HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 (2022) review

HP’s new Spectre X360 2-in-1 laptop is the device I wish I could replace my work laptop with.

Let me explain my work laptop: It’s a close to six years old Dell. The screen is dull, it’s quite heavy and the battery life is woeful: It can go from full charge to dead within a couple of hours. It’s a lemon and is well and truly past its use by date.

I could see myself replacing that dinosaur with HP’s Spectre (If our ICT department would allow it, of course).

Clad in a rather nice aluminium chassis and sporting a 13.5-inch IPS touch screen, the Spectre is light – meaning it’s portable – and has excellent battery life and build quality. In terms of connectivity, ports include a USB-C power connection, rather nicely integrated into one of the diagonally cut-out corners (and the power brick has a braided cable which adds to the premium feel of the package), a USB-C port, microSD reader, USB-A and an audio jack. There’s no HDMI port but the Spectre does come included with a mini dock that also has two additional USB-A ports.

The review unit came with a 12th generation Intel i7 Evo CPU and IntelXe integrated graphics, Bang and Olufsen downward-firing speakers, a not-bad-to-type-on keyboard (I was able to touch type with it quite comfortably) and a 5MP camera and I found it super portable: I hardly felt it in my backpack when I cycled to work.

I see this as a device for creators and business-types, and during Teams calls, the 5MP camera delivered sharp and clear images. Things were so sharp one work colleague commented during a call how grey the moustache I was cultivating for Movember was looking. A neat features, too, is the camera’s software lets you add a ring light that brightens up the image – especially useful if you’re in a darkly light environment.

The OLED screen is, simply put, stunning, too, offering rich colour and great contrast. It was also super responsive when the unit is used as a tablet, responding to finger touches accuarately and precisely.

As a gamer, I tested the Spectre on a handful of games but make no mistake, if you’re looking for a gaming laptop, this isn’t the one for you. This is a productivity machine that can play some games OK. For example, it handled one of my favourite games in recent years, Disco Elysium, OK but it wouldn’t even launch Batman Arkham Knight.

Overall, HP’s 2022 x360 Spectre 2-in-1 is an amazingly powerful portable laptop with an amazing screen that is definitely the machine that I wish I could replace my rather-crap work laptop with.

Final verdict: Is it worth it?

At time of writing, prices on HP’s website for the 2022 Spectre x360 ranged from $4399 to $2949, depending on the model you chose (I noticed that currently HP has the 14-inch model for $2149 as part of a sale), and I recommend the 2022 Spectre x360 range highly, especially if you’re in the market for a powerful and stylish laptop that is portable, has a great screen and has great battery life.

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