HP Spectre x360 14 Review: The New Best 2-in-1 Laptop

Gorgeous 2-in-1 with a vivid 3:2 touchscreen and an excellent keyboard.

HP Spectre x360 14

Tom's Hardware Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a beautifully constructed 2-in-1 laptop with a vibrant 3:2 OLED touch screen to showcase your work. It has an excellent keyboard and a variety of ports for all of your accessories. Those who prioritize battery life may want to consider a non-OLED configuration, however.

Sleek, attractive design

Vivid 3:2 display shows more of your work

Clicky, responsive keyboard

Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-A ports

OLED model doesn't last all day

Difficult to upgrade SSD

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There's no need to beat around the bush: the HP Spectre x360 14 ($1,219.99 to start; $1,699.99 as tested) is one of the best ultrabooks we've tested in the last several months. It's exquisitely designed with a 13.5-inch, 3:2 display that showcases more of your work, whether it be words, numbers, or code. 

You'll pay a premium price for it, but it sure feels premium, with a sleek chassis, clicky keyboard and both USB Type-C and Type-A ports, as well as a microSD card reader. The model we reviewed had an impressive OLED screen with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution. It looks great, but if you want all-day battery life, you may consider alternative configurations. 

Design of the HP Spectre x360 14 

HP makes a handsome laptop. The Spectre x360 doesn't make a ton of changes to what has largely become a tried and true design. It's an aluminum notebook with solid construction. Ours came in "nightfall black" with copper accents, which I think is a bit showy for my tastes these days, but you can also get in "Poseidon blue" or my likely choice, "natural silver." 

The back two edges near the 360-degree hinge are chopped off, one of which makes room for a Thunderbolt 4 port. It's a divisive choice, but it's grown on me. That placement lets you flip from a laptop into a tablet while it's charging and barely move the cable at all.

When you unfold the laptop for the first time, you'll notice the big difference with this Spectre: a 13.5-inch, 3:2 display that feels incredibly luxurious compared to the 16:9 screen on the smaller Spectre x360 13 that we recently reviewed. There's minimal bezel around it, putting the focus on your work. It also creates a slightly longer profile for the whole device. Unlike many 2-in-1s, the power button is on the keyboard, rather than the side of the device. As a person using it primarily as a laptop, I prefer this choice, though tablet-heavy users might be annoyed.  There's also a fingerprint reader next to the arrow keys, this, combined with the IR camera, allows for security options beyond a password whether in tablet or laptop mode, which I appreciate. The speaker grilles above the function keys make for a nice accent. 

There aren't a ton of ports on the Spectre x360 14, but there's enough for most people's everyday use. Most of the action is on the right side, where you'll find two Thunderbolt 4 ports (one on the right corner), a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microSD card. On the right, there is one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port. The rest of that side of the notebook is magnetized to fit the included HP Tilt Pen.

At 2.95 pounds with an 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67-inch footprint, the Spectre is fairly compact. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is 2.9 pounds and 11.69 x 8.15 x 0.56 inches — a bit smaller — but also has a 13.4-inch screen in a 16:10 aspect ratio. The MacBook Pro is a 3 pound clamshell and measures 11.95 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches, and the Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 is 2.7 pounds and 12 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches. 

HP Spectre x360 14 Specifications 

Productivity performance on the hp spectre x360 14 .

Our HP Spectre x360 14 review unit came with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD with 32GB of Intel Optane memory. In my use, it could handle plenty of browser tabs and streaming video without an issue. On the Geekbench 5 overall performance benchmark, the Spectre earned a single-core score of 1,462 and a multi-core score of 4,904. The ZenBook Flip S was in a similar range. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 had a higher score in multi-core performance (5,639). The MacBook Pro, too, had a higher multi-core score when emulated through Rosetta 2 to run the same version of the test (5,925).

The Spectre transferred 25GB of files at a rate of 533.61 MBps, faster than the XPS 13 2-in-1, but slower than the ZenBook Flip S (979.37 MBps).

In our Handbrake test, which transcodes a 4K video to 1080p , the Spectre x360 14 finished the task in 18 minutes and 5 seconds. While this was four minutes faster than the ZenBook, the XPS 13 2-in-1 was speedier and the MacBook Pro led the whole pack, even while emulating x86 instructions.

To stress the Spectre, we ran it through 20 runs of Cinebench R23. It was fairly consistent in the low 4,000's, though there were some peaks up to around 4,300. The CPU ran at an average of 2.61 GHz and an average temperature of 74.07 degrees Celsius (165.33 degrees Fahrenheit).

Display on the HP Spectre x360 14 

The 13.5-inch touchscreen on the Spectre x360 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, making it taller than it is wide. It's an opulent amount of space, especially for doing work. You'll see more text, code, spreadsheet cells or whatever else you're working on because the screen is taller. It's a big improvement over 16:9 displays, and makes for a more natural shape as a tablet, as it's similar in shape to a piece of paper. Our main review configuration was an OLED model with a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution. It looked incredible, with deep blacks and vibrant colors, as has been the case on most OLED monitors we've seen to date. Of course, most videos are still 16:9, so when I watched the trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong , it was letterboxed on the top and bottom. The beginning of the trailer features the titular ape on a barge during a sunset, and its blue and orange hues were beautiful as jets flew overhead.

The OLED screen covers 139.7% of the DCI-P3 color gamut (the non-OLED, 1920 x 1280 screen covered 74.6%).  The next best was the ZenBook Flip S, also with an OLED display, at 113.1%. The MacBook Pro measured 78.3% and the XPS 13 2-in-1 covered 70%.

The Spectre’s display measured an average of 339 nits on our light meter. This never seemed like an issue in regular use, though the ZenBook, XPS 13 2-in-1 and MacBook Pro all got far brighter.

Keyboard, Touchpad and Stylus on the HP Spectre x360 14 

The keyboard on the Spectre takes up as much room as possible, moving from edge to edge of the chassis . This gave HP room to include a full keyboard, including an extra column for home, page up, page down and end keys. The tilde key is a little squeezed, but not enough for me to be inconvenienced. The keys are clicky (they even have a bit of a clicky sound!), and I really enjoyed typing on them. On the 10fastfingers typing test, I reached 105 words per minute with my usual 2% error rate. There's a fingerprint reader built into the keyboard on the right side, next to the arrow keys. On the function row, there's a key to kill the camera. The F1 key is sort of wasted, though, in that it is programmed exclusively to open the browser and search for "how to get help in Windows 10 ."

HP has equipped the Spectre x360 with a 4.5 x 2.8-inch touchpad. It's slightly smaller than the MacBook Pro (5.1 x 32 inches), but is still plenty spacious. With Windows 10 precision drivers , it responded immediately to every gesture.

A rechargeable stylus is included with the laptop, the "HP Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen." (MPP is short for Microsoft Pen Protocol.) It's round with one flat edge that connects to the left side of the laptop with magnets. That flat side also has two customizable buttons

The Spectre's palm rejection worked pretty well, and the stylus worked well with both tilting and shading in supported applications. In Paint 3D, using the crayon tool required extra pressure for a deep hue, just like the real thing. I do wish, like some of Microsoft's styluses, that HP would add an eraser to the end.

HP claims it lasts 30 hours on a charge. When you slide up the top of the stylus, a USB-C port is revealed, which is a neat addition. A ring light on the very top tells you its charging status.

Audio on the HP Spectre x360 14 

HP's collaboration with Bang & Olufsen has produced winning laptop audio for a while now, and the Spectre x360 14 is no exception.

These things get loud — too loud, even. As I listened to Spotify, I turned the volume down as Fall Out Boy's "Bob Dylan" stormed through my apartment. The drums, vocals and guitars were clear. Bass was a bit quiet. I tried changing that manually in the Bang & Olufsen control center, but to a little effect. There are presets in that app, but I found most of them to be overkill.

Upgrading the HP Spectre x360 14

Unfortunately, HP has made upgrades and repairs to the Spectre x360 14 more difficult for the average person than they need to be. There are two visible Torx screws on the underside of the laptop, but underneath the rear rubber foot, there are four more Phillips head screws. The feet are applied with adhesive and could rip when you remove them. HP makes extras available to authorized repair shops. If you did get into the laptop, per the maintenance manual , you would find that while the RAM is soldered down, the SSD, WI-Fi module and battery are user replaceable.

Battery Life on the HP Spectre x360 14 

Like most laptops with OLED screens, the Spectre x360 14's battery life isn't exceptional. It will last you most of the day, but you'll want to bring the braided USB Type-C charger with you. On our test, which continuously has laptops browse the web, run OpenGL tests and stream video over Wi-Fi at 150 nits, the Spectre ran for 7 hours and 14 minutes. A non-OLED version with a 1920 x 1280 screen ran for 12:11, should you value battery life over image quality. 

The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 lasted 10:52, while the ZenBook Flip S (also with OLED) ran for 8:11. The MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 processor lasted the longest at a whopping 16:32.

Heat on the HP Spectre x360 14

We took skin temperature measurements on the 14-inch Spectre x360 while running our Cinebench R23 stress test. 

The center of the keyboard measured 34.8 degrees Celsius (94.64 degrees Fahrenheit), while the touchpad was a cooler 29.4 degrees Celsius (84.92 degrees Fahrenheit). The hottest point on the bottom was 47.1 degrees Celsius (116.78 degrees Fahrenheit).

Webcam on the HP Spectre x360 14 

It's a shame this beautiful, high-resolution screen wasn't paired with a beautiful, high-resolution webcam . Like most laptop cameras, the Spectre x360’s is  still stuck at 720p . An image I took at my well-lit desk was color accurate, catching my navy shirt, blue eyes and the mixed shades of brown in my hair and blue. But overall, the picture was grainy, and light coming in from some nearby windows was blown out.

On the bright side, it works with Windows Hello for facial login. While there's also a fingerprint reader on the keyboard, this is better for logging in when it's a tablet.

Software and Warranty on the HP Spectre x360 14 

While the Spectre x360 is undoubtedly a premium device, it has the kind of bloat you would expect from some budget machines. HP has a lot of its own software. I wish it would combine more of these disparate programs into the main app, HP Command Center, which lets you make performance adjustments based on temperature and sound and also lets you decide which software gets network priority. 

There are separate pieces of software for choosing among different display modes, switching between headphone and speakers, changing HP telemetry settings and adjusting the buttons on the stylus. There's also HP Quick Drop to move files between your phone and the laptop. On top of all that, there is MyHP, which gives you your serial number and is otherwise filled in with some fairly vapid tips for using your PC. HP has also added LastPass, ExpressVPN, Netflix, trials of Adobe software and a promotion with Dropbox for new users to get 25GB of free space. There's also a suite of McAfee software, including McAfee LiveSafe, Personal Security and File Lock. Amazon Alexa is also preinstalled, which may be divisive. It sure is more useful than Cortana. Either way, it's not actively listening. Instead, you have to sign in to your Amazon account.

Of course, there's also some bloatware that’s included in most Windows 10 installs, like Hulu, Roblox and Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure .

HP sells the Spectre x360 14 with a 1-year warranty.

HP Spectre x360 14 Configurations 

We tested the Spectre x360 14 with an Intel Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD with 32GB of Intel Optane memory, a 3000 x 2000 OLED display. It comes in black and costs $1,699.99 at Best Buy as of this writing.

HP sells other configurations on its own website, starting at $1,219.99 with an Intel Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD with16GB of Intel Optane memory and a 1920 x 1280 touchscreen. Changing to black or blue adds $10 to the price, and for more money, you can go up to 2TB of storage (up to an extra $320).

Bottom Line 

The HP Spectre x360 14 is the best 2-in-1 laptop you can get right now. The 3:2 display highlights your work in laptop mode and is more natural than 16:9 or 16:10 screens in tablet mode. It offers solid performance, has a variety of ports, includes a stylus and has an excellent keyboard. If battery life is your priority, the OLED screen won't do you any favors, but the 1920 x 1280 model might be more your speed. The MacBook Pro with M1 , a clamshell alternative, is top of the class in endurance. If you prefer a smaller footprint, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 9310 is still very good, though it has fewer ports and a 16:10 screen rather than 3:2.

But the Spectre x360 14 largely has it all, making this one easy to recommend if you're willing to pay a premium price.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Threads @FreedmanAE and Mastodon @FreedmanAE.mastodon.social .

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  • g-unit1111 I've always wanted to get a 2-in-1 laptop like this and have always liked the design of the Spectre 360. Right now my Surface is handling those needs but I would definitely get one of these when my Surface is no longer useful. Reply
  • bigdragon I'm glad this review devoted some time to talk about the stylus. (y) Looks like a solid machine that uses space well. Reply
  • jeffunit "The 13.5-inch touchscreen on the Spectre x360 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, making it taller than it is wide. " Based on the photos, it sure looks like the display is wider than it is tall. Does anyone proofread these articles? Reply
jeffunit said: "The 13.5-inch touchscreen on the Spectre x360 has a 3:2 aspect ratio, making it taller than it is wide. " Based on the photos, it sure looks like the display is wider than it is tall. Does anyone proofread these articles?
  • FalconBlue Hi Andrew Freedman – There's a typo here: "On the right, there is one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port." That port is on the left , not the right. You inventoried the ports on the right side in the preceding sentence, and you accidentally referred to the right again in this sentence. Also, there's a typo mentioned above where you said the screen is taller than it is wide. It's the opposite – all computer screens are wider than they are tall, including 3:2 screens. Reply
  • MarsISwaiting No OLED burn-in mentioned in the whole review ... I am really worried about windows taskbar and fixed windows icons on the screen . one of my Samsung phones got Burn in after two years of use . Reply
  • FalconBlue I just stopped by because of the new comment, and notice that Tom's Hardware hasn't fixed the errors in the article. Is this normal? It's been over a week since the initial report on the screen ratio, and almost a week since I reported the erroneous port description, and they haven't fixed them? Isn't Tom's kind of a major publisher in this space? They have tons of revenue, their own fancy HQ building and so forth. It's strange that they would publish and not fix errors. Reply
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Best Laptop 2023: HP Spectre x360 14

I have used a heck of a lot of laptops in the past year, and some of them are quite nice. MacBooks have nailed the “premium” look and feel for years, and I’ll never waste an opportunity to gush about the build quality of Dell’s XPS line . 

But I’ve never touched a consumer laptop as gorgeous as the Spectre x360 14. The new Spectre’s sturdy black body, lustrous accents, and boldly sharp edges would make it a standout among convertible laptops across the board, even if it didn’t have a slew of other excellent qualities — which, from its 3:2 screen and packaged stylus to its stellar performance and battery life, it absolutely does.

With a starting MSRP of $1,299.99 ($1,589.99 as tested) the Spectre x360 is easily my new favorite 2-in-1 laptop. Today’s market is full of capable convertibles that look good, work well, and do certain things really well. But while the Spectre x360 14 isn’t a perfect laptop, it tops the pack in almost every area. It’s a stylish chassis, premium panel options, stylus support, a powerful processor, and fantastic battery in one. It’s proof that you can have it all — for a price. 

The HP Spectre line is second to none when it comes to design, and this latest model is no exception. Like its 13-inch predecessor , the Spectre x360 14 is made of CNC-machined aluminum. Also like its siblings, you can get the 14 in “nightfall black,” “Poseidon blue,” or “natural silver.” Take a look at some pictures before selecting your color because they each have pretty different vibes. The nightfall black option has a sophisticated, svelte aesthetic that looks tailor-made for a boardroom. Poseidon blue is friendlier and probably the one I’d go for myself. 

The accents, though, are what make the Spectre stand out from the legions of other black laptops out there. Lustrous trim borders the lid, the touchpad, and the deck. The hinges share its color, as does the HP logo on its lid. It’s bold without being obnoxious. The two rear corners are diamond-shaped, and one of them houses a Thunderbolt 4 port on its flat edge. (On the sides live an audio jack, a USB-A, a microSD slot, and an additional Thunderbolt 4, which is a decent selection — gone is the trapdoor that covered the USB-A port on the 13-inch model.) And the edges are all beveled, making the notebook appear thinner than it actually is (it’s 0.67 inches thick). Careful craftsmanship is evident here — I’m not exaggerating when I say this Spectre feels like artwork.  

The HP Spectre x360 14 sits open on top of a piano. The screen displays a blue and white background.

And, as the “x360” moniker implies, the Spectre is a 2-in-1. At 2.95 pounds, it’s a bit heavy to use as a tablet for long periods, but it’s smooth and easy to fold and the hinges are quite sturdy. Unlike with many convertibles, there’s barely any wobble when you use the touchscreen. The display is also stylus-compatible; the Spectre ships with HP’s MPP2.0 pen, which attaches magnetically to the side of the chassis.

Despite its design similarities, this Spectre looks noticeably different from its ancestors, and that’s because of the screen. The new model has a 3:2 display, which is 13 percent taller than the 16:9 panel on last year’s device. (It’s kept the same 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.)

There’s barely any wobble when you use the touchscreen

Microsoft’s Surface devices have been using the 3:2 aspect ratio for years, and I’m glad that the Spectre line is finally making the switch . If you’re used to using a 16:9 display (which many modern Windows laptops have) and you give a 3:2 a shot, you’ll see what I mean. You have significantly more vertical space, which means less scrolling up and down and less zooming out to fit everything you want to see. It makes multitasking significantly easier without adding much size to the chassis. 

This 3:2 panel can come in a few different forms. My test unit has an FHD option that HP says should reach 400 nits of brightness. I measured it multiple times, but it only reached 285 in my testing — which is dimmer than I’d hope to see from a device at this price point. I’ve reached out to HP to see what’s up and will update this review if it turns out to be a bug. (Of course, 285 nits is still more than enough for indoor office work.) 

The HP Spectre x360 keyboard angled to the right, seen from above.

In addition to the FHD display, you can opt for a 3000 x 2000 OLED panel (HP didn’t provide a brightness estimate for this one; LaptopMag measured it at 339 nits) or a 1,000-nit option with HP’s Sure View Reflect technology, which makes the screen difficult to read from the sides. This will mostly be a benefit for business users.

