HP Spectre 13 Review: A Stylish, Capable Laptop
Venerable hardware manufacturer HP has returned with a new iteration of their familiar Spectre laptops. If you’re in the market looking for something attractive, then the HP Spectre 13 is a model you might want to keep an eye on.
HP’s most recent laptop harbors a 13-inch screen spanning 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The display is composed of Corning Gorilla glass, and it’s touch-enable, giving you another useful input method. Windows 10 Home is the default operating system, and it’s fueled by 8GB of RAM, an eighth generation Intel Core i7 and an Intel UHD Graphics 620 chip. Its battery clocks in at 11 hours, which isn’t prize-winning nor is it bad. A 256GB SSD is built-in, too.
As with most laptops on the market, this device is Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled. Specifically, the Spectre 13 works with Bluetooth 4.2. Moreover, the computer has three USB-C ports, one of which also supports Thunderbird.
The 13’s aesthetics are probably its biggest advancement over its predecessors. The machine’s speakers were moved to sit above the keyboard, allowing for a more compact build. It’s adorned by a high-quality matte ceramic finish, which emits an impressive, commanding look. A beautiful white finish is its go-to color scheme, although a gray option is available, too. (The white looks nicer.)
However, according ri CNET‘s review, the biggest flaw with the Spectre 13 would probably be its trackpad. While it was functional, it never seemed to match the reviewer’s sensibilities regardless of how much tinkering he spent with its sensitivity. The 13’s keyboard, however, isn’t exceptional, but it works “well enough.”
An HP Spectre 13 is a light, easy to carry partner for your day-to-day routine. The laptop starts at $1,299.99.