We are testing a premium transformer whose screen can rotate 360 °. What else is interesting about this model?
Premium laptops can surprise you not only with a stylish design or a spectacular case. This HP Specter x360 Convertible has another significant feature: a touchscreen that can be rotated 360 °, turning a laptop into a tablet.
HP Specter x360 Convertible notebook review – Design and screen
- Diagonal: 15.6 inches, AMOLED
- Resolution: 4K UHD (3840×2160)
- Protective coating: Corning Gorilla Glass
Perhaps this is where you should start describing the transformer. The HP Specter x360 Convertible looks like a premium laptop. The body is made of aluminium alloy, and the top panel has a nice matte finish. Robust branded hinges allow 360 ° rotation of the screen.
To do this, you need to make some effort, but the top panel can be left in any position – for example, set the laptop “house” with any angle. When tilted more than 180 °, the keyboard is disabled; only the touch screen works.
It takes some getting used to using Windows in tablet mode, but it’s unlikely you’ll be using it as a tablet for a long time. If only because holding 2 kg in your hands is not so comfortable. But it is very convenient to watch a movie with the whole family, show a presentation to colleagues, or work with mail and a browser in the absence of a full-fledged table.
The screen itself is assembled based on an AMOLED panel and has a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. There are no comments at all about brightness and contrast: you can work in a darkened room, near a window, on the street, while the picture quality is frankly pleasing to the eye. Moreover, the manufacturer claims to support 100% DCI-P3 colour space, making the device attractive for designers. Considering the rather serious “stuffing” and the large diagonal, the HP Specter x360 can be used for processing photos and simple editing.
HP Specter x360 Convertible notebook review – Interfaces
Fortunately, the Specter x360 didn’t miss out on connectors. There is a traditional USB-A, and a pair of modern USB-C (one – with support for the Thunderbolt 3 standard), and HDMI 2.0 for connecting external displays. And, of course, a combined audio headset jack. Also, a microSD card reader is provided – in modern ultrabooks, and it is often not enough for photographers.
You can see a small switch on the device’s right side: this is a mechanical (!) Disconnection of the webcam. It is so tiny that it is difficult to touch it accidentally.
Other aspects of the security system are the fingerprint scanner, and face unlock system.
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HP Specter x360 Convertible notebook review – Keyboard and touchpad
The beauty of most 15.6-inch models is the full-size keyboard with a number pad. There is no need to search for Fn to use PgUp or End – there are separate keys in the top row for quick navigation. The travel is traditionally small, as in other thin notebooks. The force on the keys is relatively light, but the feedback is sufficient. At least, typing on a laptop is comfortable and without erroneous clicks.
But the space for the touchpad turned out to be not enough: it is small in height but long; it takes up almost a third of the entire space under the keyboard. The panel responds very clearly to any touch.
The buttons are a little more resilient than we would like, but to confirm the action, you need to tap on the panel itself, so there is no need to use them often in normal work.
HP Specter x360 Convertible notebook review – Performance
- Processor: Intel Core i7-10510U (1.8 GHz, up to 4.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology)
- RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM,
- Permanent memory: SSD PCIe NVMe M.2, 512 GB
- NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics
More and more high demands are made on modern laptops, so the presence of productive hardware in new models is already considered the norm. Our version of the Specter x360 uses an Intel Core i7-10510U (10th generation, respectively) processor with the ability to overclock up to 4.9 GHz. The stock of RAM, taking into account the non-gaming nature of the device, is more than sufficient: 16 GB. As a drive – of course, an SSD with a sufficient 512 GB.
Characteristics can make correct conclusions about performance – our experience only confirms the original estimate. The Specter x360 is powerful enough to meet any office need.
It makes no difference which browser you use, how many tabs are open simultaneously, whether other programs are running – the transformer does not “slow down.” However, under heavy loads, its lower part heats up noticeably. Since the laptop is quite heavy, it can quickly push through all the soft materials on which it rests – says, a “submersion” on the surface of the sofa can completely block the vents in the bottom. So it is highly recommended to use the stand when not on a desk.
Although the HP Specter x360 Convertible is not a gaming device, you can run such popular projects as Dota2 at maximum settings. As we expected, the complex graphics of AAA projects will force the transformer owner to seek compromises: after all, you should not expect miracles from the integrated video card.
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HP Specter x360 Convertible notebook review – Autonomy
The laptop is equipped with a 72.9 Wh battery with 6 cells. In-office mode, we had enough of it for more than 8 hours (screen brightness – 60%, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi). A standard 135 W adapter fully charges the battery for 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it manages to replenish the battery by a little less than 50% in just half an hour. A separate connector on the case is used for charging.
The HP Specter x360 Convertible is an unusual and very attractive proposition in the premium laptop segment. Advanced hardware, an excellent 4K screen, and a built-in card reader make it interesting not only for office workers but also for designers or photographers. The ability to use it in tablet mode gives you additional freedom of action: for example, you can check your mail and even answer a letter even while standing on public transport – it will be quite tricky to do this with a regular laptop.
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