In terms of other specs, the base model pairs the 400-nit screen with a Core i5-1135G7, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage (plus 16GB of Intel Optane). Then, there are a few upgrades you can go for. My test unit, priced at $1,589.99, keeps the base model’s screen but has a heftier processor (the quad-core Core i7-1165G7) and double its RAM and storage. I think this model is a good option for most people — it gets you a top processor and a good amount of storage without too stratospheric of a price tag. If you want to get fancier, you can get the OLED screen and 1TB of storage (plus 32GB of Intel Optane) for $1,699, or the Sure View screen and 2TB of storage for $1,959.99.  

Of course, laptops aren’t just for looking at, but you’re not compromising on performance to get this build quality. The Spectre is verified through Intel’s Evo platform, which means that it offers a number of Intel-selected benefits including Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6, all-day battery life, quick boot time, fast charging, and reliable performance. In my testing, it more than surpassed those standards. 

The back left corner of HP Spectre x360 14 up close.

The system handled my heavy workload of Chrome tabs, downloads, and streams speedily with no issues. Battery life was excellent; I averaged 10 hours of continuous use with the screen around 200 nits of brightness. That means if your daily tasks are similar to mine, the Spectre should make it through your workday with no problem. (You’ll likely get less if you opt for the OLED panel.) The processor also includes Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics. While you wouldn’t want to use those for serious gaming, they’re capable of running lighter fare. 

Elsewhere, I have almost no complaints. The backlit keyboard is snappy with a solid click — it’s easily one of my favorites. The speakers sound good, with very audible bass and percussion. There’s a fingerprint sensor to the left of the arrow keys and a Windows Hello camera, neither of which gave me any trouble.

I have almost no complaints

Apart from the dimness, there are only two things about this laptop that I’m not in love with. They’re both minor; the fact that I’m even mentioning either of them in this review is a testament to how excellent this device is. 

The first is the touchpad. It’s quite smooth and roomy (16.6 percent larger than that of last year’s Spectre x360 13) and handles scrolling and gestures just fine. But it’s noticeably stiffer than some of the best touchpads on the market. The press required to physically click is firm enough that I ended up doing it with my thumb most of the time. On the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and the MacBook, clicking with a finger is much less of a chore. When I first clicked with the integrated buttons, I also had to overcome some initial resistance to hit the actuation point (put plainly, every click felt like two clicks). This issue resolved itself during my second day of testing, but it’s still a hiccup I generally only see with cheaper items. 

The HP Spectre x360 angled to the right, seen from above, with the lid half closed.

Secondly, bloatware. There are a number of junk programs preloaded onto the Spectre and several pinned to the taskbar. Dropbox, ExpressVPN, McAfee, and Netflix are all on here, and I got all kinds of notifications from them. This is an oddity at this price point, and seeing cheap McAfee alerts popping up on the Spectre is like seeing really ugly bumper stickers on a Ferrari. This software doesn’t take too long to uninstall, but I’m disappointed to see it nonetheless. 

But those are really the only two complaints I have, and neither of them should stop you from buying this laptop. It’s beautiful to look at and a dream to use. I found myself using it in my free time instead of my personal device (which almost never happens with review units — I really like my products). 

Agree to Continue: HP Spectre x360 14

Every smart device now requires you to agree to a series of terms and conditions before you can use it — contracts that no one actually reads. It’s impossible for us to read and analyze every single one of these agreements. But we started counting exactly how many times you have to hit “agree” to use devices when we review them, since these are agreements most people don’t read and definitely can’t negotiate.

To start using the HP Spectre x360 14, you’ll need to agree to the following:

  • A request for your region
  • A request for your keyboard layout
  • License agreements for Windows, HP, and McAfee

You can also say yes or no to the following:

  • Microsoft account (can be bypassed if you stay offline)
  • Windows Hello fingerprint recognition and face recognition
  • Privacy settings (speech recognition, location, Find My Device, sharing diagnostic data, inking and typing, tailored experience, advertising ID)
  • Customize your device for gaming, schoolwork, creativity, entertainment, family, or business
  • Sync an Android phone
  • OneDrive backup
  • Allow Microsoft to collect and use information for Cortana’s personalized experiences and suggestions, including: location and location history, contacts, voice input, speech and handwriting patterns, typing history, search history, calendar details, content and communication history from Microsoft services, messages, and apps
  • Provide your name, region, and contact information to HP
  • Allow HP to use information about your system to provide customer support, and enable your PC to show HP contact options, warranty information, and support messages
  • Allow HP to use information about your system to improve HP products and services
  • Allow HP to use your contact details and information about your system to send personalized news and offers

That’s six mandatory agreements and 20 optional agreements to use the Spectre x360 14.

When we’re evaluating a convertible laptop at the Spectre’s price point, the big question is how it compares to the gold standard of Windows convertibles, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 . The XPS has a few advantages: it’s a bit thinner and lighter, its touchpad is less stiff, and it has a more modest look that some users might prefer. 

But for me, the ball game is close but clear. The Spectre x360’s meticulous craftsmanship, classy aesthetic, and 3:2 screen put it over the top. It also edges out the XPS in a few key areas: the keyboard is more comfortable, the battery life is better, and Dell’s closest-priced configuration to this unit only has half its storage. The Spectre’s smaller amenities that the XPS lacks — like the bundled stylus, the USB-A port, the blue color, and the OLED option — are icing on the cake. 

If you’re looking for a premium Windows convertible with a classy aesthetic, that makes the Spectre a no-brainer purchase. This is HP at its best; it’s a luxury laptop in pretty much every area. I can’t imagine that it won’t be the next laptop I buy. 

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Tom's Guide Verdict

This 2-in-1 laptop combines beauty, brawn, and brains to create the ultimate entertainment center and workhorse.

Excellent sound quality

Stellar display

Intuitive touchscreen and pen controls

Ultra portable

Very expensive

No 10-key option

Pen input finicky for left-handed users

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Price: $1,669 as reviewed CPU:  Intel Core i7-1165G7 Display:  14-inch 1920 x 1280 FHD (as tested) or 3000 x 2000 OLED touchscreen Battery:  12:11 (tested) Memory:  16GB Storage:  256GB to 512GB SSD Dimensions:  11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches Weight:  2.95 pounds

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a powerhouse of a convertible laptop, featuring top-tier hardware that provides excellent performance for both work and play. Available in three colors (silver, black, and navy blue) and sporting an ultra-thin profile of just .67 inches, the HP Spectre x360 brings a touch of sophisticated style that perfectly complements its internal components. Whether your office is wherever you happen to be that day, or you're looking to upgrade your home laptop, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better option.  

Buyers be warned though, this 2-in-1 laptop comes at a steep price. The entry-level models start at $1,369 (though HP is discounting that to $1,249 at time of publication), meaning many customers will be left searching for more affordable options. However, if you're willing to spend a bit more to get a quality laptop that will serve you well for years to come, or just want to be able to buy the best of the best no matter the cost, the HP Spectre x360 14 is an excellent option. 

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Pricing and availability

As mentioned earlier, this laptop's impressive power and gorgeous design comes at a high price. With a starting price of $1,369 it's comparable to laptops like the Core i7 Dell XPS 13 ($1,259) and the MacBook Pro 13 ($1,299). You can pick one up through the official HP store, the Intel website, or you can try your luck at major retailers if you're hoping to get lucky with a good deal or sale price. 

I tested the $1,669.99 version loaded up with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 2.8GHz quad core CPU (that can be overclocked to 4.7GHz), 512GB solid state drive, 16GB RAM, integrated Intel Xe Graphics, and 14-inch FHD touchscreen display. 

It comes packaged with a rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen, which is perfect for digital artists or anyone who prefers to take handwritten notes during class or meetings, as well as a faux leather protective sleeve to prevent damage while it's packed away in your backpack, tote bag, or carry-on luggage. I suggest springing for the 1TB SSD and 2K OLED screen options to ensure that you have plenty of space for projects and optimal color ranges if you work with photography, video, or graphics.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Design

The chassis for the HP Spectre x360 14 is made of machined aluminum and is available in three colors. The Poseidon Navy model I was able to test looks stunning, and was the envy of the household.

The 180-degree hinges feel sturdy and solid while folding the laptop into tablet mode or back into traditional laptop mode; there is virtually zero side-to-side play, which is great for long-term durability.

The laptop weighs just under 3 pounds, and manages to pack a 14-inch screen into an 11-inch housing; measuring just 0.67 inches thin, this laptop easily slips into almost any bag for commutes, business travel, or heading to the library to finish a term paper.

The included protective sleeve is made of sleek, black faux leather with plenty of cushioning to protect your hefty investment from flexing, scratches, and minor bumps and knocks.

The included rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen looks and feels like a high-quality traditional ink pen, and the input buttons are perfectly placed for use in either the left or right hand; the pen comes with two additional nibs for quick and easy replacement if one becomes damaged or worn.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Ports

The model I tested featured two USB-C ports for both connectivity and charging, a USB Type-A port, headphone/microphone jack, microSD card reader, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless peripheral and device connections.

However, the Bluetooth 5.0 connection only allows for setting up 2 simultaneous devices; bad news for anyone who has invested in multiple wireless peripherals like headsets and mice, or needs to connect multiple mobile devices to their laptop. 

With Wi-Fi 6 compatibility you can take advantage of next-gen wireless internet speeds in order to transfer files to and from cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive, making external physical storage a moot point. It's also perfect for anyone who has frequent video calls and virtual meetings and needs a fast, reliable connection.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Display

You can choose between a 1920 x 1280 FHD or a 3000 x 2000 OLED touchscreen for your new Spectre x360 14. For most applications at work or at home, the full HD screen will be just fine. HP claims it can deliver up to 1000 nits of brightness, depending on your customization options, meaning that you'll be able to watch videos or drop into virtual meetings and visual calls in almost any lighting environment. It also has incredibly wide viewing angles.

The screen gets bright enough for most settings, and in our testing we recorded an average brightness of 365 nits across the whole display. That's as good as Apple's latest MacBook Air (365 nits) but a bit short of competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (469 nits). The colors look great, too; in our testing the HP Spectre x360 14 with a 1920 x 1080 FHD display covered 105.3% of the sRGB color spectrum, beating out the XPS 13 (97.9%) but falling behind the MacBook Air (114%).  

I tested our review unit with YouTube and Hulu in both tablet and laptop mode, and even at extreme side angles, colors remained vivid and true-to-life. If you're a digital artist or work in video production, you may want to spring for the OLED touchscreen for more consistent brightness and enhanced color and detailing. 

Both options are made with Gorilla Glass for durability when using touch controls either with your hands or the Tilt Pen. The glass feels smooth and sturdy, with very little flex, so you won't have to worry about damaging your screen when you swipe, write, or tap away at your programs and files.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Keyboard and Tilt Pen

The chiclet-style keyboard has an ultra-low profile that feels great to type on, though if you're used to mechanical or optical switch keyboards, it may feel a bit "mushy" and takes some getting used to. It has two levels of backlighting to make it easy to type in almost any setting, and you can turn off the backlight completely for bright rooms or when it would be a distraction, like in a meeting. 

Both the display and trackpad allow for intuitive gesture controls; you can pinch to zoom, swipe, and tap the screen, and the trackpad allows for pinch zoom and quick scrolling. Taking notes with the Tilt Pen feels almost identical to writing with traditional pen and paper, and the program that parses handwriting into digitized text is great at picking out words and letters even if you're like me and have horrible penmanship. 

If you're left-handed, you may want to use sticky keys to lock the Windows Start button and taskbar so you don't accidentally close out of your document or art program in the middle of a project. While a minor annoyance, it doesn't detract from the ease of use offered by the Tilt Pen for when you want to make comments on a report or PowerPoint, write yourself a to-do list, or knock out some preliminary sketches for clients. The pen has two input buttons that can act as right and left click would on a mouse or they can be customized to suit whichever program you're working in for personalized shortcuts; this is great for quickly switching brushes in Photoshop or effects in Lightroom.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Audio

HP partnered with Bang & Olufsen to pack some high-quality audio into this slim little laptop. The four-speaker array located above the keyboard delivers clean, clear sound in both laptop and tablet mode. 

While many laptop speakers can sound "tinny" or have a "buzz" at high volumes, the Bang & Olufsen speakers sound amazing even at full volume. Everything from dialogue in movies and shows to industrial noise rock and techno comes through crisp and clear. I put on some podcasts and personal playlists while doing chores around the house and was able to hear everything clearly even in other rooms across the house. 

The HP Audio Boost software included with the laptop allows you to create custom audio mixers to suit your tastes in music and switch between several presets quickly and easily when you're in the mood for something different.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Performance

The Intel Core i7 CPU in our review unit can handle just about anything you can throw at it, from typical work programs like Google Docs, PowerPoint, and Chrome to streaming movies, music, and even casual gaming.

While I wouldn't classify the Spectre x360 14 as a gaming laptop, you shouldn't have any issues playing games like Minecraft, Among Us, or Fortnite for a few hours with friends. More graphically-demanding games like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will definitely push the laptop to its limits, so maybe keep that to your desktop or console. 

In terms of raw numbers, the HP Spectre x360 14 review unit we tested put up a respectable average score of 4,937 in our Geekbench 5 general performance test, beating the similarly-priced Asus ZenBook Flip S UX371 (3,880) but falling behind competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (5,254).

The SSD is speedy enough, as evidenced by the fact that in our file transfer test (which measures how fast a laptop clones 25GB of files) the Spectre x360 14 moved files at a decent clip of 764MBps. That's decent, but behind competitors like the Dell XPS 13 (806MBps) and the ZenBook Duo 14 (921 MBps).

If you're looking to edit video on the go, know that our Spectre x360 14 review unit performed decently in our Handbrake video editing test, converting a 4K video to 1080p in just over 17 minutes. That's better than the 18 minutes it took our Dell XPS 13 review unit to complete the same task, but far slower than the 7:44 it took the MacBook Air to get it done.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Battery life

This laptop sports an updated 4-cell lithium-ion battery that HP rates at 21.5 hours running video playback; our web surfing tests put the battery life just north of 12 hours, which is more realistic for a typical work day. That's better than the Dell XPS 13 (11:7 as tested) and nearly as good as the Lenovo Yoga 9i (11:15 as tested). More importantly, it means you can go all day, or several days, before you need to even think about plugging in. 

When you do need to top up your battery, the USB-C port supports rapid charging, giving you up to 50 percent battery in just 45 minutes, so you can recharge over your lunch break or while you're in a meeting.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Security

The model I tested had what I consider to be baseline options for security in work and home laptops. It had a physical camera shutter and dedicated mute button for the integrated microphone, which is helpful for both virtual meetings and making sure no one peeks into your office or listens in on your calls without you knowing. 

If you deal with sensitive information or creative projects, the integrated fingerprint reader creates a password-free log-in shortcut for important programs, files, and accounts to prevent theft and unauthorized access. The integrated webcam has infrared capabilities and works with Windows Hello to allow facial recognition for another layer of protection.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Cooling

Since this is a slim 2-in-1 laptop, there isn't much room for air or liquid cooling to keep the machine running at optimal temperatures. However, the built-in fans do a decent job of drawing waste heat away from vital components like your CPU and forcing it out of the vents in the bottom of the laptop. 

During typical office work, the laptop doesn't ever get too warm to the touch, and the fans stay fairly quiet, which is great for anyone who works in an open-concept office or shares workspace with others. The HP Command Center app allows you to choose from four fan operation presets or manually control the cooling fan to suit your work. You can also use this app to monitor your fan speed and CPU temperature to catch problems before they escalate.  

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a great long-term investment for anyone looking to upgrade their mobile workstation. You can customize the laptop's configuration on the HP official store site for the optimum balance between power, performance, and design. 

Of course, if you're not tied to Windows, the Apple MacBook Air with M1 will give you better battery life, better colors, and better photo/video editing performance for roughly the same price.

On the flip side, MacBook users looking to move to a Windows-based computer will love the familiar feel of the HP Spectre x360 14's keyboard and USB-C connections as well as the gorgeous FHD and 2K OLED displays. The 2-in-1 convertible form factor is ideal for anyone who wants to streamline their workflow and eliminate redundant devices like tablets; the 180-degree hinges make it a breeze to switch from a traditional laptop to a tablet for watching videos or drawing. 

While the price is steep, the top-notch components are worth the extra cash in order to keep up with current and next-generation graphics and processing needs as well as internet and wireless connectivity. 

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What Is the HP Envy x360 14?

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Ranked No. 15 in our Best Laptops of 2023 rating, the HP Spectre x360 14 has a high starting price. However, for high performance and even higher build quality in a 2-in-1 convertible, very few laptops come close to the Spectre. The unique security and design features help offset the premium this HP demands.

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Ranked #15 in Best Laptops of 2023 Ranked #4 in Best 2-in-1 Laptops of 2023

Detailed, high-quality design

Brilliant displays

Superb webcam

Starting prices are higher than competitors

Battery life is only average

Ever since laptop manufacturers switched to metal cases, most laptops look similar. So it takes creativity to push laptop design to another level, especially when that push comes from a company like HP that sells average-looking laptops in bulk. The Spectre x360 14 is a rare machine that manages to be both pretty and powerful. It will appeal to laptop customers seeking to be seen in the coffee shop and who want unique features that some other companies don’t offer.

As a high-performance 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 14 can’t match the raw power of the M1-powered MacBook Pro and MacBook Air . However, with Core i7 processors and up to 32 gigabytes of memory, the Spectre comes close. It also sports an attractive, bevel-cut case, built-in privacy screens, a smart camera, and bright, high-resolution touch screens. The starting price of $1,519.99 will put off many business and casual users. However, the Spectre x360 will appeal to others, including artists and creatives who don’t need the extra power of a dedicated graphics card.

For the ultimate 2-in-1 laptop , there appears to be no better choice than the HP Spectre x360 14. It’s expensive, but the Spectre’s price is the main complaint from most professional reviewers. They love the impressive performance, beautiful displays, and cutting-edge design. Power users who need the flexibility of a 2-in-1 will be more than happy. Casual and business users will overspend on this laptop because they’re unlikely to take advantage of its performance and unique features.

