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HP Spectre x360 13 Review: classy convertible foiled by its display

Andreas Osthoff, 👁 Andreas Osthoff (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 09/19/2019

Eye candy. HP's Spectre x360 13 is a premium compact convertible that is powerful enough for day to day tasks and challenges, and it is equipped with a highly reflective 1080p display that could have been brighter.

HP’s Spectre-series includes high-quality devices for solvent customers with that extra bit of emphasis on luxurious design. Today’s review unit, the HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng for $1,600, fits that bill perfectly. The x360 in its name indicates that this particular device is a convertible, meaning you can flip the entire display around by 360 degrees. The device is equipped with a Core i7 ULV processor, 16 GB of RAM, and a fast 512 GB PCIe SSD, and it can thus be considered a high-end Ultrabook. The FHD display supports HP’s SureView technology for improved privacy; however, we found the display to be too reflective for that to work properly. A 4K display option that is just as reflective is available as well.

Its main competitors are Dell’s Ice Lake-based XPS 13 7390 2-in-1, the Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga and its consumer-level sibling, the Yoga C930, and last but not least the x360’s own predecessor. Those who need a bigger display might want to take a closer look at the Spectre x360 15, which we had in review not too long ago.

HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng (Spectre x360 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, onboard
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, capacitive, M133NVF3, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, 512 GB 
, 435 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-LP - cAVS
Connections
3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headset, Card Reader: microSD (UHS-II), 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14.7 x 308.8 x 217.9 ( = 0.58 x 12.16 x 8.58 in)
Battery
61 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD infrared camera
Additional features
Speakers: four speakers, Bang & Olufsen, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65 W charger, sleeve, HP Tools, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.317 kg ( = 46.46 oz / 2.9 pounds), Power Supply: 309 g ( = 10.9 oz / 0.68 pounds)
Price
1599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case

The Spectre x360 13 is a true high-quality premium device through and through, both in terms of design and haptics. Holding it in hand leaves no doubt that this is, in fact, a premium convertible with perfect build quality and great rigidity. As always, design is a matter of taste and while we very much liked the design some might consider the combination of blue and gold to be too corny and brash. Compared to its 2018 predecessor the entire case has been redesigned, and the new design language follows HP’s overall trend towards beveled edges and corners. Unfortunately, the new case will require cleaning at regular intervals due to its matte surfaces’ high fingerprint susceptibility.

Both hinges are very firm and hold the display in place very reliably. Accordingly, we noticed little to no teetering but on the flipside had to use both hands to open the lid. Accessing the internal hardware is unnecessarily complicated as we found neither a maintenance opening nor any visible screws whatsoever. We suspect that those are hidden beneath the long rubber feet that are glued onto the bottom of the case.

The new Spectre x360 13 is ever so slightly wider than its own predecessor and has virtually the same footprint as the ThinkPad X390 Yoga. Dell’s new XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 is the smallest device in our test group, and all contenders were more or less identical in height.

Size Comparison

322 mm / 12.7 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.1 lbs310.4 mm / 12.2 inch 219 mm / 8.62 inch 15.95 mm / 0.628 inch 1.3 kg2.76 lbs308.8 mm / 12.2 inch 217.9 mm / 8.58 inch 14.7 mm / 0.579 inch 1.3 kg2.9 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 218 mm / 8.58 inch 13.6 mm / 0.535 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs296 mm / 11.7 inch 207 mm / 8.15 inch 13 mm / 0.512 inch 1.3 kg2.93 lbs

Connectivity

The Spectre x360 13’s connectivity ticks pretty much all the boxes and does not leave a lot to be desired. It features two modern Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports that carry a DisplayPort signal (DisplayPort ALT mode) and support PowerDelivery, a standard USB-A port (USB 3.0 Gen. 1), and a microSD card reader. To utilize the available space, the illuminated power button and one of the two USB-C ports are located on the left and right beveled corner of the case, respectively. A physical slider to disable the camera entirely is available as well.

