This Laptop Feels Really Good


2-in-1 convertible laptops are devices that I have always wanted, like, the idea of it is really cool: to have a laptop that can turn into a tablet just by folding the screen back- but there’s always been issues with usability. It’s just something that comes with the nature of a screen that folds back and then, you’re now holding a keyboard that’s at the bottom of a laptop. It’s… a lot of companies attempt to do it but a lot of companies don’t do a good job at it. And that’s why I don’t cover them very often on this channel, because I feel like a lot of companies produce them, it’s just they’re not really noteworthy. This one is the HP Specter x360 and of all the 2-in-1 devices that I’ve been able to use, I think this is the best one, in terms of just usability for the average person So, there is a 13″ and 15″ version to this. This is the 13″ and my honest opinion if you are kinda deciding between a screen size for 13 or 15 inch for 2-in-1’s there is very few people that will be able to comfortably use a 15″ 2-in-1 …as a tablet. As a laptop thats great, but, if you’re looking for a 2-in-1 and you plan on using it as a tablet relatively frequently, I would go for the 13 inch Okay, let’s first start with the keyboard.
It’s a good keyboard, can’t complain. It’s backlit, very good layout, good spacing. It’s a little bit slick because the keys don’t have any texture: It’s just like a smooth plastic, but it’s a very comfortable typing experience and the trackpad is also good It uses a synaptic driver. I would have loved to have seen a Windows precision driver but it’s actually a very good touchpad. It’s got good tracking and good button mechanics There is pen support, and it’s included in the box, but the pen itself isn’t amazing or anything. I mean, it works, it does everything that a kind of average stylus would do. But it feels like an older generation Surface Pen to me. Ports on this thing are pretty standard for an ultrabook. There’s two USB C’s, one USB A, a micro SD slot and a fingerprint sensor. The USB C supports ThunderBolt 3 AND it’s 4 lanes PCIe for the people that want to plug this thing up to an external GPU. Inside, the RAM and the WiFi are soldered on. The SSD is replaceable if you need but that’s basically it: everything else is soldered on. The battery down here is a nice size: 60 Watt-hour slab and battery-life is very good: it’s pulling a comfortable 9.5 hours with the screen at around 250 nits. It’s relatively long for a 2-in-1 device. I mean there are devices that have longer battery-lives than this, but it’s very good. The performance on the 13 inch x360 is actually quite good. A lot of 2-in-1 devices are using “Y” processors, which I don’t love. This is using the regular “U” processor: quad-core, 8th-gen Kaby Lake-R, and it’s awesome for multi-core stuff. You do need the right type of application for the CPU to really flex, but these are really fast processors. Gaming performance is pretty limited: light games will play at reasonable frame-rates, but nothing amazing. The Intel UHD-620 is not a gaming GPU so you kinda expect that. Now, one of the more interesting things about this laptop are the fan noise and the thermal performance. So, this thing has two fans, which, at first I thought would give it some amazing thermal performance. And it does, but not in the way that I expected. So this laptop is quiet, one of the quietest laptops that I’ve ever used, even under load. It can get a little warm, nothing too bad though because you can comfortably use this laptop on your lap. Now, because this thing had two fans, I was under the assumption that this would have the ability to increase the wattage in XTU to sustain boost clock, but I wasn’t able to. I was getting throttling even with under-volting. And it’s not a weak AC adaptor: it’s a very comfortable 65 watt one, but it’s just that this laptop was not designed to run above the original thermal specifications. So fans on this laptop are great if you just want to keep things adequately cooled while being quiet, but you can’t push out crazy performance them. The usability as a tablet is where this device excels, and I think this is where a lot of manufacturers just, kind of fail. So, here’s the thing, if you’re going to buy a 2-in-1 device, if you’re going to spend the money and pay a little bit of a premium to get a 2-in-1 device, you have to be someone who’s actually going to use it as a 2-in-1 device. Like like, it, I know it sounds really obvious, but a lot of people will buy something like this, and just use it as a laptop, and rarely use it as a 2-in-1, and it just doesn’t make any sense. If you’re going to use it as a laptop, just purchase a dedicated laptop.But if you’re gonna pick up something like this, you’d gotta be damn sure you’re going to be using it as tent mode, presentation mode, tablet mode, and this thing is very comfortable to use in all of those positions. It’s weird because visually there’s a lot of angles and edges on the Spectre, but it’s actually really comfortable to hold. Now there’s four speakers on this device, there’s two on the top and then two on the bottom, and they’ve positioned them in a way so that you get clean audio in laptop mode, tablet mode, presentation mode, it doesn’t even matter. The audio itself is not amazing, I’m not gonna say that this is the best speakers ever; it’s an ultrabook, but they sound good. The most important thing: you have access to clean audio, regardless of the position you have this thing set up in. Alright, lastly, I want to talk about the screen. This panel is a 1080p panel. It’s bright, it’s got a good color gamut, and the viewing angles are good. Now the side bezels are thin, they look nice, but the top and bottom panels are thick, right? Well, they look a lot thicker than you want them to. But I think they do this on purpose. A lot of 2-in-1 devices have thinner bezels, and it looks nice. But in terms of usability, these thicker bezels on the top and bottom are really nice in tablet mode. There’s just way fewer accidental clicks and taps when you’re handling the device, which is something that I think a lot of Windows 10 tablets have an issue with, but I just don’t get that with this thing, and I really like that. The webcam looks pretty clean, and it’s located in the normal position up-top so it doesn’t look up your nose or anything like that. The overall device is very comfortable to use and it’s just something that a lot of manufacturers overlook, or just straight-up don’t care about. 2-in-1 devices should be comfortable as a laptop and as a tablet, and this guy does both well. Okay, hope you guys enjoyed this video. Thumbs if you liked it; subs if you love it. See you guys next time!

