HP Spectre Fold
Average of 6 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Spectre Fold
The first laptop computer hit the market over forty years ago, and ever since then, we’ve been shackled to the slow evolution of the same core conceit: screen up top; keyboard down low; hinge in between. Yahoo. Well, it only took one encounter with a flexible display to convince me that the future of computing would be foldable. The Lenovo X1 Fold and ASUS Zenbook Fold pioneered the notion of a laptop that could become a portable desktop, and today, HP is flexing its own multi-modal PC that’s sleeker and more mature than anything that’s come before – at a price that guarantees you’ll never see one out in public. This is MrMobile's HP Spectre Fold Review.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/16/2023
A lot of people remain skeptical about gadgets with flexible displays (for good reason, I might add), but the $5,000 Spectre Fold is the best example yet of what this tech can offer. It’s a sleek machine that fits in tight spaces but also expands when you have more room to work. And when you need to pack up and go, it tucks away neatly in a bag. It gives you all the benefits of carrying around a portable monitor but with practically none of the drawbacks, while also addressing nearly every shortcoming from previous bendy attempts by Lenovo and ASUS. However, putting a concrete score on something like this feels like it would be missing the point. Sure, it’s insanely expensive, but HP’s goal wasn’t to make something with mass appeal. The mission was to take the most advanced components and design principles available today to showcase the true potential of next-gen hybrid devices.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/08/2023
Every once in a while a company will go all out and make something that pushes the limits of consumer tech, even if the device doesn’t make a ton of financial sense. That’s precisely what HP has done with the Spectre Fold. It’s wildly expensive at $5,000 and is saddled with a dated 12th-gen Intel CPU. But, featuring a flexible display from LG along with a bunch of other innovative features, HP’s first “3-in-1” has the power to transform into a laptop, a tablet and an all-in-one depending on your needs, while being thinner and more portable than any bendy screen laptop that’s come before it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/07/2023
Source: Trusted Reviews
The HP Spectre Fold is a step forward in foldable laptop design, comfortably outshining the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED. It’s the first foldable laptop that doesn’t still feel like a piece of concept hardware. However, when it comes to innovating in terms of software, there is much to be desired. This doesn’t do anything a regular laptop can’t. The main reason to buy this device is to be able to carry a large 17-inch OLED panel around in an unassumingly-sized bag. And, that will appeal to many. Any positives of the HP Spectre Fold are largely wiped out by its stunning £5,000/$5,000 price. That cost ruins it as a logical proposition for most laptop buyers, especially when it doesn’t offer powerful performance. This device is moves foldable laptops forward, but they won’t go mainstream until they get thinner, lighter, cheaper and offer something more than bog-standard productivity capabilities.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/03/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
While reviewing the HP Spectre Fold, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Who’s this laptop for?” Which crowd, besides the Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffetts of the world, does this $5,000 foldable gem cater to? I’ve concluded that the Spectre Fold is for peripatetic artists and creatives who travel often. As a travel buff myself, I could totally see myself using the Spectre Fold in clamshell mode while I’m on the plane before unfolding it into its 17-inch display glory in my hotel room. And hell, if you're drawn to luxe tech (and you have the money to blow), you're another perfect candidate for the Spectre. You'll have people turning green with envy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/22/2023
Rating: Total score: 86%
Hands-On, online available, Short, Date: 10/21/2023
Source: Digital Trends
I was impressed by the Spectre Foldable PC’s build quality, form factor, and attention to detail. I found it far easier to use than the fussy Lenovo Yoga Book 9i, with fewer parts to carry around and a simpler design that still provided tremendous flexibility and usability. Performance was OK for the typical user, battery life was better than expected, and I could see myself thoroughly enjoying the Spectre Foldable PC as my primary portable solution. However, I would never buy it. At $5,000, it’s way out of my price range, and I think that will be the case for most people. The Asus Zenbook Fold 17 is closer to the mainstream at $3,500, but even that is too expensive for most buyers. At the same time, plenty of laptops can be equally as expensive or even more costly, such as Apple’s MacBook Pro, so it’s not fair to single HP out. Therefore, I feel confident in recommending the Spectre Foldable PC for people with money to burn or very specific needs that justify such a large investment.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2023
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
If you’re aghast at the near £5,000/$5,000 price tag of the HP Spectre Fold, I completely get it and I was too. As a realistic proposition for consumers looking for a new laptop today, its price largely takes it out of the running. However, my first impressions of this device are that HP has arrived later to the party than Lenovo and Asus because it has been refining this wondrous bit of kit. With the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, you could tell it was the first attempt from those brands. The HP Spectre Fold feels like a second, or even third, iteration. The practicalities of this device will play out in our full review where we can truly put it through its paces. For now, given the apparent quality of this initial attempt, it’s looking like HP may very well take the lead when it comes to foldable laptop innovation, and I’m extremely interested to see what comes next. Hopefully, a lower price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/05/2023
Source: PC Mag
The HP Spectre Foldable PC is a novel product, showing off some impressive engineering. However, with so many drawbacks, it feels like it's still an experiment that can technically pass for a finished product. The 3-in-1 design is versatile and interesting—who wouldn't want a compact 12-inch laptop that doubles as a fully functional desktop with a 17-inch screen?—but we see way too many wrinkles to iron out before this becomes a product we can recommend. From the warping of the folding screen to the awkwardly positioned webcam and ports, not to mention the disappointing performance from older hardware inside, we just don't see enough here to back up the wow factor of the folding design. That's a real shame, because the idea is such a welcome attempt to redefine or influence the standard laptop template. But the killing blow for this system isn't the quirky feature set or the unsteady feel of the design. It's the price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2023
Rating: Total score: 60%
Every manufacturer has products it creates simply to maintain its innovative image; these products aren't really expected to sell much. HP tends to do it a lot less than its competitors, seeming to concentrate more on perfecting concepts others have presented rather than planting a "First!" flag. The HP Spectre Foldable PC is one of the slickest examples of a folding or dual-screen laptop I've seen, but that doesn't mean a lot in such a young category. But I had the same reaction I frequently do with these devices. I think this would make a great portable monitor -- a 17-inch monitor that fits into a bag for a 12-inch laptop -- instead of a flexible, but expensive and quirky, computer. HP bills it as a three-in-one since it can be used as a 17-inch tablet, a laptop or a 17-inch desktop PC. Asus did the same thing when it launched its similar direct competitor, the Asus ZenBook Fold 17 OLED.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/27/2023
Rating: Total score: 79%
Following in the footsteps of the original Lenovo X1 Fold and the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold from 2022, today HP announced its first laptop with a flexible screen: the HP Spectre Fold. The big difference is that it feels way sleeker and more well-built than anything that’s come before. HP touts the Spectre Fold as the company’s first 3-in-1 as it can seamlessly switch between tablet, multiple laptop configurations and even a portable all-in-one depending on how you bend its 17-inch OLED display. It’s clever design also includes hidden magnetic charging coils that allow the system to top off its included Bluetooth keyboard and stylus when not in use, so you never have to worry about doing that yourself. And the Spectre Fold is thinner and lighter than all of its rivals too, weighing under three pounds and measuring just 8.5mm thick (unfolded). The huge downside is that it costs $5,000, so if you want one you better start saving up.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/14/2023
Source: Les Numeriques FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/17/2023
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80%
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74.17%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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