Hp Spectre 13 Intel Core I7 Review Love It or Dislike It

Beauty and muscles are hard to come by, and HP couldn’t quite do it. However, the company has come closer and the Spectre 13.3 is intended for those who want, above all, the thinnest laptop in the world. For practical users, the Dell XPS 13 and the Macbook Air make better and more affordable purchases.


HP SPECTRE 13 INTEL CORE I7-detailed review

On January 11, 2008, as Steve Jobs was walking on stage, he opened the Manila envelope and took out Apple’s MacBook Air. This was the decisive moment for the thin, light and portable laptops that we see today. Eight years later, the Ultrabook category is flourishing with laptops from Dell, Lenovo, Asus and the HP company in question. The latest Version from HP in the Ultrabook Segment, the HP Spectre 13.3 (which will be called Spectre in the future for convenience), is in some way a major advance in Ultrabooks.

Where the Macbook Air had hardware updates, its design remained the same. HP, on the other hand, has built the thinnest laptop in the world. The Macbook is still well regarded today, and it is much more affordable than many other Ultrabooks, but the spectre sets the benchmark for “thin and light” laptops, just like the Macbook all those years ago. I’m only saying this from a constructive point of view, and as an Ultrabook, the Spectre still has its drawbacks. HP had to cut corners for this design, and the Spectrum can even be called an uncomfortable laptop.

HP has made decisions to achieve the slim profile, and some of these decisions and innovations will be carried over into the future of Ultrabooks. Here’s what the spectrum is all about.

Construction and Design: slim with Bling

My fellow reviewers did not find it a nice laptop, but honestly, I personally like it. Few Ultrabooks go the shiny and shimmering route, and the HP Spectre is designed for consumers who want that finesse with the flash. This is a different type of laptop. And when it comes to appearance, you either love it or dislike it, just like us.

If we look at the spectrum from a luxurious point of view, its dark ash color and copper (or gold) finish are supposed to imitate jewelry or a high-end wristwatch. To make it more authentic, the back copper strip is not oleophobic and is therefore a fingerprint magnet. HP claims that this helps to maintain the luxurious appearance of the Spectrum.


Speaking of richness, normal friction hinges are not suitable for this laptop. They need additional support to be installed on the screen, and thanks to the thinness of the spectrum, HP had to develop a new hinge for this. HP calls this the piston hinge and it is hidden in the copper base behind a ring. The piston hinge uses two pairs of gas cylinders that can provide uniform resistance throughout the movement of the screen. The resistance is quite good, but considering the weight of the screen itself, it sometimes wobbles. Even a tilt angle of 124 degrees is really not enough these days.

As for the overall construction of the laptop, the combination of the carbon fiber base and the Aluminum cover adds an already commendable build quality. There is very little Flex, even if it is only 10.4 mm thick. Even the ultra-thin Spectrum display has minimal flex. Under the laptop there are three elastic bands that provide the processor with a good grip and enough rest. In addition, hyperbaric cooling does a great job of cooling the processor, even if you keep it on a mat or on your lap. However, I should add that if you use the laptop on your lap, you will feel the hot exhaust, but not enough to worry about unless you are really doing resource-intensive tasks like Photoshop.