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HP Spectre x360 (2021)

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The HP Spectre x360 is raising the stakes even more. By marrying style and portability with fantastic performance, last year’s model of the HP Spectre x360 may have been one of the best laptops we’ve come across. But, in 2021, it’s back and better than ever with that much-coveted Intel Evo certification.  

This year’s HP Spectre x360 packs an even bigger punch thanks to the inclusion of Intel’s 11th-gen CPUs. It’s also tailored, due to meeting specific requirements of Intel’s for that Evo certification, to make the next ‘evolutionary’ jump in laptop design. What you end up with is svelte, light, and very portable. The Spectre is a premium and beautiful laptop.

Because of the stunning internals packed into the HP Spectre x360, it’s not only a gorgeous machine but a powerful one as well. And, it’s looking to be a great follow up to last year’s model.

Windows 10 boots quickly, and is fast and responsive, and you can even play a few indie games on it – as long as you don’t mind setting graphics to low.

Most impressively of all, though, is battery life. The HP Spectre x360 (2021) manages almost 13 hours in the intensive PCMark 10 battery life test. In our own experience, we happily made it through a full workday using the laptop. If you were under the impression that Windows 10 laptops wouldn’t be able to compete with MacBooks or Chromebooks for battery life, the HP Spectre x360 (2021) does a very good job of proving you wrong.

Our only complaints are that when used as a tablet-like device (thanks to its 360-degree hinges), the HP Spectre x360 (2021) goes from being a slim and sexy laptop to a rather bulky and unwieldy tablet. The option is nice to have, but if you’re looking for a device to use as a tablet more often than a laptop, we’d recommend a device such as the Surface Pro 7 or iPad, which are thin and light tablets that can be used with keyboards.

Our other issue is that the fans become quite loud when you’re using the laptop – and, on occasion, even when you’re not. A few times we heard the fans kick even when the HP Spectre x360 (2021) was closed. It’s the one area of the design of the HP Spectre x360 (2021) that doesn’t feel completely premium.

Aside from those issues, this is a supremely accomplished laptop that’s great for day-to-day use, including work. However, with starting prices of $1,349/£1,199/AU$3,339 (various markets have different starting configurations), it’s pricey. If you have the budget for it, though, you won’t be disappointed.

HP Spectre x360 (2021)

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