All I can tell you is that I've had a first gen HP Spectre for several years. Its reliable. I use it as my portable computer for work and it has travelled throughout the US and Europe with no performance issues. The only thing wrong with it is a key that is losing its silver color. The key works fine, but there is wear showing. I like my HP so much that I bought the latest gen for my daughter, the audio engineer. Her larger, more powerful Spectre is also well travelled and has held up well for 2 years.
I am looking to upgrade my Lattitude E7440. It still does all the things I need so I am not in a hurry. Since I am retired, I am not looking for a workhorse business laptop and I am not a gamer. Browsing online and using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook for personal use occupy most of my online time. My budget is around $1,000.
Looking around online I keep seeing high marks for the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 . After talking to two computer repair shops, they both thought the XPS 13 and the Spectre x360 fell short on reliability. Both shops mentioned they had replaced a number of motherboards in the XPS and one shop included the Spectre x360 as also having motherboard problems. One shop mentioned 4K touchscreens in a super thin 13 inch laptop can lead to problems. They thought 1080P screens in a 13 inch laptop perform just about as good as 4K touchscreens with fewer problems.
So I ask you experts:
1. Do you agree with the repair shops about the reliability of the Dell XPS 13 and/or the HP Spectre x360?
2. Which laptop in your opinion is the better laptop? and
3. How long can I expect a Dell XPS 13 or a HP Spectre x360 to function trouble free?
Any comments, opinions and laptop suggestions are appreciated. I am placing this on a couple of computer forums.