HP Spectre x360 (2021) Review

HP Spectre x360 (2021) Review

The new HP Spectre x360 14 is undoubtedly beautiful. It has a firmly built black body, bright accents, and boldly sharp edges made exceptional amidst convertible laptops across the board, even if it didn’t possess many other top-notch qualities. It is ranging from its 3:2 screen, well-packaged stylus, incredible battery life to its exceptional performance. 

HP Spectre x360 Design 

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The HP Spectre line is incomparable when it comes to design, and this most recent model is not exempted. Its design can be compared to the 13-inch predecessor, the Spectre x360 14 is produced from CNC-machined aluminum. And it comes in three different colors like “nightfall black,” “Poseidon blue,” or “natural silver.” The nightfall black possesses an attractive, svelte aesthetic that looks entirely appropriate for a boardroom. Poseidon blue is quite inviting.

The accents it possesses are what make the Spectre outstanding from other numerous black laptops available out there. It has glowing trim borders on the lid, the touchpad, and the deck. Also, the hinges share their color. The HP logo on its lid is quite bold without being too extreme. The two rear corners are diamond-shaped, and one of them has a Thunderbolt 4 port on its flat edge. While on the sides are a MicroSD slot, an audio jack, a USB-A, an extra Thunderbolt 4, a substantial selection, and the trapdoor covering the USB-A port 13-inch model has been made away within the Spectre x360 14.

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All the edges are beveled, making the notebook look tinier than it usually is, besides its 0.67 inches thick. Conscientious craftsmanship is quite apparent here. Saying Spectre feels like the artwork isn’t an overstatement. The screen shows a blue and white background.

And, as the “x360” signatures imply, the Spectre is a 2-in-1. It weighs about 2.95 pounds. It’s a little heavy to use as a tablet for a long time, but it’s smooth, simple, and easy to fold and the hinges are a bit firmly built. Unlike with other convertibles, there’s hardly any shuddering whenever the touchscreen is being used. The display is stylus-compatible, and the Spectre ships with HP’s MPP2.0 pen, which connects magnetically to the side of the chassis.

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Irrespective of the design similarities, this Spectre looks a bit different from its ancestors, and that’s due to the screen. It has a 3:2 display, 13% taller than the 16:9 panel on the previous year’s device. (It maintains the same 90% screen-to-body ratio).

HP Spectre x360 Connectivity

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The port options are a bit similar to the Spectre x360 13, however, with few changes. At first, the power button and camera kill switch are on the keyboard instead of the rear corner or at the chassis’s right edge. Also, the two USB-C ports can now support Thunderbolt 4 in addition to Thunderbolt 3 for users who can make use of the additional bandwidth.

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The corner USB-C port may seem a little strange initially, but it would have been preferable if the USB-C port is on both the left-hand and right-hand edges so users can charge the laptop on either side, just like the Razer Book 13.

Front: No connectivity Rear: No connectivity

Left: USB-A 5 Gbps Right: 2x USB-C w, MicroSD reader, Thunderbolt 4 + Power Delivery, and DisplayPort

HP Spectre x360 Battery Life

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One of the most significant life enhancements Intel is doing with its Intel Evo platform is the extended battery life. The HP Spectre x360 14 battery life didn’t disappoint at all. It lasted about 11 unusual hours and 22 minutes during a battery life test, which loops a 1080p video file at 50% brightness till the battery is exhausted.

The former HP Spectre x360 also did well in this test, and it lasted about 10 hours and 55 minutes. However, the other half an hour is appreciated, and it implies the more powerful and active components of the laptop didn’t come at the cost of battery life.

An intensive PCMark 10 battery life test was also done on the laptop, which replicates the laptop’s daily use like web browsing and video calling. The HP Spectre x360 14 managed to stay on for about 13 hours, which is undoubtedly a fantastic achievement and a significant improvement over the former model’s four-hour result on PCMark 8.

Therefore, the HP Spectre x360 14 battery is impressive and well-balanced. It can last adequately for both light and medium use cases. With this laptop, you can comfortably achieve full work in a day, making it an exceptional tool for business owners or other people who need a device that provides excellent performance and unique looks. You won’t necessarily need to be plugged in until they have gotten home.

HP Spectre x360 Keyboard and Touchpad 

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The keyboard on the Spectre x360 is easy to use, with a pleasing click, that bounces up responsively. 

The major problem was the wrist-rest. The deck is a bit small, so your hands might be hung off while you type. A taller screen would need a more extended deck, which could help solve this problem.

We might have preferred that the 4.4 x 2.2-inch touchpad was a bit taller, but there’s no space for that on the laptop. Nevertheless, the vertical height was somehow limiting, and you may hit the edge of it a lot. However, the touchpad is adequately sensitive so that you can efficiently perform gestures, even with your four fingers, without any problem.


The Spectre x360’s 14 Conscientious craftsmanship, sophisticated aesthetic, and 3:2 screen put it at the top of other convertibles. It’s also staying ahead of Dell’s XPS in a few significant aspects: the keyboard is easy to use and improved battery life, and Dell’s closest-priced configuration to this unit has half its storage. The Spectre’s unique amenities that the XPS is deficient in are the USB-A port, the fantastic blue color option, the bundled stylus, and the OLED option.

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