Detailed review HP Specter x360 (2021): Is it still as good as what its predecessor did?

Detailed review HP Specter x360 (2021): Is it still as good as what its predecessor did?


HP has released a successor version of its high-end Specter x360 laptop called the HP Specter x360 (2021). With a unique design, thin light and powerful performance, this promises to be one of the laptops giving you an amazing experience when using. So for more details about this machine, please also come to the detailed review article HP Specter x360 (2021) below.

Note: The article is translated and referenced in the Tech Radar technology site.

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The HP Specter x360 (2021) has a unique, powerful and premium design

It has been highly appreciated for the design from previous versions, so it should come as no surprise that the HP Specter x360 (2021) still carries a lot of features from its predecessor. HP Specter x360 (2021) is still rated with beautiful design, high-end, worth the money that you have to spend to own this machine.

HP Specter x360's unique and premium design (2021)
The premium and unique design of the HP Specter x360 (2021). Source: Future.

HP Specter x360 (2021) is finished with a sturdy aluminum frame, the lid is placed with a simple yet luxurious stylized HP logo. However, the point that makes me most impressed in the design of the HP Specter x360 (2021) is the cut edges at the edges and the angle of the machine, giving me the feeling of looking like a gem that has been cut. and beautifully honed.

Next we come to the 360-degree hinge, which is what makes the machine different from conventional laptops. The hinge allows for a fully reversed display, making the HP Specter x360 (2021) a tablet for you to use for various purposes.

The sturdy hinge helps the machine rotate 360 ​​degrees.
The sturdy hinge helps the machine rotate 360 ​​degrees. Source: Future.

The connection port on the HP Specter x360 (2021) is quite fully equipped despite its slim and light design

With a machine with a slim design like the HP Specter x360 (2021), you should not expect too much that the machine will be equipped with multiple ports. On the left side of the device you will have a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB 3.1 Type-A port and the power button located at the cut edge in the top left corner.

Coming to the right edge, the HP Specter x360 (2021) is equipped with 2 Thunderbolt / USB-C ports, a webcam switch and a micro SD card slot.

The USB 3.1-Type A port is another advantage of the HP Specter x360 (2021).
The USB 3.1 Type-A port is another advantage of the HP Specter x360 (2021). Source: Future.

The fact that HP still put the USB 3.1 Type-A port on the HP Specter x360 (2021) is highly appreciated, because most of the other slim and light machines on the market are equipped with very few ports. For example, Apple’s new MacBooks only have two USB-C ports.

In addition, the fact that HP put the webcam switch on the HP Specter x360 (2021) also helps a lot for users who are concerned about privacy and partly helps to avoid security risks on the device.

The right edge of the device also has a webcam switch to help ensure user privacy.
The right edge of the device also has a webcam switch to help ensure user privacy. Source: Future.

Nice and vivid display on the HP Specter x360 (2021)

The first thing that I notice when looking at the HP Specter x360 (2021) is that the screen bezel is very thin. This helps you get a compact design, easy to move the device as well as makes the image on the screen stand out, vivid and create a ‘airy’ feel instead of being confined when looking at the four edges of the screen. thick.

When you open the HP Specter x360 (2021) you will experience a display with Full HD resolution that is bright, detailed and vivid. The display uses OLED technology, giving the HP Specter x360 (2021) good contrast and wide viewing angles.

The HP Specter x360 (2021) display was beautiful and vivid.
The HP Specter x360 (2021) display was beautiful and vivid. Source: Ladygogo.

When flipping the screen completely back for use as a tablet, the HP Specter x360 (2021) touchscreen performs well, smoothly. However, to talk about the user experience, despite being optimized in size, when compared to the HP Specter x360 (2021) tablets still feels heavy and cumbersome when used in this way.

Despite its compact design, the HP Specter x360 (2021) is still equipped with a large keyboard

The keyboard on the HP Specter x360 (2021) is well designed and has good key travel, which is yet another advantage in its design. HP also equips the backlit key machine, making it easy to use in the dark.

