With notebooks like Lenovo Yoga and Dell XPS 13, the elite convertible notebooks have been a hotly contested section in the laptop market. HP themselves came with Spectre x360 13-ae005na, a 13-inch notebook with a 4K display. To find out how it performed against the rivals read on.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (8th Gen), 1.8 GHz
- GPU – Intel UHD Graphics 620
- Memory – 8 GB DDR3
- Screen – 13.3-inch 4K IPS (3,840 x 2,160) with 10-point touchscreen
- Storage – 512 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – It’s pretty fast for your 13-inch business notebook. It houses a powerful Intel Core i7 processor alongside 8 gigs of RAM to provide all the needed power. And to make up for the speed it houses a 512 SSD which is pretty fast itself. Along with the standard word processing and office work it can handle a bit of game as well. It could handle title like Dirt 3 at more than 50 fps easily.
- Display – This model is equipped with a 13.3 inch 4K UHD display. The 4K panel makes sure to deliver stunning crystal clear visuals. Although I do believe that this 4K display is a bit of an overkill for a tiny 13-inch notebook. The touchscreen panel also supports stylus control.
- Design – Due to its all Aluminium chassis it’s pretty lightweight at only 2.8 pound (1.29 kg). That’s similar to most of the other competing notebooks like Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo Yoga. But on top of everything, it looks stunning. With this laptop in your hand, you’re sure to attract a lot of jealous stares from your colleagues at your office.
- Price – It’s one of the most premium convertible options from the HP. Priced at £1500 it’s one of the more generously equipped models from the Spectre x360 series. I mean seriously, not everybody can handle that price tag very comfortably.
- Battery – Like any other laptop with a 4K panel the extra high-density display does take its toll from the 60 Wh battery. It could stay awake for only 6 hours. That falls way shorter than the category average of 8 hours.
- Ports – It seems HP decided to cover only the most essentials for this 13-inch notebook. While it comes with 3 USB ports (among which 2 is Thunderbolt 3 enabled) there is NO separate Display port in this convertible. So you HAVE TO use a USB C adapter to connect it to external monitors.
It’s a great high-end business notebook. It has got the power, the looks and the speed. And if you are by any chance concerned about the price and the low battery backup you can opt for the model with the FHD display. In any case, it has got all the potential to be a great notebook.