Rich in capacity, tireless and refined, the HP Specter x360 13-aw0007nf has more than one argument in stock for nomads. This ultrabook convertible into a tablet contains a promising multimedia configuration with the support of a dedicated 1TB SSD and a 10th generation Quad Core i7 incorporating an Iris Plus G7 graphics solution that opens up to a little multimedia. We will also note its chassis, a figure of refinement, its bright touch screen with an even more immersive borderless effect and its autonomy boosted at 5 pm! It is also particularly rich in amenities with two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3, an infrared webcam, a reworked touchpad and compact measurements on a resistant aluminum chassis. Its only flaw could be its low storage capacity and
Specifications for the HP Specter x360 13-aw0007nf
|Screen (s)||13.3 “Full HD IPS micro-edge multi-touch touch screen Gorilla glass (1920×1080, anti-reflective)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake (1.1 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB LPDDR4-3200 MHz (soldered)|
|Graphic card||Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectors||1 USB 3.1 (Gen2) 2 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via webcam and fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost 2.0 speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||22 hours / Li-Po 4 cells 60 Wh|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.3 Kg / 306 x 194.5 x 16.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the HP Specter x360 13-aw0007nf
The design of the HP Specter x360 13-aw0007nf is elegant, with its cut copper edges and two rear angles “cut” which are used to accommodate a USB-C on one side and the Power button on the other. It may seem anecdotal but this positioning allows you to find the connection in question very easily. HP surrounds it with a unibody body (monocoque) in matt CNC aluminum alloy on the entire hull with an impeccable level of finish and a half-sober half-flashy look that should appeal to as many people as possible. Moreover, if it does not strike on the visuals, HP equips this Specter x360 13-aw0007nf with an original color called Poseidon Blue , a very dark ink blue which tends towards green.
The HP Specter x360 13 takes a few millimeters in thickness on its predecessor (13-ap) going from 14.7 mm to 16.9 mm here. On the other hand, if its diagonal remains 13.3 inches, its lower and upper edges have been visibly reduced. HP managed to gain 14 mm at the bottom and 12 mm at the top to arrive at lean black bands of 11 and 5 mm. Thus, the depth of the machine loses 2.3 cm! The webcam remains swiped at the top of the screen but changes from Full HD to HD definition, compaction requires. It is also still equipped with a manual cover that can be activated via a small “Kill Switch” push button on the side of the ultrabook, a plus for surfing safely.
The keyboard extends over the entire width of the chassis and has a backlighting system in several shades to facilitate typing in the dark and the touchpad has been reworked for even more responsiveness.
The hinge mechanism has also been slightly revised to offer optimized resistance in order to swap smoothly between all modes of use. Because the peculiarity of its x360 configuration is found in its 360-degree rotary hinges that allow the screen to switch on either side of the base for traditional use, in computer mode, or more original, in tent mode, easel or tablet.
They articulate a magnificent screen covered with a layer of Gorilla Glass very resistant to shocks that HP announces as “anti-reflective”. We have some reservations about this designation which should not work miracles other than slightly limiting reflections. The borderless design is amplified by the new design of the case and ensures the element of immersion. The Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) provides a healthy display density to modulate the display or view your content in High Definition in the best conditions. In addition, opens viewing angles.
Regarding the connections, the positioning and the choice of ports are the same as on the 2018 Specter with the beveled angles of the shell occupied by a USB Type-C Gen2 port on one side and by the start button on the other . Another USB Type-C Gen2 port is present, both Thunderbolt 3 compatible , as well as a USB Type-A 3.1 port and a microSD card reader. The fingerprint reader finds its original place, isolated at the bottom right of the keyboard. The wireless modules are of the latest generation (Wifi 6 802.11 AX and Bluetooth 5.0) and the HD webcam is infrared to exploit the functionality of Windows Hello (facial recognition).
Performance, autonomy of the HP Specter x360 13-aw0007nf
The strengths of this HP Specter x360 13-aw0007nf are numerous but the front of the stage is mainly occupied by the storage, entrusted to a dedicated SSD NVMe PCIe of 1 TB. The system benefits directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off phases, transfers calculated in seconds or brief software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is inherently quieter, robust and efficient than a hard drive. And if it is often tackled for its storage capacity that is too low, it is not the case here since it provides 1 TB, enough to allow the storage of many heavy video files in particular.
As with its predecessor, the Specter x360 13-aw0007nf does wonders in terms of autonomy, especially since HP has further enhanced it here by providing it with a very energy-efficient screen (1W). Thus, the manufacturer announces up to 22 hours of autonomy. This total is probably achievable in airplane mode and with a minimum brightness, but it is more realistic to count on approximately 17 hours in current use via Wifi. A record in its category. What is more, with the support of the 65W USB-C charger, it would be possible to complete 50% of battery charge in 30 minutes .
To propel it, the Specter can count on its 10th generation processor Ice Lake. Here, the low-consumption quad-core Core i7-1065G7 works in favor of everyday use (web browsing, video playback, spreadsheet, etc.) but can also face more resource-intensive tasks such as video editing, export or photo retouching. Indeed, this processor claims a gain in terms of performance of the order of 10 to 20% compared to the 9th generation Whiskey Lake. We are not talking about real gain but a few seconds scraped here and there during demanding work that may make the difference for some users. Opposite, the RAM provides 8 GB RAM , a satisfactory total for multitasking.
But where the difference is more marked, it is at the level of the graphics chip integrated into the processor, in this case the Intel Iris Plus G7 . Intel muscle its integrated solution to flirt with the performance of a GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q, at a level fairly close to NVIDIA MX150 / MX250 and Radeon Vega 10 at AMD. One nuance, however, we miss back on this solution which depends above all on the cooling system adopted by the manufacturer, Lenovo here. It is therefore good to wait for the first tests inside the chassis of the S340 before making hasty conclusions. Anyway, at this level, you should be able to play many games in 1080p in good conditions and work on fairly graphics-intensive tasks (Lightroom).