Meet the 2nd Gen 13.3 inch HP Spectre X360. Now With 4K UHD Display & Touch Bar
Stephan Jukic – February 21, 2017
In 2016 the HP Spectre X360 13.3 inch notebook with Windows 10 was widely considered to be one of the best laptops on the market according to the ratings by many users and tech sites. Now, in 2017, a second generation version of the Spectre X360 is coming and this time around it features 4K UHD display (as opposed to the 1080p screen of the 2016 model) along with a touch bar very similar to that found in the pricier 13 inch Macbook Pro for 2017 from Apple.
Considering how many of today’s premium laptops (for both 2016 and 2017) now feature quad HD and even increasingly 4K displays, the update to UHD in the second generation Spectre is a definite win for HP. We should also mention that this new version of the X360 comes with stylus pen support too.
The new Spectre X360 is absolutely one light, stylish little notebook that not only weighs very little, it also gives a distinct feel of having premium quality built into it, even if this isn’t exactly a word that many consumers might associate with HP’s laptops most of the time. Superficially, the 13 inch laptop comes with a sleek dark grey finish color and an aluminum chassis that makes it both light-weight and remarkably tough. Basically, the X360 feels like a new Macbook Pro but without the attending price tag or Mac OS that many laptop users might prefer to avoid in favor of Windows.
Moving along to its other cool features, the 2nd Generation X360 comes with a snugly placed keyboard but can be converted to full thouchscreen tablet mode with a quick flip of the screen, making this a full hybrid tablet/laptop device like many other newer Windows 10 machines.
As for the display itself, the 4K UHD resolution simply looks stunning on the Spectre X360’s compact 13.3 inch display and aside from enormous pixel density, the new Spectre delivers some remarkably bright, vibrant colors as well as a high level of display brightness that is possibly one of the best yet seen on an HP notebook device.
Internal specs for handling the X360 display’s 8.3 million pixels are definitely not lacking either. In this particular machine, HP has stuffed a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7 processor of the new 4K-supportive Kaby Lake type which is designed to give maximum compatibility for 4K UHD video sources in today’s Windows 10 PCs and notebooks. In addition to this, there is a 16GB RAM and assorted solid state storage configuration options.
Also, as we alluded above, the Spectre X360 comes with support for a stylus pen that allows the laptop to be used as a sort of drawing tablet for more creative applications. Along with the X360 comes a N-Trig pen that supposedly works better than the one found in Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 4 tablet. This makes the new X360 into a great note taking tablet aside from all of its more conventional laptop performance capabilities.
The 13.3 inch model we’re describing here, with 4K UHD display, a 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD storage is available now from Best Buy and HP’s own website for $1,600.
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