Right: microSD card reader, USB-C 3.1 Gen.2 with Thunderbolt 3, 3.5-mm headphone jack, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3
Right: microSD card reader, USB-C 3.1 Gen.2 with Thunderbolt 3, 3.5-mm headphone jack, USB-C with Thunderbolt 3
Left: power button, USB-A 3.1 Gen. 2
Left: power button, USB-A 3.1 Gen. 2

The microSD card reader turned out to be very fast and outperformed many of its competitors, including the ThinkPad X390 Yoga, by a significant margin. The only device capable of keeping up was Dell’s XPS 13 7390 that was equipped with a similarly fast card reader. Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card we managed transfer rates of up to 162 MB/s when copying photos.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
166.2 MB/s ∼100% +3%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
162 MB/s ∼97%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
157.2 MB/s ∼95% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
81.4 MB/s ∼49% -50%
Average of class Convertible
  (7.5 - 197, n=131)
61.9 MB/s ∼37% -62%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 microSDXC 64GB)
206.9 MB/s ∼100% +4%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
200.7 MB/s ∼97% +1%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 64 GB UHS-II)
198 MB/s ∼96%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.6 MB/s ∼41% -57%
Average of class Convertible
  (19.2 - 246, n=128)
77.1 MB/s ∼37% -61%

Since it is equipped with Intel’s modern and fast Wireless AC-9560 Wi-Fi modem the new Spectre x360 13 does not support Wi-Fi 6 yet. When connected to our Linksys EA8500 reference router it managed to outperform its competitors and scored very respectable transfer rates. We did not encounter any connectivity issues during our review period.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
688 MBit/s ∼100% +6%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
647 MBit/s ∼94%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
644 MBit/s ∼94% 0%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
638 (min: 401, max: 679) MBit/s ∼93% -1%
Average of class Convertible
  (28.7 - 688, n=147)
490 MBit/s ∼71% -24%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
484 MBit/s ∼70% -25%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
681 MBit/s ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
680 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
657 (min: 602, max: 709) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
655 MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650s
502 MBit/s ∼74% -26%
Average of class Convertible
  (36.4 - 743, n=147)
495 MBit/s ∼73% -27%

Input Devices

Keyboard

The chiclet keyboard offers a surprisingly large amount of travel for a device this thin, and thanks to a satisfying and firm feedback typing long documents on it was very pleasant. Some keys had to be relocated to the right-hand side for lack of space resulting in an extra row on the right-hand side that you will need to get used to first. On the plus side the keyboard offers a two-stage white backlight for improved readability in the dark. The base is very rigid and firm and only flexes a little bit in the middle under significant amounts of force. Most users should never run into this issue, though.

Input devices
Input devices
Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard

Touchpad/Touchscreen

The 12.1 x 6.1 cm (4.8 x 2.4 inches) large touchpad is surprisingly wide and worked flawlessly in our tests. Moving the pointer is smooth and precise, and moving the cursor only a bit was no problem at all. Unfortunately, our particular review unit’s touchpad was not properly installed and rattled slightly. In addition, the sound it made when clicking was overly loud, which left us with the impression of a cheap touchpad not befitting the Spectre’s premium ambitions.

The capacitive touchscreen our review unit was equipped with was very quick to react to our input – something we would expect in 2019. It supports an optional stylus pen, such as for example HP’s Tilt Pen that can be purchased for around $70.

Display

Subpixel array with visible touch layer
Subpixel array with visible touch layer

HP offers two display options for the Spectre x360 13, an FHD panel (the one our review unit was equipped with) and a 4K panel. Both are protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass and therefore reflective. Generally speaking, a 13.3-inch display and FHD resolution are a great combination that helps to avoid scaling issues.

Despite the reflective nature of the display we found the image to be visibly grainy in bright areas, an issue usually only attributed to matte panels. The culprit behind this graininess is HP’s SureView technology, which adds an etched layer to the display. Fortunately, it was nowhere near as bad as on the recently reviewed HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3. Our overall impression was thus still quite decent.

Unfortunately, the display’s maximum brightness of just 300 nits is not particularly impressive, especially considering its highly reflective nature. No need to go outdoors to ogle at your own reflection, as we started experiencing issues in brightly lit indoor situations already. The black level turned out to be too high and was measured at 0.39 nits. Accordingly, the contrast ratio was a meager 697:1. We would have expected much more from a convertible at the Spectre x360 13’s price point. An expectation that is further supported by the fact that every single one of its competitors did better in this regard, some by significant margins.

