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HP's new Spectre is the coolest-looking new laptop of the yearHP upgrades the super-slim Spectre with super-fast new CPU, a much-needed touchscreen and a cool new white-and-gold design.
A laptop is something very personal. You use it all the time. You're seen with it in public, at coffee shops, at work, at school. It's an extension of the self, and therefore, part of your public persona. Now, I say all this to make the point that a laptop's design is very important. And if you wrap a great design around great hardware, even better. HP has rescued a fairly boring year of laptop design with the new version of the Spectre, a super slim 13 inch laptop that's really won me over with its ceramic white body and series of hardware upgrades. Last year's model was just as thin, about 10 millimeters, but it didn't have a touch screen. Now we get touch which is important to have in a premium price laptop plus brand new 8th gen Intel CPUs and the more compact body. If there is anything I don't like about the new Spector is that the hinges don't actually go back very far. It doesn't need to have a 360 degree hinge But viewing angles can get a little awkward. And the touchpad is still trapped in the Windows zone where it never quite feels as natural as a Macbook. And keep in mind like a lot of other current super laptops you're stuck with USB-C ports on the back. One final bit of advice. Go for the ceramic white version. Yes, there's also a dark grey, ash, and copper color option, don't get that, though. Seriously, it's boring.