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HP Spectre x360 13, a capable little hybrid with style

This downsized version of its 15-inch sibling still manages to pack quite a bit into its diminutive 13-inch body, including a 4K display.

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Dark ash silver

The copper-and-brown milled aluminum body gives the notebook a unique and elegant look. You can get it in a more typical natural silver as well.

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Flippy

Like all 2-in-1 models, you can flip it into presentation mode.

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Active Pen

HP bundles its Active Pen stylus with the x360.

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Active Pen

The stylus has two buttons.

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No pressure

This is how I feel about the stylus.

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Hover distance

You can see how far the stylus tip can get from the surface -- that white dot is the stylus cursor location.

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Tent mode

Twixt laptop and tablet.

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Smaller than it looks

This picture adds 10 pounds to it.

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The pleather is all yours

HP also bundles a sleeve with the x360.

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A place for everything

The free sleeve has a convenient place to stash the stylus.

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Lip service

The large lip on the lid makes it a little easier to open than some laptops.

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Left side

The x360 has a Type A USB port with full-time charging and a headphone jack on the left.

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Tablet mode

It's a little awkward as a vertical tablet since it's about 11 inches tall.

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What other people see

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Right side

The x360 has two USB-C ports capable of driving displays or charging the system.

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Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard has sufficient travel and a full set of keys in the right places.

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See Lori type

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See Lori type, part II

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Top speaker grille

The speakers sound better than those of your typical laptop.

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Speaker grille, redux

This auxiliary speaker grille allows for better sound when in tent or presentation mode.

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Hinge design

The hinge has nice tension for flipping around.

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The other angle

The laptop insisted that this was its best side.

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See Lori touch

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See Lori touch, the sequel

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