Review: HP Spectre 13


Technology: HP launched world thinnest laptop Spectre 13 on Tuesday in India. At that level of thinness 10.4mm to be exact long battery life and ports are the first things to get axed. The HP Spectre is by default, a unique experience.

HP's made a remarkably beautiful machine here. At 0.41 inches thick, it's thinner than the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air's thickest point (0.68 inches). And at 2.45 pounds, it's also lighter than the 13-inch MacBook Air, which weighs 2.96 pounds. It's also thinner than the newer, ultra thin Macbook, which is 0.52 inch at its thickest point.

Then there's the Spectre's one-of-a-kind polished hinge. To get the computer so thin, HP had to look beyond regular laptops for inspiration. HP settled on piston hinges inspired by those found in high-end furniture. The end result is a display that opens in one smooth motion. When open, the display appears to float above the hinge. The polished-copper finish radiates luxury, evoking high-end jewelry and handbags, although it's macho enough to appeal to guys. 

The Spectre, thin as it is, comes with either a sixth-gen Intel Core i5 ($1,699.99) or i7 ($1,249.99; the model I tested). All models come with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of PCIe solid-state drive storage. A third model with the i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of PCIe SSD costs $1,499.99.

That's performance on-par with the 13-inch MacBook Air and far more power than the 12-inch MacBook, which uses a puny Intel Core M processor.

With an incredibly thin body and premium feel, the Spectre 13 is easy to recommend. It'll turn heads, but it's not a case of style over substance, as it beats or matches other top ultraportables we've tested.