Screen bleeding was limited to the bottom and should not be an issue in everyday use. We detected PWM at brightness levels of 99% and below at a frequency of 1,000 Hz. This may seem high but might cause issues after long-term use in sensitive users. To make matters worse this frequency was reduced significantly with SureView enabled. More on that later.

305
cd/m²
314
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
305
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
M133NVF3
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 323 cd/m² Average: 298 cd/m² Minimum: 13.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 271 cd/m²
Contrast: 697:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 2.4
ΔE Greyscale 4.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
89.8% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 58.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.97
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
M133NVF3, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Sharp LQ134N1, , 1920x1200, 13.4
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
LP133WF7-SPA1, , 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
B139HAN03_0, , 1920x1080, 13.9
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Chi Mei (CMN1376), , 1920x1080, 13.3
Response Times
9%
-79%
-39%
781%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
29.2 (14, 15.2)
46 (23.2, 22.8)
-58%
59.2 (30, 29.2)
-103%
40.8 (20.4, 20.4)
-40%
36 (18, 18)
-23%
Response Time Black / White *
20 (10.8, 9.2)
33.6 (19.2, 14.4)
-68%
30.8 (16.8, 14)
-54%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
-38%
27 (13, 14)
-35%
PWM Frequency
1000 (99)
2525 (25)
153%
25000 (40)
2400%
Screen
53%
20%
-7%
18%
Brightness middle
272
576.3
112%
319
17%
316
16%
311
14%
Brightness
298
555
86%
306
3%
291
-2%
278
-7%
Brightness Distribution
84
88
5%
90
7%
83
-1%
82
-2%
Black Level *
0.39
0.33
15%
0.15
62%
0.36
8%
0.2
49%
Contrast
697
1746
151%
2127
205%
878
26%
1555
123%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.3
1.45
66%
6.1
-42%
5.9
-37%
3.98
7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9
4.12
54%
9.7
-8%
12.9
-43%
8.48
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.4
1.19
50%
1
58%
1.3
46%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.4
3.1
30%
8.6
-95%
8.6
-95%
5.57
-27%
Gamma
1.97 112%
2.27 97%
2.62 84%
2.1 105%
2.51 88%
CCT
5825 112%
6931 94%
6613 98%
6854 95%
7810 83%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58.9
64.2
9%
61.9
5%
60.7
3%
64
9%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
89.8
98.5
10%
96.8
8%
94.5
5%
99
10%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
31% / 44%
-30% / 5%
-23% / -12%
400% / 194%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN grayscale calibrated
CalMAN grayscale calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN saturation calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated
CalMAN ColorChecker calibrated

The display’s color temperature was slightly too warm and we noticed a minor yellow tint. The overall quality of the used panel is not particularly great, which the glaring inaccuracies of blue colors bore witness to. Unlike grayscale and the aforementioned yellow tint we were unable to improve upon these through calibration. These issues, combined with its partial sRGB color-space coverage (89.8% sRGB; 58.9% AdobeRGB) render the Spectre x360 13 impractical for professional photo-editing purposes. The competition did much better in this regard.

Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors
Outdoors

Outdoors, the Spectre’s reflective display posed a huge challenge, and we found ourselves constantly adjusting the display to avoid or minimize reflections even at maximum brightness.  Otherwise it became increasingly hard to see anything on the screen.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.8 ms rise
↘ 9.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 15.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 18 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 1000 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9365 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Viewing angles were slightly narrower than expected of an IPS display due to HP’s SureView technology. That said, we do not expect any implications on everyday use. Naturally, viewing angles narrow down significantly as soon as SureView is enabled, and the image seems to be covered by a layer of frosted glass when looked at straight on.

Note: The first row of photos was taken with SureView disabled, the second row with SureView enabled.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
SureView disabled
SureView disabled
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
SureView enabled
SureView enabled

SureView Gen.2

Flickering with SureView enabled
Flickering with SureView enabled

As already mentioned, enabling SureView reduces the viewing angles to a narrow sliver of visibility in order to prevent uncalled for peeks from bystanders. Unfortunately, even in its second generation SureView continues to have hugely detrimental effects on image quality. While overall brightness remained largely unaffected, we noticed a massive blue tint combined with a significantly cooler color temperature. At the same time, black levels rose to 1.68 reducing the already poor contrast ratio to an abysmal 166:1. However, all this pales in comparison to the extremely low frequency of just 60 Hz at all brightness levels. This flickering is visible with the naked eye, and we were extremely annoyed and irritated by it after just a few minutes.

