The Good Stand-out features of the HP Spectre One include a Core i7 CPU, an NFC receiver, and both a wireless mouse and a wireless touch pad.
The Bad An absent touch screen and an underwhelming feature set make this PC hard to recommend.
The Bottom Line HP tried to capture some high-end Windows 8 excitement for the Spectre One, but it falls short on both features and value.
High-end wrapper, commodity filling
The Spectre One has two primary problems. It's a high-end Windows 8 all-in-one that lacks a touch screen. Hewlett-Packard has also made some questionable decisions regarding the Spectre One's features, not least giving it a 23.6-inch display. Both of those decisions are out of keeping for an all-in-one desktop with a $1,600 price tag. HP has attempted to offset those concerns with features like an NFC receiver and an included wireless touch pad, but neither is enough to earn the Spectre One a recommendation.
HP debuted the Spectre branding with a strong, glass-and-aluminum Envy 14 Spectre laptop back in January. The plastic-encased Spectre One doesn't quite have the same polish.