The Spectre x360 is HP’s newest flagship notebook. It’s also probably the closest you’ll get to seeing Microsoft build its own laptop. You see, though the machine has Hewlett-Packard’s name on it, HP designed it in close collaboration with engineers from the Windows team, optimizing everything from the fan noise to the screen’s color gamut. The result is a well-built laptop with fast performance, long battery life and a nearly bloatware-free version of Windows. And at $900 to start, it undercuts almost all of its rivals.
- Attractive, well-made design
- Long battery life
- Colorful screen, good viewing angles
- Comfortable keyboard
- Fast performance
- Reasonably priced
- A bit heavy for a 13-inch laptop, even one with a convertible design
- Relative heaviness makes it less practical to use as a tablet
- Touchpad offers a bit too much friction
The Spectre x360 is one of our new favorite laptops, thanks to its premium design, fast performance, vibrant screen and comfortable keyboard. It’s relatively heavy compared to competing laptops, but it mostly makes up for it with nearly best-in-class battery life.