HP Spectre x360 14: Price

The Spectre x360 14 starts at $1,519.99 (for the 14t-ea100 model). Even the base model is well-equipped with an Intel Core i7-1195G7 at a peak of 5.0 GHz, 12 MB cache, and integrated Iris Xe graphics. It has 32 GB of Intel Optane DDR4 memory, a 512 GB Intel SSD, a 13.5-inch HD IPS display at 1920 x 1280 pixels, and an HP stylus pen. Upgrading to a brighter display with the built-in privacy shield, more graphics memory, and a 1 TB SSD costs $1,789.99. Fully loaded with the high-res display and 2 TB SSD, the Spectre costs $2,259.99.

HP Spectre x360 14: Design

The Spectre x360 14 has a unique case with diagonally cut edges and bronze accents along the base and display bezel. This lends an angular look that’s very distinguishable among laptops. While the bronze accents are only on the Nightfall Black color, the Spectre also looks good in Poseidon Blue (accented in silver) or a monochrome Natural Silver. There’s a USB-C port installed on the base’s three-sided edge, whereas most laptops have only a 90-degree edge. Reviewers note this helps keep plugged-in devices from getting tangled.

As a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 14 can be used as a tablet by folding the display 360 degrees behind its closed position. It can also stand upside down in a “tent” mode or held vertically. Reviewers say it’s a little too heavy to be used as a tablet for very long, but the included stylus pen feels good to hold and to use. HP also includes a soft sleeve for the laptop with a pen holder.

At 0.67 inches thick and just over 3 pounds, the Spectre is not the lightest or slimmest 2-in-1 laptop on the market. But the build quality and small manufacturing details like the triangular pattern on the speaker grill make this HP worth its premium price for many users.

HP Spectre x360 14: Performance

Reviewers found the Spectre x360 14 to match or beat competitors like the Lenovo Yoga 9i , Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 , and even the HP Envy x360 13. However, it fell a bit behind in other tests, some of which included video rendering and file copying. Despite the increasing levels of shared system memory that HP allocates to the Intel Iris Xe graphics when you upgrade, gaming performance was below average in some tests. Photoshop performance was better, and this is where the Spectre shines as a laptop and a tablet that’s best used with the included pen.

Reviewers found the quad-core Core i7 ran cool and without slowdowns for most tasks, although the laptop heats up under heavy workloads. For illustration programs, streaming, and web browsing, the Spectre delivers more than enough power for everyday life.

HP Spectre x360 14: Displays

The Spectre x360 14 offers three touch-screen displays with a 13.5-inch diagonal size and a 3:2 aspect ratio, which is taller and more square than the 16:10 ratio in the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 . The two high-definition displays use IPS technology for consistent brightness at wide angles. They have a 1920 x 1280 resolution at either 400- or 1,000-nit brightness. Only the 1,000-nit HD display comes with a privacy screen. The best display is the 3000 x 2000 OLED that can cover the entire DCI-P3 color gamut and has controls to switch to Adobe RGB and sRGB color modes. The display can also switch modes depending on the ambient lighting. Reviewers love the clarity and saturation of this OLED display.

HP Spectre x360 14: Ports and Audio

HP uses a dedicated power input, which frees up its two USB-C ports to run at full Thunderbolt 4 speeds. A USB-A 3.2 port is included on the left side. An SD card reader joins the power and two USB-C ports on the right side, one of which is on the angled edge toward the back to make it easier to plug in peripherals.

Sound comes from four Bang & Olufsen speakers mounted above the keyboard and at the bottom of the base. Reviewers generally like the sound quality. Software lets you choose from preset equalizer settings to balance the tone to your desired media.

HP Spectre x360 14: Keyboard, Touchpad, and Webcam

Reviewers like the keyboard's look and design, especially the typeface on the keys and the “snappy” feel. There are some notable differences from other laptops, however. The right Control key is replaced by a fingerprint reader, where some of the Function keys along the top are instead dedicated keys for the power and webcam shutter. The touchpad is large and responsive according to most reviewers.

The Spectre’s 5-megapixel webcam is the most advanced we’ve seen on a laptop. It uses software with unique distance- and subject-tracking capabilities, and a beauty mode applies live filters to soften the skin. On a call, the software crops the image as a photographer would when taking a headshot, so your face is zoomed and centered automatically. In one click, you can turn the laptop’s display into a virtual ring light with adjustable brightness and color to better illuminate your face. When not on a call, the camera app can suggest that you move further from the screen or give your eyes a break based on times and distances you set.

HP Spectre x360 14: Security 

In addition to a fingerprint reader, microphone mute button, and webcam shutter, the webcam has more advanced security features. For example, HP's GlamCam software can detect if a person is looking over your shoulder and will either notify you or blur the entire screen. The webcam can also lock the laptop when you leave and wake it up when you come back using the Windows Hello facial recognition login feature. A privacy screen, called HP Sure View Reflect, can darken up to 95% of light coming from the screen to prevent people from viewing it off to the side.

HP Spectre x360 14: Battery Life

HP promises up to 17 hours of battery life with the HD display and 11.5 hours with the OLED display. However, reviewers saw 12 to 14 hours with the HD display and less than eight hours using the OLED display. This is about average among small laptops. HP offers “in-bag detection” that senses if the laptop has been stored in a backpack or briefcase so it can prevent itself from overheating. This theoretically should help preserve the battery.

HP Spectre x360 14 vs. the Competition

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HP Spectre x360 14 vs. HP Envy x360

The Envy x360 is the budget version of the Spectre x360. That means it has less overall performance and capability, and the design is less flashy. It’s also significantly heavier despite its smaller display at nearly 4.5 pounds. But with a starting price of $799.99, the Envy x360 has all the essentials of a 2-in-1 convertible laptop that many users need.

Learn more in our HP Envy x360 review .

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HP Spectre x360 14 vs. Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 

Both the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 and the HP Envy x360 are premium 2-in-1 laptops. The Dell offers a 4K display that’s wider and more detailed than the HP Envy. It’s also lighter and slimmer. The HP Spectre uses faster Intel processors, more standard memory, and has a superior webcam and security features. Both have similar battery life. The HP offers a USB Type-A port and better speakers. The HP Envy is more expensive by about $400 to start.

Learn more in our Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review .

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HP Spectre x360 14 FAQ

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HP sells a couple of pre-configured models that currently require one month to build. Selecting different options doesn't appear to affect the lead time. Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers may have the Spectre x360 in stock but may have more limited configurations available.

What is the HP Spectre x360 14 warranty?

The HP Spectre x360 has a one-year warranty with an option at purchase to extend it to two or three years, with or without an accidental damage clause.

What screen options are available for the HP Spectre x360 14?

Three touch screens are available in a 13.5-inch size. The standard IPS HD screen has 1920 x 1280 resolution at 400-nit brightness. The optional IPS HD screen has 1,000-nit brightness and a privacy feature that can block up to 95% of the screen’s light from certain angles. The OLED screen is 3000 x 2000 resolution at 400-nit brightness.

What processor options are available for the HP Spectre x360 14?

The HP Spectre x360 has the Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor, with peak speeds of 5.0 GHz and a 12 MB L3 cache. When ordering, HP splits the processor choices by the amount of shared system memory allocated to the CPU’s onboard graphics processor (either 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB).

What memory options are available for the HP Spectre x360 14?

The HP Spectre x360 comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB of DDR4 memory.

What software is bundled with the HP Spectre x360 14?

Windows 11 Home/Pro, a trial version of McAfee LiveSafe, and HP software for the webcam, display, and other functions come included. HP offers a discount on Microsoft Office 365 or a standalone version of Office 2021.

Is the HP Spectre x360 14 good for business use?

Yes, the HP Spectre x360 is a good choice for creatives in the business field who would use the 2-in-1 design, touch-screen capability, pen, and its impressive displays. For normal business users, it’s probably too much laptop.

Is the HP Spectre x360 14 good for gaming?

No, the HP Spectre x360 is not a gaming laptop . While you can play relatively simple games on it, anything more demanding will require a laptop with a faster processor and better graphics like the Acer Nitro 5 .

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The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) is a premium Windows ultraportable laptop. It replaces the HP Spectre x360 14 from 2022 (Intel 12th Gen). This 2023 model is identical in design to its predecessor, as it's mainly an internal spec bump up to Intel 13th Gen CPUs. RAM and storage max out at 32GB and 2TB, respectively. It has Wi-Fi 6E wireless connectivity, a 1080p webcam, and a 66Wh battery. For the display, you can get an FHD+ (1920 x 1280) IPS or a 3k (3000 x 2000) OLED panel. There's an additional FHD+ IPS panel with an advertised brightness of  1000 cd/m² and an integrated privacy screen to protect your information from prying eyes. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4, a MicroSD card reader, and a headphone jack.

You can see our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

The HP Spectre x360 is great for school use. Its compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry around, and its battery lasts over thirteen hours of light use. You can get it with an FHD+ IPS or 3k OLED display; both look sharp and get bright enough for use in most indoor settings. If you like handwritten notes, this laptop has stylus support and comes with a pen in the box. The keyboard feels great to type on, and the touchpad is large and responsive. Its Intel 13th Gen U-series CPU and integrated graphics can handle general productivity tasks like web browsing and text processing; however, they aren't ideal for demanding workloads like CAD or programming.

  • Thin and light.
  • All-day battery life.
  • Sharp, bright FHD+ displays.
  • Comfortable keyboard, large touchpad.
  • Great 1080p webcam.
  • CPU and GPU can't handle demanding workloads.

The HP Spectre x360 is mediocre for gaming. It's only available with low-power Intel 13th Gen U-series CPUs and integrated graphics, which aren't powerful enough to provide smooth gameplay in demanding games. You can play some older or lighter titles, but you'll have to play with low settings to get playable frame rates. Also, there are only 60Hz display options with no VRR to reduce screen tearing. On the upside, it doesn't get overly hot or loud under load.

  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
  • Doesn't get hot or loud under load.
  • Only 60Hz display options with no VRR.
  • Soldered RAM.

The HP Spectre x360 is great for media consumption. It's very portable due to its compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts over ten hours of video playback. Since this is a 2-in-1, you can set the laptop up in tent mode or use it as a tablet. It's available with an FHD+ IPS or 3k OLED display; both look very sharp and get bright enough for indoor use. There's also an FHD+ display option with an advertised 1000 cd/m² brightness for outdoor use. The FHD+ panels aren't ideal for dark room viewing, as their low contrast makes blacks look gray, so it's best to get the OLED panel if you often view content in a dim setting. The speakers are bottom-firing; however, they get very loud with minimal compression and sound clear, with a decent amount of bass.

  • Available with 3k OLED display.
  • Speakers sound clear, with a decent amount of bass.
  • IPS panels aren't ideal for dark room viewing.

Depending on your workload, the HP Spectre x360 can be a good option for use as a workstation. It provides a great user experience with a nice sharp screen, a comfortable keyboard, and low fan noise. It also has a good port selection with two Thunderbolt 4s for your peripherals and external displays. Unfortunately, performance is the problem, as its low-power Intel 13th Gen U-series CPU and integrated graphics can't handle demanding workloads. You can do some color-critical work, though, as the 3k OLED display has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.

  • OLED panel has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.

The HP Spectre x360 is good for business use. It has a compact and lightweight design, and its battery lasts over thirteen hours of light use. Its 14-inch display provides just enough space for split-screen multitasking and gets bright enough to combat glare. The keyboard feels comfortable to type on, and the touchpad is responsive to all movements and gestures. Performance-wise, its Intel 13th Gen CPU can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. It has a great 1080p webcam for video calls and a wide port selection, including two Thunderbolt 4s. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable, so you'll have to get enough for your needs upfront.

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  • Updated Dec 07, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.2 .
  • Updated Nov 03, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.1 .
  • Updated Oct 05, 2023: Review published.
  • Updated Oct 02, 2023: Early access published.
  • Updated Sep 22, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  • Updated Sep 07, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  • Updated Sep 01, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences between sizes and variants.

Our HP Spectre x360 14 (model 14-ef2000ca) has an FHD+ IPS (400 cd/m²) display, an Intel Core i5-1335U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. The screen, CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

You can see our unit's label here .

Compared To Other Laptops

The HP Spectre x360 14 is a good general productivity laptop. It provides an excellent user experience with its sharp screen, comfortable keyboard, and large touchpad, and its battery life is among the best for Windows laptops. However, its CPU performance isn't as good as many other laptops with a similar configuration, as its tuning prioritizes a better user experience over raw performance.

For more options, check out our recommendations for the best lightweight laptops , the best travel laptops , and the best business laptops .

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the HP ENVY x360 15 (2023) are both great ultraportable laptops and very similar overall. The Spectre is more portable since it's a smaller device, and its battery lasts much longer. Although its display isn't as large as the Envy's, it looks sharper due to its higher pixel density. There's also a 3k and a 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display option with an integrated privacy screen, which you can't get on the ENVY. On the other hand, the ENVY has a better 1440p webcam and is available with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 discrete GPU.

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 (2023) are both great 2-in-1 convertible laptops. The HP is more portable since it's a smaller device, and its battery lasts slightly longer. The HP's screen is smaller, but you can configure it with a 3k OLED display that provides a significantly better viewing experience, making it a better option for media consumption. On the other hand, the Lenovo has a wider port selection and is available with faster P-series CPUs.

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the Dell XPS 13 Plus (2022) are both premium laptops that provide a great user experience. The HP is a 2-in-1 convertible with stylus support, while the Dell is a more traditional clamshell model. The Dell feels much sturdier build-wise; however, it doesn't have as many ports as the HP, and its battery life is significantly shorter.

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are very similar 2-in-1 convertible laptops. The HP has longer battery life and better speakers; however, the ASUS has an HDMI port and is available with faster P-series CPUs. If permanent burn-in worries you, the HP is available with IPS panels but not the ASUS.

Test Results

perceptual testing image

The HP Spectre x360 14 has a sleek, premium design that fits easily into most professional work environments. It has a silver-color aluminum chassis with diamond-cut corners at the back, thin bezels, silver-color keycaps, a glass touchpad, and a chrome HP logo on the lid. On the bottom, you'll find a pair of speakers near the front and air vents near the back. There are also air vents on the back of the laptop. It's available in three colors: Natural Silver, Nocturne Blue, and Nightfall Black.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Build Quality Photo

The HP Spectre feels well-built. Its all-aluminum chassis feels sturdy, with no obvious gaps in the construction. However, there's some flex on the lid, display, and keyboard deck, more than expected for a premium all-metal laptop. The finish doesn't scratch easily. Fingerprints and smudges aren't a problem on the silver model, though it's likely worse on the darker color models. The feet feel strong and stick firmly to the bottom.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Hinge Photo

The HP Spectre has good hinges. They feel smooth when opening and closing the lid and are very stable, exhibiting almost no wobble when touching the screen or typing aggressively. There's too much resistance to open the laptop with one hand; however, that's somewhat normal for a 2-in-1, as the hinges need to be stiff enough to prevent the laptop from collapsing in tent mode and to keep the screen still in tablet mode.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Dimensions Photo

The HP Spectre 2-in-1 and its power adapter are compact and lightweight.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Internals Photo

The HP Spectre x360's serviceability is mediocre. Accessing the internals is relatively easy; you only need to remove four torque screws and undo the clips holding the bottom panel with a prying tool. The screws are of two different sizes, so keep them organized. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable. The storage slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

You can see the maintenance and service guide here .

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) In The Box Photo

  • HP Spectre x360 14 laptop
  • 65W USB-C power adapter and cord
  • HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen
  • Extra pen tips
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Documentation

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Display Photo

The HP Spectre x360 is available with the following displays:

  • IPS 1920 x 1280 60Hz Touchscreen (400 cd/m²)
  • IPS 1920 x 1280 60Hz Touchscreen (1000 cd/m² with integrated privacy screen)
  • OLED 3000 x 2000 60Hz Touchscreen (400 cd/m²)

Although HP markets this laptop as a 14-inch model, the screen is actually 13.5 inches. Both the FHD+ (1920 x 1280) and 3k (3000 x 2000) panels look very sharp. The latter is technically sharper, with a pixel density of 267 PPI; however, the difference isn't immediately noticeable on such a small display at typical viewing distances. Also, the 3k display will consume more power. Like all OLEDs, the 3k display is susceptible to permanent burn-in with static elements like Windows' taskbar, though it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.

The 3:2 aspect ratio is great for productivity, as the increased vertical space lets you see more information at once, reducing the need to scroll. It's also well suited for tablet use, as it makes the screen feel less narrow in portrait orientation.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Motion Blur

The HP Spectre x360 is only available with 60Hz displays, which is typical for a productivity laptop. The FHD+ IPS panel has a slow response time, causing visible ghosting in fast-moving scenes. The 1000 cd/m² FHD+ panel will perform similarly. The 3k OLED panel likely has a faster response time, as most OLEDs do.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Contrast Photo

The FHD+ panel has a good contrast ratio. It's at the higher end for an IPS panel but relatively low compared to other display technologies. Blacks still look gray in dim settings at this contrast level. For the best dark room viewing experience, go with the 3k OLED panel. It has effectively an infinite contrast ratio as, like all OLEDs, it can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks.

The FHD+ display gets bright enough for use in most indoor environments but not quite outdoors in broad daylight. It's very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing, as it's easier on the eyes. The other FHD+ display has an advertised brightness of 1000 cd/m², so it's a much better option for outdoor use. The 3k OLED panel has an advertised brightness of 400 cd/m².

