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HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop, 15.6" 4K UHD Touchscreen, Intel Core i7-8565U Processor up to 4.6GHz, 16GB RAM. 256GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Wireless-AC, Windows 10 Home (15.6 Inch, Dark Ash Silver)
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- NEWEST 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8565U + NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5 dedicated), Windows 10 Home 64 - Dark Ash Color
- 16 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB), 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, HP Wide Vision FHD IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
- 15.6" diagonal 4K IPS eDP micro-edge BrightView WLED-backlit (3840 x 2160), HP Active Stylus and HP Sleeve included.
- Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo, Bang & Olufsen, dual speakers, HP Imagepad with multi-touch gesture support
- 1 Thunderbolt 3 (Data Transfer up to 40 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Data Transfer up to 5 Gb/s, DP1.2, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 HDMI; 1 headphone/microphone combo
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Windows 10 operating system Built for Windows Ink Bring your ideas to life with the power of a digital pen and your imagination. 15.6" Ultra HD BrightView touch screen for hands-on control Natural finger-touch navigation makes the most of Windows 10. The 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight. 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U mobile processor Ultra-low-voltage platform. Four-core, eight-way processing provides maximum high-efficiency power to go. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers dynamic extra power when you need it. 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming 512GB PCIe solid-state drive Four modes engineered to amaze NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics Driven by 2GB dedicated video memory, quickly render high-quality images for videos and games. Exceptionally rich audio experience Dual HP speakers, HP Audio Boost and expert tuning by Bang & Olufsen bring audio perfection to your laptop. Weighs 4.4 lbs. and is 0.7" thin overall Features an ultra-portable design to achieve a compact form factor. Six-cell lithium-ion battery. Machined aluminum design Bluetooth interface synchronizes with compatible devices One USB Type-C and one USB 3.1 ports HDMI output expands your viewing options Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives Built-in card reader for simple photo transfer Next-Gen Wireless-AC connectivity Built-in HP Wide Vision FHD IR camera with dual-array digital microphone Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations HP Active Stylus Pen or HP Sleeve not included
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HP Spectre x360 15 review: A pretty screen that’s best on a desk
- Beautiful 4K OLED display
- Exquisite keyboard
- Loud, crisp audio and capable microphones for video chat
- Dismal battery life
- Sustained CPU performance is well below expectations
- Display tips back too easily
HP’s 15-inch flagship offers a 4K OLED screen and trademark slick design, but that fancy display (on top of the usual thermal challenges of convertible design) means the laptop runs hot and eats battery.
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The HP Spectre x360 15 is a great lesson in laptop tradeoffs. The luxury model comes in numerous configurations Remove non-product link , from one with integrated graphics and a basic LCD screen to one with a luscious 4K OLED display and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics. While they all look beautiful on the outside, the experience you get—and the price you pay—can vary drastically based on the choices you make on the inside.
This 2020 laptop performs better overall
Lenovo yoga c940 15.
In our case, we tested HP’s fanciest version—with that 4K OLED screen and discrete graphics—and found it most compelling as a desktop replacement. The display is gorgeous, especially for entry-level gaming, and the keyboard is exquisite. Even the audio quality is surprisingly good.
On the other hand, the laptop runs hot, doesn’t last long on a charge, and falls short of expected performance on workhorse computing tasks. An older Lenovo Yoga C940 15 laptop we tested last year performed better in many cases. Choosing lower-end parts would help, but then you’d lose some of what makes the Spectre x360 15 so enjoyable to use in the first place.
This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops . Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.
The HP Spectre x360 15 model we tested currently lists for $1,650 on HP.com and includes the following tech specs:
- Intel Core i7-10750H processor
- NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti with Max-Q GPU
- 15.6-inch AMOLED touchscreen with 3840×2160 resolution
- 16 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM
- 1TB solid state drive with 32GB Intel Optane memory
- HD webcam with privacy shutter
- Fingerprint reader and face recognition
- Left side: HDMI, headphone jack
- Right side: One USB-A 3.0 port, two SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps ( formerly known as USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ) ports, one with Thunderbolt 3
- Dimensions: 14.17 x 8.91 x 0.79 inches
- Weight: 4.23 pounds, 5.07 pounds including AC adapter
A full-sized HDMI port is always nice to have, even if the Spectre’s own screen looks great.