100 thoughts on “This Laptop Feels Really Good

  1. if you want the same thing but black you should get the envy x360 13 2 differences an ir scanner for windows hello, no fingerprint scanner and it it uses ryzen 5 2500u 3 2300u or 7 2700u but its 750 dollars

  2. Thank you for the review – what hp laptop would u recommend if I don't use the 2 & 1 as much but the specs look good
    I'm looking for good battery, lots of storage & ram and quality speakers – les for gaming more for work and video editing

  3. There is a GPU upgrade available on this one. You can also get an nVidia GTX 980 with 4GB Graphics if you pay a bit more. Best 2 in 1 in my opinion.

  4. I have had this laptop for less than 2 months now and have some issues
    with it. Whenever I charge it while its on or sleeping it makes a loud
    popping, hissing, and crackling sound. It also does this about everytime
    I turn on the computer. It does not make this sound when I charge it
    while its shut down. I have read various forms and many other people
    have similar issues but have had no luck. I am going to send it back to
    be "repiared" but wondered if anyone here had any helpful thoughts on
    this thanks.

  5. I know you are right with the "using the tablet" Part….but for real – I really think the Envy x360 15 with mx150 is even kind of a good deal even as a Laptop.

    So If no one has a better Idea, i will just buy it for ~800€ at black friday

  6. “It can get warm”….. UUUUMMMM you’re the first reviewer on YouTube to make light of this. Honestly, did it never get too hot for you??

  7. I have a 2-year-old HP (EliteBook series) business laptop and a personal 6-years-old Lenovo (Z series) laptop both with SSD and corei5 processors.

    I do not know how and why but the HP is much slower and buggier laptop than my own which is 3 times older! I would not buy a HP laptop for myself.

  8. To anyone that owns the Spectre, how does it hold up running programs such as MatLab and Mathematica? I'm going to be using the 2 in 1 to take notes but also need power to run the above programs.

  9. Thanks for this super helpful review! I actually just bought this computer and I’m glad to see you approve and learn more about what is going on inside.

  10. I love your channel and always watch your review. I'm a graphic designer, and need your most honest opinion wether to chose this over Xiaomi Notebook or Asus Zenbook?

