Thin. Thinner. Thinnest
As the name suggests, the HP Spectre 13 is built around a 13-inch display, which results in a comparatively smaller device than most laptops around. Thanks to the use of Carbon fiber and aluminium as the construction material, it’s durable and sports premium looks. Adding to its charm is the dual-tone finish of black and gold. As mentioned earlier, the Spectre 13 is crazy thin with its sleek edges of 10.4mm. In comparison, the Macbook has a thickness of 13.1mm. HP’s laptop is also a delight to hold since you don’t feel its weight of 1.11kg at all.
Ports and connectivity
The HP Spectre 13 doesn’t compromise due to its thin form factor. Unlike most ultrabooks, HP has ensured that you can connect accessories without resorting to a USB hub. It has three USB-Type C ports, two of which support the latest USB 3.1 standard. Although, one of these ports will be utilised by the power adapter and since these are Type-C ports, it means that your old USB 2.0 / 3.0 accessories won’t be compatible. The laptop also has the standard 3.5mm audio socket. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.2.
The 13.3-inch edge-to-edge display on the HP Spectre 13 is a sight to behold. With a full HD resolution, the IPS screen is plenty sharp and colours are vibrant too. Brightness levels are impressive as well, from what we could make out. Sadly, even though the Spectre 13 costs more than a lakh, it misses out on touchscreen capability. The good news however, is that the display is protected by a layer of fourth-gen Corning Gorilla Glass.
HP has achieved an impressive engineering feat as it has crammed a full-size keyboard into such a sleek laptop. The island-style keys are fun to use and you can type faster as well as accurate. They're also backlit, making them easier to see in low light. The trackpad has a glass surface and is accurate, and supports multiple gestures.
Packs in ample power
The HP Spectre 13 is available in two variants in India – the entry-level model features Intel’s Core i5 processor, while the high-end version has a powerful Core i7 (2.5GHz clock speed) CPU. The processor is paired with 8-gigs of RAM, and we’re pretty sure that the internals are capable enough of handling most tasks with ease. With Hyperbaric cooling technology, the device keeps the heat dissipation in check. Gaming could be an issue though, since the laptop only has an integrated graphics card – Intel HD 520. For storage, the laptop has 256GB or 512GB SSD, depending the model you choose. The Spectre 13 is juiced up by a four-cell battery, and the company claims that it can deliver more than nine hours of battery backup.
OS and multimedia features
The HP Spectre 13 runs the 64-bit edition of the latest Windows 10. HP hasn’t changed the OS much, and the preinstalled bloatware is also kept to a minimum. For multimedia enthusiasts, the Spectre 13 would prove to be a great companion, since HP has partnered with premium audio company Bang and Olufsen to offer a good audio experience to users. For ensuring the same, the laptop features four speakers – two alongside the keyboard and two at the back.
Pricing and availability
The HP Spectre 13 is priced on the expensive side, since the base variant will set you back by Rs 1,19,990. If you want to buy the more powerful version, which also comes with all the goodies such as a mouse, bag, etc., you’ll have to pony up Rs 1,59,990. The laptop will go on sale across online and offline stores starting July 25th.