HP Spectre X360 15: A Powerful Albeit Heavy and Costly Workhorse

Mar 13, 2017 06:53 AM EDT | Yen Palec

Laptops are supposed to be light and thin in order to maximize mobility. Although the HP Spectre x360 15 is not exactly the lightest and thinnest laptop out there, it packs enough power to be considered as a mobile workhorse.

The HP Spectre x360 15, as the name implies, packs a 15.6-inch IPS display with 3840x2160 resolution and 282PPI pixel density, according to Ars Technica. Despite its massive form factor, the Spectre x360 15 is still an impressive in terms of mobility, thanks to its convertible design. The display can by flipped so as to function as a tablet and laptop for more computing options.

The design is actually quite conventional since convertibles and 2-in-1 devices are now gaining in popularity. The HP Spectre x360 15 actually shines when it comes to hardware specs.

Thanks to its rather big form factor, HP was able to mash in high-end hardware into the Spectre x360 15. Starting off with the Intel Core i7-7500U processor and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics cards, according to PC World. The laptop packs 16GB of DDR4 memory and 256GB of SSD PCIe storage space. This specs should be able to handle most AAA video game titles with relative ease and steady frame rates.

The HP Spectre X360 15 runs on Windows 10 Home 64-bit edition. Standard ports include two USB Type-C ports, HDMI port, and SD card reader, and USB 3.0 ports. With all these hardware, the laptop weighs at 4.42pounds.

Integrating a quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics unit into a laptop is an impressive choice, as long as you are willing to trade battery life. While this is a common notion for most laptops, such is not the case of the HP laptop. According to PC World, on one full charge, the Spectre X360 15 lasted nine hours playing 4K videos. That is an impressive feat which can be stretched further by downgrading the display resolution.

The HP Spectre X360 15 is an impressive laptop, but it has its downside as well. Aside from the fact that it weighs quite heavy for a supposed mobile device, it is also rather bulky. Lastly, the laptop costs $1,499 which could easily sway conventional users away. Nevertheless, the laptop is sure to appeal to professionals who need more computing power without sacrificing mobility.

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