Look at the high end, stylish Windows laptops released over the last five years and youll see quite a lot that looks a bit like a Macbook of one kind or another. The HP, Specter 13 is a concerted attempt to make something that looks about as far from a Macbook as possible, while still having the same level of design and portability cred. Indeed like us, you might even think it looks better, but this laptop has caused many erased. Eyebrow, some of you will love it. Others will be Blinded By the Light reflecting off its shiny bits at 1299 pounds, though its a pretty massive investment and its not the all purpose, Beast of MacBook Pro at the same price offers. Is it standout design enough to make it the Windows 10 laptop to go for Quality quality quality with a side order of shiny gold? Hot pants? Is the HP Specter 13s way, whereas other recent HP laptops have made a great impression with their price? This one wants to make its design presence appeal. It works, particularly as the build quality screen. Color contrast, keyboard and trackpad are all sound. The use of a Punchy Intel Core i7 CPU is great in power terms, but it does mean the Specter 13 is both noisier and less long lasting than you might hope, for we still find a pricey, but USB less memory card, less Windows laptop hard to swallow. For 1 300 pounds, but then we just take another look at that super design and almost All Is Forgiven in the style Stakes.

This is the Windows 10 laptop few. Other companies can compete against HP. Doesnt want the HP, Specter 13 to look like any old laptop and it certainly doesnt. The shape may be similar to that of last years. 13 inch HP, Specter X360, but its visual impact is in an entirely different class. If the Aztec still existed and formed a tech company, the HP Specter 13 is the sort of laptop you could imagine them coming up with. There are more than a few jutting angles here and there the HP logo has been given a fancy chopped up haircut, while the ultra glossy gold color metal, used to form the laptops hinge, makes the Specter 13 something you can imagine being buried in some rich guys. Tomb as a prized possession – okay, so maybe were mixing up our Aztecs and Egyptians a bit you get the idea, though. The lid and main part of the Specter 13 are metallic Grays cast in aluminum. This clashes dramatically with the gold of the backside, which returns in the lettering and sides of the keyboard keys, but in a more muted form. Its big banner claim has nothing to do with the color accents though HP says this is the thinnest laptop ever at 10. Millimeters thick, it sure, is supremely thin and brilliantly light too, at just 1.3 kilogram, thats closer to the weight of some 11 inch laptops and similar to the MacBook Air. What makes this HP a truly successful design is that theres, no sense of structural compromise to get down to those skinny Dimensions.

The Specter 13 is stiff, as you like, which may be helped by the use of carbon fiber on the bottom. Instead of aluminum, the Specter 13 is meant to be a vision of the laptop that grabs some attention. Has it gone too far, though HP has ditched all traditional USB ports in all standard video connections in favor of USB type 100 ports. This is the kind used in the 12 inch MacBook, the same laptop that maybe thought was too far ahead of its time. Theres one port used to charge the laptop while another two are compatible with the Thunderbolt 3.0 standard. That means you get loads of bandwidth enough to connect multiple High data peripherals. If you attach the right hub or connector, you only get the one USBC to USB cable in the Box, letting you plug in, say a mouse or external hard drive. If youre someone forever. Attaching things to your laptop rather than simply firing whatever youre working on up to Google Drive, this may get on your nerves, theres. Also, no memory card slot, which is another potential headache to deal with all the ports, sit on the back too. The hkey Specter 13s ports are powerful, little things but make sure youre prepared to live with them before you drop nearly 1 300 pounds or more on one of these for all its glamor and forward. Looking connectors, the HP, Specter 13 is ultimately a very traditional laptop. The hinge extends back less than most and it doesnt even have a touch screen.

