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2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has fewer keyboard keys and a slower MicroSD reader than the 2020 model

2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has fewer keyboard keys and a slower MicroSD reader than the 2020 model
2022 HP Spectre x360 13.5 has fewer keyboard keys and a slower MicroSD reader than the 2020 model
Newer is better except for the few times when it's not. HP has adjusted the performance of the MicroSD reader and layout of the keyboard keys between model generations that some users may not be fond of.

The 2020 13.5-inch Spectre x360 quickly became one of our favorite convertibles in its size class for several reasons as detailed in our review. The latest 2022 model brings a laundry list of changes most of which are significant improvements including the higher resolution webcam (5 MP vs. 1 MP), much faster CPU (12th gen Intel vs. 11th gen Intel), removable WLAN 6E module, and a larger clickpad. Not every change has been an improvement, however.

After having reviewed the 2022 Spectre x360 13.5, we've discovered that HP has revised the keyboard and slowed the MicroSD reader. The four dedicated keys for Home, PgUp, PgDn, and End on the 2020 model are now secondary functions on the arrow keys as shown by the comparison pictures below.

As for the MicroSD reader, transfer rates are now almost 3x slower even when using a UHS-II card. Moving 1 GB of images from our test card to desktop takes about 21 seconds on the 2022 model compared to just 5 to 6 seconds on the older model. If you rely on SD cards to move files from your camera to your laptop, then the newer Spectre is actually much slower for the purpose.

The two above changes are odd to see especially when the rest of the laptop performs so well. The CPU, for example, now runs more stably in terms of clock rates for smoother frame rates when gaming. The latest model is a large leap forward with just a couple of setbacks for the Spectre x360 13.5 series as a result.

SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
162.5 MB/s ∼100% +230%
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U (AV Pro UHS-II V60)
49.2 MB/s ∼30%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 32GB)
201.3 MB/s ∼100% +152%
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U (AV Pro UHS-II V60)
79.9 MB/s ∼40%

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000 Intel Core i7-1255U: Ø1377 (1342.78-1400.12)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø800 (705.49-917.98)

Witcher 3 FPS Chart

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HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000 i7-1255U, Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Ø87.4 (65-95)
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs: Ø88.5 (74-98)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.4: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
3131 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1987 Points ∼63% -37%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
669 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
542 Points ∼81% -19%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
8332 (8041.69min - 8332.08max) Points ∼100%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
1756 Points ∼100%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
1400 (1342.78min - 1400.12max) Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
918 (705.49min - 917.98max) Points ∼66% -34%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
250 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
211.8 Points ∼85% -15%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
591 Seconds * ∼100% -55%
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
381 Seconds * ∼64%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
37325 MIPS ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
22118 MIPS ∼59% -41%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
5464 MIPS ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4984 MIPS ∼91% -9%
Geekbench 5.4 / Multi-Core
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
8105 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5374 Points ∼66% -34%
Geekbench 5.4 / Single-Core
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
1712 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1515 Points ∼88% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
9.92 fps ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
6.24 fps ∼63% -37%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
51.6 s * ∼100% -16%
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
44.5 s * ∼86%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.608 sec * ∼100% -26%
HP Spectre x360 13.5 14t-ef000
Intel Core i7-1255U
0.4807 sec * ∼79%

* ... smaller is better

2022 Spectre x360 13.5
2022 Spectre x360 13.5
2020 Spectre x360 14
2020 Spectre x360 14

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Allen Ngo, 2022-08-18 (Update: 2022-08-16)