Review HP Specter x360 15-inch (2017) - 2-in-1 laptop with beautiful design, long battery - VnReview
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Review HP Specter x360 15-inch (2017) – 2-in-1 laptop with beautiful design, long battery – VnReview


If you are interested in 2-in-1 laptops, the HP Specter x360 is one of the worthwhile options. Not only does it meet the needs of a regular laptop, it can also transform into a tablet computer to serve different business and leisure needs flexibly and easily. Easy to take with you wherever you go.

Following the success of the previous generation, the HP Specter x360 (2017) laptop was launched by the American computer brand with design and performance enhancements, with a large 15-inch screen and accent capability. rotate 360 ​​degrees. This is a notebook computer with a sleek, good quality 4K screen and long battery life.

This model has many versions sold for between 1279 USD and 1699 USD depending on the configuration (about 29.5 – 39 million VND). The version we reviewed today is priced at US $ 1499 (about 34.5 million) with the configuration including: Intel Core i7-7500U 2.9GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD drive, Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB discrete graphics card . With a version of $ 1279 (29.5 million), the configuration is down to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, while the $ 1699 model of storage increases to 1TB. All models have 4K screens and accompanying stylus.

This review is VnReview synthesized from the page LaptopMag and some other pages to give you the most complete view of HP Specter x360 2017.

Design

The HP Specter x360 2017 inherited the sleek design of last year's version, the entire body is CNC-machined from a monolithic piece of aluminum for a premium and sturdy feel.

The upper shell of the machine is lightly laminated similar to the shell of the Macbook, has good anti-fingerprint resistance. The new HP logo is stamped in the center to create accents. This shell is covered with dark gray light, which makes a difference from last year's silver color and similar products on the market.

The cover of the lid is smooth and difficult to stick to fingerprints, the new HP logo creates accents

The two sides and the front edge of the machine are flat and glossy in comparison to other areas, the back edge is rounded. With hinges capable of reversing 360 degrees, this laptop can transform into a tablet quickly.

Special hinges allow the screen to turn up 360 degrees to turn into a tablet

Weighing in at 2kg, the size of the 35.5 x 22.6 x 1.78 cm, the 2017 Specter x360 is only about 4mm thicker than the 2016 version. HP says that this thickness allows you to equip a capacity battery. higher. If compared to laptops in the same segment, HP laptops have an average size and weight for a 15-inch 2-in-1 laptop. It's still bigger than the Lenovo Yoga 910 (1.36kg and 32, 2 x 22.3 x 1.5 cm), but smaller, lighter than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2 in 1 (2.08 kg, 37.8 x 25.14 x 1.77 cm) and Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2.26 kg, 35.56 x 25.65 x 2 cm). Basically, the weight and size are just enough for you to take with you everyday.

Connector

HP is continuing the trend of streamlining connection ports on high-end devices, but overall the Specter x360 still meets the necessary connectivity functions. The left side of the device has a USB 3.0 port with the ability to charge the phone even when it is in Sleep (and-Charge) mode, a 3.5 audio jack and an SD card slot.

HP Specter x360 left edge 2017

On the right side, there must be a USB type C port with data transfer capability, battery charging with other devices and a charging port for laptops. In addition, there is a 3 Thunderbolt port and 1 HDMI port. HP said its fast charging technology can charge 50% of the battery in just half an hour.

Right side

Screen

This year's Specter x360 model has a larger screen than last year's generation. The screen of the device is 15.6 inches in resolution to 4K and still inherits the impressive design of the Specter model last year. The screen is placed inside a layer of toughened glass overflowing the edges and the glass is pressed very close to the display panel to help the image float. The edges on the sides are also very thin, making the screen more spacious and feel larger than the 15.6-inch number on regular laptops.

The screen of the device covered 113.2% of the sRGB color range, surpassing the average of 92% of laptops. In which Yoga 910 is 98%, Notebook 7 Spin (72%), Inspiron is 62%.

4K resolution screen

Using the fact that the vivid color of Specter x360 is not always accurate. This is more evident when measured by specialized tools. The screen has Delta-E color accuracy score of 3.5 (0 is ideal), higher than the average (2.4) and much higher than Yoga (0.8), Inspiron (0.9 ) and Notebook 7 Spin (1.8).

In the test of LaptopMagThe screen has a brightness of 255 nits, slightly lower than the average of the 268 nits laptops, Notebook 7 Spin (260 nits) and Yoga 910 (292 nits).

Keyboard, Touchpad and Stylus

Specter x360 keyboard in Island form with the keys are separated, stand out from the surface. The journey of each key is measured at 1.5mm – relatively short but it requires press force to be quite light, only about 50g makes the typing process prone to "hit the bottom". If the journey is longer (from 2mm), it may be more appropriate. Test typing with 10fastfingers.com, the typing speed is a bit better than on the Acer E571 laptop but obviously the Specter x360 does not bring comfort when typing.

Machine with large touchpad

Touchpad on Specter is spacious and responsive. You can browse the web, scroll with two fingers and rearrange the windows comfortably. HP said it has worked hard to customize the keyboard and touchpad on its products. And with Specter X360, they were really successful with the touchpad while the keyboard would need to improve.

The Stylus Active Pen also comes with a stylus so you can work more accurately on the touch screen. This pen supports 2048 different levels of force. There are two buttons on the pen body that can be programmed with the HP Pen Control application to right-click, take a screenshot, change the volume of the computer and many other functions. The stylus is slightly thicker than the average of other stylus models and is comfortable to hold. The Stylus makes writing, drawing, and quick notes more convenient on the Specter X36. Unfortunately, HP doesn't design pen slots or integrate magnets into pen bodies to easily attach pens to the camera body like Samsung or Microsoft used to do.

