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HP Spectre 13


HP Spectre 13
HP Spectre 13 (Spectre 13 Series)
Intel Core i7-6500U 2 x 2.5 - 3.1 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
8 GB 
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, No, IPS UWVA, Corning Gorilla Glass, glossy: yes
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256, 256 GB 
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Headset
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.2
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.4 x 325 x 229 ( = 0.41 x 12.8 x 9.02 in)
38 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: HP TrueVision HD-Camera
Additional features
Speakers: 4x Bang & Olufsen, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapter, 24 Months Warranty
1.16 kg ( = 40.92 oz / 2.56 pounds), Power Supply: 330 g ( = 11.64 oz / 0.73 pounds)
1499 Euro



Average Score: 86.12% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 76%, features: 64%, display: 86% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 88%, emissions: 89%

Reviews for the HP Spectre 13

84.7% HP Spectre 13 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
007 Spectre. HP designed a conventional notebook with a "thickness" of just 10 millimeters, so it is thinner than some first-gen tablets (original iPad: 13 mm). Our full review shows how HP accomplished to fit a fully featured Windows 10 PC into one of the thinnest designs currently available.
80% HP Spectre Review: Is It Good for Business?
Source: Business News Daily English version
But a portable design won't do you much good on the road if you're always running out of juice. The Spectre's weak battery life is its Achilles' heel, especially since its closest rival — Dell's nontouch XPS 13 — ran for nearly twice as long on the same battery test. Dell's system also provides a better selection of ports and comparable performance, though it's not as slim or sleek as HP's laptop.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% HP Spectre 13 review: this is the MacBook Air killer
Source: T3 English version
What's great about the HP Spectre? Just look at it! Absolutely sublime. It's a thoroughbred laptop. For the most part the spec sheet is exemplary. When you combine the looks with the excellent performance it's an intoxicating mix that many rivals can't match. We're really disappointed the Spectre only comes with a Full HD screen when rivals are forging ahead. As we said above, the Spectre's display won't be good enough if you're used to a higher resolution display, such as on a retina MacBook Pro.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
HP Spectre 13 (2016) review – like it or not, here’s the future
Source: Laptop Media English version
If you are looking for a good alternative to the MacBook with more ports for your peripherals and a little bit more horsepower under the hood while still being exceptionally lightweight and thin, the HP Spectre 13 is an ideal choice. However, if you the design is your top priority, be prepared to make some sacrifices along the way. The most notable flaw would be the short browsing runtimes due to the small battery capacity. It seems that engineers at HP couldn’t cram up bigger unit. A great alternative – not so thin, though – would be the XPS 13, which is by far one of the best premium 13-inchers out there. It has its own drawbacks but succeeds where the Spectre 13 fails.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/30/2016
80% HP Spectre review: The world's thinnest laptop is definitely built for Bond
Source: Daily Star English version
It looks stunning, has a fabulous display, tons of power and all this in a machine that is no thicker than a couple of beer mats.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HP Spectre 13 – Review
Source: The Techy English version
The Hp Spectre 13 is a beauty as soon as it got out of the box. In fact, I couldn’t wait any longer as it grabbed my attention for the first time at the Mumbai International Airport. The feeling of seeing something really beautiful and you don’t have any adjectives to describe and you just get speechless is the exact same sensation I derived when I saw the Hp Spectre 13. I couldn’t deny that it is the most stylish ultrabook with golden hinges and a back, too, finishing it off with smooth black premium colour all around it.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Review: HP’s Spectre shows a great ultrabook can suffer from being thin
Source: Tech Crunch English version
For a “premium device,” HP’s Spectre 13 is designed well and priced fairly. Though it might get toasty on its undersides (if under strain), it’s a great first effort at making an ultrabook of this quality. In terms of marketing, it may be suitable for more than a few “millennials” who value design and thinness over extra ports or quad HD screens.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/22/2016

Foreign Reviews

Apple kann sich warm anziehen
Source: All you need Magazin German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/07/2017
82% HP Spectre 13 edler Flachmann mit Intel Core i7
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 70%
Flachster Laptop der Welt im Test
Source: Heute German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/16/2016
HP Spectre 13, a világ legvékonyabb notebookja
Source: HU→EN version
Positive: Fine workmanship; elegant design; good keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/27/2016


Intel HD Graphics 520: Integrated GPU (GT2) with 24 EUs found on some Skylake CPU models (15 W ULV series).

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

6500U: Skylake-based ULV dual-core processor for thin notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 520 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.

In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.

86.12%: This is an above-average rating. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that about one fifth of all tested models receive a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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