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This is what smart design looks like

The HP Spectre x360 15-inch convertible laptop looks and feels impressive without blowing your budget.

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It may not be everyone's taste -- I'm not a big two-tone fan, for instance -- but HP's brown and copper color choice is classy and unusual compared to the silver and black models that pervade the market.

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Tentable

Like all convertibles, you can flip it into a tent for presentations.

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Not as reflective as it looks

Given how many lights are shining on it, I'm surprised the screen is discernable at all.

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15 inches

It's a big size, but if you need the screen real estate, you need the screen real estate.

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Keyboard

The keyboard feels good and all the keys are in the right places. The glass trackpad operates smoothly and feels comfortable as well.

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Bundled stylus

HP throws in the N-Trig active stylus for free.

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Stylus

The N-Trig stylus has nice balance and decent friction on the touch surface.

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Thicker, but still thin

To support the 4K display, HP had to put in a bigger battery and the computer's a little thicker than before. On the right size are two USB-C ports, HDMI and a volume rocker switch.

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Right side

There's an HDMI connector and two USB-C jacks -- one Thunderbolt compatible.

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Left side

This side has a full USB 3.1 connector, headphone jack and SD card slot as well as the power switch and vent.

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Left side detail

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B&O-certified sound system

The sound isn't amazing, but it's above average for its class.

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Speaker grille

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Webcam

That's a pretty nice angle of view and it's in the exact right place for you to appear in the center of the image.

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Keyboard

The keys have good travel and feedback.

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HP Orbit

HP includes the HP Orbit utility, which lets you transfer images and single lines of text between the computer and a mobile app. Since it requires they both be connected to a Wi-Fi network, it seems pretty duplicative of existing cloud services.

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What I look like when I work

The x360 is very talented, but it can't fix a bad hair day.

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Touchy

An action shot of the touchscreen.


That red scratch on my double chin is where my cat nailed me. I didn't realize how visible it was.

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Curved fingers

10 years of piano lessons and I still drop my wrists, but my fingers are properly curved!

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