CalMAN grayscale (SureView enabled)
CalMAN grayscale (SureView enabled)
CalMAN saturation (SureView enabled)
CalMAN saturation (SureView enabled)
CalMAN ColorChecker (SureView enabled)
CalMAN ColorChecker (SureView enabled)

Performance

LatencyMon Wi-Fi disabled
LatencyMon Wi-Fi disabled
LatencyMon Wi-Fi disabled
LatencyMon Wi-Fi disabled
 
 

Processor

HP opts for a fast Core i7 ULV processor made by Intel with four cores and more than enough oomph for everyday tasks and challenges. Unfortunately, the company forgot to equip the Spectre x360 13 with a proper cooling solution capable of keeping this processor cool enough to utilize its full potential. It ran at up to 4.1 GHz in single-thread loads and up to 2.9 GHz in all-core multi-thread loads. While the i7 looks pretty awesome on paper, the reality is that many i5-equipped laptops are actually faster. In all fairness we should add though that the Spectre x360 13’s direct competitors did not do any better in this regard. Performance was not throttled on battery. More information about the Core i7-8565U can be found here.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
179 Points ∼100% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (73.1 - 193, n=48)
171 Points ∼96% +4%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
164 Points ∼92%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
157 Points ∼88% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
145 Points ∼81% -12%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
144 Points ∼80% -12%
Average of class Convertible
  (19 - 179, n=302)
105 Points ∼59% -36%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel Core i5-8250U
613 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (361 - 815, n=49)
585 Points ∼95% +9%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
538 Points ∼88%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
513 (min: 498.14, max: 623.19) Points ∼84% -5%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel Core i7-8550U
501 Points ∼82% -7%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
406 Points ∼66% -25%
Average of class Convertible
  (33 - 830, n=310)
300 Points ∼49% -44%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
431 Points ∼100% +21%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
403 Points ∼94% +13%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (176 - 472, n=17)
394 Points ∼91% +10%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
357 Points ∼83%
Average of class Convertible
  (78 - 465, n=16)
321 Points ∼74% -10%
CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel Core i7-8565U
1301 Points ∼100% +27%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U
  (880 - 1645, n=17)
1221 Points ∼94% +20%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel Core i7-8565U
1021 Points ∼78%
Average of class Convertible
  (200 - 2024, n=16)
983 Points ∼76% -4%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel Core i3-1005G1
948 Points ∼73% -7%

The CPU is allowed to consume up to 25 W for a short initial burst of load resulting in clock speeds of 4 x 2.9 GHz. However, this TDP is then quickly reduced to the CPU’s actual thermal rating, 15 W. The corresponding clock speeds are consequently reduced as well and settle at 4 x 2.3-2.4 GHz. Both of Lenovo’s direct competitors were faster, and only Dell’s XPS 7390 with its “entry-level” dual-core Ice Lake i3 CPU was slower.

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HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø468 (452.06-534.18)
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3 Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel Core i3-1005G1: Ø385 (343.89-399.78)
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00 Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel Core i7-8565U: Ø517 (498.14-623.19)
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel Core i5-8250U: Ø484 (468.03-611.66)
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel Core i7-8550U: Ø448 (440.92-501.11)
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
164 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
538 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
46.73 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

Subjectively, the device seemed very fast thanks to its powerful hardware (i7 CPU, 16 GB of RAM, Toshiba PCIe SSD). The Spectre x360 13 reacted very quickly to our input, and we did not notice any lags or other issues during our entire review period.

PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
3055 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3005 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2264 - 3370, n=19)
2947 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2795 Points ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
2605 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Convertible
  (605 - 4342, n=100)
2492 Points ∼82% -18%
Productivity
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
7066 Points ∼100% +4%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
6774 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3381 - 7588, n=19)
6688 Points ∼95% -1%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
5822 Points ∼82% -14%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5715 Points ∼81% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (1121 - 7179, n=102)
5266 Points ∼75% -22%
Essentials
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
9029 Points ∼100% +7%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
8454 Points ∼94%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
8355 Points ∼93% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (5450 - 9029, n=19)
8242 Points ∼91% -3%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
8088 Points ∼90% -4%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 9678, n=102)
6963 Points ∼77% -18%
Score
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
4134 Points ∼100% +3%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4009 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2486 - 4178, n=19)
3907 Points ∼95% -3%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
3562 Points ∼86% -11%
Average of class Convertible
  (872 - 4677, n=103)
3180 Points ∼77% -21%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
2603 Points ∼63% -35%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5189 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
5071 Points ∼98% -2%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
4854 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3596 - 5189, n=17)
4733 Points ∼91% -9%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
4519 Points ∼87% -13%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN51T02DUK
4463 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5281, n=230)
3744 Points ∼72% -28%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
4166 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
3774 Points ∼91% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
3668 Points ∼88% -12%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN51T02DUK
3605 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-8565U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2577 - 4179, n=18)
3528 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
3240 Points ∼78% -22%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=278)
2801 Points ∼67% -33%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4166 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5338 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5189 points
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Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Sequential Read: 1887.3 MB/s
Sequential Write: 525.1 MB/s
512K Read: 551.15 MB/s
512K Write: 641.84 MB/s
4K Read: 34.01 MB/s
4K Write: 98.17 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 253.39 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 312.82 MB/s

GPU Performance

GPU-Z UHD Graphics 620
GPU-Z UHD Graphics 620

The only GPU available is Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 620, a well-known GPU well-suited for multimedia consumption. Thanks to its integrated hardware video decoders even high-resolution content from Netflix, YouTube, or Amazon Prime is not a big challenge for this GPU. Gaming, on the other hand, is, and the iGPU’s gaming capabilities are extremely limited despite the Spectre’s dual-channel RAM configuration. Demanding titles such as The Witcher 3 are completely out of the question, and gamers are limited to older games such as BioShock Infinite or DOTA 2. Alternatively, you can always connect an external GPU thanks to Thunderbolt 3. Performance was not throttled on battery.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i3-1005G1
2133 Points ∼100% +11%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1929 Points ∼90%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1806 Points ∼85% -6%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1734 Points ∼81% -10%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=169)
1714 Points ∼80% -11%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1497 Points ∼70% -22%
Average of class Convertible
  (173 - 7483, n=327)
1275 Points ∼60% -34%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i3-1005G1
1521 Points ∼100% +9%
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1401 Points ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
1278 Points ∼84% -9%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
1216 Points ∼80% -13%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1401, n=137)
1125 Points ∼74% -20%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
1047 Points ∼69% -25%
Average of class Convertible
  (132 - 5965, n=238)
1016 Points ∼67% -27%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
11436 Points ∼100%
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Intel Core i3-1005G1
10966 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8565U
10322 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-8250U
10003 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=155)
9136 Points ∼80% -20%
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
Intel UHD Graphics 620, Intel Core i7-8550U
8600 Points ∼75% -25%
Average of class Convertible
  (1023 - 37388, n=289)
6753 Points ∼59% -41%
3DMark 11 Performance
2166 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9758 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1272 points
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low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 98.946.130.714.4fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 59.835.828.99.4fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 11.8fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 6844.820.618.3fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 2515.814.6fps

Emissions

System Noise

The HP Spectre x360 13 is a very quiet convertible, and it even turned out to be the quietest device in our test group. The fan remains off most of the time in low-load situations, and it never exceeded 32.1 dB(A) under high load. The frequency was not too high, and we did not notice any other electrical noise or coil whine whatsoever.

Noise Level

Idle
29.2 / 29.2 / 30.4 dB(A)
Load
31 / 32.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.2 dB(A)
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 1005G1, Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
UHD Graphics 620, 8565U, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Toshiba NVMe THNSN51T02DUK
Noise
-3%
-3%
-1%
-3%
off / environment *
29.2
28
4%
29.2
-0%
29.3
-0%
30.13
-3%
Idle Minimum *
29.2
28
4%
29.2
-0%
29.3
-0%
30.13
-3%
Idle Average *
29.2
28
4%
29.2
-0%
29.3
-0%
30
-3%
Idle Maximum *
30.4
28
8%
29.2
4%
29.7
2%
30.13
1%
Load Average *
31
31.7
-2%
35
-13%
31.8
-3%
33.4
-8%
Load Maximum *
32.1
43.5
-36%
35
-9%
32.7
-2%
33
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

Surface temperatures obviously benefit from the Spectre x360 13’s limitation to just 15 W. When idle, the device remains cool and does not heat up noticeably. During our stress test surface temperatures only increased around the rear immediately above and below the CPU. However, at just 41 °C the device remained cool enough to be used on the lap even under high load.

