If your laptop could be thinner, lighter and smaller with the same great battery life and performance, would you celebrate? Or complain about all the missing ports?
That's not a rhetorical question, it's the deciding factor when you consider the latest version of the HP Spectre x360.
Earlier this year, I called the 13-inch laptops, because it didn't force me to compromise. It offered powerful processors, long battery life, a beautiful backflipping hybrid screen, a relatively thin aluminum frame plus enough ports to plug in two monitors, a mouse, keyboard, a USB thumb drive and my camera's SD card simultaneously.one of my favorite
Starting at $1,049 or AU$2,299 (UK availability TBD) the new, slightly revamped version of the HP Spectre x360 is just as good in almost every way -- but it's missing a lot of those ports. Like Apple with its new, HP chose thinness over utility.
HP Spectre x360 (late 2016)
|Price as reviewed||$1,099 in the US, AU$2,299 in Australia|
|Display size/resolution||13.3-inch 1,920x1,080 touch-display|
|PC CPU||2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U|
|PC Memory||16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz|
|Graphics||128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Networking||802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
Personally, I'd buy last year's laptop. The same point goes for last year's MacBook Pro if you need HDMI or USB-A ports. But I'm not you. Here's what you need to know about HP's new Spectre to make the right call.