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Reflections Photo Off

The display handles reflections well. Its glossy finish mostly struggles with direct, mirror-like reflections, so it's best to avoid having bright light sources directly behind you, like a lamp or open window during the day. These reflections are visible even with the screen at maximum brightness.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Black Uniformity Photo

The FHD+ display's black uniformity is decent. There's a little bit of clouding here and there, which is only visible when viewing dark color content in a dim setting. The 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display will likely have similar uniformity. The OLED display has perfect uniformity since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Horizontal Chroma Picture

The FHD+ display's horizontal viewing angle is okay. The image dims and washes out relatively quickly as you move to the side, so you need to be more or less directly in front of the screen to get the best accuracy. The 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display has a much narrower viewing angle due to its integrated privacy screen. This privacy-protection filter makes the displayed content harder to see from the side, similar to the one on the HP ENVY x360 13 (2020) . The 3.5k OLED panel will likely perform better regarding color washout and brightness loss, but it'll struggle more with color shifting.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Vertical Chroma Picture

The FHD+ display's vertical viewing angle is okay. Like the horizontal viewing angle, the image dims and washes when viewing from above and below, so you need to look at the screen more or less straight on to see an accurate image, which can be challenging in tight places where you don't have much room to tilt the screen, like on a bus or airplane. Again, the vertical viewing angle on the 1000 cd/m² FHD+ display will be much worse due to the privacy screen, and the OLED panel will likely perform better regarding color washout and brightness loss but struggle more with color shifting.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) White Balance Screencap

The FHD+ display's out-of-the-box accuracy is decent. Most color inaccuracies are minor and hard to spot. The white balance is a bit off at higher brightness levels where there's too much red. The color temperature is slightly warmer than the 6500K target, which is not enough to make much difference visually. The gamma follows the sRGB curve loosely; dark scenes are too dark, and some bright scenes are too bright.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Gamut SDR

The FHD+'s color gamut is excellent. It has full sRGB coverage, meaning it can produce all the colors in this commonly used color space. It has great DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage but not enough for HDR video production or print photography. The 1000-nit IPS panel has the same color gamut, while the 3k OLED panel has full DCI P3 and Adobe RGB coverage.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Flicker Graph

The FHD+ IPS panels are entirely flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain. The 3k OLED panel likely flickers, as most OLEDs do.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Keyboard Photo

The HP Spectre has a great keyboard. The layout is fairly standard, so it's easy to get used to. Key spacing is good, but the whole keyboard could have been bigger, considering the amount of space available on the deck. The keys are stable; they wobble a bit, but not enough to affect the typing experience. They have a good amount of travel, don't require much force to actuate, and provide relatively satisfying tactile and audio feedback. You can adjust the backlight using the F4 hotkey. The backlight is white, leaning on the cooler side. Like most keyboards with light-color keycaps, the white backlighting can make the legends harder to see in well-lit settings. If this is an issue, go with the Nocturne Blue or Nightfall Black color.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Touchpad Photo

The HP Spectre has a great touchpad. Size-wise, it's large but could be a tad bigger. It tracks all movements and gestures well, and there's no problem with palm rejection. It doesn't always register touches around the edges, which isn't necessarily bad, as it's where most people are more likely to accidentally touch when typing. The buttons feel satisfyingly tactile, but you can only click in the bottom half of the touchpad.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Frequency Response Plot

The speakers get very loud with minimal compression artifacts at max volume. They sound clear and natural, with good instrument separation and a decent amount of bass. They don't sound as full as the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M2, 2023) but are easily among the better speakers in the Windows world.

The webcam's video quality is great. The image looks detailed and well-exposed. The colors are true to life, but the tint is slightly unnatural. Voices sound loud and clear, albeit a tad hollow. The microphone's noise canceling feature works well in removing background noise, but it's pretty aggressive and causes a 'fade in' effect when you start speaking, so the first few words might be hard to understand for the person at the other end. You can turn off this feature at the cost of more background noise during calls. There isn't a physical privacy cover; however, you can disable the camera using the key next to the power button.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Ports Photo

The HP Spectre x360 has a good port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps) and Sleep and Charge. The latter lets you charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. Both USB-Cs support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two 4k displays at 60Hz), USB4, USB 3.2 Gen 2, DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0, and Sleep and Charge. Power Delivery lets you fast charge the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port.

The wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211. Wi-Fi 6E has faster speeds, lower latency, and less signal interference than previous Wi-Fi standards. However, you need a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E to benefit from these features.

The HP Spectre x360 is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i5-1335U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 4.6GHz, 12MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-1355U (10 cores/12 threads, up to 5.0GHz, 12MB cache)

Both CPUs are low-power processors typically found in thin and light productivity laptops. They both have a hybrid architecture with two performance and eight efficiency cores; the only difference is that the i7-1355U has faster clock speeds, giving you slightly better performance. These CPUs can only handle light, general productivity tasks like web browsing, text processing, video playback, spreadsheets, and presentations. If you have a more intensive workload like programming or video editing, it's best to get a laptop with a more powerful H-series CPU. You can find these high-performance CPUs in relatively thin and light laptops like the Dell XPS 15 (2023) .

The HP Spectre is only available with Intel Iris Xe. This integrated GPU can only handle light tasks like web browsing and video playback, not demanding workloads like video editing or 3D graphics. You can play some older or puzzle-like games, but you'll likely have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphical settings to get smooth gameplay.

You can configure this laptop with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

You can get this laptop with 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Geekbench Image

The HP Spectre x360 has an overall great score in the Geekbench 5 benchmarks. The Core i5-1335U's multi-thread performance is good but worse than expected for this particular CPU, as the tuning really limits the performance to keep the laptop cool and quiet. The overall performance is still good enough for general productivity tasks, but don't expect to do anything intensive like programming or video editing. You can get slightly better performance by switching to the Performance mode in the HP Command Center app, though at the cost of louder fans. The Core i7 will only perform slightly better. As for the GPU-intensive workloads, the Intel CPU's integrated graphics perform poorly and aren't suitable for heavy computing tasks.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Cinebench R23 Photo

The Intel Core i5-1335U has strong single-thread performance, but its multi-thread performance is on the slower side. For heavy, sustained multi-threaded workloads, it's best to get a laptop with an H-series CPU, like the Lenovo Slim Pro 7 14 (2023) or the Dell XPS 15 (2023) .

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Blender Image

The performance in Blender is mediocre. Neither the CPU nor the integrated GPU is suitable for 3D rendering. A laptop with a discrete GPU is best if you need to work in Blender. Even an entry-level model like an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Laptop GPU can render 3D images much faster. If you want even better performance, you can get a laptop with an NVIDIA RTX GPU, as the RTX models support Optix hardware acceleration, significantly boosting performance.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Basemark Image

The HP Spectre performs poorly in the Basemark GPU benchmark. Its Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics can only handle simple, puzzle-like games or older titles at 1080p, and even then, you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphics settings to get playable frame rates.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Storage Performance Image

The 1TB SSD's performance is outstanding. The sequential write speed is a bit slow for a PCIe Gen 4 SSD but acceptable for a thin and light laptop designed for general productivity. The 2TB SSD is likely faster, as larger SSDs tend to perform better, while the 512GB is likely slower.

The HP Spectre x360's battery life is outstanding. You can easily get through a whole day of light use on a full charge. Models with the 3k OLED panel will have shorter battery life, likely around eight to nine hours of light use.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Borderlands 3 Graph

Borderlands 3 isn't playable. The gameplay is extremely choppy, even with low graphical settings. The CPU and integrated GPU can't handle such a demanding game. You can expect the same performance in other similar titles.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Civilization VI Graph

Since Civilization VI is a strategy game that doesn't require fast reaction time or precise aiming, it's perfectly playable at 30 fps, which you can get by lowering a couple of graphical settings. The turn time is long, though. Upgrading to the Core i7 won't improve the turn time significantly.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) CS:GO graph

CS:GO runs poorly on the HP Spectre at 1080p with high settings. Although the average frame rate is good, the game stutters a lot due to frame drops. It runs more smoothly with low settings, but there are still noticeable stutters.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) SOTTR Graph

Shadow of the Tomb Raider isn't playable on the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 at 1080p, as it's too demanding on a low-power U-series CPU and integrated graphics. The gameplay is choppy, even with low graphical settings. You can expect the same performance in other similarly demanding titles.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Keyboard Temps Picture

The keyboard is cool when idle and only gets mildly warm under load. Likewise, the fans are completely silent when performing lighter tasks and barely audible under more intense use. These are results obtained in the Smart Sense mode, which automatically adjusts the fan speed and temperature target. This feature also takes into consideration the battery status and ambient temperature. Other profiles are available in the HP Command Center app, like Balanced , Cool , Quiet , Power Saver , and Performance . The app includes a slider that lets you manually adjust the target surface temperature.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023) Performance Over Time Graph

The HP Spectre's performance over time is outstanding. Neither the CPU nor the GPU gets particularly hot under load. The CPU starts throttling only a few minutes in, slowing down significantly in the first 15 minutes; however, its performance goes back up once the fans kick in and bring the temperature down.

The HP Spectre x360 has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • Bang & Olufsen Audio Control: Lets you change the audio profile and tweak the EQ.
  • Concepts: Sketching and drawing app.
  • Dropbox promotion: Ad for Dropbox file hosting service.
  • Duet Display: Software to connect and manage external displays.
  • ExpressVPN: Link to virtual private network service.
  • HP Command Center: Lets you tweak the laptop's performance and fan speed, optimize network performance, and view system information.
  • HP Connection Optimizer: Lets you optimize your network performance.
  • HP Display Control: Lets you calibrate the display and change the color profile.
  • HP Documentation: User's manual.
  • HP Enhanced Lighting: Adds a virtual light ring on the screen to improve lighting during video calls.
  • HP Pen Control Plus: Lets you change the buttons' function on the stylus.
  • HP Smart: App for HP printers.
  • HP Support Assistant: Lets you access information on how to repair and diagnose issues. Also contains guided troubleshooting via a virtual assistant.
  • HP System Event Utility: Lets you see the system's information and run diagnostics.
  • Intel Unison: Lets you connect your smartphone to the laptop, allowing you to send and receive messages, view photos on your smartphone, and transfer files, similar to the MyPhone app.
  • McAfee: Antivirus software. Requires subscription.
  • myHP: Settings to optimize audio and video quality during video calls.
  • OMEN Gaming Hub: Lets you access your installed games, HP rewards, and picture gallery. It also lets you see system information like CPU and GPU usage and temperatures, optimize the PC, and change the power profile.
  • Solitaire & Casual Games: Solitaire, FreeCell, Spider, Mahjong, Sudoku, and other casual games.

The HP Spectre x360 has a fingerprint sensor and a facial recognition IR camera. The fingerprint sensor is next to the right Alt key. You can use either to log in quickly, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.

This laptop supports pen input and comes with an MPP (Microsoft Pen Protocol) 2.0 stylus. It supports tilt and 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, and it charges via USB-C. There's a slot on the laptop sleeve to store the pen for transport. The pen can attach magnetically to the side of the screen, but it isn't very secure, as the magnet is fairly weak.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) Review: Behold, the AI PC

  • Paul Thurrott
  • Jan 08, 2024

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

I’ve been using the Meteor Lake-based HP Spectre x360 14 for the past month, and I wasn’t surprised to discover that it’s a terrific laptop. But I am surprised by how much of an improvement this is over the previous-generation Spectre x360s that were already among my favorite PCs of all time. This is an astonishing accomplishment, and I only wish I had had the chance to check out the 16-inch version, which offers optional discrete graphics in addition to its more expansive display.

The 2024 Spectre x360 balances the striking and angular designs of the past with some necessary concessions to usability, and the result should prove less polarizing to HP’s customers.

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It retains the chopped off keyboard deck rear corners, which help to angle the combo headphone/microphone jack and one of the USB-C ports, respectively, away from the device, a design flourish that is both useful and visually interesting. And it again refines the curved front and side edges, with the overall effect being more consistent without sacrificing looks or usability.

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Like its predecessors, this Spectre x360 14 is a convertible PC and can be used in a variety of form factor configurations aside from the traditional clamshell laptop mode that most will use exclusively.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

These include a tent mode in which the screen is flipped around the back with the screen facing outward and a tablet mode that is likely the most common secondary configuration. This versatility means that the display can also lie flat, which I find useful on airplanes.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

And while HP has used two-tone color schemes with previous Spectres, this version appears to go for a more uniform color scheme. The review unit is in what HP calls Nightfall black, but Slate blue and Sahara silver colors are also available. I think it looks terrific, with minimal skin oil retention.

The HP Spectre x360 14 ships with a spectacular 14-inch OLED multi-touch HDR display panel that offers a 2.8K (2880 x 1800) resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. It features dynamic and variable (48 to 120 Hz) refresh rate capabilities, TUV+Eyesafe low blue light, and ultra-wide viewing angles. And while its reported brightness isn’t all that unusual—400 nits for SDR content and 500 nits for HDR—it is bright, punchy, and colorful. And it covers 100 percent of the PCI-P3 color gamut.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

In use, the display is nearly ideal for both productivity work and entertainment, and its fast 0.2 millisecond response time suggests it would be good for gaming as well. The move to 16:10 from 3:2 was the right choice, as most people will simply use this as a traditional laptop most of the time.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

The bezels surrounding the screen are of different sizes, with very small bezels on the sides and larger bezels on the top and bottom, where the webcam and hinges respectively take up some space. But HP says that the body to screen ratio is about 89 percent, which is quite good.

Internal components

The HP Spectre x360 14 can be configured with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125 or Core Ultra 7 155 “Meteor Lake” processor with integrated Intel Arc graphics and Intel AI Boost neural processing on its chiplet-style SoC (system on a chip), 16 or 32 GB of LPDDR5x-7467 MHz RAM, and 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB of PCIe Gen4 NVMe TLC M.2 SSD storage. This is about as modern and powerful as things get these days in the portable productivity-focused PC space, though the 16-inch version can sidestep into gaming PC territory with its optional NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 discrete GPU.

I’d love to test that, but the review unit configuration is still pretty impressive, with a 16-core H-series Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor (with 6 Performance cores, 8 Efficient cores, and 2 Low Power Efficient cores), 32 GB of RAM, and 2 TB of SSD storage. This is an Intel Evo-compliant PC, a brand that indicates to potential customers that the PC meets certain premium requirements. For example it wakes instantly from sleep, offers “incredible performance,” provides 9.5 or more hours of battery life, can fast-charge over USB-C to at least 4 hours in under 30 minutes, and so on. With Meteor Lake, the Evo umbrella is expanding to include an NPU, Thunderbolt 4, Wi-Fi 6E/6 GHz, and AI-based noise suppression requirements, plus optional 5G and “adaptive usage” features like Wake On Approach/Walk Away Lock (proximity sensing) and Gaze-Based (Screen) Dimming. And you also get an Intel Evo sticker on the wrist rest because everyone loves stickers, I guess.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

I was very curious to see whether this PC and its new hybrid architecture would offer additional advantages beyond the typical office productivity work that this type of device typically targets. For example, I know that Intel Arc offers significant performance improvements over the previous generation Intel Iris Xe graphics and was curious if it might offer a mid-tier level of gaming performance between that and a PC with discrete graphics. And then there’s the AI capabilities: Are there any real-world advantages to AI Boost, which is designed to optimize workloads against the NPU and/or GPU intelligently, or are we too early in the cycle, and still waiting for more on-device AI applications?

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

This will be an evolving conversation throughout 2024, I bet, as I review more of these AI PCs and as Microsoft and third parties release more and more NPU-aware apps for Windows. And we’ll add to our knowledge base and experience over time. But this is the first. And here’s what I’ve discovered over the past month.

There were no compatibilities issues to speak of, so Intel’s newest generation hybrid architecture doesn’t seem to have broken anything there. And the day-to-day performance of this PC is excellent, with no slowdowns, glitches, or unexplained pausing. That said, it’s also not unusually good, despite its beefier, 28-watt, H-series processor: The previous two Spectre x360s I reviewed, in 2021 and 2022 , both offered 15-watt U-series processors, and while I can’t run side-by-side comparisons, this new Spectre works just like the PCs I use with 12th- and 13th-Gen Intel Core processors.

OK, fine. But what about the GPU and NPU?

To test the GPU, I installed some games. First, I went for two extremes, or so I thought, the Half-Life remake Black Mesa and the 2023 remake of Dead Space , a far more advanced title that supports ray tracing and other more modern graphics effects.

Black Mesa was playable at the display’s native resolution and at Ultra graphics quality, though busy scenes pushed the frame rate closer to 30 FPS than 60, and so I lowered it to a more reasonable Full HD+ resolution (1920 x 1200) and … wow. The games flies and looks beautiful. This is a terrific game, of course, and being able to play it on the go is a plus.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

But Dead Space was a non-starter, no matter how I configured it: At native resolution using high graphics quality and with vertical sync enabled, it crept along in the 6 to 8 FPS range. But even after tweaking a lot of settings—that same 1920 x 1200 resolution, v-sync off, and medium graphics quality—it struggled to get above 20 FPS, and the action sequences were basically unplayable.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

Curious where the line was, I briefly tested two other titles—the World War II shooter Hell Let Loose , which just came to Game Pass, and Rise of the Tomb Raider , a several-year-old classic in the sense that it still looks great and seems to perform pretty well regardless of the hardware. Both worked pretty well once I bumped down the settings. And Rise of the Tomb Raider was looked great and was playable enough at 1920 x 1200 with low quality textures, shadows, and anti-aliasing that I ended up playing it quite a bit, getting past the save point I had been stuck at previously.

hp spectre x360 14 inch review

The bottom line is while that the Spectre x360 14 is not a gaming PC, but it can handle older games pretty well if you set your expectations appropriately, and it does seem to provide a new tier for low-end PC gaming on the go. I am left wondering about the 16-inch version, of course.

Testing the NPU was a bit more complicated, as expected: We’re still at the start of this new AI era, and the list of meaningful applications that use AI locally and can exploit an NPU could fit on one side of a recipe card. Fortunately, I had a few obvious places to start right in Windows 11, since Microsoft is already shipping several AI features across this platform, including one, Windows Studio Effects, that requires an NPU.

The problem, of course, is that most of the new AI features in Windows 11 don’t even use the NPU, let alone require it. The new Cocreator feature in Paint runs against Microsoft Copilot in the cloud and doesn’t hit the NPU at all. I’m not sure how background removal does its thing in Paint or Photos, but I can tell you it doesn’t engage the NPU at all either. And even the Windows integration features in Copilot in Windows 11—“enable Dark mode” and so on—don’t use the NPU. So I guess we’re stuck with Windows Studio Effects, a Microsoft suite of webcam capabilities that to date have only worked on newer Windows on Arm PCs, the first PCs to ship with an NPU.