Design and display
HP pours a lot of design energy into its flagship Spectre line, and this 15-inch model is best described as “blingy.” The chassis is a single piece of CNC-machined aluminum with angled—excuse me, “gem-cut”—edges jutting outward around the laptop’s periphery. The two inside corners are angled to house the power button on one side and a USB-C port on the other. The speaker grille follows a similar diamond-shaped pattern. Around the keyboard, the Spectre x360 has a slight downward taper, giving the surface an almost pillowy appearance. Vents on both sides help blow out hot air.
Even its distinctive color combinations come with poetic names. “Nightfall Black” (dark gray) with “Copper Luxe” is our unit’s trim, or “Poseidon Blue” (deep blue) with “Pale Brass” is the other. (If you’re looking for a simple silver hue, that’s available in the Spectre x360 14 Remove non-product link .)
There’s no mistaking the Spectre x360’s “gem-cut” design for other laptops.
As the name suggests, the Spectre x360 15 is also a convertible laptop, whose touchscreen can rotate 360 degrees into tablet mode. That flexibility is nice to have, but note that a stylus is sold separately, and the screen portion is so heavy that it’s prone to tipping back while in your lap.
The OLED screen really is stunning, with deep blacks, rich colors, and support for HDR video. Although OLED screens tend to have lower brightness ratings than LED displays, they also have higher levels of contrast. I was able to use the Spectre x360 15 comfortably with the screen facing the window on a sunny day. HP also lets users switch among different color spaces, so you might use Adobe RGB for photo editing and DCI-P3 for watching movies.
HP’s software can switch between several different color profiles.
Keyboard and trackpad
The Spectre x360 15 has one of the best keyboards you’ll find on a laptop today. The base is sturdy; keys are snappy without feeling overly rigid; and it’s quiet as well. The edge-to-edge design leaves room for a numeric keypad that doesn’t feel cramped, and the extra-large typeface on the keys is a convenient touch.
Typing on the HP Spectre x360 15 keyboard is a delight, though the trackpad is on the squat side.
The trackpad is decent by Windows standards, with a smooth surface and a clicking mechanism that doesn’t put up too much resistance. But like almost every other Windows laptop, that clicker gets much stiffer toward the top of the trackpad, and the surface area itself is on the squat side—a natural consequence of HP’s efforts to slim down the laptop’s profile compared to last year’s model. In a way, HP’s use of a 16:9 display aspect ratio is starting to feel like a burden here—a taller screen would also leave room for a larger trackpad.
Webcam, security, audio
The Spectre x360 15’s webcam, on its own, is nothing special—a mere 720p resolution, as you’ll find in the vast majority of laptops. It produces somewhat grainy video and operates best under ideal lighting conditions.
Still, the laptop stands out for some of the features HP added around the camera itself. The dual-array microphone produces rich audio for voice calls and video chat, and the keyboard has a dedicated microphone mute button. There’s a physical webcam kill switch on the laptop’s right side (still a rarity), and the camera is flanked by iris scanners for Windows Hello face recognition. (There’s also a fingerprint reader.)
The Spectre x360 15’s webcam kill switch sits just to the left of the USB-A port.
Sound quality is a standout feature as well. The Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers crank out music at much louder volumes than most laptops do (including the also-impressive Lenovo Yoga C940 14 ). They’re still not ideal for music playback due to a lack of bass response, but the loud and crisp audio should come in handy for watching YouTube videos, playing games, or conducting the inevitable video chat.
The HP Spectre x360 15 is a bit of a strange beast on the performance front. While it handles entry-level gaming fairly well, it’s also prone to running hot, cranking up its fans, and easing back on processing power for workhorse computing tasks.
