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HP Spectre Folio 13.3-inch (2018)

HP Spectre Folio 13.3-inch (2018)
alaScore 92

50 reviews

Jan, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of HP Spectre Folio 13.3-inch (2018). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and usability. The battery and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the keyboard and touchpad.

design, screen, battery, usability, portability

price, touchpad, keyboard

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Spectre Folio 13.3-inch (2018) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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HP Spectre Folio review: This leather PC means business


The Spectre Folio is unlike any notebook we've seen before. Its leather case looks and feels luxurious, and its convertible hinge is a step above the competition. While there's room for improvement, it's a solid stab at making an entirely new type of...

Leather case looks attractive and feels luxurious ; Convertible hinge is smooth and easy to use ; Excellent keyboard and mouse ; Built-in LTE is truly useful ; Great battery life

Screen could pop open and get damaged as you’re opening it ; Speakers are awful

The idea of a leather computer is crazy, and it's even crazier to think that HP is the company that risked building it. But it turns out the company is onto something. Even if you're not interested in buying the Folio though, it proves to the PC world...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Seifert (



There'sThere's nothing really quite like HP's new Spectre Folio. For the past few years, the concept of a “laptop” has been constant. There are the traditional, clamshell designs, which are largely derivative of Apple's MacBook Air design. There are...

Unique design and leather finish Flexible hinge Great battery life and solid performance

16:9 screen is dated and cramped for productivity work Speakers are tinny Trackpad is horrible

Jan, 2019

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

HP Spectre Folio review


The problem with laptops in general is that even the high-end premium ones all tend to look and feel the same after a while. It's clear when a laptop is trying to be a MacBook Pro or an XPS 13. In a world of copycat laptops, almost all of which seem to...

An excellent, premium-looking design with a leather outer shell over a metal frame. Good stylus response and excellent battery life.

The rotating hinge design is too fiddly for its own good and the dual-core processor is a letdown for this price range. The stylus has nowhere to live, except in an awkward leather loop hanging from the side.

HP's inventive two-in-one hybrid is fun to use and show off, but its ambitious hinge design can get in the way at times.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Tom Brant (

HP Spectre Folio


Swathed in swanky leather and kitted out with a new, power-efficient screen, HP's Spectre Folio is a unique, innovative ultraportable. Alas, its styling and pricing are as over-the-top as its performance is underwhelming.

Stylish, protective leather exterior. LTE connectivity option. Included digital stylus with sturdy holder. Comfortable keyboard. Silent operation. Excellent battery life.

Expensive as configured. Cramped, clumsy touchpad. No fingerprint reader. Heavy for the screen size. Mediocre computing performance. No USB Type-A ports.

Bottom Line: Swathed in swanky leather and kitted out with a new, power-efficient screen, HP's Spectre Folio is a unique, innovative ultraportable. Alas, its styling and pricing are as over-the-top as its performance is underwhelming.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Melissa Riofrio (

HP Spectre Folio review: This lightweight leather laptop is different in a very good way


HP's leather-wrapped Spectre Folio feels better than any metal or plastic laptop could. Performance is good, and battery life is outstanding.

Leather-wrapped chassis is lightweight, comfortable and durable ; Innovative display design makes it easy to convert from clamshell to tent to tablet modes ; Rarely gets too hot to keep on your lap ; Very long battery life (nearly 13 hours in our tests)

Leather edges get in the way of side ports ; CPU performance suffers in the quest for cooler temperatures

The Spectre Folio’s 13.3-inch touchscreen is bright and crisp with wide viewing angles, but there’s a lot more to it. For one, it uses Intel’s low-power display technology (LDPT), which runs on as little as 1 watt of power (up to 1.5W-1.6W at maximum...

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (

HP Spectre Folio


HP delivers premium versatility and serious endurance with the leather-wrapped Spectre Folio 13.

Stylish, premium leather design; Extremely versatile; Excellent battery life; Surprisingly comfortable keyboard

Tinny audio; Middling performance

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Brittany A. Roston (

HP Spectre Folio Review: A classy leather 2-in-1 ultrabook


If you've seen one laptop, you've seen them all, or so it seems. HP has challenged that notion with a new take on laptop design, eschewing metal and plastic lids, visible hinges, and port-lined edges for something completely different: a large, premium...

Impressive convertible design ; Gorgeous genuine leather exterior ; Excellent, firm keyboard ; Crisp, responsive touch display ; Long battery life and fast charging support

Audio is loud but lacks bass ; Middling performance ; Only offers USB-C and 3.5mm audio ports

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Allen Ngo (

HP Spectre Folio 13 (i5-8500Y) Convertible Review


Timeless leather. HP is putting a new spin on laptop convertibles inspired by antique cameras and wristwatches. The one-of-a-kind leather design is both premium and classic, but its size, weight, and features fall a bit short compared to the sleek and...

unique leather design and convertible form factor feels great to hold ; high quality display; >95 percent sRGB, high contrast ratio ; brighter display than the Spectre x360 13 ; both eSIM and nano-SIM; Gigabit LTE ; completely silent; no electronic...

limited to 5 W CPUs; no Kaby Lake-R or Whiskey Lake-U options ; slow display response times; more noticeable ghosting ; difficult serviceability; no end-user upgrading possible ; both heavier and larger than Spectre x360 13 ; no USB Type-A, HDMI,...

HP has carved itself a comfortable niche with the Spectre Folio. When compared to the Surface Go or Surface Pro 6, the HP convertible offers 4G LTE connectivity, Thunderbolt 3, longer battery life, and a bigger screen that should appeal to business...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Alex Cranz (

The HP Spectre Folio Is Gaudy, Ambitious, and Maybe the Future


The HP Spectre Folio is deceptive. Closed it looks like a fancy leather folder business types take to conference rooms. Held in your hands, it's smooth and rich feeling under your fingertips, but heavier than you'd expect. It opens exactly as a laptop...

A brilliant design and great battery life.

A brilliant design and great battery life.

Dec, 2018

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HP Spectre Folio 13


HP's new innovative and unusual 13.3” Windows 10 convertible Ultrabook, the HP Spectre Folio 13. The laptop is clad in chrome-tanned leather and underneath it has a magnesium alloy and aluminum frame and chassis. The notebook has Intel 8th Gen Y series...

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