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And it’s OK. Windows Studio Effects offers automatic framing, eye contact, and background blur effects in any app that uses the camera on the Spectre, and in enabling one or more of these features, I finally got the NPU to wake up and do its thing. I assume that pushing this work off the CPU and GPU improves general system performance and battery life, but this software is not demonstrably superior, quality-wise, to the third-party webcam enhancements I’ve used in review PCs over the past year, none of which require an NPU. (Speaking of which, HP offers its own webcam enhancement solution, but it hasn’t been updated to support the NPU, so its auto-frame, enhancement filters, and background replacement features peg the GPU and CPU instead.)

I did experiment with LM Studio and a few locally downloaded large language models (LLMs), like Microsoft Phi2 and Stable Diffusion. But this app is currently designed for GPUs, not NPUs, from what I can tell, and further testing is required. I will continue looking into this area, and I have a few pointers—GIMP with an Intel plug-in for Stable Diffusion and the Adobe Premiere Pro beta, among them—for further research. There’s also a personal AI assistant called Superpower that Intel showed off at the Meteor Lake launch that will run locally on the PC’s NPU. But for now, the AI prowess of this and other Meteor Lake-based PCs remains a bit aspirational, I guess.


The HP Spectre x360 14 is the first PC I’ve used with integrated Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 capabilities, not that I can really test either to any degree, and HP’s documentation notes that “Wi-Fi 7 (802.11BE) functionality requires Windows 11 24H2,” which is interesting. (You can also configure this PC with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.)

Whatever. Connectivity was always terrific around our condo and I didn’t have the problem I sometimes have with HP laptops where the wireless card doesn’t connect immediately to my Eero-based home network. No issues there.

Ports and expansion

The Spectre x360 provides a limited number of ports given its thinness. You’ll find a combo headphone/microphone jack on the angled left rear of the PC, with a full-sized. drop-jaw USB-A 3.2 port (with 10 Gbps of data transfer) on the left rear side.

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There are also two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, one on the angled right rear of the device and the other nearby on the right. Each provides 40 Gbps of data transfer speeds, USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 2.1, and HP Sleep and Charge capabilities.

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But those looking for legacy ports will appreciate the bundled HP Elite USB-C Hub, which can passes through power from the laptop’s USB-C power cable at up 45, 60, or 90 watts and provides one full-sized USB-A 3.0 port, one full-sized USB-A 2.0 port, and one full-sized HDMI 2.0 video-out port in a compact space. HP also bundles a separate USB-C to HDMI dongle, which seems generous.

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Audio and video

The Spectre x360 14 is IMAX Enhanced certified, which means that it meets a strict set of performance qualifications related to both the display— for such thing as resolution, color support, and contrast—and the audio fidelity of the speakers, which must support DTS immersive sound. Basically, it’s an alternative to the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos suite, though some of its more advanced features suffer from limited availability: IMAX expanded aspect ratio content is available on Disney+ right now, as are select IMAX-optimized movies, for example, though I don’t subscribe, and additional IMAX Enhanced features are coming soon, HP says.

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There’s no IMAX app to manage the video functionality, but you can use the bundled DTS Sound Unbound app to retrieve your free licenses to the DTS:X decoder for the built-in speakers and DTS Headphone:X, and configure the speakers and your headphones. Not surprisingly, the AV experience can be incredible: I watched bits of All Quiet on the Western Front and 6 Underground on Netflix, plus key scenes from the original Jurassic Park movies, and the picture quality and sound ranged from very good to truly impressive. The four built-in speakers—two top-firing tweeters and two front-firing woofers—are fine, but I had much better results with headphones, and even my cheap podcasting headphones delivered superior immersive sound.

Hybrid work

HP is really stepping up its support for hybrid and remote workers, and the Spectre x360 14 offers its best webcam yet, a 9 MP unit that can record up to 4K (2160p) and provides Windows Hello IR compatibility, temporal noise reduction, hardware-backed low-light adjustment, and integrated dual-array microphones with background noise-removal capabilities.

The webcam also supports some unique security features, like wake on approach, walk-away lock, auto screen dimming, and a privacy alert. And some truly goofy gestures that let you pause and resume media playback or scroll through photos by waving your hands in the air in front of the laptop. You can even enable optional screen distance and screen time wellness features if you find the Spectre so compelling that you’re using it in less than healthy ways.

If you’re familiar with HP’s PCs, you may know that they’ve partnered with Bang & Olufsen for years. But with its acquisition of Poly (the former Plantronics) in 2022, they’ve been working to bring the audio tuning in-house. And the Spectre x360 is the first to ship with Poly-tuned audio courtesy of Poly Studio and, of course, Poly Studio branding on the laptop itself. The quality here is quite good, but the laptop’s audio controls are lackluster, with music, movie, and voice presets but no automatic content sensing function, plus a basic equalizer. You also use this interface, buried under Audio control in the myHP app, to configure noise removal on the microphone and keyboards, and configure the microphone for personal or conference mode.

Keyboard, touchpad, and pen

HP makes some of my very favorite laptop keyboards and though we are years past the column of Home, Pg Up, Pg Dn, and End keys that I Ioved so much in previous-generation Spectres and still miss, the full-sized, backlit, island-style keyboard in this 2024 model is fantastic, with snappy key throws and ideal key feel.

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It also comes with a few upgrades of its own. Key among them the fingerprint reader that’s now integrated into the power button—it used to be in the bottom row of keys, taking up space—which sits in the upper-right corner of the keyboard. I don’t typically like that placement, as it hurts my muscle memory for the DEL key. But the power button has small edge ridges that make it easy to identify by feel, and so shifting my finger to the left to hit DEL has worked surprisingly naturally.

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The touchpad is larger than ever now, and it uses haptics rather than moving mechanical parts for clicks and gestures. This was initially very interesting to me, but it unfortunately undermined my typing accuracy by continually introducing mis-taps that sent the cursor flying into other parts of the documents I was writing. I also had to disable three- and four-finger gestures, which is a more common problem, because I would routinely trigger them mistakenly while scrolling (with two fingers).

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This sent me looking for some way to dial down the sensitivity. HP includes a basic Touchpad interface in myHP, and so I used that to disable the default gestures—brightness control on the left and volume on the right—but it relies on the Windows 11 Setting app for “feedback intensity,” which only controls the haptic feel and audio, and not the sensitivity. I was never able to resolve the touchpad issues.

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HP also bundles its USB-C Rechargeable Tilt Pen Stylus with MPP 2.0, which is a fairly standard part with two barrel buttons, a battery status light on the eraser end, and a hidden USB-C port for charging. I didn’t spend much time testing this because smart pens are such a niche use case, and even with a PC convertible, most customers use the device solely as a laptop. But I will note that you can’t even pair this pen with the PC, which makes many native Windows settings unavailable. Instead, it just works, and there is a limited pen configuration capability in the myHP app that’s mostly about the two barrel buttons.

The HP Spectre x360 14 supports Windows Hello facial and fingerprint recognition, the latter via the power button, which is in the upper-right of the keyboard. There are webcam and microphone toggle keys in the top function row of the keyboard, which I very much prefer. And the fingerprint reader was always fast and accurate.

Rather than integrating with the Windows 11 proximity sensing functionality, HP bundles its own wake on approach, walk-away lock features, along with related screen dimming and privacy alert functionality. Each can be enabled and configured in the HP Command Center app.


The HP Spectre x360 14 uses 90 percent recycled materials in its outer display cover and keyboard deck, 50 percent recycled plastics in its keycaps and key scissors, ocean-bound plastic in its bezel and speaker assemblies, and 100 percent sustainably sourced recycled wood fiber and cushions in its packaging. The bottom is held on with Torx screws and should allow for easy repairability and upgrading of components like the wireless card, SSD, and battery, but I believe the RAM is soldered onto the motherboard.


The HP Spectre x360 weighs 3.19 pounds, which is noticeably heavier than its sub-3-pound predecessors. And with dimensions of 12.35 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches, it is a tad wider than previous Spectre x360s, but no thicker. Overall, I found it quite portable, and it’s possible that its slightly bigger 4-cell, 68-watt-hour battery explains the weight difference.

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HP claims the Spectre will provide about 13 hours of battery life., but I experienced an average of 6.5 hours in real-world usage. That’s good for a Windows laptop, but still a bit lower than I’d expected. I didn’t travel during the review period, but I kept it on battery until it needed to be charged for the most part, and always used it on the with HP’s auto-adaptive Smart Sense power management plan (configured in myHP) and with the dynamic refresh rate configured for the display.

You can configure a Spectre x360 14 with Windows 11 Home or Pro. But HP’s consumer PCs, even it’s premium prosumer models, have long suffered from an abundance of crapware in recent years, and the Spectre has a bit of that, too, with Adobe offers, Dropbox promotion, Energy Star, and the reviled McAfee LiveSafe clogging up the works. Beyond that, there are 10 HP-branded utilities (including its Omen Gaming Hub), three Intel utilities (including the Intel Unison phone connectivity solution), and DTS Sound Unbound.

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HP gives customers too many places to look at when you want to configure this laptop’s many unique features. For example, the HP Command Center has “Glam Cam” features related to the webcam, but other webcam features are configured in myHP, and there’s a separate HP Enhanced Lighting app too. And you can optimize the PC’s network usage using Intel Connectivity Suite, which is linked to from HP Command Center, but general system performance is configured in myHP, while further performance optimizations occur in the Omen Gaming Hub. It’s all a bit much.

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I know some readers are interested in Unison, but I wasn’t super-impressed with this app aside from the quick initial configuration. It offers a simple UI, but doesn’t support dark mode. And while it provides file transfer, photo gallery, messages, calls, and notification capabilities, only that first feature is an improvement over the Phone Link app in Windows 11 if you’re on Android (and that can be replaced by any Android user with Google’s Nearby Share app .) I mostly used Unison with my Pixel, but I did configure it for use with my iPhone too, as shown above, and it does offer the full feature set.

Pricing and configurations

Pricing wasn’t available during the review period, but HP tells me that the Spectre x360 14 starts at $1650 with an impressive configuration that includes a Core Ultra 7 U-series processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD storage, and an OLED display panel. The review unit, with its processor, RAM, and storage upgrades, will set you back a bit under $2000. Which, yes, is a lot of money but also reasonable for this much performance.

Recommendations and conclusions

Given its heritage, the HP Spectre x360 14 is unsurprisingly a superior premium convertible PC that is perhaps let down only by its dodgy haptic-powered touchpad and a few too many HP utilities. The design is modern and refined, the performance is excellent, and the hybrid work functionality is top-notch. The benefits of its integrated NPU are still a bit of a mystery, but the Intel Arc graphics are a step-up, and the configuration choices have nicely risen to match. Personally, I’d prefer the 16-inch version, but this model hits nicely at the sweet spot of the market, and it will give any buyer years of satisfaction. Highly recommended.


  • Professional and refined design
  • Excellent performance with next-level integrated graphics, high-end RAM and storage options
  • Gorgeous OLED display, IMAX audio/video certification
  • Decent battery life
  • Great keyboard that is only somewhat let done by touchpad-induced issues
  • Bundle pen, USB-C hub, and HDMI dongle
  • Little immediate benefit from AI hardware
  • Too many HP utilities, crapware/bundleware
  • Touchpad needs sensitivity training

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HP Spectre x360 14 review

The spectre x360 14 is the 2-in-1 laptop in its most elegant form.

HP Spectre x360 14

Laptop Mag Verdict

HP's strikingly gorgeous Spectre x360 14 combines elegance with powerful performance, gorgeous visuals and long battery life.

Striking, luxurious design

Gorgeous OLED and FHD display options

Long battery life

Comfortable keyboard

Large, responsive touchpad

Unwieldy as a tablet

RAM maxes out at 16GB

Too much bloatware

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Price : $1,299 (starting); $1,619 (as reviewed) CPU : Intel Core i7-1165G7 GPU : Iris Xe RAM : 16GB Storage : 512GB Display : 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixels (IPS); 3000 x 2000-pixel (OLED) Battery : 12:11 Size : 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches Weight : 3 pounds

When did HP become the designer brand of laptops? 

The company's Spectre models have always stood out against uninspired competitors, but the new Spectre x360 14 is downright luxurious. The newest edition to HP's premium 2-in-1 lineup combines a startlingly attractive chassis with gorgeous display options, fast performance and long battery life. It separates itself with a unique 3:2 aspect ratio and OLED panel option, a pair of features capable of enhancing work and play.  

Not only does the Spectre x360 14 nail the basics, but it also comes with a USB-C rechargeable stylus and offers a decent selection of ports (USB Type-A and microSD included). Add to that a clicky keyboard and a large, silky touchpad and the Spectre x360 14 is one of the most impressive laptops I've ever reviewed. 

While it's true that there is no shortage of capable 2-in-1 laptops on the market today, the new Spectre x360 14 is our top choice.   

HP Spectre x360 14: Price and configurations

With a starting price of $1,329, the Spectre x360 14 is among HP's most expensive consumer products. If you spend that much on the base version you'll get a 1920 x 1280- pixel (WUXGA+) display along with an Intel Core i5-1135G7 CPU with Iris Xe graphics, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. 

If it were up to me, I'd spend $1,619 for our review unit, which has an FHD display, a Core i7-1165G7 CPU with 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. Upgrading to an OLED display raises the price by only $90. Our OLED review unit costs $1809.99 and has an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. 

Although there have been 13-inch and 15-inch versions of this PC, the Spectre x360 14 is technically the first of its kind, so let's hope the price goes down a bit in future iterations. On a positive note, HP includes a rechargeable Tilt Pen stylus and a fancy laptop sleeve free of charge.

HP Spectre x360 14: Design 

OK HP, now you're just showing off. I've likened the company's Spectre laptops to precious stones before; using that same analogy, the Spectre x360 14 is the crown jewel — you know, the one encased in bulletproof glass for everyone to see but not touch. 

I'm hardly exaggerating; the Spectre x360 14 is absolutely stunning. Stunning, as in, this is the most gorgeous laptop I've ever reviewed. But enough of the superlatives, let's get to the why . It starts with a Poseidon Blue hue (seriously, get this color option!), a dark hue that's somewhere between emerald and indigo. Our OLED model comes in Nightfall Black, which is even more glamorous albeit less intriguing to my eyes.

Adding to the luxury is gold trim in every place HP could put it — around the display, bordering the touchpad, on the gem-cut edges of the base, coating the stylish HP logo centered on the lid, and even on both hinges. It's a bold direction that will appeal more to those looking to stand out than blend in. 

Then there are the tiny details you only notice upon close inspection, like the triangular pattern making up the speaker grill above the keyboard, the large, simple white font on the keys, and the aggressively angled corners and beveled edges. It's a meticulously crafted notebook that will make you forget about however much you ended up spending on it.

With a modern design, you get modern features, including an edge-to-edge display. Yes, we've seen this done better on the XPS 13, but the bezels around all four edges of the Spectre x360 14's panel are thin, allowing you to immerse yourself in the 13.5-inch display. 

As a 2-in-1 laptop, the Spectre x360 14 can bend back into a tablet or be placed in tent mode for viewing videos without a keyboard in the way. The hinges are easy to fold back but just strong enough to prevent the screen from moving much when tapped. I wish they were a bit stiffer, but it's not a major issue (for now). Just keep in mind that the Spectre x360 14 feels unwieldy as a tablet. It's fine on a table or your lap but you won't want to hold this thing in one hand for very long.

Measuring 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches and weighing in at 3 pounds, the HP Spectre x360 14 is less compact but about as heavy as the 13.4-inch Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches, 2.9 pounds). The 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i (12.6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, 3 pounds) matches the weight of the HP but is a tad sleeker while the 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book Flex 15 (14 x 9 x 0.6, 3.5 pounds) is understandably larger and heavier than the others.

HP Spectre x360 14: Security 

It's all here. That is, all the features you need to keep your sensitive files secure from snooping eyes. Taking the place of the right Ctrl key is a fingerprint sensor , which quickly and accurately recognized my unique print each time I used it to log in.

But I didn't use the sensor often because above the display is a webcam with an IR sensor for facial recognition login. It also worked quickly and accurately although there were a few times when it failed to recognize my face (like when I was wearing glasses). 

When you're not using the webcam, one tap of a shortcut key will cover the camera, putting a shield between you and the lens.

HP Spectre x360 14: Ports 

Laptops this thin don't always have USB Type-A ports so I was glad to see one located on the left side of the Spectre x360 14.

It's the only port on that edge of the laptop; on the right side are two Thunderbolt 4 ports — one on the beveled corner — a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack and a microSD card slot. 

It's a minor complaint but I do wish HP had split the two USB-C ports so you could charge from either side. 

HP Spectre x360 14: Display 

New size, new aspect ratio. The 13.5-inch display on the Spectre x360 has an increasingly common 3:2 aspect ratio, meaning the screen is taller and more narrow than a standard 16:9 panel. 

This lets you view more content on the screen at once when you're browsing web pages, writing reports or scanning spreadsheets. The tradeoff is that larger black bars appear around videos, but it's one I'm OK with.

Now, about the panels. HP was kind enough to send us both the 14-inch, 1920 x 1280-pixel (WUXGA+) IPS and 3000 x 2000-pixel (3K2K) OLED displays, and they are both great. As expected, the 3K2K OLED display offers a better picture, exhibiting exceptionally vibrant colors, perfect black levels and unparalleled contrast. But don't rule out the 1920 x 1280-pixel screen, which is reasonably colorful and gets pretty bright (not to mention, it's not nearly as power-hungry). 

Glorious shades of sizzling orange and yellow erupted from the OLED panel, glistening off the indigo ocean after a plane laid waste to an oil rig in the trailer for 007: No Time to Die. I could see every wrinkle in Daniel Craig, ahem, James Bond's relaxed pose and the OLED magic made his sapphire eyes pop off his faintly rosy complexion. I could go on about this gorgeous panel but the lower-res option deserves some praise as well. The aforementioned fireball may not have burst off the screen in the same way but what the FHD panel lacks in contrast it makes up for with decent colors, brightness and detail.

The Spectre x360 14's 1920 x 1280-resolution panel covers 75% of the DCI-P3 color gamut , making it more colorful than the panel on the XPS 13 2-in-1 (70%) and about as vibrant as the Yoga 9i's (76%) 14-inch display. The competition is no match for the Spectre x360 14's 3K2K OLED display option, which covers an astonishing 140% and demolishes the category average (86%). 

