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HP Spectre x360 13 2019 review: This laptop gets stupidly good battery life

by techadopters

Oh HP Spectre x360 13, you’re such an overachiever. While others in your class just phone it in year-after-year, you’re always trying to improve yourself.

This year, you’ve really gone over the top. Besides a major body redesign with sculpted “diamond-cut” angles, you’re also packing Intel’s latest Whiskey Lake CPU and a 1-watt panel that just slays in the battery department. We won’t even bring up all the other goodness that you’ve pioneered: pen support, convertible design, biometric cameras, and awesome bang for the buck.

So while others are content with a new color swath or LED change, the Spectre x360 13 (2019 model) still manages to impress. Of course no laptop is flawless, but this new model still managers to improve upon the really nice one it replaces.

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The new “diamond cut” look is elegant also lets HP do some clever changes like tucking ports and buttons.

HP Spectre x360 13 specs

HP always puts top-shelf components in its Spectre laptops, and the x360 13 is no different. Our model, priced at $1449 via HP.com, is configured with the following: 

  • CPU: 8th gen Intel “Whiskey Lake” Core i7-8565U
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • SSD: WD 256GB PC SN720 NVMe SSD
  • Screen: 13.3-inch low-voltage 1920x1080p IPS touch screen with pen support
  • Networking: WiFi 5 / 802.11ac

Of the specs shown here, the one that deserves a special call is the display. As the second laptop we’ve seen to sport Intel’s “1-watt panel” LPDT technology, the screen promises a major increase battery life. We won’t spoil the whole story (see our battery life section if you want to skip head), but it doesn’t disappoint.

The laptop is 12.1 inches wide about 8.6 inches deep. Its 0.57-inch girth sounds thick, but it’s actually comparable to that of other laptops in its class. For weight, our scale put it 2 pounds, 14 ounces, which is a few ounces heavier than Dell’s XPS 13 9380. 

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The clever use of the corner allows the HP to angle the cable away from the laptop when in use and doesn’t interfere with how the screen folds.

HP Spectre x360 13 Ports

The HP Spectre x360 13 sports two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the right side, plus a microSD port and analog headset port. You probably can’t see it, but there’s also a tiny slide switch to let you disable the webcam.

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The right side of the new HP Spectre x360 13 features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an analog headset jack, and microSD slot. You can see that although it’s about as thin as the Dell XPS 13 9380, the Spectre has a larger foot print.

The right side of the Spectre x360 13 is sparser, but it offers two very important things. The first is the USB Type A. Yes, the beloved square USB you’ve known for so long actually fits on this thin laptop, saving you from dongle hell.

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