The Stylus comes with

Audio and Webcam

HP's collaboration with Bang & Olufsen continues to benefit Specter x360. We have four smart speakers on either side of the keyboard and two speakers on the bottom that give the Specter X360 an optimal audio experience in any mode. Especially when placing the device in the reverse "V" mode or tablet mode, the device will best promote the sound capability filled with strong quality.

The two upper speakers are on either side of the keyboard

Turn on Justin Timberlake's "Losing My Way", the sound can fill a room of 15 square meters and the quality is quite balanced between the main vocals, the accompaniment, the instrument. If you want thicker and stronger bas or treble sound, you can adjust the Bang & Olufsen Audio Control audio software to make them more smooth.

The HP Specter x360 has a 1080p camera for decent quality. Taking some photos at the desk area, colors and objects are displayed quite accurately and clearly. However, small details such as hair are difficult to see. Basically, the camera is temporarily enough to meet video conference, video chat, live stream with not too high demand.

Performance

The HP Specter x360 2017 version is rated in a specific configuration including: Intel Core i7-7500U 2.9GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD hard drive, integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card, Nvidia GeForce discrete graphics card The 2GB 940MX, a 15.6-inch 4K screen is priced at around VND34.5 million (US $ 1,499).

According to the test of Laptopmag, Specter took 3 minutes and 34 seconds to match 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffice's macro workbook, equivalent to the Yoga model. Slower than average (4:22), as well as Notebook 7 Spin (4:03) and Inspiron (4:47).

Open 30 tabs in Chrome, one of which is streaming 1080p quality YouTube videos, it still shows no signs of slowing down or delays in operation.

Regarding Geekbench 4 test results, Specter x360 scored 8.017, slightly lower than the Lenovo Yoga 910 (Core i7-7500U, 8,102). Both have not reached an average score of 10,681, but it is not uncommon because the U7 version of the CPU is still a power-saving version with limited performance.

Tested to copy 4.97 GB of multimedia files, completed in 18 seconds, equivalent to 282.1 MB / sec. This result is faster than the average score (168MB / s), and outperforms the Samsung Spin 7 notebook (77.3MB / s), Dell Inspiron (122.6MB / s) and Yoga (195.7MB / s).

Experimenting a bit with the game, using an integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card, Specter ran Dirt 3 at a speed of 29 frames per second, which was on average 29fps but still below the stable 30 frames per second threshold. Even when using discrete graphics Nvidia GeForce 940MX gaming performance is not much improved. Experiment with the game Rise of the Tomb Raider at the lowest graphic setting, the machine only reached 15.2 frames / sec, severe lag game lag, hard to play.

With 3DMark graphics evaluation software, Specter achieved a score of 93.759, surpassing the average (83.427), Samsung Spin 7 (940MX, 88.956), Yoga 910 (Intel HD Graphics 620: 77.093) and Inspiron (Intel HD Graphics) 520: 64.067). Overall, Specter 's graphics processing capabilities are better suited for light games and basic photo editing and video editing.

Temperature and battery life

Specter shows a bit of heat when used continuously for a long time. After 15 minutes of watching HD video from YouTube, the temperature measured at the touchpad is nearly 33 degrees Celsius, the center of the keyboard reaches 36 degrees and the bottom of the device reaches 41 degrees. Meanwhile the safety threshold is at 35 degrees.

Although 4K screen but Specter x360 has quite good battery life. In this year's version, HP has also focused on improving battery life for Specter X360. Specifically, this computer ran for 8 hours and 36 minutes with a continuous browsing test via Wi-Fi. Last year's model with a 1080p screen only ran for 8 hours 27 minutes. So this is an impressive improvement, the average of other laptops is 6h43p, specifically Inspiron reached 6h55p, Samsung Spin 7 is worse with 5h53p, but Lenovo Yoga 910 is outstanding with the time of 10h36p.

Software and Warranty

HP Specter x360 2017 comes with a range of software, including some HP proprietary software. HP's Audio Switch makes it easy to convert audio output via HDMI. Orbit software is one of HP's most useful applications, it's quite similar to Lenovo's SHAREit application that quickly sends files, transfers photos from your phone to your computer quickly.

It has a 1-year warranty equivalent to most laptops today.

Conclude

It can be seen that the HP Specter x360 2017 is a model with many advantages, it is a 15.6-inch screen with 4K resolution, agile performance, good battery life and quality speakers. However, it also has some minor drawbacks such as a slightly higher temperature during use and Nvidia GTX 940MX graphics are still modest.

If you don't care about the 4K resolution screen and prefer long battery life (10.5h), the Lenovo Yoga 910 for $ 1199 is a good choice, but it lacks Thunderbolt 3 port and SD memory card slot that Specter x360 provided. If price is an important factor, the 2-in-1 Dell Inspiron 15 7000 will dominate, for $ 750 for the 1080p screen, but it also doesn't have Thunderbolt 3.

In short, if you're looking for a 2-in-1 computer with a 15-inch screen, good performance, sophisticated design, high battery life and a versatile transition between laptop and tablet, Specter X360 is not just is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops available today, which is even the best HP product ever. This is a product that you should consider.

Advantages:

+ High quality 4K screen

+ Beautiful and luxurious design

+ Long battery life

+ Good quality speakerphone

+ Fast performance

Defect:

– Pretty hot when using

– Limited graphics processing capability

– Keyboard, medium quality webcam

– Only 1 USB Type B port

Nguyen Khanh


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