You shouldn't have any problems using either display outdoors although they could both stand to be a bit brighter. And actually, the FHD screen, at 365 nits, outshines the OLED panel (339 nits) along with the Yoga 9i (334 nits). Only the XPS 13 2-in-1 (488 nits) and the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (565 nits in outdoor mode) could top the Spectre and the category average (388 nits).

HP Spectre x 360 14: Keyboard, touchpad and stylus 

It's a familiar feeling tapping away at the Chiclet-style keys on the Spectre x360 14. This is the same keyboard found on previous Spectre and Envy notebooks except with a few tricks up its sleeve. 

Those come in the way of multimedia buttons that let you quickly toggle certain functions. I found myself regularly using the mute and webcam shutter keys during video conferences, and the aforementioned fingerprint scanner key to log in to the system.

This "all-in-one keyboard" puts the power key in the top-right corner of the deck. It avoids the infuriating key placement I've written about previously by being positioned to the left of the "delete" key. I prefer dedicated power buttons located away from the keyboard as they're easier to locate but at least I didn't inadvertently put the Spectre x360 to sleep each time I needed to correct a typo from front to back. 

As for the typing experience, it's rather good. The keys, though shallow, are snappy and bouncy. While I frequently bottomed out, the keyboard was comfortable enough to where I didn't feel the need to use that precious USB Type-A port to connect my mechanical gaming keyboard. And those with larger hands will appreciate the keys' large size and generous spacing. 

The low key travel combined with a snappy mechanism allowed me to type at 112 words per minute with a 96% accuracy on the 10fastfingers.com typing test; both results beat my 109-wpm at 95% accuracy averages.

Now, this is a proper touchpad. Expanded by 16.6% compared to those on previous Spectre models, the large 4.5 x 2.8-inch surface can easily accommodate all five fingers. The smooth, buttery glass touchpad responded swiftly to my swipes, taps and Windows 10 gestures , which included three-finger swipes to switch between windows and the handy pinch-to-zoom.

HP throws in the Rechargeable 2.0 MPP Tilt Pen with your purchase of the laptop. It's pretty standard stuff here; the pen has two reprogrammable buttons, it supports tilt for line variation, and gets 30 hours of battery life after which you can recharge it via a hidden USB-C port on the side.

HP Spectre x360 14: Audio 

Good things happen when luxury brand Bang & Olufsen meets a quad-speaker setup.

HP's B&O-tuned top and bottom-firing speakers delivered a sonic punch when I listened to LEISURE's "Lonely Nights," a funky alternative-pop song. There was a nice depth to the drum hits and a clear sizzle to each tap of the hi-hat. The vocals were crisp but overshadowed, and some of the treble tones of the electric guitar were peaky. 

The plentiful trebles in The White Stripes' "Icky Thump" were sharp but at least this Spectre doesn't suffer from the same hissing static I've noticed in previous models. The vocals in this lively rock song were clear and present but the speakers struggled to juggle the cacophony of electric tunes being strummed from every angle.

HP Spectre x360 14: Performance 

Armed with an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, the Spectre x360 14 handled my dizzying workload without argument. Firing up dozens of Chrome tabs didn't induce exhaustion; the Spectre kept running along like a well-trained marathoner. Graphics and text blinked onto the page the moment I pressed Enter, even when two 1080p YouTube videos and a pair of Twitch streams were running in the background.

Scoring a 5,004 on the Geekbench 5.0 benchmark test, the Spectre x360 14 lagged behind the XPS 13 2-in-1 (5,639, Core i7-1165G7) and Yoga 9i (5,440, Core i7-1185G7) but fared much better against the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (4,144, Core i7-1065G7) and the category average (4,178). 

The Spectre needed 17 minutes and 2 seconds to convert a 4K video into 1080p resolution, a decent result though slower than the XPS 13 2-in-1 (15:52) and the Yoga 9i (14:24). The Spectre landed right around the category average (17:13) and finished several minutes before the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (22:18).  

Needing only 30 seconds to duplicate 25GB of multimedia files, the 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD in the Spectre x360 14 transfers data at an expeditious 764 megabytes per second. That is quicker than the Yoga 9i (692.2 MBps, 512GB SSD), the XPS 13 2-in-1 (503.1 MBps) and the category average (581.1 MBps). 

HP Spectre x360 14: Graphics 

Decent gaming performance from integrated graphics ? Yes, this is the strange new world we live in. 

The Intel Iris Xe graphics employed by the Spectre x360 14 reached a respectable 4,229 in the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, topping the XPS 13 2-in-1 (3,847) and Galaxy Book Flex 15 (2,215) but falling just short of the Yoga 9i (5,014) and the category average (4,488). 

In real-world testing, the x360 14 struggled to play Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm (1080p), averaging 20 frames per second, or well below our 30-fps threshold. Again, it lost to the Yoga 9i (25 fps) and the average (28 nits) but topped the Galaxy Book Flex (16 fps).

HP Spectre x360 14: Battery life

When equipped with a 1920 x 1280-pixel display, the Spectre x360 14 achieved excellent battery life of 12 hours and 11 minutes on our test, which involves continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. That beats the XPS 13 2-in-1 (10:52), the Yoga 9i (11:15) and the premium laptop average (9:58). Only the Galaxy Book Flex 15 (15:44) put up a better time.

Opt for the 3K2K OLED display and, as you might expect, you'll sacrifice several hours of runtime. The upgraded panel dropped the Spectre x360 14's battery life to 7 hours and 14 minutes. 

That's an OK runtime given the high-res OLED panel, but a few hours short of what we consider acceptable for an ultra-slim laptop. If you're a content creator needing the very best display while on-the-go, get the OLED. Otherwise, save some cash and get the lower-res panel.

HP Spectre x360 14: Webcam 

Laptop webcams have set a low bar and the 720p camera on the Spectre x360 14 only does enough to meet it. That's to say that the images and videos taken from this laptop look poor. A selfie I snapped in my office was shrouded in tiny dots of visual noise, enough to obscure my beard into a dark abyss. My naturally rosy complexion was blanched to a sickly pale while my green eyes were more seaweed than emerald.

It'll do in a pinch but do yourself, and everyone on the other side of the conference call a favor, and buy one of the best external webcams like the Logitech HD Pro C920 . 

HP Spectre x360 14: Heat

Taxing the Spectre x360 14 with a heavy workload can cause the bottom panel to get warm, but not troublingly hot. 

After playing a 15-minute, 1080p video, the underside of this convertible, near the vent, reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That's considerably hotter than our 95-degree comfort threshold, so consider buying a cooling pad.

Fortunately, the areas your fingers will touch remained cool with the keyboard reaching 85 degrees and the touchpad warming to only 80 degrees.

HP Spectre x360 14: Software and warranty 

I'll keep harping on this until it's resolved: HP, please package your apps into a single one-stop-shop program. There are too many icons clogging my Taskbar. And by "too many" I mean 11 of them counting only those starting with "HP." Such elegant hardware needs more refined software.

That's not to say these OEM apps are bloatware . HP's Support Assistant gives you all the diagnostics you need to know about your specific system, from its battery health to the remaining warranty. Here, you'll find the latest software and drivers. Command Center, which has its own dedicated keyboard key, lets you change the cooling mode and prioritize your network to give high-priority apps the fastest bandwidth.

There are also some basic display modes, an app for assigning the stylus buttons, and some privacy settings. This laundry list of apps is accompanied by a number of third-party programs, including ExpressVPN, LastPass, and McAfee Personal Security — all of which should be left to the customer to download (or ignore). 

As is standard, the Spectre x360 14 ships with a one-year warranty. See how HP fared on our Best and Worst Brands and Tech Support Showdown special reports. 

Bottom line 

I think I'm in love. And let me just say, this was love at first sight. 

The Spectre x360 14's edgy yet sophisticated chassis drew me in while the excellent 1920 x 1280-pixel and 3K2K OLED display options told me this one was a keeper. The relationship got even better once I realized the Spectre x360 14's brilliance isn't only skin deep; equipped with an 11th Gen Intel CPU, the Spectre x360 flew through my rigorous real-world testing and our benchmarks alike. Moreover, the keyboard is clicky, the large touchpad is silky and all the latest security features are here to keep you protected and make logging in a breeze.

Is the Spectre 14 perfect? Almost, but no, it isn't. Its large size makes it unwieldy as a tablet, there are too many pre-installed apps, the hinge could be stronger, and you're stuck at 16GB of RAM. Oh, and then there is the high sticker price. But if you have the budget, and need a portable solution, those few drawbacks are easy to ignore for a device that does so much right. 

If you're looking for the best 2-in-1 laptop on the market, it's the Spectre x360 14 — a head-turning laptop capable of running anything you throw at it, and looking damn good while doing it.

Phillip Tracy

Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.

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HP Spectre x360 14 review: This 2-in-1 gets it all right

From its privacy features to its pen to its performance, this laptop hits all the marks.

Updated June 28, 2021 4:00 a.m. PT


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HP Spectre x360 14

  • Zippy performance with superb battery life
  • IR camera, fingerprint reader, webcam kill switch and mic mute button for increased privacy
  • Premium look and feel
  • Thunderbolt ports crowded to one side

With so many people still working from home, having a handful of office-friendly features goes a long way. For example, the 2021 version of the HP Spectre x360 14 is the company's first Spectre two-in-one with a taller 3:2-ratio display. While 16:9 wide-screen displays are nice for entertainment, a 3:2 display is roughly the same as a standard A4 sheet of paper and has about 20% more vertical viewing space than a 16:9 display. That means you do less scrolling when you're working. It also makes it more comfortable to use as a tablet, especially with the included active pen. 

But HP isn't alone with a taller display on a two-in-one.  Acer's Spin 5 , the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 , Asus ROG X13 Flow ,  Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga for business and Microsoft's Surface Pro  are all excellent options. So what else does the Spectre x360 14 going for it? Quite a lot actually, and while the ones I just mentioned (and the 16:9 14-inch Lenovo Yoga 9i and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 ) are excellent in their own ways, the Spectre x360 14 is a better balance of features, performance and design. 


HP Spectre x360 14 is a tall-screen two-in-one.

The Spectre x360 14 is not a bargain, however. It's a premium model and is priced as such, currently starting at $1,170 on HP's site . It can be set up with an 11th-gen Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB or 16GB of memory, up to 2TB of storage and a choice between two 13.5-inch 1,920-by-1,280-pixel displays, one with 400-nit brightness and the other with 1,000-nit brightness and HP's privacy screen feature, which makes it difficult for onlookers to see what's on your screen. You can also pick one up with a 3,000-by-2,000-pixel OLED display for $1,730 . Prices for the Spectre x360 14 starts at £1,200 in the UK and AU$3,199 in Australia.

The configuration I tested sells for $1,430 and is what I would consider good for most people, although I would personally spend the extra $80 for the 1000-nit display with the integrated privacy screen. The extra brightness is nice for working outside and the additional privacy is handy on a plane, in a hotel lobby or a coffee shop. 


No flimsy build quality here.

It looks the part

Regardless of what components you go with, the Spectre x360 14 looks and feels like a premium two-in-one. Admittedly, the laptop's angular gem-cut edges and cutaway corners might not be for everyone, but they do help it stand out and actually add to the functionality. The dual-chamfer edges make it easier to grip and open the x360 from the front or sides, for example.

Also, the cutaway corner on the right side has one of the laptop's two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. Since it charges via USB-C, the angled port allows you to charge the x360 while keeping the cord out of the way. It also helps keep your desk tidy and is nicer to use with a USB-C dock. 


All but one USB-A port are crammed into the rear right side.

The one minor complaint I have is HP put both of the laptop's USB-C ports on the same side (like a MacBook Air). Generally, it's not an issue, but since they can both be used for charging, it would be nice if the ports were split between the sides. This isn't uncommon with premium models, however, it seems like a missed opportunity to give people a little more flexibility when charging and more space for connecting other devices.

All together now

Many two-in-ones put things like the power button and volume controls on the sides so they're more accessible when used in tablet or kiosk mode. HP's done that with past x360s but not here; the power button and the webcam kill switch are now integrated into the keyboard along with a mic mute button and a fingerprint reader. 


The touchpad matches the screen ratio.

HP's keyboards on its Spectre models are some of my favorites and that's still the case here. It's comfortable, easy to read and backlit. The precision touchpad is also excellent and matches the 3:2 screen ratio. HP includes one of its full-size USB-C rechargeable MPP 2.0 tilt pens for writing and drawing on the display. It doesn't store in the body, but it magnetically attaches to help keep it from rolling off your desk. HP bundles a laptop sleeve with the laptop that has a pen loop on it for storage.

What's also nice to have included here is the depth-sensing IR camera you can use for signing in with face recognition. That way no matter which mode you're using the Spectre x360 14 in, you'll be about to unlock it just by looking at the camera. It just makes getting right to work that much easier.


The Spectre x360 14 is slim and light at 3 pounds.

All about Evo

I've tested a bunch of Intel Evo-verified laptops at this point and they've all lived up to the platform's promise. The  Evo label  means the system is tested to hit certain mobile performance requirements such as getting at least 9 hours of battery life with normal use, recharging quickly, nearly instantly waking and connecting to Wi-Fi and being just as responsive on battery power as it is plugged in. All of these things are true for this HP. 

While its performance wasn't quite as fast in our benchmark tests as other similarly configured systems, it held its own. And in general use, it certainly never felt sluggish or remotely slow. It's not a gaming laptop or meant for content creation, though it can handle casual use for both. Battery life was long, too, getting 14 hours, 22 minutes on our streaming video test and it had no problem getting through a workday and beyond with occasional breaks.


A killer combination

The HP Spectre x360 14 is unquestionably excellent. With a display that's as tall as a 15.6-inch laptop but only as wide as a 13.3-inch model, you get more vertical space to work without impacting portability. The aluminum body gives you that high-quality feel you expect at this price. It's loaded with privacy features that make it great for remote work. And with several configuration options, you can tailor it for your performance and battery life needs. If the tall screen isn't what you want, though, Lenovo's Yoga 9i is equally impressive or you can check out other options on our list of the best two-in-ones .

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HP Spectre x360 14 review: The convertible 2-in-1, perfected

Mark Coppock

“The HP Spectre x360 14 is the perfect balance of performance and portability.”
  • Spectactular 3:2 OLED display
  • Quite speedy in Performance mode
  • Surprisingly decent battery life given the display
  • Awesome keyboard and touchpad
  • Elegant and modern good looks
  • Requires some management to balance performance and fan noise

The HP Spectre x360 13 has been one of the top laptops for a while. With its OLED screen and gorgeous design, it was everything I wanted in a convertible 2-in-1 laptop .


Keyboard and touchpad, battery life.

But with the competition fierce, HP couldn’t rest on its laurels. Expectations around performance, portability, and size are constantly in flux, and HP’s latest Spectre 2-in-1 attempts to push its design into the future.

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The Spectre x360 14 leverages a larger 13.5-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio display, two trends that promise improved productivity. The company sent me a review unit with an 11th-gen Intel Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive (SSD). It also has a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution OLED display and is priced at $1,700 at Best Buy . I’ve now spent some quality time with the Spectre x360 14, and you know what? HP just may have perfected the 2-in-1 convertible.

HP didn’t mess with the Spectre’s overall design theme — and why would it? The gem-cut aesthetic remains the boldest design you’ll find outside of gaming laptops, although the Spectre is more elegant than ostentatious. The Spectre x360 14 is a beautiful laptop without being over the top, whether in the Nightfall Black color with copper accents that I received or the Poseidon Blue or Natural Silver alternatives.

The Dell XPS 13 is a good-looking laptop as well, but it’s a simpler aesthetic that doesn’t seek to attract attention. Which is better comes down to taste, of course, but I prefer the suave Spectre x360 14.

It’s also very well-built, with zero flexing, bending, or twisting anywhere in the lid, chassis, or keyboard deck. The Spectre x360 14 matches the XPS 13 and the Apple MacBook Pro 13 in this regard, which is high praise. There are only a few other laptops in the class that can equal these three. The XPS 13 does score some points for its dual-zone hinge that can be opened easily with one hand and then holds firmly in place, but the Spectre x360 14 isn’t far behind.

The Spectre’s hinge is almost light enough to open with one hand, and it does a commendable job of holding the display firmly in whichever of its four modes — clamshell, tent, media, or tablet — you choose. The 3:2 aspect ratio display makes tablet mode much more comfortable, with the panel more closely matching an 8.5- x 11-inch piece of paper — credit Microsoft here, given that its Surface line has enjoyed the same aspect ratio for several generations.

The display does alter the Spectre x360 14’s dimensions, making it quite a bit deeper (8.67 inches) than the 13-inch model (7.66 inches) but not quite as wide (11.75 inches versus 12.08 inches). Compared to the tiny-bezeled XPS 13 at 11.64 inches wide and 7.82 inches deep, the Spectre x360 14 is again deeper, even though it has its own small bezels.

It’s the larger chin compared to the XPS 13 that makes the Spectre x360 14 seem so much taller when opened (beyond the sheer height of the 3:2 aspect ratio). The 14-inch is equal to the 13-inch at 0.67 inches thick, both of which exceed the XPS 13’s 0.58 inches, and the Spectre x360 14 is also the heaviest at 2.95 pounds versus the 13-inch and XPS 13, both of which weigh 2.8 pounds.

As I’ve used the Spectre x360 14, I’ve come to appreciate its extra size. Both the Spectre x360 13 and the XPS 13 felt small at times, particularly when it comes to the wrist rest and touchpad — both of which are quite a bit larger on the Spectre x360 14. I find this model to be a solid compromise between the diminutive 13-inch laptops and the hefty Spectre x360 15.

As with the Tiger Lake version of the Spectre x360 13, the 14-inch version has two USB Thunderbolt 4 ports on the right-hand side, one on the edge and one embedded in the notch underneath the display. There’s also a 3.5mm audio jack and miniSD card reader on this side of the chassis. On the other side is the single USB-A 3.1 port. One difference from the 13-inch model is that the power button is no longer in the other notch — this time, it’s on the keyboard, which is a bummer for anyone who uses their laptop closed with an external display.

