HP Spectre 13-w030nd x360
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Reviews for the HP Spectre 13-w030nd x360
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Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/13/2017
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 90%
Model: The HP Spectre 13-w030nd x360 is an ultraportable laptop with a high cool factor that many users would like to associate with. The x360, logically, stands for a 360-degree turning circle. The screen can be fully folded to use the x360, either as a laptop or as a full-featured tablet. This makes the HP Spectre widely used for both business and home use. However, even though the HP is in the category of ultra-portables, yet the weight of 1.44 kg is somewhat on the heavy side. The Spectre housing fits seamlessly in the trendy, minimalist design line-up of the manufacturer. The slight subtle details add the Spectre premium character another level higher than the manufacturer's mainstream models. The 13.9 mm flat aluminum housing, featuring the new HP logo, looks very attractive in closed form. The sides of the aluminum housing are polished high gloss, giving the casing a little extra cachet that deserves a premium laptop in this price range. In crucial places, the manufacturer has placed protective rubbers, in order to protect the surface and/or keyboard. The Spectre 13 is certainly among the most unique looking notebooks out there.
Its 13.3-inch display features a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and supports touch input. Processing power is provided by a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7500U processor. The working memory is 16 GB SDRAM and storage is provided by a smooth SSD with a storage capacity of no less than 1 TB. Graphics power is provided by an embedded Intel HD Graphics 620 interface. The laptop features the Spectre keyboard, which has a bright backlight, which does not only illuminates the characters, but also the contours of the keys. However, this backlit is not automatically enabled below a certain level. The user must press the corresponding function key. The matte glass touchpad is spacious and, like the hinges, it is surrounded by a subtle polished facet. For sound output, HP also called on the Bang & Olufsen specialist at the Spectre Model Line. B & O sound engineers have optimized the four HP speakers and HP Audio Boost. Music playback via headphones is warm and dynamic. The built-in amplifier has enough reserves to shut down and immerse yourself in your favorite music. The Spectre features three sensors, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and an e-compass. Wireless communication is provided by Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 with Miracast support. As for battery life, the Spectre x360 comes with a 3-cell lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 57.8 Wh. The manufacturer promises a battery life of up to 16 hours. The Spectre 13 is an unique convertible and with this latest hardware update, it is extremely capable too. The only downside is its high asking price.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake 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.
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.
7500U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.7 to 3.5 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion.
Up to 2015, the company was named Hewlett Packard Company. After a split, the computer range was renamed to HP Inc.
In the laptop segment, HP was the world's largest manufacturer from 2014 to 2016 with a market share of 20-21% from 2014 to 2016, but they only exceed Lenovo by a small margin as of recently. HP is not present in the smartphone sector (as of 2016).
86%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.