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HP Spectre 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 reviews of HP Spectre 13. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the keyboard and screen. The portability and performance also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the battery. Many are critical about the connectivity.

design, performance, portability, screen, keyboard

connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Spectre 13 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

HP Spectre 13 Notebook Review

 

007 Spectre. HP designed a conventional notebook with a "thickness" of just 10 millimeters, so it is thinner than some first-gen tablets (original iPad: 13 mm). Our full review shows how HP accomplished to fit a fully featured Windows 10 PC into one of...

versatile dual USB Type-C Gen. 2 + Thunderbolt 3 ports ; comfortable backlit keyboard with firm tactile feedback ; ultrathin, lightweight, portable, and luxurious design ; high quality bright display; deep colors and contrast ; included USB Type-C to...

case rigidity is a step down compared to XPS 13 and MacBook Air 13 ; very limited connectivity options without use of dongles ; few SKUs; no 2K/3K/4K or touchscreen options ; below average CPU Turbo Boost performance ; small battery capacity; average...

The Spectre 13 is the thinnest 13.3-inch notebook currently in the market and a classic example of the law of diminishing returns. That is, you'll have to give up more and more features for every millimeter shaven off. The lack of any full-size USB...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Tom Brant (pcmag.com)

HP Spectre 13 (2017)

 

The HP Spectre 13 is powerful and thin, with a gorgeous white and gold design, making it both a status symbol and a very capable ultraportable laptop.

Gorgeous white and gold styling. Extremely thin and light. Full HD touch screen. Excellent keyboard.

Diminutive, unresponsive touchpad.

Bottom Line: The HP Spectre 13 is powerful and thin, with a gorgeous white and gold design, making it both a status symbol and a very capable ultraportable laptop.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: HP Spectre 13

 

One of the best ultrabooks on the market just got a little bit more polished.

New surface finishes are quite attractive. Incredible boot speed. Solid build, with excellent usability.

Stock SSD is too small. No immediately compelling reason to upgrade from older gear.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

HP Spectre 13 (8th Gen Core)

 

Look, my parents taught me not to judge a book by its cover, but damn . The HP Spectre 13 ($1,299.99 to start; $1,409.99 as tested) is a beautifully designed piece of technology. It's smaller than ever, with a new white finish that makes the computer...

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

HP Spectre review

 

To touch or not to touch. That is the question asked of many Windows laptops, from bulky budget boxes to the slimmest premium systems. HP has two new high-end, very thin laptops, and it answers that question differently in each model.

The HP Spectre is remarkably thin while still managing to fit in Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The keyboard is excellent for such a slim body, and the bold design stands out in a sea of thin ultraportables.

The lack of a touchscreen is a big omission for a premium Windows laptop, and the limited ports may force you to carry extra dongles and accessories.

If you can work with USB-C ports and a nontouch display, the HP Spectre offers a great design and excellent performance in the world's thinnest full-power laptop body.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

HP Spectre 13

 

The HP Spectre 13 combines a thin-as-you-can-get build with top-notch performance, all at a reasonable cost. Connectivity is limited to USB-C, but there's still a lot to like about this well-rounded, well-designed ultraportable.

The thinnest laptop currently available. Nice price. Fast performance. Good battery life. Sharp design. Constructed with high-quality materials. Multiple USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3.

The thinnest laptop currently available. Nice price. Fast performance. Good battery life. Sharp design. Constructed with high-quality materials. Multiple USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. ; No traditional USB ports. 1080p display lacks touch technology.

Conclusion With an incredibly thin body and premium feel, the Spectre 13 is easy to recommend. It'll turn heads, but it's not a case of style over substance, as it beats or matches other top ultraportables we've tested. Because it costs $250 less than...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Nate Swanner (slashgear.com)

HP Spectre 13 Review: The MacBook for Windows users

 

If you've ever used a Windows PC and longed for the build a MacBook offers, your wait may be over. The HP Spectre 13-inch Ultrabook is a device unlike many never seen: sleek, sexy, and without a hint of compromise. While it absolutely looks the part,...