Hp, doesnt think the laptop needs to be slathered in tablet sauce to justify its existence, and nor do we especially one this good. Looking the Specter 13s display is great too, even though it doesnt Jam in as many pixels as you might expect for the cache. This is a 13.3 inch, 1920 x, 1080 pixel IPS LCD screen yep its not OLED like the top end Specter X360, either still color and contrast are both great colors aim for a natural look rather than an overblown one, while contrast levels destroy the Quasi rival Lenovo Yoga 900: this is a tasteful screen. However, as theres no touch screen, you have to use the trackpad to control it. 24. 7.. Its a big pad with a super smooth surface and the mouse button responds that for once, just feels right. Loads of Windows. Laptops have issues with button layout or the workings of their trackpad drivers, but it seems, HP has put in the extra effort required here. The HP, Specter 13s keyboard is good too. Its key action is very crisp and light with the sort of definition you can only get in an ultra rigid laptop frame. It feels a little more Hollow than the keys of a MacBook Pro and the key action bottoms out abruptly, but in a 10 millimeters thick laptop, the Specter is a bit of an achievement. We could type away on it all day without problems and indeed have been as youd expect of a laptop this pricey, the HP Specter 13 has a keyboard backlight.

However, it doesnt have a graduated backlight intensity control, which would have been nice if having a decent keyboard and a laptop. This, then, is a nice surprise. The CPU, the HP Specter 13 packs in is a bit of a jaw dropper. Instead of the Intel Core and series processor used in a lot of very thin and light laptops, it has an Intel Core, i7 6000 500u. This chipset can produce a lot more heat than aquarium requiring fans that snatch up more of the minimal space available in this tiny frame, but HP has managed it somehow. It means the HP. Specter 13 has the power to become most peoples, main computer, itll glide through Photoshop tasks and can handle more intense tasks like serious video editing, which aquarium will struggle with a little its 8 gigabytes of RAM. Tells you this isnt meant to be a number crunching Powerhouse, but the 512 gigabytes as standard SSD does help explain why the HP Specter 13 is quite as expensive as it is high capacity. Ssds still arent cheap. The Specter 13 can even handle some recent ish games. If you turn down the visuals, this is far from a gaming machine, but the Intel HD 520 Graphics used in this chipset, probably isnt as bad as you might imagine, itll allowed game and iPad. There are a couple of ways you pay for this extra power, though the first is noise. Its CPU fan wears away all the time which you might find distracting if youre used to a passively cooled laptop, almost all core I base laptops, have an always on fan, though, where this becomes a bit of an issue is, when you start stressing the laptop with Heavyweight tasks at the slightest whiff of exertion, the fans become quite a lot louder, struggling to Ferry all the heat created by the CPU through the little heat vents by the back most bit of the gold hinge, not to say that other laptops dont do.

This were fairly used to it in the MacBook Pro, although that only tends to kick in serious Fanning when fully necessary. The HP Specter 13 acts like a star getting in a bit of a hissy fit. If you ask it to do too much, we didnt see it overheating, despite playing high endish games for a decent chunk of time, though pop in your headphones or turn on a podcast and just forget, the work battery life does make us wonder what an HP Specter 13, with a core and CPU would feel like, though, with a core i7 CPU. Its stamina is fair, but not close to the longest lasting Ultra portable laptops. If you put in some overtime the HP, Specter 13 wont last you a full work day either and we cant argue if thats a deal breaker for you using the machine for writing and browsing lasts just under 7 hours, thats, not terrible, but is a way off. The 8 hour plus, we ideally want to see from an everyday portable work machine, give the Specter 10 a very tight task like playing back a locally stored, video and itll last a couple of hours more. But as soon as you hear those fans working a bit harder, you know the battery drain is ramping up and it doesnt take all that much its a great excuse for HP to come up with a cheaper, but still As Nice core inversion. Soon, though, so heres hoping one aspect wed like to see improved, two is the speaker array, as you guess, from looking at the laptop.

The Sounds come out of the patterned grills to the left and right of the keyboard, their bang and olufs and speakers, and go reasonably loud. However, they dont have the extra mid range or base mileage of a genuinely decent laptop speaker again. The result of a super slim build youll, occasionally hear some mid range Distortion. At a max volume too. You may get a Hi Fi name, but you dont get a Hi Fi sound. We still find a pricey, but USB less memory card, less Windows laptop hard to swallow for 1 300 pounds, but then we just take another look at that super design and almost All Is Forgiven in the style Stakes. This is the Windows 10 laptop few.