HP Specter x360 15-df, a 15-inch tablet-sized ultrabook that boasts an eye-catching design, a colorful 4K display that’s a bit dull, solid performance and comfortable battery life.
Here are the technical Specs of the tested model:
|Screen||15.6 “4K IPS Micro-edges LED Touch Multi-touch Openable 360 ° Gorilla (3840×2160, Shining)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H Coffee Lake (2.2GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4 2666Mhz (32GB), 1 slot (free)|
|Storage space||SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe 1 TB|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Audio system||4 speakers Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost 2.0|
|webcam||Yes, Full HD Infrared Wide Vision with Windows Hello compatible microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac (2×2)|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Card reader||Yes, microSD|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 2.0|
|Entries exits)||Headphone / Mic Combo|
|USB||2 USB 3.1 Gen2 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 (Gen2, DP 1.4, Standby & Charge)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Ion 6 cells 84 Whr|
|Dimensions (mm)||361 x 250 x 19.3|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Chassis / Aesthetics
The HP Specter x360 15-df is installed in a gray-blue aluminum body (Poseidon Blue) that does not lack charm. The brass accents around the lid, the hinges and the HP logo give the machine a royal aesthetic. In addition to this, the hinges and contours of the frame are cut, creating a diamond-shaped design. With the Specter x360 15, you’ll feel like the most elegant person in the room, as long as you clean the fingerprints that have invaded all surfaces. At the opening, we discover a well spaced keyboard and a screen that adjoins the edges on the sides but the top remains impressive to house the 1080p infrared webcam.
At a over 2 kg, the Specter x360 15-df is a little heavier than the competition. The Dell XPS 15 and Asus ZenBook Pro 15 all have thinner and lighter profiles in comparison, but are not convertible.
HP is a little dead end on the connection. The left edge of the 15-df Spectrum hosts power, the Power button, an HDMI output and a headphone jack, while the right brings together two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a USB 3.1 port and a microSD card reader. The tester would have liked to see a second USB 3.1 port.
Keyboard / Touchpad
The keyboard takes up all the space of the base, which makes room for the numeric keypad. With its powerful white backlighting and well-defined letters, he particularly excited the tester who found the ideal typing comfort with a 1.5mm stroke and an actuating force of 71 grams. For its part, the touchpad is good size and smooth to browse but Precision drivers are not supported.
The tester is quite split about the screen. This is a 4K (3860 x 2160 px) IPS panel that is particularly rich in color with 157% of the sRGB space covered and the rendering is perfectly clear. However, the Spectrum x360 15-df screen is too dark for a 4K slab of this range with an average brightness of 247 nits.
Built around a next-generation Hexa Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a dedicated 1TB SSD, the tested model is the best equipped in terms of configuration in its series and explodes all the benchs it is confronted with. The navigation through the system is very fluid, as well as other more demanding work, knowing that the processor is ready to handle everything up to 3D processing software.
Although this Specter x360 15-df is not necessarily a PC gamer, its GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q graphics card with 4 GB of RAM can perfectly offer a good gaming experience if you play in Full HD and do not not have too high expectations. Forget the gaming sessions of several hours given the finesse of the chassis for example.
The ultrabook manages the temperatures rather well and never exceeds the comfort limit on surfaces. The highest hotspot was measured under the base at the bottom left at 37.7 ° C.
For a 4K touch-screen PC with a dedicated graphics card, the Specter x360 has a rather exceptional battery life. Count a little over 8 hours in Internet browsing with active WiFi.