HP Spectre Notebook Packs Plenty of Power, Features in a Thin Design

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-04-06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    HP Spectre Notebook Packs Plenty of Power, Features in a Thin Design

    The Spectre, which HP calls the world's thinnest laptop, is no slouch on power either. Those and other features make it an appealing option for notebook users.
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    2 - It All Starts With a Thin Design
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    It All Starts With a Thin Design

    Like Apple's MacBook line, design is the HP Spectre's main attraction. The device comes with a machined aluminum chassis and carbon fiber bottom. To really make the device stand out, HP has bundled "high gloss copper accents." HP uses what it calls a "hidden piston hinge" to make it look like the clamshell notebook has no hinge. In sum, the Spectre's design is stellar.
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    3 - HP Wants to Talk About Portability
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    HP Wants to Talk About Portability

    In addition to style, HP is touting the Spectre's portability. The device weighs just 2.45 pounds, and the chassis is only 10.4mm thick, making it as thin as an AAA battery. HP claims the device is the "world's thinnest laptop" when closed, and as of this writing, that appears to be the case.
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    4 - HP's Committed to Windows 10
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    HP's Committed to Windows 10

    On the software side, the device will ship with Windows 10, and it doesn't appear likely that HP will offer a Windows 8.1 option as well. In fact, HP seems to have made that clear, saying, "Windows 10 is here. Do great things."
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    The Device Is Surprisingly Rugged

    Although the Spectre is thin and lightweight, it is also somewhat rugged. The computer comes with the aforementioned carbon fiber bottom that HP says will make it less prone to damage. In addition, Corning's Gorilla Glass, one of the leading glass-protection technologies in the world, protects the device's 13.3-inch screen. However, the computer is not classified as a "rugged" device, so despite its hardened features, it's not a good idea to test its ability to withstand drops or water intrusion.
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    6 - There's a Nice Selection of Ports
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    There's a Nice Selection of Ports

    Since it's often difficult to a lot of ports in such a small computer, it's no surprise that HP hasn't bundled an Ethernet port or other large slots in the device. That said, the computer ships with a welcome surprise: three USB-C ports. HP says that all three ports will support charging, data transfer and external displays. In addition, two of the ports will come with Thunderbolt data transfer.
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    7 - There Is Plenty of Processing Power
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    There Is Plenty of Processing Power

    The HP Spectre will ship with the customer's choice of sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, which should provide sufficient speed for most tasks. In addition, the Spectre features 8GB of memory and will allow for up to 512GB of storage. Given its size, only solid-state drives are available with the notebook.
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    8 - The Battery Will Last All Day
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    The Battery Will Last All Day

    It won't necessarily be an industry leader, but the Spectre's battery should get the job done. According to HP, owners should expect up to 9.5 hours of battery life on normal use. That said, HP noted that battery life could vary depending on the version customers choose.
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    This Is Not a Hybrid

    As noted, the PC market is in trouble. However, one segment of the market—two-in-one hybrids—is actually performing quite well. In fact, that device type's shipments are up. As a result, several manufacturers have increased their production of hybrids featuring touch screens and reduced their notebook output. The Spectre breaks from that trend. The device is clearly a notebook and as it doesn't come with typical hybrid features, such as a touch screen.
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    10 - It's Also Designed for Personal Entertainment
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    It's Also Designed for Personal Entertainment

    HP's Spectre is also designed for entertainment. The device comes with a 13.3-inch full-HD IPS display that the company says will offer a wide viewing angle. In addition, the Spectre has speakers on both sides of the keyboard that are "custom-tuned" by speaker company Bang & Olufsen. Those speakers are enhanced with HP Audio Boost, a feature that enhances clarity at high volume.
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    It's a Pricey Machine

    Make no mistake: The HP Spectre is expensive. The computer starts at $1,170, but its price can rise substantially from there if users order more storage or a better processor. HP says the notebook will be available for preorder on April 25 and will be available in stores on May 22.
 

HP is in the process of reinventing itself. The company has slipped to second place in the worldwide PC market, and its shipments are on the decline, according to research firm IDC. In a bid to address those troubles, HP on April 5 announced a notebook called the Spectre, the first new model to carry the newly designed HP Inc. logo. The Spectre is designed for PC buyers who want a sleek computer with high-end features. HP has dubbed the machine the "world's thinnest laptop," but it's no slouch on power with processor options that go up to the Intel Core i7 CPU with 8GB of onboard memory. The combination of features that include a trackpad, a good selection of ports and a 13-inch display makes this notebook appealing on multiple levels. But all of those high-end features ensure that the HP Spectre carries a hefty price tag. That would appear to be a risky market approach for a company that is dealing with declining PC shipments. However, for buyers who don't want to spend extra for a top-of-the line model, HP's also offering three new lower cost Envy laptop models. With the Spectre notebook, HP seeks to demonstrate that it's still a leader in PC design and can produce models that appeal to a broad range of customer needs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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