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HP Spectre 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 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. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and screen. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the battery. Some have doubts about the connectivity and size.

design, performance, portability, screen, durability

size, 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: 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: 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: 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

Expert review by: Dan Howley (laptopmag.com)

HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook Review

 

The HP Spectre 13t-3000 Ultrabook packs a user-friendly touchpad, strong performance and long battery life in a beautiful design.

Unique Control Zone touchpad; Beautiful design; Gorgeous display; Snappy backlit keyboard; Strong performance; Long battery life

Bottom runs a bit warm

The HP Spectre 13t-3000 Ultrabook packs a user-friendly touchpad, strong performance and long battery life in a beautiful design.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: Eric Grevstad (computershopper.com)

HP Spectre 13 (2016) Review and Ratings

 

If you can live without a touch or high-res screen, HP's new Spectre is a superbly slim and capable Core i7 (not Core M!) laptop.

Spectacularly thin and light ; Surprisingly snappy keyboard ; USB-C plus two Thunderbolt 3 ports

No memory card slot ; Poor audio

After fully recharging the laptop, we set up the machine in power-save mode (as opposed to balanced or high-performance mode) and make a few other battery-conserving tweaks in preparation for our unplugged video rundown test. In this test, we loop a...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Josh Fields (reviewed.com)

HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook

 

It looks fantastic, but sluggish performance is the real story with HP's latest ultrabook.

Jan, 2014

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Display

Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x402 / 0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter memory:4
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G: No

Ports & interfaces

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

Processor

Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
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
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 15

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:75459 / 75460 / 76610 / 88193 / 88194
Processor package size:40 / 42
UART: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Storage

SSD form factor:M.2