Now, you must open the lid to turn the laptop on. Although some people might prefer having all the buttons readily available on the keyboard, that’s a regression in my book. Wireless connectivity is modern, with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

Before I delve into the Spectre x360 14’s performance, let’s talk a little about software. Most manufacturers have developed utilities that let users adjust the CPU clock and fan speed to dial in performance versus heat and fan noise. In some cases, those utilities don’t do much — run a benchmark in the quiet/cool mode and then run it in performance mode, and you’ll see at most a negligible improvement in speed. And quite often, you can’t tell the difference in fan noise or heat.

HP’s Command Center is different, at least in the 13- and 14-inch models (the utility doesn’t help much with the 15-inch Spectre). Toggle “Balanced” mode and the Spectre x360 14 is significantly quieter and cooler, and it’s also quite slow. It falls behind other Tiger Lake Core i7 laptops (and some 1oth-gen laptops) in this mode, but it runs silently and can be comfortably used on a lap. However, toggle “Performance” mode, and the Spectre x360 14 sprouts wings and becomes quite competitive — along with being significantly louder and hotter.

I don’t mention these utilities in my reviews unless they make a meaningful difference in performance. I’m mentioning HP’s Command Center specifically because I don’t want to leave anyone with the impression that this is a slow laptop. It’s not — you just need to make judicious use of the utility. That can either be a bother or a boon, depending on how much attention you want to pay to such things. I like Command Center, because most of the time I don’t need superfast performance and appreciate cool and quiet performance more — but when I need pure speed, it’s just a mouse click away.

I’ll also note that HP has added a few new wrinkles to the utility suite. For example, Command Center itself has a new “Smart Sense” mode that’s supposed to handle things automatically based on the application, the laptop’s placement, and the battery status. I didn’t find it to be particularly smart — “Balanced” mode kept things quieter and “Performance” mode was faster. HP has also added in a Focus Mode that highlights the active application and puts the rest of the display in shadow — it’s an interesting effect, but so far, I’ve just found it distracting. Next, the system has some way to detect if it’s in a bag and avoids waking up — I carried it around in my backpack for a little while and it stayed asleep, but that’s not much of a test.

Then there are a couple of utilities to control the display. One is a stand-alone Display Control utility that lets you set the color profile for your usage. Then there’s a System setting in the display section that lets you turn on adaptive color, which adjusts the color profile based on ambient lighting. It’s like automatic brightness, only for colors. Whether any of these utilities are of value or constitute extra fluff will come down to individual tastes.

Now, let’s get down to performance, starting with our Handbrake test that encodes a 420MB video as H.265. The Spectre x360 14 took just under four minutes to complete the test in Balanced mode, and just over three minutes in Performance mode. That’s nearly a full minute’s difference by simply flipping the switch. Compared to other Tiger Lake laptops, the Balanced mode score is slower — the Dell XPS 13 9310, for example, took 30 seconds less in its own quiet mode, versus being three seconds faster than the Spectre in both laptop’s performance modes. The Lenovo Yoga 7i 14 with a Core i5-1135G7 was also about 30 seconds faster in Balanced mode, and the Acer Swift 5 matched the Spectre x360 14’s Performance mode results.

Cinebench R23 was similar. The Spectre x360 14 scored a strong 4,847 multi-core in Performance mode versus an anemic 3,941 in Balanced mode. In Performance mode, only the Porsche Design Acer Book RS (a curiously fast Core i5-1135G7 that scored 4,973) and the MSI Prestige 14 Evo with a Core i7-1185G7 (5,789) scored higher among Tiger Lake laptops. The Apple MacBooks with the Apple M1 chip were much faster (6,680 or higher), as were machines running 45-watt Intel H-series CPUs.

I also ran the PCMark 10 Complete test, where, interestingly, Command Center mattered much less. The Spectre x360 14 scores 4,728 in Balanced mode and 4,795 in Performance mode, and the Essentials (web browsing, videoconferencing, app startup), Productivity (spreadsheet and word processing), and Creation (photo editing, video rendering and playback, and video editing) scores were similarly close.

Nevertheless, the Spectre was competitive with other Tiger Lake laptops, beating out the Porsche Design Acer Book RS and losing out narrowly against the MSI Prestige 14 Evo. The Spectre x360 14 performed particularly well in the Creation portion of this benchmark. Note that the Dell XPS 13 9310 wouldn’t complete the test.

In short, the Spectre x360 14 is a fast Tiger Lake laptop when set in Performance mode. It’ll run loud and hot, but it will keep up with most of the field — which, incidentally, also tend to run loud and hot when at full tilt. I’ll note here that the Spectre x360 14’s fans have a wonderfully comfortable pitch when at full blast — the Spectre completely avoids the bothersome whine that afflicts some laptops when the fans spin up.

Can the Spectre x360 14 game? Yes, it can, about as well as other Tiger Lake laptops with Intel Iris Xe graphics. Its 3DMark Time Spy score of 1,709 in Performance mode is higher than every other Tiger Lake laptop we’ve tested, and even its 1,457 score in Balanced mode is competitive. Running Fortnite , the Spectre x360 14 hit 36 frames per second (fps) at 1080p and high graphics, which beat out all but the MSI Prestige 14 Evo that managed 42 fps. That’s in Performance mode, of course, but again, even its 26 fps in Balanced mode was competitive with the rest of the field.

The same held with Epic graphics toggled on, making the Spectre x360 14 a decent entry-level gaming machine on par with machines running low-end discrete graphics like the Nvidia GeForce MX350.

The Spectre x360 14 has the first OLED display in a 3:2 aspect ratio (3,000 x 2,000 resolution), and it’s a beauty. Like all OLED displays, it enjoys spectacular contrast at 374,200:1 — by comparison, the Dell XPS 13 9310’s 4K IPS display’s contrast is 1,360:1, which is well above our 1,000:1 threshold and particularly good for an IPS display. But you get the deepest blacks contrasted with brilliant whites with the Spectre x360 14’s display, making black text on a white background really pop (which I love as a writer).

Brightness was good but not great at 374 nits, compared to the XPS 13’s 420 nits and the Spectre x360 13’s OLED display’s 405 nits.

This is an excellent display that’s a pure joy to use.

Color gamut was also excellent at 100% of sRGB and 96% of AdobeRGB — great for creative professionals who demand a lot of color — and color accuracy was superb at a DeltaE of 0.69 (anything under 1.0 can’t be distinguished with the human eye and is considered excellent). The XPS 13 managed 100% of sRGB but only 79% of AdobeRGB, putting it in a lower class of display.

The XPS 13’s color accuracy was 1.21, good but nowhere near as excellent as the Spectre’s. The Spectre x360 13’s OLED display managed a wider gamut at 100% of sRGB and 98% of AdobeRGB, but color accuracy wasn’t as good at 1.29.

I’ll cut to the chase here and say this is an excellent display that’s a pure joy to use in real life. The only display I like better is the OLED display on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 , which scored similarly to the Spectre’s display but sports Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) that makes the Lenovo so much better at playing Netflix HDR content.

In fact, with the HP, you’ll want to turn HDR off because Netflix just doesn’t handle it very well. But that’s not such a terrible thing, given that the OLED display without HDR is still better than most IPS displays with HDR (except, again, those benefitting from Dolby Vision). Also, the Spectre x360 14 can’t manage 4K in streaming video — you’ll need to settle for letterboxed 2,560 x 1,440.

In terms of audio, the Spectre x360 14 enjoys quad speakers, two upward-firing below the display and two downward-firing underneath the chassis. Volume is copious with no distortion, and mids and highs are excellent.

There’s not much bass, though, which drops the Spectre well below the MacBook Pro models that set the standard for laptop audio. You can certainly enjoy Netflix with a few friends without external speakers, but as always, I recommend a good set of headphones for music.

HP’s Spectre keyboards have long been my favorite on Windows 10 laptops, offering perfectly sized keys, great spacing, and a light but precise mechanism that lets me type at maximum speed with minimal fatigue.

Dell’s latest XPS 13 keyboards come very close, and the Magic Keyboard on the latest MacBooks are the only ones that can beat it. But if you’re a touch typist who relies on accurate feedback during typing, you’ll love the keyboard on the Spectre x360 14. Even the two-step backlighting is perfectly done, outlining the letters without bleeding much, if at all, from beneath the keys.

Thanks to the 3:2 aspect ratio display, HP fit in a much larger touchpad on the Spectre x360 14 compared to both the 13-inch model and the XPS 13. The extra space is appreciated — it’s not MacBook-like gargantuan — but it’s large enough that I no longer feel cramped. Of course, it supports Microsoft’s Precision touchpad protocol, making it incredibly responsive to all of Windows 10’s multitouch gestures. It also feels great, with solid but quiet buttons.

The touch display is equally responsive, and it supports HP’s various active pens. The pen in the box supports tilt and 4,095 levels of pressure sensitivity, recharges via USB-C, and in a Spectre first, it magnetically attaches to the left side of the chassis.

Windows 10 Hello support is provided by both a tiny infrared camera above the display and a fingerprint reader conveniently located next to the arrow keys. Both worked perfectly, logging me in with absolutely no muss or fuss. Additional security is provided by a button on the keyboard that electronically slides a cover over the webcam, along with a button to turn off the microphone.

The Spectre x360 14 has a high-resolution OLED display, which typically means reduced battery life. I’m sure that my review unit saw worse battery life than the Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,280) version, but thanks to a 67 watt-hour battery, longevity was better than I expected.

In our web-browsing test, the Spectre x360 14 lasted for just under seven hours, which isn’t a bad score given the display. It was around an hour less than some other Tiger Lake laptops with Full HD displays like the Acer Swift 5 and the Dell XPS 13 9310 and only 20 minutes less than the MSI Prestige 14 Evo.

In our video test that loops a Full HD Avengers trailer, the Spectre x360 14 lasted for just over 10 hours. Again, that’s not a bad score for an OLED display — it’s just 16 minutes less than the Dell XPS 13 9310 with its IPS 4K display and about 90 minutes less than the Acer Swift 5. The XPS 13 9310 with Full HD lasted for two additional hours.

The Spectre x360 14 is one of the few OLED laptops that might make it through a full day’s work on a single charge.

I also ran the PCMark 10 Applications test to see how long the Spectre x360 14 could handle a typical productivity workload, and it lasted for just over nine hours. Not coincidentally, that’s exactly what’s needed for Intel’s Evo certification. The XPS 13 9310 4K lasted for about 30 minutes less, while the XPS 13 9310 Full HD version lasted for about 90 minutes longer.

I then ran the PCMark 10 Gaming test, which applies a significant workload to both the CPU and GPU, and the Spectre x360 14 couldn’t quite make it to three hours, which is about 40 minutes less than the XPS 13 9310 4K and more than an hour less than the Full HD version of that laptop. The MSI Prestige Evo 14 lagged the Spectre by more than an hour.

The large battery capacity pays dividends here, as the Spectre x360 14 is one of the few OLED laptops that might make it through a full day’s work on a single charge. It’s nowhere near our longest-lasting laptops, but it’s a strong showing for a machine with such a lovely and power-hungry display.

Maybe the HP Spectre x360 14 isn’t the  best laptop you can buy. For a variety of reasons, Dell’s XPS 13 probably retains that top spot. But I’ll say this: The Spectre’s darn close, and if I were forced to choose between the two, I’d choose HP’s ultra-flexible and oh-so-lovely 2-in-1.

Seriously, this latest Spectre is the Goldilocks choice — not too small like the Spectre x360 13 and not too large like the 15-inch variation. Its 3:2 aspect ratio makes a real difference in viewing long webpages and documents, its OLED display is fantastic, and its build quality is superb. Yes, you need to get a little fussy to coax out the highest performance, but that’s balanced by the ability to run with close to zero noise and heat — the choice is yours, and choice is a good thing.

Are there any alternatives?

The HP Spectre x360 13 is a desirable choice for someone who likes 16:9 (those people do exist) and a smaller chassis, and it too can be purchased with Tiger Lake and an OLED display. It’s a bit less expensive, and while we haven’t tested the Tiger Lake versions, we suspect they’re good performers.

The Dell XPS 13 9310  is a great alternative if you don’t want a 2-in-1. It’s also incredibly well-built and attractive, has a great keyboard, and performs well. You won’t get quite as high-quality a display with the XPS 13, nor is performance quite as good, but in terms of an overall cohesive design, Dell’s offering can’t be beaten. You’ll spend a little more money as you move up the configuration ladder.

Finally, you could consider MacBook Air M1 , which sports Apple Silicon’s M1 CPU that completely alters the ARM versus Intel landscape. It’s fast, lasts forever on a charge, and is built the Apple way. And it’s a less expensive laptop to boot.

How long will it last?

The Spectre x360 14 is built well and should provide years of reliable service. It’s also fully up to date in its components, including being at the vanguard of the move away from 16:9 aspect ratios. There’s only a one-year warranty, which is industry standard and disappointing, as usual.

Should you buy it?

Yes. The Spectre x360 14 is the best Spectre you can buy, and the best convertible notebook on the market by a fair margin.

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While expensive, the HP Spectre x360 14 2-in-1 Windows laptop's combination of gorgeous screen, lovely keyboard and fantastic audio offers very good value. Just be aware of the 3:2 screen ratio, and limited number of ports.

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But the HP Spectre x360 14 doesn’t just promise sleek looks, a gorgeous screen and great performance. It’s also fully convertible. Which you can use it as a laptop, rotate it 360 degrees to use it as a tablet, put in tent formation for watching movies, or even lay both parts flat as a single rectangle.

If that kind of versatility appeals to you, then this streamlined, 17mm-thin laptop may well be the one for you. But it isn’t cheap. While the base model starts at a lower price, the model we were sent to review, the ea0008na featuring the faster Intel i7 1165G7 processor, is more money.

So is it worth it? Our HP Spectre x360 14 review answers that question, by looking at the laptop in its totality, including its design, screen and speakers, performance, connectivity and battery life.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Design

First impressions of the HP Spectre x360 14 are impressive: this is a sleek and upmarket design. The CNC machined chassis is both beautiful and professional looking, with the reflective HP logo and the diamond-cut diagonal edges adding extra touches of elegance and originality. 

We also love the speaker grill above the keyboard, with its fashionable dotted stylings; the confident capital typefaces on the keys themselves; and the subtle placement of the Bang & Olufsen and Spectre logos. In short, it’s one of the most attractive laptops around right now.

It’s wonderfully functional, too, with large, responsive keys spread almost from edge to edge across the base. The 1.5mm key travel provides a satisfying click, and there's an impressively size touchpad (74 x 115mm), although we found you did have to press on this a little harder than we're used to.

There’s also a small and unobstructive 720p web cam at the top, which you can use to unlock your device with Windows Hello, and which you can lock with one tap of a shortcut key. There’s also a fingerprint sensor next to the arrow keys.

As a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 14 is flawless. The robust hinges work perfectly to let you to move the screen through a full 360 degrees, letting you put it in tent mode for watching movies or giving presentations, reverse mode for using it on your lap as a tablet, or any other angle that suits your purposes. 

Admittedly, you can’t quite open the laptop lid with one hand, and it’s a shame there’s no number pad on the keyboard. Also, anyone used to a 2-in-1 like the Surface Go may find it weird feeling the keys on your lap while using this laptop in 'tablet' mode. But these are pretty small niggles, and shouldn't detract from the fact that this is one beautifully designed device.

One final point: you also get a high-quality rechargeable‌ stylus – the HP MPP2.0 tilt pen – completely free with the HP Spectre x360 14. This works well with the touchscreen, and is an obvious plus for artists, architects, or anyone who just wants to mess about with digital drawing or notetaking. You also get a free laptop case, which is nothing to write home about, but free stuff is always good in our book.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Screen and speakers

The most notable about the 13.5-inch touchscreen is that it has proportions of 3:2. This makes it 13 per cent taller than the 16:9 ratio you find on most laptop screens, monitors and TVs these days. (Notable exceptions are Microsoft ’s Surface Go and Surface laptops, which pioneered the 3:2 format.)

What this means in practice is that you get bigger black bars when watching movies, but you see more of, say, a web page before scrolling down. Whether you prefer 3:2 or 16: 9 is entirely a matter of personal preference and depends the kind of thing you use a laptop for. But in general, if you’re doing productivity focused tasks you’re most likely to benefit, while if you want to watch a lot of movie and TV content, it may be a little irksome. Watching Ready Player One, for example, the movie took up just 57 per cent of the available screen space.  

Depending on how much you want to spend, you have three screens to choose from. The base model comes with a Full HD (1920 x 1280) touchscreen IPS display. Our pricier review model, however, came with a 3000 x 2000 OLED panel: not quite 4K but as near as damn it. And it’s quite frankly one of the nicest screens we’ve ever enjoyed. Colours were deep and rich, with blacks and whites being especially enticing. Details were super-sharp, and the brightness levels ample for use inside and out.

And then comes audio, and here's the best news of all. In sharp contrast to many of its rivals, the sound here more than matches up to the visuals. Of course, that’s what you’d expect when you partner with a name speaker brand like Bang & Olufsen. And in this case, the collaboration really does deliver, from the deep and enveloping bass to the crisp clarity of percussive sounds.

With four speakers (two on the top, two on the bottom), you’re sure to get a decent blast of sound from your HP Spectre x360 14, however you decide to configure your 2-in-1 device. It’s loud enough, too: we found a 30-40 per cent volume was more than sufficient to fill a room. And if you’re a proper audiophile, Bang & Olufsen’s equaliser software lets you tweak the settings to your heart’s content.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Performance

The version of the HP Spectre x360 14 we were sent for review features the Intel Core i7-1165G7 chip. This is certified by Intel’s Evo platform, which means that HP and Intel have worked together closely to get the maximum of out of the new processor. And although it bumps up the cost significantly, it does make a clear and recognisable difference. 

Whether using the device as a tablet or laptop, this 11th generation Tiger Lake processor made short work of all the tasks we put it through, including multiple-tab web browsing, video and audio entertainment, productivity software such as Microsoft Office, Zoom calls and more. 

We do have one niggle to report, though: after a few hours with the laptop on our lap, it slowed to a crawl and needed rebooting. The base at this point felt noticeably warm. By switching it off and on again, things returned to normal immediately. We've had similar experiences with other slimline laptops, and suggest that using this kind of device on your actual lap is best avoided for long periods.

