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Up close with the slimmed-down HP Spectre x360 laptop

HP Spectre x360 is cool. It's a silvery, shiny, metallic piece of art.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

Starting at just $1,050 (AU$2,230, UK TBD), the new HP Spectre x360 is one sleek backflipping laptop.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

Just feast your eyes on that metal frame, with its edge-to-edge backlit keys. At a minimum, there's a Core i5 processor and 8GB of memory in there, plus a blazing fast 256GB solid state drive.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

Look how small the screen bezels are on this crisp, 1,920x1,080-pixel touchscreen!

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

It's a great looking laptop from practically any angle...

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

...and the new quad-array of Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers sound pretty sweet.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

There's just one little problem: Practically all the ports you know and love are missing.

Just these two (admittedly awesome) multipurpose Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports...

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

...and a single full-size USB 3.0 port on the left. Plus a headphone jack.

At least I can plug in my thumbdrive.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

Still, we're talking about a laptop with a pretty great keyboard.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

A smooth glass touchpad.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

And the ability to do THIS.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

Plus, there's a facial recognition camera built-in so you can log into Windows just by looking at the screen.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

I just don't quite get why HP made the laptop thinner and lighter. It was fine the way it was.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

Particularly since it's not thinner and lighter enough (2.85 pounds, 13.8mm thick) to use in tablet form for more than a couple minutes at a time.

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HP Spectre x360 (Late 2016)

One last picture of the HP Spectre x360.

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