Due to the inherent 15 W TDP limitation for combined CPU and GPU load, core frequencies were significantly reduced during our stress test running Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously. The CPU ran at just 4 x 900 MHz while the GPU ran at 700 MHz. Performance was restored to previous levels immediately after terminating the stress test, and we don’t expect any issues during everyday use.

Max. Load
 38.6 °C
101 F
41.5 °C
107 F
39.1 °C
102 F
 
 30.9 °C
88 F
35.4 °C
96 F
33.3 °C
92 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
27.2 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Average: 33.3 °C = 92 F
39.9 °C
104 F
43.6 °C
110 F
36.3 °C
97 F
34.5 °C
94 F
38.5 °C
101 F
33 °C
91 F
29.1 °C
84 F
29.7 °C
85 F
28.2 °C
83 F
Maximum: 43.6 °C = 110 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  35 °C = 95 F | Room Temperature 20.5 °C = 69 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.3 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 30.3 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 41.5 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 22.2 °C / 72 F, compared to the device average of 30.3 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.2 °C / 81 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.9 °C / 84 F (+1.7 °C / 3 F).
Heat map top (stress test)
Heat map top (stress test)
Heat map bottom (stress test)
Heat map bottom (stress test)

Speakers

A total of four speakers are built into the device, and HP once again asked the specialists from Bang & Olufsen for their expertise. The result is laptop speakers that are actually quite good, and that can get very loud, too. Unfortunately, we noticed a buzz at high volume. As is often the case the speakers lacked bass, and the resulting soundscape was not particularly powerful. However, the speakers are more than adequate enough for listening to music or watching a movie at low volume.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2030.234.72525.527.13126.726.3402527.15024.926.76322.923.88022.525.210022.528.812522.232.616022.243.920021.151.825020.452.431520.754.340020.159.750019.462.763019.461.68001968.8100018.470.7125017.866160016.867.1200016.367250016.170.8315015.871.2400015.768.1500015.463.2630015.567.4800015.464.31000015.164.61250014.863.51600014.662.2SPL29.279.8N1.246.4median 17.8median 63.5Delta2.47.130.931.326.329.728.333.227.129.329.225.222.228.421.92624.927.420.82921.535.82242.721.345.920.749.220.654.120.353.618.953.518.960.217.966.517.86916.865.916.16016.155.215.855.615.558.515.554.315.457.715.46115.352.115.150.51550.229.274.11.230.1median 17.8median 54.12.65.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ngLenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 20% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 21% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 52% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

65 W power supply
65 W power supply

Power consumption was inconspicuous overall. We did, however, find room for improvement in low load scenarios and during standby. Under load, the device consumed 53 W of power for the first few seconds, which then quickly dropped to around 30 W. The included 65 W charger is thus sufficiently dimensioned.

The Spectre x360 13 supports fast charging. According to HP, it should only take 30 minutes to charge the battery from empty to 50%. Generally speaking, our own experiments were able to confirm this claim as it took us 32 minutes while using the device to charge the battery from 5 to 50%. Charging the battery from near empty to full takes 132 minutes.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.48 / 0.93 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.32 / 6.84 / 8.64 Watt
Load midlight 31.8 / 53 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Toshiba BG4 KBG40ZPZ256G, IPS, 1920x1200, 13.4
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD Pro 7600p SSDPEKKF512G8L, IPS LED, 1920x1080, 13.3
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.9
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba NVMe THNSN51T02DUK, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
 