That behavior is most evident in our benchmark using the free utility HandBrake to encode a large video file. Because this is a prolonged, CPU-intensive test, the Spectre x360 15’s thermal challenges showed up clearly. Although it has a beefy Intel Core i7-10750H processor that should theoretically blaze through this task, its average time of 49 minutes and 22 seconds is closer to what you’d get from a thin-and-light laptop (time shown in seconds, below).
There’s no sugarcoating it: Video encoding is far slower than what you’d expect from a 10th-gen H-series CPU.
A similar pattern emerged in PCMark’s Work 8 benchmark, which simulates a gamut of office productivity tasks. Here, even the 10th-gen U-Series processor in LG’s Ultra PC 17 (a 17-inch, non-convertible laptop) outperformed the Spectre x360 15.
Although it’s not really noticeable in the real world, the Spectre x360 15’s productivity benchmark scores aren’t stellar.
Those issues melt away when the Spectre x360 15 isn’t dealing with heavy workloads for prolonged periods. Its Cinebench scores, for instance, were more in line with expectations, beating out several laptops with inferior processors. Unlike in HandBrake and PCMark, the Cinebench test runs for only about a minute, posing less of a thermal threat. Even here, though, the older 9th-generation processor in Lenovo’s Yoga C940 15 fared better.
Cinebench scores, which only test the CPU over a short period, were more in line with expectations.
The HP Spectre x360 15 exhibited so-so performance in our gaming benchmarks. Take a look at 3DMark’s FireStrike 1.1, which tests high-performance gaming PCs at 1080p using DirectX 11. While the Spectre x360 15 edged out the convertible Lenovo Yoga C940 15, non-convertible laptops like the Dell XPS 15 9500 generally performed better.
If you go with the Spectre’s GeForce GTX 1650 option, you’ll get decent gaming performance, but other laptops do better with the same GPU.
The Spectre x360 fell near the bottom of the heap in Rise of the Tomb Raider ’s benchmark tool, with an average of 43.61 frames per second.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is an example of where the Spectre x360 15 falls short of 1080p 60fps at the highest settings.
The drop-off in frame rates wasn’t quite as dramatic in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor , but the Spectre x360 15 still finished well behind Dell’s XPS 15 9500 and Acer’s Nitro 5.
HP’s laptop did, however, fare a bit better in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor .
For entry-level gaming, these middling scores may not matter too much. The Spectre x360 15 was able to comfortably handle 1080p resolution and 60 fps with high graphics settings in both Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Watch Dogs 2 . Roaming the expansive add-on maps in Descenders did cause frame rates to tank, though I suspect that was more of a CPU issue than a GPU one.
But if you’re planning to do a lot of video editing, the HP Spectre x360 15’s CPU performance becomes more of a concern. And for general office productivity, it’s not an ideal choice if you’re planning to be off the charger for long periods of time. In our battery rundown test, the HP Spectre x360 15 managed to last only 6 hours and 45 minutes, well behind competitors with similar specs.
The Spectre x360 15 OLED model gets dismal battery life compared to other premium workhorse laptops. HP promises higher runtimes from non-OLED models.
This result clearly illustrates the cost of the Spectre’s stunning 4K OLED screen. Even Dell’s XP3 15 9500 (with a 3840×2400 resolution panel) ran for much longer.
This brings us back to our earlier point about tradeoffs. The HP Spectre x360’s 4K OLED screen is a joy to behold. The laptop offers crisp audio, some neat security features, and a delightful keyboard. Still, for a high-end laptop, it’s not quite the workhorse you’d expect.
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Equipped with the latest Quad-Core 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, all day battery life  , and advanced NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 dedicated graphics, you have power and speed. Elevate your Spectre's performance to a new level by managing thermal settings to choose from quiet, cool, or performance modes, depending on needs.
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Effortlessly move through your world with enhanced security features designed to safeguard your privacy. From an integrated IR camera, fingerprint reader, and Webcam kill switch for secure interactions with your PC, you can work confidently knowing your information is secure and private.
