HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx
|HP Spectre x360 13-ap0013dx|
|Price as reviewed||$1,350|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 touch display|
|CPU||1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U|
|PC Memory||8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,666MHz|
|Graphics||128MB Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless; Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
Design with a purposeThough the angular gem-cut edges help it stand out from other premium ultraportables, the design isn’t entirely just for looks. The cutaway corners on the back edge are where you’ll find the power button and one of its two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The way they’re angled allows you to charge the x360 with its compact braided USB-C cable power adapter while keeping the cord out of the way. And the power button’s position on the left corner makes it easy to find without looking and easy to avoid accidentally pressing in tablet mode. The button is also accessible regardless of how the display is positioned.Windows 10’s microphone privacy settings. For additional privacy and security, there’s a fingerprint reader and an IR webcam for facial recognition sign-ins with Windows Hello (although it seemed to be disabled on my x360). As for the display, HP offers three options starting with what I tested, a low-power, 1,920×1,080-resolution panel. There’s also a 1,920×1,080 display with HP’s Sure View technology that, at the press of a button, whites out the screen obscuring what’s on it for anyone not sitting directly in front of it. But, if you simply must have the most pixels for your 13.3-inch display, HP will sell you a 4K UHD touchscreen (3,840×2,160). The low-power full-HD display delivers good color and contrast, though it’s not particularly bright. Working outside will likely have you frequently trying to increase the brightness in vain, but it’s great for battery life judging by our test results. If you work in a crowded office or your desk is regularly an airplane seat tray, I recommend getting the Sure View display. Personally, I’d skip the 4K in favor of longer battery life and privacy, but it’s nice to have options, too.
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