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HP Spectre x360 15-ch004nf 15 inch Tablet with 4K display, i7-8550U

HP gives a boost to its Spectre x360 in 15 inches and focuses on the amenities: a latest generation of connectivity (Bluetooth 5.0), the return of the biometric reader, a larger battery, a screen Corning Gorilla Glass, etc.

The HP Specter x360 15-ch004nf is one of the first models to emerge and takes place in an ashen / copper body still elegant. Posted at less than 1500 euros , it is dominated by a 4K IPS rotary screen edge to edge and put its multimedia potential on a Quad Core i7 Kaby Lake Refresh, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB NVMe SSD, not to mention the GeForce MX150 for the graphics part. Also plan for increased battery life in excess of 10 hours on a keypad backlit keypad and adding an active stylus.

Characteristics of the HP Specter x360 15-ch004nf

Slab 15.6 “Ultra HD 4K IPS BrightView Gorilla Micro-Edge Multi-Touch Openable 360 ​​° (3840×2160, Glossy)
Processor Intel Core i7-8550U Kaby Lake Refresh (1.8 GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)
RAM installed (max) 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4 2400 MHz, 1 slot (busy)
Storage space SSD M.2 NVMe 256GB PCIe
Graphic card NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated, Intel UHD 620 integrated into the processor and Optimus
Optical reader
Audio system 4 speakers Bang & Olufsen Audio Boost
webcam Yes, Full HD TrueVision InfraRed with microphone
Network Wi-Fi b / g / n / ac (2×2)
Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth 5.0
Card reader Yes, multiformat SD
Video output (s) HDMI
Fingerprint reader Yes
Entries exits) Headphone / Mic Combo
USB 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt 3 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1, DisplayPort 1.2) 1 USB 3.1
Operating system Windows 10 64-bit
Drums Li-Ion 6 cells 84Whr
Autonomy announced 11:00
Dimensions (mm) 359 x 250 x 19.4
Weight 2.08 Kg
Guarantee 1 year
Other Backlit chiclet keyboard, multi-touch touchpad; Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Electronic Compass; protective cover and active stylus provided
software HP Apps

For an untrained eye, it is not easy to differentiate aesthetically the newcomer from his predecessor, the Specter 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 all the interest of this ultrabook in terms of design focuses around 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.

HP Spectre x360 15-ch004nf 15 inch Tablet with 4K display, i7-8550U

Central to this configuration, the 4K IPS display 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 paneldoes 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 glassfor better impact resistance and less rapid wear due to the use of the stylus. Because the HP Specter x360 15-ch004nf provides one.

To give it a certain level of confidence, HP has equipped this ultrabook with a last generation i7 Kaby Lake Refresh i7 Quad Core . Thanks to him and the 8 GB of RAM that support him, the ultrabook 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 editing). It can even happen at a Quad i5-7300HQ in some cases. As for RAM, it is favorable to multitasking .

This HP Specter x360 15-ch004nf also hides a GeForce MX150 , a dedicated graphics card of last generation positioned on the mid-range. It succeeds the GeForce 940MX and significantly exceeds the GTX 950M in terms of performance. In other words, it is meant for occasional players who do not care about 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.

Another strength of this ultrabook, the storage is entrusted to a 256 GB NVMe PCIe SSD . This significantly increases the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD provides shortened load times, a virtually instantaneous Windows launch and very fast file copies. Only downside, its capacity will quickly prove to be insufficient if you wish to archive heavy files or games. The only option is to replace the SSD in place with another one of greater capacity, or opt for an external / online storage solution.

Connectivity has significantly evolved on this HP Specter x360 15-ch004nf and returns to 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 version of the Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0) and it incorporates a webcam FHD (2 MP) infrared. HP has also reinstated the concealed fingerprint reader on the right side. This guarantees fast and secure authentication to your Windows session.

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