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HP Spectre x2 12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of HP Spectre x2 12. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and design. The price and performance are also appreciated. There are mixed reviews on the size and energy efficiency, and the connectivity and sound get negative opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Spectre x2 12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP Spectre x2 12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HP Spectre x2 12 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the battery and performance. The price and screen are also mentioned favorably.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Spectre x2 12a003na Core M7-6Y75 1.2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12 Inch Full HD Touchscreen Windows 10 Home Laptop -HP Spectre x2 12a003na Core M7-6Y75 1.2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12 Inch Full HD Touchscreen Windows 10 Home Laptop -

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

HP Spectre x2 12-a001ng Convertible Review

 

Smaller is better. The m3 version of the Spectre x2 12 offers an LTE modem for 899 Euros (~$990). Does the device offer good performance for the investment or does it throttle the SoC as in the m7 version?

Power supply via USB Type-C, Robust, practical keyboard dock, Good typing quality, Backlit keyboard with speakers, Bright IPS touch panel, Rear real-sense camera, Good picture quality, Reliable microphone, Adjustable feet stand, Silent

No workmanship flaws, CPU performance slightly under expected level, Weak performance despite a Core m3

The greatest weakness of the m7 sister model can be found in the m3 model as well: the run time is limited to a mere 6 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test. Thankfully, the test model offers an LTE modem, which opens up additional options for users.

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

HP Spectre x2 12-a003ng (K3D42EA) Convertible Review

 

All-in-one PC? We are not talking about a heavy laptop here, but rather an 850 gram (~1.9 lb) tablet that aims to emulate a full-sized PC with its fold-out stand and sleeve keyboard. Two Type C ports herald the start of the new generation of cabling....

power supply via USB Type C, robust, convenient keyboard dock, keys' good typing qualities, backlit keyboard with speakers, bright IPS touchscreen, rear-facing RealSense camera, decent photo quality, good microphone, adjustable stand, decent overall...

minor weaknesses in build, lowest gaming performance, below average CPU computing speed

With its very stable stand and the sleeve keyboard that is "attached" to the tablet, the Spectre x2 can be used as a laptop on the table to a very high degree. The USB Type C ports recharge the device, and provide a cabled connection to existing Type A...

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

HP Spectre x2 review:

 

HP's upscale-feeling Spectre x2 is a hybrid that isn't afraid to go against the popular wisdom. That's an admirable quality in some areas, less so in others.

The HP Spectre x2 has a slim but sturdy design and a stiffer keyboard than Microsoft's similar Surface Pro, plus the keyboard cover is included in the base price. A mobile broadband antenna allows for easy on-the-go data.

The kickstand is hard to operate, the processors are slower than many other premium hybrids, and battery life is merely OK.

HP's slim, attractive Spectre x2 follows the road not taken by Microsoft's Surface Pro, using lower-power processors to keep the price down, as well as packing in the must-have keyboard cover.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

HP Spectre x2 (12-a001dx)

 

Most of the hybrid PCs we see these days -- computers that shift between laptop and tablet configurations by flipping, folding or detaching -- have settled into the fold-back style popularized by Lenovo's Yoga line . These systems, including HP's own...

The HP Spectre x2 has a slim but sturdy design and a stiffer keyboard than Microsoft's similar Surface Pro, plus the keyboard cover is included in the base price. A mobile broadband antenna allows for easy on-the-go data.

The kickstand is hard to operate, the processors are slower than many other premium hybrids, and battery life is merely OK.

HP's slim, attractive Spectre x2 follows the road not taken by Microsoft's Surface Pro, using lower-power processors to keep the price down, as well as packing in the must-have keyboard cover.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

HP Spectre x2

 

With its sturdy detachable keyboard, high-resolution screen, and built-in 4G LTE capability, the HP Spectre x2 slate tablet comes close to being a practical replacement for a laptop.

In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen with higher-than-1080p resolution. Two USB-C ports. 4G LTE radio. 9 hours of battery life in testing. Comes with backlit keyboard case that's rigid for easy lap typing.

No HDMI or USB 3.0 ports. Woefully soft speakers.

