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HP Spectre x2 12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 134 reviews of HP Spectre x2 12. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and price are overall positive. The design and performance also get good feedback. Views about the size and sound are mixed. Many are critical about the connectivity and touchpad.

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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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HP Spectre x2 12 from 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 Reviewers really like the battery and performance. The price and screen also get good feedback.

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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 -

Jun, 2018

Expert review by (

HP Spectre X2 review (2017): A more refined Surface clone


The latest Spectre X2 offers plenty of refinement over the last model, but HP still needs to fix its battery and touchpad issues.

Gorgeous design ; Keyboard and stylus come in the box ; And the keyboard feels great ; Cheaper than the Surface Pro

Finicky touchpad ; Weak battery life ; Stylus isn’t as useful as the Surface Pen

Overall, the new Spectre X2 brings along some much-needed improvements, but a few issues hold it back from being a must-have. HP seriously has to do something about its battery life, especially now that Microsoft offers twice as much with the Surface...

Jul, 2017

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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 : Joel Santo Domingo (

HP Spectre x2 (2017)


With its subtle design improvements and good value proposition, the HP Spectre x2 is a good, if not revolutionary, update to this line of 2-in-1 detachable-hybrid tablets.

3,000-by-2,000 resolution screen. Comes with keyboard and pen. Sturdy keyboard cover. Two USB-C ports. Powerful Core i7 processor with Iris Plus graphics.

USB Type A requires included adapter. Some fan noise. Short battery life.

The newest iteration of the HP Spectre x2 is certainly an improvement, and it is a relative bargain at its $1,299 price. That's especially true considering its stable keyboard cover and Active Pen are included, helping to avoid that $230 upcharge with...

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Christopher Null (

Review: HP Spectre x2 (2017)


It costs less than a Surface Pro and beats it on performance, usability, and price

Performance well above expectations at this price level. Incredible detail packed into a superbright display. Rock solid stability.

Keyboard could be beefed up. Top of screen gets very hot under load.

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Mark Hachman (

HP Spectre x2 review: It beats the Surface Pro on value, if not performance


HP's Spectre x2 2-in-1 swings for the fences with its Kaby Lake chip, 2K display and Iris Plus graphics, but it falls short in a few areas.

Value: Pen, keyboard, and USB-A dongle come bundled ; Sturdy, elegant construction ; Kickstand holds the tablet stable all the way down

Battery life is just so-so ; Fan flips on frequently

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

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

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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 : Gordon Mah Ung (

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 (

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 : Sebastian Jentsch (

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.

Product Specifications


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


Battery Capacity:18 / 33 / 42 / 51
Battery capacity (tablet, Watt hours):33
Battery capacity (Watt hours):18 / 33 / 42 / 51
Battery life (max):10
Battery performance:3690
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:2 / 2+2 / 3 / 3+2
Number of battery cells (tablet):3


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


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


Color of product:Black, Silver / Brown, Champagne / Brown, Gold / Brown, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable)
Product type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Notebook / Ultrabook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 3:2
Display Diagonal:12 / 13.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1200 / 1920 x 1280
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD: No
HD type:Full HD / Not supported / WUXGA
LED backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

Energy Management

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


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 2
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:11.1 / 12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 850 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E / 0x402
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4200 / Intel HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4


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


Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8


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

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other Features

Audio system:B&O PLAY / Bang & Olufsen / Beats Audio / HD
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x / VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Package depth:11.6 / 2.99
Package height:11.6 / 2.99
Package weight:7.01
Package width:18.5
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Orientation sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Yes
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
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
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2


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


Bus type:DMI2 / Opi
Configurable TDP-down:3.5 / 3.8
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 2x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1 / 2x4 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:i3-4010Y / i5-4202Y / i5-4210Y / m3-6Y30 / m5-6Y54 / m7-6Y75
Processor boost frequency:1.9 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.7 / 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 / Intel Core i3-4xxx / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core M / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.5 / 1.6
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:i3-4010Y / i5-4202Y / i5-4210Y / m3-6Y30 / m5-6Y54 / m7-6Y75
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core m3-6Y series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series / Intel® Core™ i3-4000 Mobile Series
Processor socket:BGA 1515 / BGA1168 / BGA1515
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4.5 / 6
Stepping:C0 / D0 / D1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 4.5

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 / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics:Y / 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 ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No / 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 / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: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 / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No / 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® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® RealSense™ Technology with Long-Range Camera:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75988 / 76610 / 76611 / 88198 / 88199 / 88202
Processor code:SR18F / SR190 / SR191 / SR2EH / SR2EM / SR2EN
Processor package size:20 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection:Y / Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes


Bundled software:HP Connected Photo\nHP ePrint\nHP Support Assistant\nMonopoly\nCyberlink YouCam DE\n7-Zip\nArcsoft Family Paint\nClassic Board Games / HP Utility Center\nHP Connected Photo\nHP CoolSense\nAdobe Reader\nHP Connected Music\nCyberLink YouCam DE / HP Utility Center\nHP Recovery Manager / McAfee LiveSafe™Cyberlink YouCam DE\nGetting Started with Windows 8\nHP Recovery Manager\nHP Utility Center\nNetflix\nSkype\nHP ePrint\nHP Support Assistant\nBox\nHP Connected Music\nHP Connected Photo
Drivers included:Y
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:Beats Audio SRS 3D, HP Connected Music, HP Connected Photo, HP SimplePass, HP ePrint, CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink YouCam DE, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Windows Live Essentials, Internet Explorer 11, 7-Zip, Box 50 GB / Netflix
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe / Norton Internet Security 2013


Card reader integrated:No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MMC, SD / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2 / mSATA
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.2 / 8.23 / 8.5 / 9.06
Depth (tablet mode):7.2 / 8.23 / 8.5
Height:0.315 / 0.516 / 0.52 / 0.748 / 0.921
Height (tablet mode):0.0315 / 0.31 / 0.315 / 0.319 / 0.437 / 0.445 / 0.516 / 3.15
Weight:2.62 / 2.69 / 4.39 / 5.07
Weight (tablet mode):2.2 / 28.9 / 29.4 / 29.6 / 30 / 34.9
Width:11.9 / 13.4 / 32.9
Width (tablet mode):11.8 / 11.9 / 13.4