter, it pumps out up to 411 nits, a surprising amount of light for a tablet. You’d have to go back to the Surface Book or the MacBook Pro to surpass it.

A plus and a minus of the new Spectre x2 is the 2.4GHz Core i7-7560U in most of the SKUs. The prior-generation  Spectre x2 used Core m chips, so Core i7 pushes it into the higher end of Windows tablets (more on that later). But I was surprised to find that the Spectre x2’s fan kicks in frequently, even while installing an app or transferring a few gigabytes of files. It’s not loud but definitely noticeable, with a steady hiss. 

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Small grilles reveal the front-facing speakers, which deliver a lot of punch.

The Spectre x2 (2017) weighs 2.48 pounds, among the lighter tablets we’ve seen. Folded up, the tablet measures 11.57 x 8.15 x 0.52 inches. Although you probably won’t be making hand-to-hand comparisons like I did, I gripped the older Elite x2, then the new Spectre x2. HP’s latest tablet feels noticeably lighter, though the thickness remains about the same. I also liked how the underside of the keyboard uses a very grippable, ridged coating of rubbery material to protect it and make it easier to hold.

Along the sides of the tablet are a pair of USB-C ports, either of which may be used for charging as well as I/O (USB 3.1 Gen.1, at 5Gbps) as well as to drive a DisplayPort monitor. Even better, HP includes a USB-C to USB-A dongle inside the box. I’m still not wholly convinced that the time is now for USB-C, but HP has neatly bridged that gap, and without any additional cost to the user. Bravo. You’ll also find a microSD card slot along the left side of the tablet.

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The USB-C to USB-A dongle pokes out stiffly, but it’s handy for legacy devices.

The two cameras include a 13MP rear one for those who like to take photos and videos with their tablets. A 5MP wide-view front-facing camera does a fine job for Skype, and there’s an IR camera to supplement the optical camera for Windows Hello. (With Hello, I find that I need to improve the recognition every so often by re-scanning my face; the same goes for the Spectre x2.)

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There’s one USB-C port on this side of the Spectre x2...

While last year’s Spectre x2 buried the speakers inside the keyboard, HP has returned to the more conventional front-firing speakers, again tuned by Bang & Olufsen. They offer a serious punch, and turning off the B&O effects leaves music sounding tinny. Nevertheless, adjusting the bass slider seems to do absolutely nothing. I still prefer the Dolby Audio effects and speakers on the Surface Book, which generates an overall richer soundscape. 

Kickstand, pen loop anchor the productivity 

A 2-in-1’s kickstand, keyboard, and stylus bridge the gap between tablet and traditional clamshell. The Spectre x2’s components are net positives.

One of the strongest points about HP’s prior-generation tablets was, well, its strongest point: the sturdy metal kickstand, which returns this year with a luxurious copper finish to accent the ash-black color of the chassis. HP asked us to compare the experience of inking on the Surface Pro to the Spectre x2’s. As HP promised, if you’re inking with the tablets fully reclined, the Surface Pro bounces a bit, while the Spectre x2 offers a better, more stable experience.

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...as well as the other. As before, the Bang & Olufsen branding is pronounced.

However, it’s also worth pointing out that the Spectre x2 doesn’t recline as far as the Surface Pro—just 150 degrees compared to the Surface Pro’s 165 degrees. HP also ditched the slider switch that freed the kickstand from its moorings, apparently due to user feedback. However, trying to flip the kickstand open with a fingernail requires a bit of fumbling around.

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The Spectre x2 (background) doesn’t recline quite as far as the Microsoft Surface Pro, which is closest to the camera.

The Spectre x2’s keyboard is good. While Microsoft prefers to wrap its Surface keyboards in Alcantara fabric, HP has traditionally used an aluminum layer above a plastic foundation. The aluminum is not structural, as you’ll still see the slight bowing that characterizes other 2-in-1 keyboards. But the Spectre x2’s version also boasts a full 1.5mm of key travel, providing a comfortable, responsive typing experience. The elongated touchpad also works well. 

Oh, and the weak keyboard hinge we complained about with the HP Elite x2? Solved: HP’s Spectre x2 is rock-solid on your lap, even though HP claims it’s best perched on a table or desk instead. Oh well.

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The new Spectre’s touchpad—not quite the best we’ve used, but very good—is almost as long as the pen!

As noted above, HP’s Spectre x2 bundles a powered HP stylus and (praise be!) a Surface Pro 3-styled pen loop that comes pre-attached to the right-hand side of the keyboard. HP’s Elite x2 employs a thin cord that ties the pen to the tablet; this is a superior solution.

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If you’re going to ship a pen, this is the best way to secure it.

This time around, HP ditched the Wacom stylus, preferring an nTrig pen with just 1,048 pressure levels. From a consumer standpoint, this was a smart decision: I sincerely doubt that most consumers can tell the difference between styluses with different levels of sensitivity. HP’s pen is powered by a AAAA battery with about a year’s lifespan. It lacks the digital eraser found on the Surface Pen, though one of the two buttons can be configured to erase digital ink. 