  11. Just got one of these and my first reaction also was that it felt quite comfortable. Coming from an HP Revolve G1, the screen and performance completely are solid. I heard about the pen ahead of time and the optional Tilt Pen (not regular HP Pen it comes with) works very nice. I plan on getting more used to that but it could help me with my entry to digital artistry. Got the device on sale too, for under $1000. Well worth it if someone is on the fence about this! Great alternative to the Zbook x2, which can be a few hundret or thousand more.

  12. I've had this laptop for over a year and i absolutely love it! Got it for a little less than $1k during last year's Black Friday sale. I'm a college student and I use it to take notes in class and draw occasionally. I also play quite a few games on it such as League of Legends, Fortnite, Osu, ArcheAge, Overwatch, etc. It's not the best laptop for gaming obviously but I can still play comfortably. When you use it in tablet mode to watch movies or videos, it feels like a flat screen tv in your lap, its awesome. Highly recommend for anyone in the market for a 2 in 1!

  13. Hey Dave! Love your channel. Any way you can look at the HP Folio. Haven't seen much coverage and it's really something im looking to buy. Keep up the great work

  14. One problem I had with using my old Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S in tablet mode was the aspect ratio. It was never easy to use for reading especially.

    Another was the weight. Even that device felt heavy as a tablet. I would rather have something that detaches from the keyboard. The Surface Book seems like a compelling design…if only it were cheaper.

  15. I bought this same model the first week it came out but I had to return it because I lost my job and it was $1200. I miss it so much. Makes me cringe hard when I look to buy a new one now for the price I can afford.

  16. Hi dave! i would love to see you review the Lenovo Yoga 730 13" model comparable to this. I am planning to buy between the HP spectre x360 13", surface laptop 2 or 1 (most probably the 2) and the lenovo yoga 730 13".

    I am now in in 40% spectre, 20% surface laptop 2 and 40% yoga 730.

    What do you think would be best for me to use within these 3 laptops. intel core i5 8th gen. with 256gb ssd and 8 gb of ram relatively speaking for the minimum specs i am looking for now.

  17. I actually have it but with Intel Core i7 and a little bit newer wersion. I really love it. Drawing is my passion so tablet mode is a must have for me 🙂

  18. This review really helped me decide to get this laptop. You do a great job. No crazy intro or obnoxious music, you speak clearly and in a relatable way, your camera and microphone look and sound nice, and your editing is spot-on. I love the reviews, keep it up!

  19. Any time i wanna buy a gadget i always look forward on your say about the product i trust only your revies.thanks for your amazing reviews

  20. Finally someone that xan review a product without talking for 30 minutes. Awesome work man.. Here is a question.. What is a good ultrabook for development

  21. Dave, what's your take on the new 4K Spectre x360 15t (Gem Cut) with either mx150 or 1050 GPU? Yay or nay? Thanks man! Love the videos.

  22. Bought an x360 8550u on a good discount this year. The B&O driver issue gave me a big scare. I'm having some TB3 PD issues, maybe thanks to my cheap TB3 dock, but thankfully the Anker Switch battery can charge it.

  23. Can you review the new hp pavillion 14 series released recently?? I seems like a good budget laptop series

  24. Bought it last month for 750$ (8gb, core i5, mx 150 4gb) and I'm pretty happy with it so far.
    The price is really good for a 2 in 1 device with nice hardware and excellent built quality. It really feels like a premium product and can handle video editing and gaming pretty well.
    The only problem that I found is that the screen is not that bright and very reflective, meaning that even for indoor usage I have to keep the brightness to 75~100%, making the battery life drop to around 4~5 hours.
    Even with that this might be the best 800$ laptop!

  25. I really like this review and am looking to get an HP laptop for my day to day use. What do you think of the HP Elitebook 1050 GI?

  26. i purchased one by watching this video – core i7 8th gen. 13inch cheers good review and a really nice laptop+TABLET Combo for me!

  27. not sure if its just me but from my experience when you compare a HP laptops and a DELL laptop of the same specs the HP laptop tends to be slower, like waaay slower compared to the dell when given enought load to run.. maybe coz of HP's many background apps.. im guessing

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