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Easily log in through Windows Hello with the infrared sensor. With an 88-degree, wide-angle field of view, you can video chat with your entire family or group of friends in stunning detail.
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Power your device or connect to an external display from just one USB-C™ port with 5 Gb/s signaling rate. And it's reversible, so you never have to worry about plugging in upside down.
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If you have several MU-MIMO devices in your home, MU-MIMO support works in combination with a MU-MIMO router to maximize network traffic for a smoother online experience.
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HP Spectre x360 15 (2020) review: beauty at the expense of battery life
The hp spectre x360 15’s stunning 4k display comes at the expense of battery life.
Laptop Mag Verdict
The HP Spectre x360 15 has a gorgeous 4K display and stylish aesthetics, but it sacrifices battery life for beauty.
Attractive, stylish chassis
Beautiful 4K display with amazing DCI-P3 coverage
Speedy file-transfer rates
Below-average battery life
Touchpad needs more friction
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Price : $1,849 CPU : Intel Core i7-10750H GPU : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q RAM : 16GB Storage : 1TB of SSD storage Display :15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160-pixel, 4K, AMOLED Battery : 2:51:07 Size : 14.17 x 8.91 x 0.79 in Weight : 4.23 pounds
The HP Spectre x360 15 (starting at $1,599, reviewed at $1,849) must have approached Satan and said, “I want to have the most beautiful display in the world.” In response, the devil said, “I can do that for you, but in return, I want all of your battery life.” The Spectre x360 15 then shook Satan's hand and said, “You’ve got a deal!”
“Two hours and 51 minutes?!” That’s what I shouted when our Laptop Mag lab testers informed me about the Spectre x360 15’s less-than-impressive battery life. It seems as if the sleek and sexy HP convertible sold its soul for beauty and attractiveness, but strangely, I can’t help but think, “Perhaps it was worth it?”
The Spectre x360 15 has a luxurious aesthetic with its black-and-gold motif. It’s the type of laptop you’d expect to be in the hands of a wealthy Millennial who owns a private jet. Carrying this modern beauty around will certainly turn heads and attract envious glances that say, “I want that!”
The HP 2-in-1 — equipped with a six-core Intel Core i7 H-series CPU and a discrete Nvidia GPU — is ideal for photographers, digital artists and video editors seeking a color-accurate, speedy notebook with a 4K panel that will widen your eyes with awe.
The Spectre x360 15 will appeal to stylish, professional content creators, but they’ll have to make some sacrifices, especially when it comes to battery life.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) price and configuration options
The HP Spectre x360 15 base model costs $1,599 and comes with a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-10750H CPU, 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 15.6-inch, 3840 x 2160-pixel (4K) display.
For an additional $110, you can bump up your RAM and storage to 16GB and 512GB, respectively.
My review unit, priced at $1,849, upgrades your system to 1TB of SSD storage with 32GB of Intel Optane memory; the 4K display gets spiced up with an AMOLED, ultra-wide viewing angle screen. For all configurations, you can choose between two color options: Nightfall Black with copper-luxe accents or Poseidon Blue with pale-brass accents.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) design
“Luxe!” That’s the first word that came to my mind when I first unwrapped the HP Spectre x360 from its black-and-gold package. The lustrous HP logo and golden dual hinges are striking against the Nightfall Black chassis. Rose-gold accents cloak all four sides of the sophisticated Spectre x360 15.
Open the lid, and you’ll discover slim bezels that offer a 90% screen-to-body ratio, or 10% more than its predecessor. The HP Spectre x360 15 is the only notebook in the HP lineup with this much screen real estate. HP whittled down the Spectre x360 15’s bezels by implementing the world’s smallest IR webcam; the last-gen Spectre x360 15 featured a six-millimeter webcam, whereas the current-gen model sports a 2.2mm webcam.
Two 360-degree golden hinges allowed me to easily transfigure the Spectre x360 15 into four different modes, including tablet and tent mode.