HP Specter x360 (2021) is equipped with a large keyboard and touchpad.
HP Specter x360 (2021) is equipped with a large keyboard and touchpad. Source: Future.

And dragging the mouse on the HP Specter x360 (2021) is rated as smooth and responsive. At 13 inches, we find that the trackpad on the HP Specter x360 (2021) is quite large, providing more space for you to easily move your hands and manipulate on this touchpad. In addition, under the HP Specter x360 keyboard (2021) there is also a fingerprint sensor to increase the security of the device.

Performance on HP Specter x360 (2021) is drastically upgraded

First let’s go over the configuration of the machine:

  • CPU: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-1165G7 (quad core, 8MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 4.7 GHz with Turbo Boost).
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe (integrated).
  • RAM : 16 GB LPDDR4 (3200MHz).
  • Hard drive: 512 GB SSD (PCIe, NVMe, M.2).

Considered one of the biggest and most valuable upgrades of the HP Specter x360 (2021) compared to the previous version, our machine is considered as a showcase and show off the power of the new processor. most come from Intel.

HP Specter x360 (2021) with powerful configuration upgrades.
HP Specter x360 (2021) with powerful configuration upgrades. Source: Future.

When looking at the Cinebench scores (1,430 points) and Geekbench (1,317 points), the HP Specter x360 (2021) offers higher performance than its predecessor when it scored 1,259 Geekbench points. Although not a big difference, but this still shows improvements in power on the Intel Core i7-1165G7 chip.

With a new CPU combined with up to 16GB RAM and Windows 10, HP Specter x360 (2021) gives you a very smooth reality experience. You can have multiple apps open at the same time, as well as multiple Edge tabs, which still doesn’t affect the performance and speed of the HP Specter x360 (2021).

Besides, one of the biggest upgrades that come with the new Tiger Lake CPUs like the Intel Core i7-1165G7 is the Intel Iris Xe GPU. This is an integrated GPU that promises significantly improved performance over previous integrated graphics, and is even comparable to some discrete GPUs.

Performance and gaming are also improved on HP Specter x360 Monitor (2021).
Performance and gaming are also improved on the HP Specter x360 Monitor (2021). Source: TGS.

While the HP Specter x360 (2021) is definitely not a gaming laptop, it can run some PC games that other thin and light laptops are difficult to run. Intel has claimed the HP Specter x360 (2021) can play GTA 5 at over 60 fps. And e-sports games like Rocket League, League of Legends and CS: GO – which require less graphics, but require fast performance, can also be played.

The heat dissipation capacity of the HP Specter x360 (2021) is at a good level, the machine works quite cool when using light tasks, which is rated as good compared to the thin and light design of the machine.

HP Specter x360 with battery life to keep you going all day

Thanks to Intel Evo certification – A standard set for powerful, high-end, thin-and-light laptops based on the 11th-generation Intel Core (Tiger Lake) processor, the HP Specter x360 (2021) also gets a boost. big in terms of battery life.

In the Tech Radar test, the HP Specter x360 (2021) was able to operate for 11 hours 22 minutes, when continuously playing a 1080p video at 50% brightness until the battery ran out. While the previous version HP Specter x360 achieved a time of 10 hours 55 minutes.

The HP Specter x360 (2021) offers impressive all-day battery life.
The HP Specter x360 (2021) offers impressive all-day battery life. Source: TGS.

Also in the PCMark 10 battery life test in depth on the laptop, which helps to recreate daily activities such as web browsing, video calling … the HP Specter x360 (2021) achieved nearly 13 hours duration. That’s a leap from the version’s 4-hour results before the PCMark 8 test.

That means you can easily use it all day with normal tasks without having to worry about the HP Specter x360 (2021) going to die mid lane.

summary

From the above reviews, we can see that the HP Specter x360 (2021) is a very good high-end laptop with a stylish design, compact, powerful configuration for you to use every day with the same battery life. statue.

How would you rate the HP Specter x360 (2021)? Don’t forget to leave your comments in the comments to let me know. Thank you very much for reading my article.

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