As with many HP’s notebooks, there’s a variety of configurations for your 13-inch HP Spectre x360 (2019) with numerous specifications and prices to match. This sells for about $ 1,010 (Number 1,199, AU$2,499).
For the HP Spectre x360 using an Intel Core i7-8565U and 512GB of PCIe SSD storage (with the rest of the specs the same), the price tag goes around #1,399.
The US also has a configuration very similar to the one previously but with a slightly slower Intel Core i7-8550U processor for $1,180. Meanwhile, in Australia, you can Find a Spectre x360 with the Very Same elements as previously, but with a 1TB PCIe SSD for AU$2,999.
If you are following a 4K screen, 16GB of RAM and 1TB PCIe storage, then the cost is 1,699. Back in Australiayou can get a 4K display, Core i7-8565U chip and 16GB RAM, however just a 512GB PCIe SSD to get AU$3,399. It does not look like that similar configuration is now available in the usa.
Things are a bit more complicated in Australia, where you will find two models that are not available in the usa and UK. Both these models feature SIM card interfaces for utilizing 4G broadband. The first version costs AU$3,199, and contains an Intel Core i7-8565U, 8GB of RAM plus a 512GB M.2 SSD. You can bump that up with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD to get AU$3,799.
Additionally, there are 15-inch versions of the HP Spectre x360, which feature a much quicker Intel Core i7-8750H chip.
Whatever specs would be ideal for you, so it will be a lot much easier to find among those HP Spectre x360 that fits you best. Though to make things more confusing, not every version of the Spectre x360 is available in all markets, so you may find your choice marginally narrowed depending on the place you reside.
Although it’s a bit larger than last year’s version, the design appearance of this HP Spectre x360 (2019) makes it a far more attractive 2-in-1 compared to its 2018 design.
The plan of the HP Spectre x360 (2019) has profited from some subtle changes compared to 2018’s model, most noticeably on the top left and right corners, and that can be now diagonal, giving the Spectre x360 a more interesting appearance.
On the left wing corner is the power switch, and on the right is an extra USB-C port. The speaker grille that runs along the surface of the keyboard includes a slick, new design, and the speakers behind it are supplied by Bang & Olufsen.
There is also a fingerprint scanner on the side right below the keyboard. This permits you to log into Windows quickly and easily by placing your finger onto the detector. The touchpad resides in the center beneath the keyboard, and it is big enough for comfortable use.
However, in regular use, the touchpad is not quite as responsive as we’d like, though on the whole it recognizes multi-touch gestures. Nonetheless, it is not quite as smooth as the touchpads we’ve used on other laptops.
There’s no numpad, however, that allows HP to disperse the rest of the keys across the duration of the Spectre x360, and they are decently sized, and this will be beneficial to fast typers.
This also means that in laptop mode, the HP Spectre x360 (2019) has been a comfortable device to operate on for long periods of time. You may only want to put money into an external mouse, rather than rely on the touchpad.
On the left-hand side is just one full-size USB-A 3.1 port, which is a great improvement as most people still have devices which don’t arrive with a USB-C port. Possessing this standard USB port means you can use older hardware without the necessity of a dongle.
On the right-hand side are two USB-C ports — with one located in the diagonal corner of the HP Spectre x360 (2019)’s entire body. This really is really a strategic place to possess it, since it means any peripherals (or the USB-C power cable) are angled away from you when in use.
In addition, there’s a sound jack interface, microSD interface and a physical switch that allows you disable the webcam, which is a wonderful touch for privacy-conscious consumers.
Much like all HP’s x360 models, the HP Spectre x360 is a laptop using a 360-degree hinge for its screen, allowing it to be used as transitional notebook, in addition to rotating it all of the way back to be transformed to a tablet-like apparatus. You can also set it up in tent mode (as an inverted V) and utilize it in order to watch media on.
The HP Spectre x360’s elite build quality means that the hinge feels more sturdy once employed, so you won’t worry about damaging it if you angle the screen into many different positions.
Yes, even the Spectre x360 is getting heavier and bigger, but not by too much, and thinking about the specs update (which we’ll get to in a little ), that trade-off is not too awful.
Screen and stylus
HP also has seemingly enhanced the screen since last season’s model, together with all the HP Spectre x360 (2019)’s screen looking considerably brighter and more vibrant than its predecessor. Our review model came with a 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD display that is 13.3 inches in size.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, that is crucial for any 2-in-1 device to safeguard it from being scratched when in tablet mode. Naturally, it is a touchscreen, and it functions well enough if you’re utilizing a finger, even though the HP Spectre x360 (2019) also comes with a stylus (more on this in a minute ) at no additional cost.
The screen panel utilizes in-plane shifting (IPS) technology, which offers wide viewing angles. Again, as you can rotate the display to place it in various settings, this implies that image quality remains high regardless of what the angle the screen is set.
By changing this mode on, you are able to limit the viewing angles drastically, which is handy if you’re working in public spaces, even since it makes anything is on the screen hard to see whether you are not sitting directly facing it.
This feature can be turned off and on using the F1 button on your keyboard, plus it works incredibly nicely, together using the display looking incredibly washed out and unreadable when looked at from an angle. Looking at the screen , the image is a bit more washed out than usual, but still perfectly useable. Not many people will ever use this feature, but it’s still nice to have and works well.
For most folks, a 4K screen on a 13-inch laptop is somewhat overkill. Nevertheless, it is a welcome alternative. Though, as we said earlier, the 4K alternative is not available in all niches.