HP has just lifted the veil on the autumn refreshes of its Specter X360 . The two new versions of the convertible terminal from the Palo Alto giant benefit from a redesigned design focusing on screens with thinned edges, surprising angular lines, and the integration of a comaque battery. It's very simple, the manufacturer ensures without trembling that his laptop will hold until 10:30 pm on a single charge in the case of the 13-inch model. Tom Warren, for The Verge , was able to take charge of the 13 and 15-inch versions of the 2018 Specter X360. The two variants of the device will be marketed in November, from $ 1,149 for the 13-inch model and $ 1,389. for his big brother. In Europe, we can expect prices stretching – like last year – between 1,300 and 2,000 euros.
A price positioning that allows HP to pay into the free concession on its new Specter convertibles.
Alongside the 1080p and 4K panels offered to choose from on the 13 and 15-inch models (of course, 1080p is preferred to achieve the 22h30 of autonomy promised by HP; the 4K panel is logically more energy-intensive), are 8th generation Intel processors (up to 4 cores for the 13-inch X360 and 6 cores for the 15-inch variant), as well as a maximum of 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD (NVMe M.2) for the two friends. 4G LTE connectivity is also available, but optional.
The 15-inch HP Specter X360: a machine designed above all for professionals
If the Specter X360 13 seems above all designed for mobility and autonomy (it will however be necessary to see in test whether the announced 10:30 p.m. is true), the 15-inch model is intended more for users who need more power on a daily basis. Besides the presence, on this model, of 6-core processors, HP has left aside AMD and its Vega M chips to fall back on GPUs signed Nvidia. A choice of Geforce MX 150 or GTX 1050 Ti (Max Q) is available.
It goes without saying that the GTX 1050 Ti will be the more advantageous choice from a performance point of view. With it, the terminal will be more comfortable with demanding applications (video editing software, for example), and can, if necessary, transform into an auxiliary PC for video games (provided it remains in Full HD and 'be prepared for some concessions in terms of in-game settings). To ensure optimal cooling for its machine, HP finally explains that it has improved its dissipation system by adding a larger radiator and larger fans.
On the connection side, you have to rely on USB Type-C (one of the two ports is integrated in the rear right corner of the chassis to improve cable management ), on a conventional USB 3.0 input, a headset microphone output, a Micro SD port and an HDMI 2.0 output, but this time only on the 15 inch model.
Illustration credit: Tom Warren for The Verge