Following up on 2016’s record-thin first entry, HP’s all-new Spectre 13 notebook has an even smaller footprint and a more polished design than its predecessor. Not only are there new design choices over the original Spectre, HP’s newest entry into the Spectre line also offers vastly improved hardware, including the 8th generation Intel processors with quad-core architecture, a 4K touchscreen panel, a bigger battery and better speakers. Before we get into the details of the review, below are the main specs for the device:
- Eighth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor
- Up to 16 GB of RAM
- Up to 1 TB of PCIe SSD storage
- Full HD or 4K touchscreen
- Three USB-C ports
Right off the bat, as striking as the first Spectre was, this new notebook from HP truly is a gorgeous piece of kit, especially in the new ceramic white finish with gold accents model that we got to test out. HP have also added some really nice smaller design choices such as the beveled edges and futuristic looking speaker grill at the top of the keyboard.
As I previously mentioned, the new Spectre has a smaller footprint when compared to its older brother. This was achieved by reducing the bezels flanking the new 4K touchscreen and re-positioning the speakers to the top of the keyboard. With all these design changes, the laptop is now half and inch narrower than its predecessor.
According to HP, the new Spectre 13 is the thinnest 4K touchscreen laptop available today and at just 10.4mm thick when closed and weighing less than 2.5 pounds, it’s a truly spectacular piece of technological engineering. HP went to great lengths to keep the weight of the device down whilst still ensuring rigidity and sturdiness by using durable yet lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium.
Performance and Hardware
The Spectre we got to test out included the new 4K touchscreen display which was absolutely fantastic for viewing videos and images on. Being able to watch Netflix in full 4K on a laptop while lying in bed really is one of life’s little pleasures! The notebook also comes with a backlit keyboard which is surprising giving how thin the device is but it worked perfectly well. Admittedly, we do wish the enlarged trackpad was more responsive and we’re still waiting for the day a manufacturer can match Apple’s offering. With the inclusion of the touchscreen display panel though, this is something some users can bypass altogether.