HP’s new Spectre x360 13 convertible laptop is what its predecessor should have been all along. The already excellent design hasn’t changed much—it still has diamond-cut edges and distinctive copper design flourishes. But the refreshed model, unveiled today, is among the lightest and most compact 13-inch laptops that you can buy, whether or not that laptop has a 360-degree hinge.
With a 2.8-pound weight and a slightly smaller overall footprint than even the diminutive Spectre 13 conventional clamshell, the new Spectre x360 13 really is a premium laptop for everyone, whether or not they want a machine that can be propped up like a tent and convert into a tablet. Essentially, the new version is more flexible than the Spectre 13, just as stylish, and even smaller in footprint (though not quite as thin or light). It also makes use of Intel’s new 10th Generation “Ice Lake” CPUs and Iris Plus integrated graphics, which, our early Ice Lake tests suggest, has the potential for pretty decent graphics pep.
I discovered lots of other nifty improvements during a brief pre-release demo of the new Spectre x360 13. One of the best is a new touchpad, which could eliminate one of the few quibbles we had with the previous model. HP also offers a new OLED screen option, and a palatable starting price of $1,099. Read on for more first impressions of this impressive laptop.