HP Specter x360, Compact and Versatile

Still remember with HP Elite X2 that we have reviewed late last year? In his review article, we explicitly mentioned that the Elite X2 is an alternative to Microsoft Surface Pro.

So what if you want a Microsoft Surface Book that has more shape like ultrabook? HP also has a solution. Welcoming the HP Specter x360 which this time we crowned as an alternative to Surface Book.

However, the Specter x360 has a much different shape than the Surface Book. It is a convertible ultrabook, where the screen can be bent up to 360 degrees. Thus, Specter x360 can be used in various modes of use, ranging from ultrabook mode even to a tablet.

Specters x360 is also the opposite of the Elite X2 which is more like “ultrabook tablet taste”.

The function as ultrabook is its flagship. Specters x360 look very sturdy though the body is also very compact. Its thickness is only 13.8mm and its weight is only 1.3Kg only. The combination of a compact body and sturdy makes the Specter x360 is very easy to carry anywhere. One of the key mobility on this ultrabook is the use of 13.3-inch screen.

The screen also has a touch screen feature. HP even complete the sales package with a special pen from Wacom. Unfortunately, the pen has a tough button that often makes it harder for us to press the button without having to see the location first. The x360 Specters screen we tested this time using 4K resolution. The quality of the color is quite good, we can even rely on to edit photos.

Features on Specter x360 is also very complete for the size of a compact ultrabook. It has been equipped with two USB Type-C ports, one of which also acts as a power connector to the adapter. The most interesting is the existence of USB 3.1 Type-A which is still on the side of Specter x360. Thus, you do not need to use additional converters to access various devices that still use USB Type-A.

What about the performance?

Powered by an Intel Core “Kaby Lake” i7-7500U processor and powered by 16GB of RAM, the Specter x360 is one of the most powerful ultrabooks available today. Test results using PCMark 8 show Specter x360 able to produce score 2913 points in battery usage mode. Performance is quite fast and can support various needs ranging from just typing, browsing, even to watch 4K video.

Its performance is also boosted sharply thanks to the use of M2 NVMe SSD storage of 1TB. In addition to relief, the storage is able to present a very high read and write speed. It also makes Specters x360 able to light up very quickly, even can run applications that are heavy enough such as Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC simultaneously smoothly.

In terms of graphics, Specter x360 is only able to be used for standard multimedia needs. It does not come with a separate graphics chip, so the use for gaming is very limited. However, that does not mean you can not play the game at all on Specter x360.

Powered by Intel Graphics 620 graphics chip integrated, this ultrabook can still be used to play light games such as Interplanetary. Some old games like Civilization V can also be played very smoothly.

The graphics capability is good enough for an ultrabook also shown in testing using 3DMark Cloud Gate. Specters x360 successfully scored 6750 points. The score is quite large for an ultrabook. No wonder if a variety of standard 3D applications can still run very smoothly.


If you are a mobile worker who needs a powerful, versatile and compact ultrabook, the Specter x360 might be the right answer. Ultrabook comes with features that are very complete and very compact to carry anywhere. Battery endurance is also very good with a durability of 5 to 6 hours of usage in wake-up WiFi condition.

The x360 specter is also more interesting because it has a Type-A USB port and a special pen that allows you to work. Minusnya, the button on the pen is difficult to recognize with finger touch. In addition, Specter x360 also does not have a memory card reader so you have to use a separate enhancement.

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