+ Wednesday October 16th, 2019

There are so many contenders in the laptop market these days, from $300 to north of $3000 so what’s the right gear for you?

The reality for most users who want to do some web surfing, email and maybe a bit of streaming then the $300 – $800 range of hardware will meet your needs. If you’re looking for something to be more of a work horse with a premium look and feel then take a look at this. The HP Spectre x360 is a stunning piece of hardware with some pretty sharp specs offering a genuinely premium look and feel to it.

The Hardware

The specs most users are going to be looking at are the Quad Core, 10th Generation i7 Intel Core processor, 16 GB of RAM, a 4K OLED display, and a 512 GB SSD with 32 GB Optane. With these you’re in for a high performance user experience. But the raw power specs don’t tell the whole story, there’s a lot of little things in the design that make it worth looking at.

The webcam has a kill switch that prevents it from being remotely activated to spy on the user. Complimenting this is the led mic mute button which makes visible the availability of the mic to your system. Multiple USB-C ports is the headline for physical connectivity and the full suite of wireless connectivity you can want or expect in the current hardware generation. A standout feature for my mind is the 22 hours of battery life, more than enough to see you through a day (or day trip interstate) without needing to carry the extra weight of a charger with you.

There’s a number of other software features, inclusions and bonuses you’ll enjoy if you make the decision to purchase one. As with any major purchase, take the time to check it out in person before buying. The HP Spectre x360 13 is expected to be available in late October via HP.com and major retailers Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and The Good Guys, with a starting price of AU$1,999 depending on the model and features you choose.

Phil Tann   Associate

Phil Tann

Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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