Extra software

HP’s Spectre x2 includes several additional apps beyond the normal Windows selection, including HP-authored software. We’re always on bloatware alert, but these apps are pretty useful. Some step in and replace Windows functions with HP’s own UI, such as the HP Pen Control for configuring the buttons on the included stylus. HP JumpStart provides tips, tricks, and a tour of the tablet. The company also discloses that it collects anonymous info on how you use JumpStart to improve the app. A pair of apps, including HP Audio Switch, provide finer-grained audio controls.

One of the more significant apps, HP Orbit, facilitates a wireless connection between an Android phone or iPhone so you can share notes, links, or pictures. Though I was able to establish a connection across my home network, after leaving the room for a cup of coffee I was unable to re-pair both platforms. (They re-paired a little while later, as I began fiddling with other apps on my phone.) Orbit also has remote-wipe capabilities. If you enable it, all of the content you shared will be erased.

On the lighter side, HP also preinstalled games—the ubiquitous Candy Crush Soda Saga, Royal Revolt 2, Sling. Other apps include Twitter, Netflix, and the Keeper password manager, plus a trial of McAfee LiveSafe. Finally, the Spectre x2 bundles Microsoft Office desktop apps, which you’ll need to enable with the one-month Office 365 trial or your own subscription. 

Performance: Marred by mediocre battery life

With its 3,000x2,000-pixel touchscreen, the Spectre x2 supports a demanding display with a correspondingly powerful processor. Because of those extra pixels, and the fact that the Spectre x2 uses a slightly slower chip than the new Surface Pro (2017), HP’s tablet lags a bit in benchmarks. Is that enough to turn you off the Spectre x2? Maybe, as the battery life isn’t especially awe-inspiring, either.

We compared the Spectre x2 to other Windows tablets we’ve tested, including the Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy Book, Dell XPS 2-in-1, and the older Spectre x2. For the clamshell perspective we brought in some ultrabooks, including the LG Gram 14 and the excellent Lenovo Yoga 910. 

We didn’t have enough time to test the Spectre x2 on any mainstream games, but we broke out the part of PCMark’s benchmark that tests what is termed “mainstream” DirectX 11 gaming, complete with frame rate. With scores of 13.2 frames per second and 6.5 fps at native resolutions, you’ll clearly have to dial down the resolution to achieve playable frame rates.

Otherwise, the Spectre x2 is a middling-to-better work machine, as the numbers indicate. PCMark’s Work measures general office tasks, while the related Home benchmark incorporates Web browsing and tasks like photo manipulation.

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Finally, there’s the PCMark Creative benchmark, which helps demonstrate the tablet’s performance using a range of content-creation tasks. The modern Kaby Lake chip does it a world of good.

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We typically test notebooks and tablets using Maxon’s Cinebench benchmark, which stresses all of the cores available on a chip to construct and render an image. The Core i7 found within the Spectre x2 includes two cores and four threads, the average for a mobile device. Here, the new Spectre trails behind the Surface Pro and the Galaxy Book, but tops most of the other tablets.

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We also use the open-source Handbrake tool to convert a major Hollywood film from DVD quality into a format viewable on a tablet. This transcoding stresses the CPU over a period of time. Again, it falls behind most of the ultrabooks, but outperforms most of the tablets save for the pricey Surface Pro. 

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The 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark attempts to simulate an actual DirectX 11 game. For a tablet with the same Iris Plus graphics chip as the Surface Pro, the Spectre x2 falls well behind. We also noticed some thermal throttling, where performance drops by about 10 percent under prolonged load. Nevertheless, it does well among the tablets we tested.

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Battery life, though, left us wanting more. We typically set the display brightness at about 250 nits (a viewable level for a bright room), then loop a 4K video over and over until the battery runs down. That gives you an idea of how long a tablet would last on a long flight’s worth of movies.

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The Spectre x2’s battery life of about seven hours is lackluster. Sure, it’s a step up from the older Spectre x2, but we’d like to see this number climb a bit higher. Battery life is simply too important for a mobile device.

Conclusion: Good value despite a few flaws 

HP’s Windows tablets remain among the very best in terms of construction, with careful attention paid to what users have been asking for. With a pen, keyboard, and dongle all in the box, what you see is truly what you get. 

It’s interesting that HP apparently believed that its choice of Core m chips on the previous Elite and Spectre lines was a negative. In large part, the company is bowing to consumers who think they want the power of a Core i5 or Core i7 chip—in part because you can never have too much performance, right? 

In this case, though, I think HP bit off slightly more than it could chew. If you’re a typical user, you’ll probably be happy with the day-to-day performance of the Spectre x2. Yet its fan flips on more often than I’d like, and either an improved cooling solution, a lower-resolution display, or simply a lower-power chip could have solved that problem and extended the tablet’s battery life. In HP’s mind, the Spectre brand exudes a sense of elegance and power that set the tone for its design. That’s a noble goal, and the Spectre x2 almost gets there. 

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