The HP Spectre x360 15-ch001nf is a new, 15-inch tablet-sized ultrabook in a sleek ash / copper chassis with an angled structure. Dominated by a 4K IPS rotary screen edge-to-edge, it puts its multimedia potential on a Kaby Lake Refresh i7 Quad Core, on 8 GB of RAM and on a 1 TB NVMe SSD for the least, not forgetting the GeForce MX150 for the graphic part. Also count on increased battery life in excess of 10 hours on a keypad backlit keypad and the valuable addition of an active stylus. It is displayed at a little over 1800 euros .
Specifications of the HP Spectre x360 15-ch001nf
|Slab||15.6 “Ultra HD 4K BrightView LED Corning Gorilla Micro-Edge Touch Multi-touch 360 ° Opening (3840×2160, Shining)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8550U Kaby Lake Refresh (1.8 GHz, 2 cores, TDP 15W)|
|RAM installed (max)||8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz|
|Storage space||1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Audio system||4 speakers Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost|
|webcam||Yes, Full HD TrueVision InfraRed with microphone (Windows Hello compatible)|
|Network||Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac (2×2)|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Card reader||Yes, SD|
|Video output (s)||HDMI|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||1 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1, DisplayPort 1.2)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Ion 6 cells 84Whr|
|Autonomy announced||12 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||359 x 250 x 19.4|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad; Accelerometer, Gyroscope; Protective cover provided|
At first glance, it is difficult to aesthetically differentiate the newcomer from the previous Spectre x360 15 (-bl). HP preserves its flagship color mixing ashy silver (anthracite) with coppery bronze details but opts for a more angular silhouette , with sliced edges, hinges and the back of the base in tip. It is elegant especially since the matte surfaces of aluminum alloy CNC give it a robustness foolproof.
As the race for compactness rages, HP makes the choice to make its convertible 1.5 mm thick ( 19.4 mm ) and 3 mm wide (359 mm) to slide a keypad . It’s all to his credit. The impact on the weight is not expected with 2.08 kg on the scale. Nevertheless, it remains easily transportable in a nomadic vocation even if it can quickly weigh at arm’s length in tablet mode. In addition, the backlit keyboard promises easy typing in a dark environment.
But what makes the interest of this HP Spectre x360 15-ch001nf is its x360 configuration . Installed on 360 degree rotating hinges, the screen switches on both sides of the keyboard for traditional use, in computer mode, or more original, in tent, bridge or tablet mode.
In addition, thanks to the addition of a larger battery (84 Whr), it can hope to turn more than 10 hours in Internet browsing and is therefore an ideal partner in your travels.
Capable of elevating the ultrabook to the rank of versatile machine (Quad Core i5-7300HQ), the latest generation (8th) Quad Core i7 Kaby Lake Refresh low power processor is no shortage of resources. Thanks to him and the 8 GB of RAM that support him, he largely overflows the current use (Internet browsing, Office pack, video playback) and enjoys a large radius of action for more demanding missions (Photoshop pushed , video montage). Opposite, the RAM of 8 GB is not too much to provide a good fluidity in multitasking .
In the foreground, the 4K IPS screen is enhanced by ultra-thin borders , engaging in a stunning level of immersion. Especially since its UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) definition delivers a crisp image in all circumstances, whether you want to modulate the display (juxtaposed windows), to enlarge the characters or to view content in Very High Definition. On the other hand, the IPS panel does a nice job to open the viewing angles and reproduce faithful colors while the brilliant treatment (touch requires) revives the colors but tends to cause glare in bright environment. Note also that the screen is now covered with Corning Gorilla Glass glass for better impact resistance and less wear due to the use of the stylus (optional).
The GeForce MX150 is responsible for graphic processing. In this case, this dedicated solution is intended primarily to assist the processor in the graphics required by some image processing software. For the game, it’s another story. At the height of a GeForce 950MX in terms of performance, it is intended for casual players little concerned about the details. The game in 4K is clearly not possible and this will be limited to titles greedy and / or old in Full HD (1920 x 1080 px). For the latest releases, it will inevitably reduce the definition of the screen (1366 x 768 px) to maintain fluidity.
Storage will also play its part in the performance on this ultrabook with its dedicated 1 TB SSD . Installed on the NVMe PCIexpress interface , it displays faster read / write speeds than the SATA standard. Namely that this slight gain does not necessarily affect in common use but more on demanding tasks like the game. Moreover, the use of a SSD is beneficial for the overall responsiveness of Windows, the execution of programs / games and data transfer, which will be much more direct. Not to mention that the SSD is also globally more energy efficient, robust and silent than a standard hard disk. And then, its ability rivals the standard mechanical hard drive, enough to archive your toy library without restriction.
Finally, the connection has significantly evolved on this HP Spectre x360 15-ch001nf and found a dedicated power port. The layout of the interfaces is the same as on the previous generation with a USB 3.1 Type-A port, the headphone jack, the SD card reader and the power supply on the left as well as an HDMI output, a Thunderbolt 3 port and a USB Type-C on the right. The wireless modules have been updated with the latest versions of the Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0 and it incorporates an infrared webcam FHD (2 MP). HP has also reinstated the concealed fingerprint reader on the right side. This guarantees fast and secure authentication to your Windows session.