There are no two ways about it: HP tried to make a MacBook. The Spectre is like the illegitimate child of a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air which refused to teach their newborn the ways of OS X. If you’re a Windows user who quietly covets the build and...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook review: a good deal, but with trade-offs

 

There's lots to like about the Spectre 13 -- especially given the low price. For the money, you can expect an attractive design, bright display, fast performance and a generous warranty. But you should also prepare yourself for middling battery life...

Attractive design ; Fast performance ; Good specs for the money ; Bright display ; Generous warranty, Adobe Lightroom included gratis

Heavy for a 13-inch Ultrabook ; Middling battery life, especially considering the heft ; Trackpad needs a driver update ; Shallow keys have an occasionally "sticky" feel

It's easy for us to give the Spectre 13 a good review, but that's partly because the price is so reasonable. Were this priced in line with its peers, we'd have a harder time forgiving its flaky trackpad, sticky keyboard and relatively heavy weight. As...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Nate Ralph (pcworld.com)

HP Spectre 13 review: an exceedingly well-executed return to the basics

 

Think all trackpads are the same? Run your fingers over HP's new Control Zone.

Innovative Control Zone touchpad works great with Windows 8 ; Fabulous battery life ; Very good audio

Integrated graphics will be a showstopper for some ; Annoying fan ; 802.11ac Wi-Fi is a $20 option

The HP Spectre 13 nails the fundamentals, and its innovative trackpad works great with Windows 8.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook

 

One of the chief complaints users have about Windows 8 is that its gesture controls aren't intuitive enough for first-time users. HP addresses that gripe head-on with the new Spectre 13t-3000 Ultrabook. Large areas on either side of the notebook's...

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Bang & Olufsen PLAY / Beats Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Bang & Olufsen

Battery

Battery Capacity:38 / 51
Battery capacity (Watt hours):38 / 51
Battery life (max):8 / 9.75
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, Brown / Black, Copper / Black, Gold / Brown / Brown, Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y / Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter memory:4
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 520
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Non-operating shock:240
Non-operating vibration:3.5
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 80
Operating shock:40
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:1.043
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

Audio system:Beats Audio

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Package depth:13.2 / 13.6 / 4.96
Package height:13.2 / 4.96 / 5.12
Package weight:7.12 / 7.45 / 7.54
Package width:15.4 / 16.9 / 17
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / Opi / QPI
Chipset:Intel SoC
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
L3 cache:4
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 2x4 / 1x4, 4x1 / 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:i5-4200U / i5-6200U / i7-4500U / i7-6500U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.8 / 2.3 / 2.5
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i5-4200U / i5-6200U / i7-4500U / i7-6500U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0 / D1
System bus data transfer rate:4
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology:N
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75459 / 75460 / 88193 / 88194
Processor code:SR16Z / SR170 / SR2EY / SR2EZ
Processor package size:40 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:Power on / Y
Password protection type:Power on
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:HP ePrint\nHP Support Assistant\nNetflix / HP Utility Center\nHP Recovery Manager / HP Utility Center\nHP Recovery Manager\nWindows Store\nCyberLink YouCam DE\nBeats Audio with SRS 3D\nAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 5\nHP Connected Photo\nHP CoolSense\nAdobe Reader\nHP Connected Music\nBox 50 GB\nMonopoly / HP Utility Center\nWindows Store\nCyberLink YouCam DE\nBeats Audio with SRS 3D\nAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 5\nHP Connected Photo\nHP CoolSense\nAdobe Reader\nHP Connected Music / McAfee LiveSafe; \nHP Utility Center
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:McAfee LiveSafe / Windows Store, CyberLink YouCam DE, Beats Audio, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, HP Connected Photo, HP CoolSense, Adobe Reader, HP Connected Music, Box 50 GB, Monopoly

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / M.2,PCI Express / PCI Express
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2 / M.2, PCI Express / PCI Express
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.66 / 9.02
Height:0.409 / 0.591
Weight:2.45 / 3.26 / 3.35 / 7.12
Width:12.8