The Nightfall Black deck features angular, beveled edges known as the Spectre series’ signature “gem-cut design.” Above the keyboard, you’ll find an edge-to-edge, Bang & Olufsen speaker with diamond-shaped grilles. The keycaps, wrapped in an ebony finish, match the chassis’ color scheme. Below the space bar, you’ll discover a touchpad with a subtle rose-gold trim. On the bottom-right corner of the deck, you’ll find an unassuming square-shaped fingerprint reader .
On the bottom of the Spectre x360 15 is a large vent that intakes cool air while the vents on the side of the chassis expel hot air.
At 4.2 pounds and 14.2 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches, the Spectre x360 15 is thicker than its competitors: the Dell XPS 15 (4.5 pounds, 0.7 inches), the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3 pounds, 0.6 inches) and the Asus ZenBook Flip S (2.4 pounds, 0.4 inches).
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) ports
At first, you’ll say, “Where’s the power button on this thing?” Power buttons are typically found somewhere on the top portion of the keyboard deck or somewhere on the side, but on the Spectre x360 15, the power button is camouflaged on the left beveled edge of the HP convertible.
Moving on to the ports , the Spectre x360 15 has a decent selection of connection options that will satisfy your needs. On the left side are an HDMI 2.0 port and a headset jack. On the right side, you’ll find two Thunderbolt 3 ports (one on the beveled edge opposite the power button), one USB Type-A port and a microSD card slot.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) display
The Spectre x360 15 sports a 15.6-inch, 4K, AMOLED display that will take your breath away. The panel features VESA-certified true-black HDR, which is a fancy way of saying that the display offers richer shades of black, which increases contrast for better visual vibrancy. The colors really pop!
I watched The Croods: New Age trailer in 4K, which follows the animated adventures of kooky cavemen navigating through a vibrant prehistoric paradise. Bright pinks, verdant greens and rich purples popped as I watched the Croods explore a lush, fruitful Eden. I could spot intentional details created by the animators, including the fluffy fur of a colorful Siberian tiger and the highly defined hair strands atop the Croods’ heads.
It’s worth noting that you can tweak the display to your liking using the HP Display Control app. It features five modes: Default, sRGB (optimized for web browsing), Adobe RGB (best for printing and imaging work), DCI-P3 (ideal for photo and video editing) and Native (no optimization applied). Native is my favorite mode because it provided the most vivid colors while sRGB is my least favorite because it seemed to strip away the display’s saturation. While experimenting with some light editing work in Adobe Photoshop, DCI-P3 mode was the best option, providing crisp, color-accurate visuals.
According to our colorimeter, the Spectre x360 15 covered a whopping 146.7% of the DCI-P3 color gamut , which crushes the 84% color-coverage score of the average premium laptop. The 4K displays of the Dell XPS 15 (93.7%), Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (133%) and Asus ZenBook Flip S (113.1%) paled in comparison to the Spectre x360 15’s vivid, AMOLED panel.
With a 0.3 Delta-E score, the Spectre x360 15 shares the same color-accuracy score as the category average, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga and the Asus ZenBook Flip S (the closer the score is to zero, the better). However, the Dell XPS 15 is more color accurate than all three 4K laptops with a Delta-E score of 0.26.
The Spectre x360 15’s 339-nit display is dim compared to the Dell XPS 15 (434 nits) and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (488 nits). The Spectre x360 15 is also dimmer than the average premium laptop (380 nits), but it is more brilliant than the Asus ZenBook Flip S’s paltry 254-nit display.
The Spectre x360 15’s display has a super responsive touchscreen panel that kept up with my gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom and left-to-right swipes to return to previous pages.
Lastly, the Spectre x360 15 has an eye-safe display, which means it reduces harmful blue light without hurting color accuracy. This is beneficial for productivity users who spend countless hours on their laptops.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) audio
The Spectre x360 15 sports a mediocre Bang & Olufsen edge-to-edge speaker that takes up a quarter of the keyboard deck. You’ll find additional dual speakers on the laptop’s undercarriage.