Conclusion The HP Spectre x2, billed as a laptop replacement, has the power and speed to run complex applications, more than 9 hours of battery life, and unlike the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, it comes with a built-in 4G LTE modem, and its keyboard cover...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

HP Spectre x2 review: A less expensive Surface rival

 

The Spectre x2 undercuts its competitors with a lower price that includes a keyboard in the box (and it's a very comfortable keyboard, at that). Still, for more money you could buy a similar product with faster performance, longer battery life and a...

Less expensive than rival machines and includes a keyboard, too ; Comfortable typing experience ; Adjustable kickstand ; Decent audio ; Uses Intel's depth-sensing RealSense camera setup ; Supports pressure-sensitive pens

Doesn't support Windows Hello, despite having RealSense cameras ; Touchpad can be flaky ; Not so comfortable to use in the lap ; Slower than its rivals with shorter battery life ; Despite having a Core M chip, isn't necessarily thinner or lighter than...

In this increasingly big world of laptop/tablet hybrids, the Spectre x2 isn't a bad choice, especially at this price. But that doesn't mean it's the best. The x2 is not the fastest, the longest-lasting or the most comfortable to use in the lap. It's...

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

HP Spectre x2 review: A Surface clone for a lot less cash

 

The Spectre x2 has touch. It has pen support. It has the same cover-style keyboard. But there are differences compared to the Surface Pro 4, and we dive deep into them here.

Good bang for the buck ; More stable keyboard

CPU performance lags Core i5 ; Battery life just average

So is the Spectre x2 a better Surface than the Surface Pro 4? I had high hopes, but it looks like Microsoft's higher-end components are paying off.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Sam Rutherford (laptopmag.com)

HP Spectre x2 Review

 

Don't dismiss the HP Spectre x2 as yet another would-be Surface killer. Starting at just $800 ($1,149 as reviewed), the Spectre x2 is priced $200 less than the cheapest Surface Pro 4 for the same amount of storage and memory, and it includes a...

Gorgeous design and innovative kickstand; Solid detachable keyboard included in price; 2 USB Type-C ports; Impressive quad Bang & Olufsen speakers

Weak battery life; USB ports are only 2.0; Stiff hinge button

HP's Spectre x2 challenges the Surface Pro with its solid included keyboard, attractive metal body and lower starting price, but its battery life is a big downer.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Hadlee Simons (gearburn.com)

HP Spectre X2 review: a Microsoft Surface by any other name

 

We take a look at the Microsoft Surface pretender that HP plans to release to South Africa very soon: the HP Spectre X2.

Should you get it though? In a rather bizarre twist, this particular model doesn’t have a suggested SA price just yet, nor does it have a solid launch date. But the device has a starting price of US$799 in the US — in the same ball park as the...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Peter Bright (arstechnica.com)

HP Spectre x2 review: All the quality of the Surface Pro, hundreds of dollars less

 

Microsoft has defined a market. Now the other PC OEMs are getting in on the action.

Great keyboard ; Keen price ; Elegant kickstand ; Solid build ; Twin USB Type-C ports

Core M may allow ditching the fan, but it's not winning us much battery life in return ; It's a little heavier than its more expensive competition ; Its battery life is a little worse than its more expensive competition ; No Windows Hello support ; A...

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery capacity (tablet, Watt hours):33
Number of battery cells (tablet):3

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8

Display

Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / No
Panel Type:IPS

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 16 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E / 0x402
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

4G:No / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2

Processor

Configurable TDP-down:3.5 / 3.8
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 29.8
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1600,1866 / 1866,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-4000 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core m3-6Y series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4.5 / 6
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 4.5

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel RealSense 3D Camera: Yes
Intel RealSense Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
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 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
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: Yes
Intel® RealSense™ Technology with Long-Range Camera: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Long-Range Intel RealSense Camera: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75988 / 76610 / 76611 / 88198 / 88199 / 88202 / M7-6Y75
Processor package size:20 / 40
UART: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (tablet mode):7.2 / 8.23 / 8.5
Height (tablet mode):0.0315 / 0.31 / 0.315 / 0.319 / 0.437 / 0.445 / 0.516 / 3.15
Weight (tablet mode):2.2 / 28.9 / 29.4 / 29.6 / 30 / 34.9
Width (tablet mode):11.8 / 11.9 / 13.4