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HP Spectre 13-ae001nf x360


HP Spectre 13-ae001nf x360
HP Spectre 13-ae001nf x360 (Spectre 13 Series)
Intel Core i5-8250U 4 x 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, Kaby Lake Refresh
Graphics adapter
8 GB 
13.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, glossy: yes
256 GB SSD
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 DisplayPort, Card Reader: undefined
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): 13.6 x 306 x 218 ( = 0.54 x 12.05 x 8.58 in)
60 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
1.26 kg ( = 44.45 oz / 2.78 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 79.67% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 80%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 100%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the HP Spectre 13-ae001nf x360

85% Review: HP Spectre x360 (13-ae0xx)
Source: Tablets Magazine Dutch NL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
74% Test du HP Spectre x360 13 : peut-il détrôner le champion des PC portables hybrides ?
Source: 01Net French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 80% mobility: 100%
80% Test du PC HP Spectre x360 13 ae001nf (fin 2017), parfait pour les travailleurs nomades
Source: CNet France French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%


Model: The HP Spectre 13-ae001nf x360 is a 2-in-1 laptop. In addition to 16 GB of RAM and a storage capacity of at least 1 TB, the devices are equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor. With these specs, users will have no problem with their daily use. The 2-in-1 is pretty thin, stylish and business-like. In addition, that copper finish really reduces the dark housing. This Spectre adopts the colors of anthracite gray and pinkish bronze. Note that if these two colors are not to your liking, the x360 is also available in silver (brushed and shiny). Clearly, the 13.3-inch screen is mounted on articulated hinges so that it can be placed on the back of the keyboard (tablet mode) or opt for exotic tilt angles. In fact, the machine can be used in "tent" or "stand" mode. In these three scenarios, Windows 10 and the apps are driven by the fingertips or with the help of a stylus. The stylus is a separate purchase and is not provided by default. In classic notebook PC mode, the keyboard and touchpad pair resumes service, of course. In terms of autonomy, HP announces up to 17 hours.

The 13 "screen has an impressive resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels and delivers a sharp, clear and incredibly lively screen. When users watch a video in the 4k resolution, they can enjoy it optimally as the high resolution on such a small screen yields an incredibly sharp image. Details come into their own, for example in photos shot at a high resolution. If users wants to get more out of their battery, they can lower the resolution to 2k or of course Full HD. The screen can also be set reasonably clear. With 340 nits it is higher than an average (normal) laptop. The speakers, tuned by Bang & Olufsen, deliver a reasonable sound, which can also be set hard without obvious distortions. For laptop speakers, the sound sounds reasonably balanced. You also get an app that allows a user to adjust the sound. However, the speakers are at the bottom of the HP Specter x360. That is never a pleasant place because the sound can sound disguised. The 2 MP camera in the HP Specter x360 is surprising, too. The Full HD image shows quite a bit of detail, so it rises above the level of a simple Skype camera. On the sides of the laptop are different ports, such as a super-fast Thunderbolt 3 port for external displays, the charger, and other devices. In addition, there are no ventilation ports on the side, only at the bottom of the 2-in-1.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620.

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.

i5-8250U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.6 and 3.4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,100 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process. » 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.

79.67%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

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


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Stefan Hinum, 2018-03-20 (Update: 2018-03-20)