Average of class Convertible
 
Power Consumption
14%
-8%
-4%
14%
2%
5%
Idle Minimum *
4.32
3
31%
3.46
20%
3.3
24%
3.2
26%
3.86 (1 - 12.4, n=176)
11%
4.66 (1 - 23, n=378)
-8%
Idle Average *
6.84
5.4
21%
5.88
14%
6.8
1%
6
12%
7.1 (4.3 - 15.5, n=176)
-4%
7.8 (1.3 - 32.3, n=378)
-14%
Idle Maximum *
8.64
7.3
16%
9.12
-6%
9.5
-10%
9.2
-6%
8.93 (5.2 - 16.6, n=176)
-3%
9.33 (1.8 - 61, n=378)
-8%
Load Average *
31.8
33.4
-5%
45.6
-43%
40.8
-28%
29.5
7%
35.3 (8.1 - 51.6, n=176)
-11%
26.6 (1.4 - 94, n=376)
16%
Load Maximum *
53
48.3
9%
65.9
-24%
57
-8%
35.6
33%
44.8 (22 - 79, n=176)
15%
31.8 (6.8 - 117, n=377)
40%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

At 61 Wh, the Spectre’s battery is comparatively large. Accordingly, battery life was more than just adequate and on a par with its competitors. In our real-world Wi-Fi test the device lasted for a good 9 hours. In the video test it even ran for almost 11 hours before it shut down. Display brightness is normalized to 150 nits in both tests.

Based on our experience we dare say that battery life is going to take a substantial hit should you opt for the 4K display. If you depend on long battery life we suggest sticking with the 1080p screen instead.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 42.17134.1.0)
8h 51min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
10h 43min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 15min
HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 61 Wh, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 Core i3
1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), 51 Wh, 1920x1200
Lenovo ThinkPad X390 Yoga-20NQS05R00
8565U, UHD Graphics 620, 50 Wh, 1920x1080
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 13-ae048ng
8550U, UHD Graphics 620, 60 Wh, 1920x1080
Average of class Convertible
 
Battery Runtime
-2%
-16%
-2%
29%
-12%
H.264
643
600
-7%
632
-2%
1070
66%
452 (206 - 1070, n=114)
-30%
WiFi v1.3
531
535
1%
492
-7%
550
4%
527
-1%
455 (153 - 1010, n=253)
-14%
Load
135
130
-4%
91
-33%
124
-8%
166
23%
145 (49 - 677, n=284)
7%

Pros

+ classy high-quality premium case
+ 2x Thunderbolt 3 + USB-A
+ fast card reader
+ low emissions
+ decent input devices
+ decent battery life
+ good speakers

Cons

- display quality does not meet our expectations based on the device's price
- SureView Gen.2 has huge impact on image quality and is barely usable
- internal hardware difficult to access

Verdict

In review: HP Spectre x360 13. Review unit courtesy of HP Germany.
In review: HP Spectre x360 13. Review unit courtesy of HP Germany.

All things considered the HP Spectre x360 13 is a very good convertible that has a lot going for it. It features a well-made high-quality case, a good keyboard, decent system performance, and long battery life. While the Spectre is not capable of utilizing its processor’s full potential, the conservative TDP configuration results in low emissions, both system noise and temperatures, in return.

High-quality case, good performance, long battery life, and decent sound performance: HP’s Spectre x360 13 ticks all the boxes for a great convertible. Unfortunately, the display ruins the otherwise great impression as we would have expected much more at this price point. In addition, HP’s second-generation SureView technology reduces image quality substantially, effectively rendering the device inadequate for long-term use.

Its biggest flaw is without a doubt its display. The reflective touchscreen should have been much brighter. It is so dim and reflective at the same time that one has to struggle to avoid reflections even indoors. In addition, it suffers from a very poor contrast ratio and highly inaccurate colors. Suffice it to say that its competitors are much better in these regards. SureView technology does exactly what it is supposed to do; however, it reduced image quality even further. If you are interested in a Spectre x360 13 make sure to get one without SureView technology.

HP Spectre x360 13-ap0312ng - 09/19/2019 v7
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
89%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
68 / 75 → 90%
Weight
71 / 20-75 → 93%
Battery
86%
Display
78%
Games Performance
46 / 78 → 59%
Application Performance
86 / 85 → 100%
Temperature
93%
Noise
97%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Add Points
-2%
Average
72%
86%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > HP Spectre x360 13 Review: classy convertible foiled by its display
Andreas Osthoff, 2019-09-19 (Update: 2019-09-20)