I listened to “Diamonds” by Sam Smith at max volume, and while the snappy, vocal-heavy tune sounded decent, I wish it got a bit louder. Still, the sound was amplified enough to fill my medium-sized testing room. When I listened to music with more bass, however, the lows in these songs sounded too muddy for my taste.
There is a Bang and Olufsen Audio Control app, but it doesn’t offer any options to tune the speakers.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) keyboard and touchpad
I enjoyed typing on the HP Spectre x360’s edge-to-edge, white-backlit keyboard. On the 10FastFingers.com typing test, I reached a 93 word-per-minute average, which is far higher than my typical 85-wpm typing speed. In fact, this is the fastest I’ve ever typed on a review unit. The quiet keys are springy and provide clicky, tactile feedback that allowed me to tap away on the keyboard as if I were a masterful DJ with turntable dexterity. The HP Spectre x360 15’s keyboard also features a full-sized numpad.
While I love the HP Spectre x360 15’s keyboard, I’m not a fan of the touchpad. It has a silky-smooth texture, which feels nice, but it’s not optimal for cursor navigation. Touchpads need a bit of friction for a highly responsive cursor experience and I noticed that I needed to exert a tinge more energy than usual to direct the cursor around the display (but it’s nothing too alarming). On the plus side, Windows 10 gestures , such as three-finger tabbing and two-finger scrolling, worked like a charm.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) performance
The Spectre x360 15, equipped with an Intel Core i7-10750H CPU and 16GB of RAM , stood firm against my attempts to wear it down as I flooded it with 40 Google Chrome tabs. I launched Adobe Photoshop and I edited a photo of a tiger without experiencing any lag.
On the Geekbench 5.0 overall performance benchmark, the Spectre x360 15 achieved a score of 3,353, which is less than the category average (4,029). The Spectre x360 15 also was outpaced by the Dell XPS 15’s Core i7-10750H CPU (6,174), Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s Core i7-10610U CPU (3,878) and Asus ZenBook Flip S’s Core i7-7500U CPU (3,880).
The Spectre x360 15 took 18 minutes and one second to transcode a 4K video to 1080p, which beats the category average (18:26). The HP convertible is also speedier than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (19:22) and the Asus ZenBook Flip S (22:05). However, the Dell XPS 15 blew the Spectre x360 15 out of the water with a lightning-fast time of 10 minutes and six seconds.
The Spectre x360 15’s 1TB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in four seconds, which translates to a file-transfer rate of 1,161.3 megabytes per second. This is far speedier than the category average (747.55 MBps). The HP Spectre x360 15 also kicked butt against the Dell XPS 15’s 512GB SSD (726 MBps), Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s 512GB SSD (978.7 MBps) and the Asus ZenBook Flip S’s 1TB SSD (145.4 MBps).
On the PugetBench Photoshop test, a benchmark that analyzes how well laptops can handle an onslaught of image-manipulation tasks, the Spectre x360 15 offered a score of 588, which is lower than the premium laptop average (601). The Dell XPS 15 and the Asus ZenBook Flip S sport the same GPU as the Spectre x360 15, but those two laptops smoked the HP convertible with scores of 787 and 626, respectively. Unsurprisingly, the Spectre x360 15 outperformed the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga’s Intel UHD graphics (530).
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) graphics and gaming
The HP Spectre x360 15 is electrified with a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM, which is ideal for graphics-intensive tasks, including light gaming and video editing.
On the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, the HP Spectre x360 achieved a stellar score of 7,518, beating the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (1,223) and the Asus ZenBook Flip S (967), but the HP 2-in-1 could not keep up with the Dell XPS 15 (8,397).
If you want to enjoy some light gaming on the HP Spectre x360, you must reduce the resolution on the 4K panel. On the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the Spectre x360 produced 60 frames per second, which sailed past the category average (27 fps). The HP 2-in-1 also crushed the Dell XPS 15 (48 fps), the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (9 fps) and the Asus ZenBook Flip S (15 fps).
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) battery life
The HP Spectre x360’s 15’s battery life is laughably short. On the Laptop Mag battery life test, which involves surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Spectre x360 15 lasted 2 hours and 51 minutes, which is nearly seven hours less than the average premium laptop (9:56).
