Well, folks, the king has lost his crown… Maybe Apple fans are not as excited about competition as we are, but they must accept the fact that competition pushes technology forward day by day. I think everybody likes the almighty MacBook which has dominated the ultrabook market since The Crusades. We all agree that Apple managed to design one of the best laptops in the world back in 2006 but with the last MacBook, they screwed up. The entire galaxy criticized Apple’s decision to put in only one USB Type-C port (Gen 1), used for both charging and data transfers.
Well, there’s a new kid on the block who offers everything Apple failed to with the last MacBook. HP Spectre 13 is the ultrabook which puts a shovel into MacBook’s hand and makes it dig its own grave because it has 3 x USB 3.1 Type-C (only two of them are Gen 2). Yes, three times more ports and a better processor too (Intel® Core™ i7-6500U with Intel® HD Graphics 520, not the 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5). This being said, I think there is no reason to buy a MacBook now since HP’s Spectre is better in terms of performance and the look is incredible too…
Speaking about the look, I also think HP Spectre is the most beautiful ultraportable laptop in the world. I’m not saying MacBook isn’t gorgeous, because it is. It’s just my opinion as an honest ultrabook lover. No one has ever built anything similar in terms of design. That goldish aluminum, those luxury hinges, that robust layout which brought Spectre the title of “the world’s thinnest laptop” – just 10.1 mm. God damn, this laptop is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It looks like a piece of jewelry, like a diamond in Dubai and it’s not only the look, it’s the feel too.
HP Spectre is a 13.3-inch ultrabook that feels more than premium. I’ve never seen better quality than the one used by HP on Spectre. Of course, the high quality build and the amazing performance come at a high price. Be ready to splash out 1.3 grand if you want this laptop. It’s not designed for everybody, it’s designed only for luxury lovers….
HP Spectre technical specifications compared to Apple’s MacBook
HP Spectre mobility compared to Apple’s MacBook
If we look at the dimensions, they seem quite similar. Ultrabooks were made for mobility junkies and even though the MacBook is lighter, it has a smaller display too, only 12 inches compared to HP Spectre, which has almost 1.5 inches extra. I would always choose an extra inch of display over less weight. Ultrabooks nowadays hit a sweet spot and 2 or 2.5 pounds seem quite the same. Nobody cares about that half a pound +/- because with or without it, the laptop weighs close to nothing anyway. As for the dimensions, ultrabooks tend to get paper thin but it’s only a concept. These dimensions got to some kind of saturation because even though HP brags about Spectre being the thinnest laptop in the world, I don’t think there are a lot of people who care about it. 0.4 inches or 0.5 inches is quite the same thing. The concept of the thinnest laptop in the world will disappear completely in the next 5 to 10 years or so…
HP Spectre daily use. What can it do for you?
Is HP Spectre a business laptop?
Well, I think this is its real purpose. This laptop has a lot of power to help you with your office tasks and it has good looks so everybody in the meeting room will stare at your Spectre. It’s made of premium materials such as aluminum, it has piston hinges and the black – grey – brown – gold accents make it look special and unique. In an ultrabook world dominated by premium Apple products, Spectre won’t walk by unnoticed.
Is HP Spectre a home laptop?
HP Spectre 13 could be a very good laptop intended for home use because it has the horse power for home-based tasks. You can do light Photoshop work and programming, you can surf the web and play Netflix. The lightweight model and its small dimensions make it perfect for the couch, the armchair or even the bed. HP Spectre is more than a simple home laptop.
Can HP Spectre do games?
Is HP Spectre better at games than a MacBook? Even though the Intel HD 520 internal graphics linked to the core i7 6500U processor is not intended for games, you can certainly play something nice at low detail levels. But be aware: this is not for Crysis 3 or demanding resources titles. You would be surprised to see how many games this ultrabook can play at a low level of detail, with CPU throttling and other problems specific to this kind of thin laptops. And to be honest, nobody has yet installed a dedicated graphics card inside an ultrabook because ultrabooks are not intended for gaming.
Which are the weak points of HP Spectre?
- The sound is good but many complained about the fact that it’s too low.
- RAM is soldered on the board, so no upgrade capability for RAM memory.
- It has some low flex on it but we could understand why: it’s so thin…
- It has only USB Type-C ports, no USB 2.0 or 3.0 or VGA or HDMI. It is locked down to Type-C.
- The trackpad is kind of small and some users had problems with it in terms of functionality.
- It suffers from CPU throttling when it runs demanding applications like heavy games.
- The display is very good but it is not touchscreen, unfortunately.
Who should buy the HP Spectre 13?
HP Spectre is intended for average users who won’t tear that CPU apart with heavy gaming or video editing. HP Spectre is intended for business and home use. It is light and powerful in basic tasks. The battery is pretty good, not as good as a MacBook’s but hey, it runs freaking Windows 10… 5 hours of web browsing will be just fine for this kind of ultrabook. If you are looking for a Windows ultrabook and you like displays, you should take a closer look at the Spectre. Even though Spectre’s display is not a touchscreen and has just 1080p resolution, it is one of the finest 13.3-inch displays on the market right now. Brightness is good and viewing angles make it perfect for watching movies with your girlfriend in bed. What do you think about HP Spectre? Let me know in the comments section down below…
Processor Intel Core i7-6500U with Intel HD Graphics 520 (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
8GB system memory for advanced multitasking Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications
256GB solid state drive (SSD). A flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
13.3" Full HD display 1920 x 1080 resolution with HP BrightView glossy screen. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. LED backlight.
Wireless 802.11ac (2x2) and Bluetooth® 4.0 combo