Laptops have already been a milestone in the history of innovation by mankind. However, we are still trying to find something more compact and easily accessible. Thus, the idea of convertibles struck, and tech tycoons gave us some A-line convertible laptops. HP is one of them, and it introduced the HP Spectre x360 series a few years ago.
The latest lineup in the same HP Spectre x360 series has been released recently. It’s a must-watch for those who like their screen to be massive. This HP Spectre x360 16 device comes with a 16-inch screen, and it’s convertible too.
Moreover, HP has poured every finesse detail into the design and build of this device. But, is it worth the hype or is it just the same as the HP Spectre x360 13?
Let’s find out without any further ado.
Technical Specifications of HP Spectre x360 16
Before you leap to a detailed review of the HP Spectre x360 16 devices, we think you should look at the overall technical specs:
- Procesor: Intel Core i7-11390H
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
- Display: 16-inch UHD+, OLED, Anti-reflection, multitouch-enabled
- RAM: 16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz
- Storage: 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD
- Dimensions: 14.09 inches x 9.66 inches x 0.78 inches
- Build material: Aluminium
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Keyboard: Backlit, full-size, nightfall black keyboard
- Webcam: 5 MP IR camera with HP True Vision, temporal noise reduction, camera shutter, and dual array digital microphones
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2 and Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 combo
- Ports: 2 Thunderbolt 4 with USB Type-C, 1 HDMI 2.0b, 1 microSD card reader, 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A, 1 microphone slot, 1 AC smart pin
They all are according to the laptop repair service experts. Since you are aware of the overall specifications of the HP Spectre x360 16-inch convertible notebook, let’s check out the actual review.
Design & Display
If you have witnessed predecessors in the HP Spectre x360 lineup, the latest 16-inch convertible might upset you slightly. They consisted of two-tone designs and gem-cut edges and a perfect combination of Nightfall Black and copper tones. Additionally, they had sharp edges, but the 16-inch convertible replaces the sharp edges with curves.
No doubt, HP tried toning down some things and had to compromise the style. However, the biggest surprise was the innovation of a 16-inch laptop in the industry of convertible laptops. As always, the 16-inch measurement is taken diagonally. And, the convertible notebook comes with an aspect ratio of 16:10.
When you talk about the display quality, then it’s more than beautiful. The HP Spectre x360 16 notebook comes with a 4K OLED display. There are other options for display as well, but we have become a fan of the OLED experience.
It feels nothing less than a treat while enjoying anything productive and entertaining on this big, high-resolution, dynamic, and delightful display.
This HP masterpiece doesn’t support Dolby Vision and HDR, or a refresh rate of 120-Hz, like Dell’s XPS range or Microsoft Surface Laptop studio. But, you will find this notebook handy and easily flippable, especially when you are using it single-handedly.
The processor is from Intel Core i7-11390H that comes with a 35-watt, fore-core/ eight-thread architecture. However, HP Spectre x360 16 couldn’t become a proud lineup with the Intel 12th-gen upgrade.
On the other hand, you can either go for the Integrated Iris Xe graphics or settle for the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050. The GPU from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 will cost you more money. However, this is an entry-level graphics processing unit.
HP claimed that the HP Spectre x360 16 is the perfect machine for creators. But, the graphics quality is not as standard as we expected. We think that it is an underperformer compared to its predecessors in the same lineup.
Yet, editing videos and photos didn’t give us any difficulty. Therefore, we can say that everything is good with respect to the performance of HP Spectre x360 16.
The next thing that you can’t underestimate is the battery life. Since HP Spectre x360 16 is not a mobile workstation or a gaming PC, you can expect better battery life. With continuous editing, browsing, and applications such as OneNote, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc., the laptop can survive for up to 5 hours. However, we kept the OLED display active while working, and the output really impressed us.
If you want to save on battery life, you should go for the 3K option for the display. Additionally, you can turn on the Windows power slider to make your laptop battery last longer. In other words, we think that HP Spectre x360 16 is a perfect choice for creators.
HP Spectre x360 16 will be a tough security partner with the walkaway lock. Whenever the user steps away from the notebook, it will lock itself and enter sleep mode. On the other hand, the notebook will wake up when the user steps in. The 5MP built-in webcam enables these security features on the notebook.
In addition to this, there is an Attention Tracking feature. The feature dims down the screen when the user looks away from the screen. If anybody attempts to look at the screen over your shoulder, then it blurs the display. That’s not the end – HP Spectre x360 16 can tell you and warn you when your face is too close to the screen.
There are more features such as GlamCam to smoothen our face, remove blemishes, and reduce wrinkles. The Auto Frame helps in keeping you in the center of the video. And, the Lighting Correction feature can give you the right image according to the circumstances.
Is HP Spectre x360 16 Right for you?
This phenomenal laptop is a must-buy for creators who are craving a big convertible and some style specs. Additionally, they must be ready to carry some extra pounds due to that large screen. Overall, it comes with a comfy keyboard and an easy-to-surf touchpad.
However, we think that this notebook will be a little challenging for those looking for productivity at its best and something lightweight. Otherwise, HP Spectre x360 16 is a delightful addition for artists and creators.