On one hand, I feel the need to excuse the HP Spectre x360 15’s poor battery life. After all, it’s packing a power-consuming 4K, AMOLED, touchscreen display with a discrete graphics card and a powerful processor. However, last year’s 4K model lasted 7 hours and 46 minutes on our battery life test. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (7:28), Dell XPS 15 (8:01) and Asus ZenBook Flip S (8:35) — all laptops with 4K displays — also offered at least 7 hours of battery life, so I am not quite sure why the Spectre x360 15’s battery life is significantly shorter.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) webcam
The HP Spectre x360 15 sports the smallest IR camera in the world at 2.2mm and this is bound to come with some drawbacks. The 720p webcam is grainy with poor clarity and subpar definition. Laptop cameras are usually pretty awful, but there’s more visual noise on this webcam than usual. A vibrant royal blue-and-yellow book on my nightstand looked washed out on the HP Spectre x360 15’s camera.
Although I’m dragging this webcam to hell and back, HP does deserve some praise for its camera security features. On the right side of the chassis, you’ll find a webcam kill switch. This kill switch impedes the webcam from being acknowledged by your PC. A hacker can’t hack your camera if your laptop doesn’t think it has one. Win!
Check out our best webcams page for something that won’t make it look like you’re joining video calls on your grandpa’s decades-old phone.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) heat
The HP Spectre x360 is hot — and I’m not just talking about its sexy aesthetics. After the HP convertible streamed a 15-minute, 1080p video, the center of the keyboard hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is five degrees higher than our 95-degree comfort threshold. The underside of the Spectre x360 15 was the hottest location, climbing up to 111 degrees. The touchpad, on the other hand, remained cool at 85 degrees.
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2020) software and warranty
The Spectre x360 15 ships with some useful software, such as the HP Command Center, which has a dedicated key between F12 and Delete for quick launching. It offers a Thermal Profile section, which lets you set your temperature and cooling preferences. There are three thermal profiles: Default, Performance and Comfort. Default is best for web browsing. Performance is optimal for CPU and GPU-taxing activities such as gaming and video editing. As the system gets hotter, the fans will kick in. Comfort mode reduces performance and allows the system to run cooler and quieter.
There’s also a Network Booster tab that lets you determine which apps should receive bandwidth priority. For example, if you’re running more than one program, you can tell the HP Spectre x360 15 which app you’d like to prioritize.
The Spectre x360 15 doesn’t come with too much pre-installed bloatware . There’s no Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga or Microsoft Solitaire Collection, but you’ll find Netflix , Skype and Groove Music. The black-and-gold HP convertible ships with free 30-day trials for ExpressVPN and LastPass.
The Spectre x360 15 comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how HP performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Laptop Brands ranking.
The HP Spectre x360 15 is a work of art with its black-and-gold accents and angular-cut chassis. With this gorgeous convertible under your arm, you’ll turn heads. However, as the old saying goes, “Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” And, well, the Spectre x360 15 is having some difficulties with its inner-beauty captivation.
The Spectre x360 15 offered mixed, inconsistent performance on our benchmarks. When we tested its file-transfer rates and video transcoding speeds, it blew its rivals out of the water. It also did well on our gaming benchmarks. However, on the Photoshop and overall performance tests, the Spectre x360 15 did not impress. The Dell XPS 15 crushed the Spectre x360 15 in most categories so I’d recommend the Dell over the Spectre even though it will cost you about $200 more.
The next best laptop would be Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga , offering five more hours of battery life and impressive performance, but it lacks a discrete GPU.
Still, the Spectre x360 15 shines when it comes to its 4K display, covering more ground on the DCI-P3 color gamut than all of its competitors. If you’re a photo or video editor seeking a sexy productivity machine with a slamming screen and kickass graphics, I’d recommend the HP Spectre x360 15 in a heartbeat. However, you’ll have to accept that you’ll be tethered to an outlet all day.
Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!
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