Spectre X360

Spectre x360: Living with the Threat 13.5 (2022)

Spectre X360

HP’s Spectre X360 13.5 for 2022 is a great example of a high-end 2-in-1 laptop. The Spectre x360 13.5 highlights how far 2-in-1s have progressed, with enhancements to the display and camera.

Display is most evident. My item has a 3,000 by 2,000 OLED touch screen. The quality is superb, and the 3:2 screen ratio increases vertical screen real estate by 6%. Standard 1920-by-1280 IPS touch displays and displays with HP’s SureView Reflect privacy screen are also available.

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It has an aluminium casing and a foldable screen so you can use it as a laptop, tablet, or tent for presentations. There are also “Nightfall Black” and “Nocturne Blue” colours. The gadget weights 2.97 pounds by itself and 3.63 pounds with the 65-watt USB-C charger and pen.

The Spectre x360 13.5 has few ports. There’s a headphone/mic jack in the rear right corner, a USB-A port on the right side, and two USB-C connectors on the left and back left. Ports in the corners are useful, especially on a convertible, although USB-C on both sides would be better. HP includes a mini-dock with an HDMI connector and two USB-A ports. It worked with that dock and others I’ve tested recently, including HP’s Thunderbolt 4 dock (G4).
The keyboard and touchpad appeared excellent. It features a key that covers the camera, LEDs that indicate whether the mic and speakers are muted, and a fingerprint reader on the bottom row. Another key opens HP apps including Command Center, a gaming centre, and HP Palette.
We all use more video conferencing these days, and the camera has improved.

The Spectre X360 13.5’s 5MP IR camera “with AI,” is superior than most rivals’. In the bundled HP Command Center programme, GlamCam features auto framing (which worked better than on most other systems I’ve tested), lighting correction choices, and an appearance filter (which didn’t do much for me). I liked the Enhanced Lighting app, which makes the screen ring-like. temperature and intensity controls.

Windows Hello works great. It’s the greatest built-in camera I’ve used.

It includes two bi-directional beamforming microphones and “AI noise reduction” It has Bang & Olufsen’s audio settings and dynamic voice levelling. Audio was great.

My device featured an Intel Core i7-1255U (Alder Lake) CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The 1255U has two performance cores, eight efficiency cores, 12 threads, 12MB of cache, and a maximum turbo speed of 2.7 GHz. As a result, it has two less performance cores and less cache than the Core i7-1260P in certain high-end laptops, including the Lenovo Yoga 9i. Both use Intel Xe graphics, however the 1255U is 1.25 GHz while the 1260P is 1.40 GHz. (Spectre 13.5’s sole other CPU is the Core i5-1235U.)
As a consequence, the Spectre x360 scored worse than other Alder Lake systems I’ve examined. But it’s an improvement over last year’s.

On my hardest tests, it performed slower than the Yoga 9i at running a sophisticated Excel model and a huge Handbrake compression. It performed quicker on my MatLab test than the Yoga 9i, which had 8 GB of RAM, but slower than other systems with 16 GB of memory and the Core i7-1260.

It’s quieter than prior versions with a redesigned fan design. HP Command Center has “smart sense,” which adjusts performance, temperature, and acoustics depending on application and battery state. This includes fan speed, temperature, and in-bag detection to minimise overheating or battery depletion if you leave the machine running in your bag. You may manually adjust various parameters. Overall, it’s easier to travel with.
It comes with a 5.5-inch stylus that offers 4,096 pressure levels and tilt control. It includes two buttons and a USB-C connection for charging and may magnetically attach to the computer or be carried in the sleeve. The pen felt wonderful in tablet mode.
It supports QuickDrop for transferring photographs from a mobile device and Duet for extending the display to a mobile device. Both operate with iOS or Android, although the Duet app only covers a wired connection (you must subscribe for a wireless connection).

My machine costs $1749.99 with an OLED display; other variants start at $1,250 on HP’s website.

Overall, I was delighted with the Spectre x360 13.5. It’s light, speedy, and has the finest webcam in this class. Its main rival is the Yoga 9i, another amazing 2-in-1. In both situations, you get a speedy, well-built, contemporary computer (albeit none offers HDMI). The Yoga is quicker in most apps and the audio is better. Spectre was lighter, featured a sharper display, and webcam. A top pick.

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