On the desk, though, things went swimmingly. The processor features Intel’s Iris Xe integrated graphics, which meant that Photoshop, digital drawing tools, video editing software and even most AAA games ran smoothly with some tweaking of the frame-rates.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Battery life and connectivity

HP claims a battery life of up to 10 hours 30 minutes, and this chimed with our experience. We managed a number of full working days using battery power alone, playing videos, listening to music, using apps like Microsoft Office and Google Docs, and all the kind of day-to-day web browsing, emailing and social media bothering you'd expect a laptop to handle.

In general, the HP Spectre 14 lasted a good 8.5-9.5 hours performing such tasks, and if that's not long enough for your working day, then we admire your work ethic. Meanwhile, in our standard test playing a downloaded Netflix movie on repeat, the Spectre stayed alive for an impressive 11 hours 8 minutes.

Now the less good news. With thin laptops, connectivity is often limited, and you're certainly not spoiled for ports on the HP Spectre x360 14. That said, it's great to see there's at least one USB-A slot, on the left-hand side, while on the right, you get two USB-C ports, both of which you can use for charging, and a headphone/mic jack in between. We're not wild about one of the USB-Cs being on the diagonal edge of the laptop, but it didn't actually pose any practical issues; it just looks a bit weird.

What's a real shame, though, is you don't have the choice to charge the laptop from the left-hand side. Splitting the USB-Cs between left and right would have been our preference, and we can't work out why HP has designed its ports in this way.

HP Spectre x360 14 review: Verdict

There's an awful lot to like about the HP Spectre x360 14, but its main appeal lies in being able to rotate the laptop through 360 degrees. in practice, that works amazingly well... as long as you use it. Not everyone does, though. So if you just want a 'normal' laptop, you may be better off with a non-rotating rival such as the Dell XPS 13.

The other thing you may like or dislike is the 3:2 screen ratio. This approach has both admirers and detractors, and it's difficult to know which side you fall on until you try it. As a rule of thumb, if seeing big black bars around movies upsets you, go for a 16:9 screen instead. But if the idea of seeing more of a web page in one go excites you, then 3:2 could be the answer to your prayers.

Assuming these two factors enthuse rather than repel you, then this high-performing 2-in-1 Windows laptop, with its gorgeous screen, should be right up your street. With great battery life, an excellent keyboard, top-class audio, and a couple of decent freebies thrown in, this laptop may be an expensive option, but does offer good value for money.

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HP Spectre x360 14 review: OLED makes a great 2-in-1 even better

HP Spectre x360 14

Expert's Rating

  • Stellar OLED display
  • Unique and rugged design
  • IR and fingerprint biometrics
  • 1080p webcam with physical shutter
  • Battery life not as long as last year’s model
  • A bit heavy at three pounds

Our Verdict

It’s neither the fastest nor the longest running, but the Spectre x360 14 remains one of our favorite business convertibles for its stunning design and display.

With the latest iteration of its premium Spectre x360 14, HP adds two new premium features not found on last year’s convertible alongside the requisite update to 12th-generation Intel silicon. The biggest addition is the high-resolution OLED panel that delivers exceptional image quality. The second addition is a high-resolution webcam, moving from an underwhelming 720p camera to a crisp and dynamic 1080p webcam.

The Spectre x360’s overall design remains unchanged. The all-metal chassis with gold accents offers a solid feel and luxurious looks, while the display’s 3:2 aspect ratio is geared toward business use rather than entertainment pursuits that would benefit from a wider screen. It’s still a tad heavy for a 14-inch convertible, and the battery life is shorter than last year’s model, but the Spectre remains a great pick for executive and other professionals looking for a portable and versatile two-in-one convertible.

HP Spectre x360 specs and features

Our HP Spectre x360 14 test system features the following specs:

  • CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i7-1255U
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Display: 13.5-inch 3000×2000, OLED touch panel
  • Webcam: 1080p with physical camera shutter
  • Connectivity: 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, USB-A, combo audio jack, microSD card reader
  • Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Biometrics: IR facial recognition, fingerprint reader
  • Battery capacity: 66.5 Watt-hours
  • Dimensions: 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches
  • Measured weight: 3 pounds (laptop), 0.6 pounds (AC adapter)
  • Price: $1,424.99

The HP Spectre x360 series starts at $999.99. The baseline model features a 12th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD and a Full HD display. Our test system features CPU, memory, storage and display upgrades that raised the price. At HP.com, it’s priced at $1,424.99, which reflects a $250 discount. Our test model is also available at Best Buy for $1,749.99, and it has occasionally been discounted to $1,399.99.

OLED goodness

This year’s Spectre x360 trots out the same looks as last year’s model and remains a stunner. The all-metal chassis boasts a gorgeous, sophisticated design and rugged feel. There are three color options — silver, black, and a deep blue. (The latter two colors add $15 to the bill.) We received it in black. With the matte finish, it has subtle brown undertones that gives it a unique look among a sea of silver brushed aluminum laptops. The gem-cut edges and other gold accents create a pleasing contrast with the matte black surfaces.

The chassis remains the same as last year’s model and therefore the weight stays the same at three pounds. That’s a bit heavy for this class of 2-in-1, but most are close to three pounds. The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, for example, with its 13.4-inch 16:10 display weighs 2.9 pounds. With the added heft, however, comes a solid feel. There is nothing flimsy about the Spectre x360. 

When we looked at the Spectre x360 last year, it featured an IPS panel with a 1920×1280-pixel resolution and a boxy 3:2 aspect ratio. An 3000×2000 OLED model was sold as a Best Buy exclusive, which you might have missed. Now the OLED display is available direct from HP. It adds a reasonable $110 to the price of the system. It’s well worth the price. The OLED panel delivers incredible contrast with perfect blacks and bright whites. Colors are accurate and vivid. And the 3000×2000 resolution across the 13.5-inch panel creates a sharp image with crisp text.

HP Spectre x360 tablet mode

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The display’s 3:2 aspect ratio is taller than a 16:10 or 16:9 widescreen. Movies and shows don’t fit as well as they do on a wider screen, but the boxier ratio is suited well for browsing the web and working on long documents. The 3:2 display is also a good fit in tablet mode. The squarer shape makes it feel more like an iPad than using a laptop spun around.

The touch display features pen support, and HP includes its Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen. Tapping, swiping, and scribbling on the display felt natural with both a fingertip and the pen. There’s no garage for the pen, but it connects magnetically to the side of the system.

Befitting of the premium Spectre x360 are its four speakers that produce premium sound. The speakers create dynamic audio with crisp highs and a bit of a bass response. The audio begins to lose some clarity when you push the volume past 80% but at that level there’s still enough oomph to fill a small room. 

Webcam goes to 1080p

A 720p webcam has no place on a premium Spectre model, and HP made the move to a 1080p camera with this year’s Spectre x360. It produces a clean, well-balanced image that has none of the grainy blotchiness of a 720p cam. If Zoom meetings and other video calls are a large part of your job, the 1080p will have you looking clearer to co-workers and clients. The camera has IR capabilities so you can log into the machine via facial recognition. And if you’d rather use your finger instead of your face, there’s a fingerprint reader tucked in between the spacebar and arrow keys at the bottom of the keyboard. Both biometric methods worked flawlessly.

HP Spectre x360 keyboard

The keyboard sacrifices the right Control key for the fingerprint reader, leaving only a Control key in the left corner. The keys offer a snappy response and quiet action for an overall pleasing and premium typing experience. One change from last year’s model — HP got rid of the right-side column of Home, Page Up/Down, and End keys. Those keys are now doubled mapped to the four arrow keys, which may disappoint some typists. In the row of Function keys at the top, there’s a key to cycle through the keyboard’s two-level backlight and two others to mute the microphone and cover the camera. When the camera’s physical cover is in place, you can see its white and black stripes to give you peace of mind that your privacy is protected. The mute and camera shutter keys themselves also have orange LEDs to give you visual proof that each device is deactivated.

HP Spectre x360 touchpad

The gold-edged touchpad offers a quiet, firm click response and accurate recording of mousing gestures. It’s near perfect. If I had a nit to pick, it would be the semi-glossy finish doesn’t offer as smooth gliding as would a more matte finish.

The useful port selection remains the same as last year’s model. There’s a pair of USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB Type-A port, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader. One of the Thunderbolt 4 ports and the headphone jack are located on each of the back corners of the system. These corners are trimmed so each port sits on the diagonal. It’s an unusual design point, and one I doubt will catch on because it makes it a bit harder to access these ports than if they were simply located on the side. And if I could, I would swap out the headphone jack and have a Thunderbolt 4 port in each corner. Not only would I be able to charge the Spectre x360 from either side, but the headphone jack would be closer to the front of the system and my ears.

HP Spectre x360 right ports

One last note on the power adapter. It also lives up to the premium Spectre name. The power brick is tiny and easily portable, and the cord is braided so it never tangles. 


Our HP Spectre x360 test system features the Core i7-1255U processor, 16GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, and a 1TB SSD. The Core i7-1255U is a member of Intel’s 12th-gen Alder Lake U series of efficient, 15-watt mobile chips that feature Intel’s new hybrid architecture. It has two performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and a total of 12 processing threads. 

We compared the Spectre x360’s performance to a mix of similarly sized laptops with 12th-gen Intel Core processors from both the efficient 15-watt U series and more balanced 28-watt P series that sits between the U series and high-powered 45-watt P series. Rounding out the charts are a couple of laptops based on AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800U processor and a Dell XPS 13 based on an 11th-gen Core i7.

The system felt peppy during our time with it and operated in near silence. We did see the battery life decline from last year’s model; the OLED panel is the likely cause for the shorter running time (more on that below).

Our first benchmark is PCMark 10, which measures performance on everyday computing work including office productivity tasks, web browsing, and video chats. All of the laptops here are overqualified for running general office apps. The Spectre x360 finished in the middle of the pack. With only two performance cores in the Core i7-1255U, the system couldn’t keep pace with the two AMD-based laptops — the Ryzen 7 5800U has eight processing cores and 16 processing threads. And the next two finishers feature the Core i7-1260P, which has four performance cores along with eight efficiency cores and a total of 16 processing threads. 

HP Spectre x360 PCMark

Our HandBrake benchmark tests how a laptop is able to handle crushing CPU loads over a lengthy period—in this case, transcoding a 30GB MKV file to a format suitable for Android tablets using HandBrake, the free video encoding utility. The Spectre x360 again finished with a middling result and found itself well off the pace set by the systems with CPUs with more processing cores and threads. 

HP Spectre 360 Handbrake

Next up is Cinebench, another CPU-intensive test but one that renders a complex 2D scene over a short period of time. The Spectre x360’s Cinebench result is underwhelming. Its U series CPU is built for efficiency and not cranking through multithreaded multimedia applications. The Spectre x360 is a better fit for executives and other business users than creative professionals.

HP Spectre x360 Cinebench

On our 3DMark benchmark, none of the laptops here — the Spectre x360 included — distinguished themselves. But that’s hardly a surprise given they all features integrated graphics. 

To test a laptop’s battery life, we loop a 4K video using Windows 11’s Movies & TV app, with the laptop set to Airplane mode and earbuds plugged in. We set the screen brightness at a relatively bright 250 nits to 260 nits, which is a good brightness for watching a movie in an office with the lights on. The Spectre x360 lasted for more than 11 hours, which will get you through the longest workdays without needing to retreat to a wall outlet. That’s an impressive figure, but other models offer runtimes that are hours longer.

Last year’s Spectre x360 ran for more than three hours longer than this year’s model. With both systems featuring the same 66.5Whr battery, I suspect the culprit of the shorter runtime is the high-resolution OLED display. Even though an OLED can turn off individual pixels, a greater number of pixels means a greater drain on the battery. And we’ve yet to see any benefit in terms of battery life from an OLED laptop. In fact, we’ve generally seen that an OLED panel has a slight adverse effect on a laptop’s battery life.

HP Spectre x360 battery

Spectre still a favorite

Even with the decrease in battery life, we welcome the addition of the OLED display to the Spectre x360. It’s one of those features that once you’ve experienced it, you will never go back to the old way of a plain-Jane IPS LCD display. The gains in contrast and color dynamics are just too great. Plus, with OLED displays beginning to trickle down to midrange laptops, buyers should certainly expect an OLED on a high-end model like the Spectre x360. 

OLED aside, it’s one of the best looking 2-in-1 convertibles on the market. The brownish-black chassis is unique without being garish, and the all-metal chassis is rock-solid if a tad heavy. With its U series processor and integrated graphics, it’s a better fit for general office tasks than creative work. Despite the drop in battery life, the Spectre x360 remains one of our favorite 2-in-1 business convertibles.

Author: Matt Elliott

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hp spectre x360 14 inch review

HP Spectre x360 14 2-in-1 (2022) Review

Hp’s spectre x360 14 is one of the best 2-in-1 laptops out there.

Adrien Ramirez

Updated July 10, 2023

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About the HP Spectre x360 14 2-in-1

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Excellent stylus included

Responsive touchscreen display

Comfortable keyboard and trackpad

OK battery life

Performance could be better

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Here are the specs of the laptop we tested:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-1255U
  • Graphics: Integrated
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Display: 3000 x 2000p resolution, 400 nits brightness, 100% P3 gamut
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB-A, 1 x Headphone jack
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2
  • Camera: 1080p webcam
  • Accessories: HP Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen, Carry case
  • Battery: 66Whr lithium‑polymer battery
  • Weight: 3.0 pounds
  • Size: 11.73 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty

It retails for $1,549 and comes in one other configuration, which has an Intel Core i5-1235U processor, 8GB of memory, 512GB of SSD storage, and a 1920 x 1280p display.

Fantastic design

A hand drawing on the laptop's touch screen using the HP pen.

It is certainly a great choice for digital artists.

A lot of laptops lately have been pushing for sharper, edgier designs, but the Spectre 14 takes the opposite approach. Its edges and corners are rounded and chamfered, making it comfortable to lay my wrists on the laptop. The rear two corners are cut at 45-degree angles and have ports on them. There’s no other laptop that quite looks like the Spectre, and the all-metal chassis is sleek, thin, and rigid as a laptop should be. While it’s not fingerprint-proof, its matte black surface is more resistant to them than most laptops.

Additionally, the Spectre 14 figured out how to include a USB-A port by having an expandable ledge for peripherals while keeping the laptop as thin as possible. (Most ultra-thin notebooks have removed the USB-A port altogether.) The audio jack lives on the rear left corner, and two USB-C ports populate the right corner and right side. The display’s right side is also magnetized so the included stylus can snap onto the Spectre 14, iPad-style.

The keyboard, trackpad, and ergonomics are phenomenal

The Spectre and the Envy have historically had amazing keyboards and trackpads, and this generation is no exception. The keyboard is springy with a big kick to it, needing just the right amount of pressure to actuate to prevent accidental keystrokes without wearing out your fingers. Despite the small chassis, the keys themselves don’t feel small, but they are a bit shallow to keep the profile down.

Meanwhile, the trackpad is massive, smooth, and highly responsive. If you’re used to MacBook trackpads, you’ll feel right at home on the hand-sized canvas (yes, it’s bigger than my hand).

Its convertible form factor is well executed, with sturdy hinges that can stay put at any angle. You can use it normally, tented, or as a tablet. The laptop has a display with a 4:3 ratio, and that extra width makes it less awkward to hold the laptop vertically in tablet mode.

Its toucscreen plays well with its stylus

The side of the closed laptop.

For its dimensions, you'll be getting a high quality machine.

The display colors aren’t too shabby, either

The HP Spectre 14 is a treat to work with. Its full P3 color gamut and excellent contrast on its OLED display are perfect for color-accurate work on the go. It’s not especially bright at 370 nits, but its adaptive display temperature feature keeps it comfortable to look at without sacrificing the accuracy too much compared to generic night light settings.

Since it’s a 4:3 display, this relatively small laptop has a lot of desktop space to work with. Its 3000 x 2000 resolution may be unusual, but it keeps everything looking sharp. Its brightness holds it back from being one of the best laptop displays, as HDR content won’t be as vivid, but for any other content, it looks fantastic.

Audio is loud and balanced

As far as laptops go, the HP Spectre 14 nails its sound. The bass on this thing is impressive, with a strong, clear output that’s a whole lot of fun for bassheads. (Its reverberation may be a bit much for audiophiles.) Meanwhile, the treble and mids are confident and full-bodied, adding to the sum of the audio to make a rich, dark sound signature. It sounds more like a TV than it does a laptop.

If you like to share your laptop audio for things like films or music, you’ll be glad to know the Spectre can get loud . At max volume, I played a variety of videos to judge its sound quality: an audio benchmark video, white noise videos, and trending music videos. Its sound averaged about 72 decibels from an arm’s length away—that’s as loud as traffic at a busy intersection (and on par with the MacBook Air).

More importantly, the audio is still clear and free of distortion at high volumes. It’s certainly not a flat sound signature by default, but because of its excellent range, it’ll sound great regardless of your preferences. The Spectre 14 has some of the best sounds out there for laptop speakers.

Low power draw holds back performance

The laptop folded into tablet mode.

You might want to turn on power-saving mode often if you want the battery life to last.

Compared to other premium 2-in-1s, the Spectre 14 feels underwhelming. While its benchmark scores aren’t wimpy, the competition is up to 40% faster without costing more money or sacrificing battery life.

The Spectre’s Intel Core i7-1255U processor isn’t necessarily designed for raw power. At a max power draw of 55 Watts, performance in heavy-duty tasks like sorting a multi-thousand-row Excel sheet or rendering a simple 3D modeling scene will be slower than if you used a processor with a higher max power draw. On the other hand, its base power draw is just 15W, so you’re not burning extra power just writing a Word doc.

Intel caps power draw on its U-line processors so they draw less power than P-line processors (Intel’s other line of efficient mobile processors). If it draws less power, then the laptop will have longer battery life. Batteries are often measured in Watt-hours for this reason—a 100Wh battery will deplete much more quickly if your processor is running a game at 100W of power than if it were running 20W while surfing the web.

However, the Core i7-1255U could be considered too conservative with its power draw. The Intel Core i7-1260P can draw up to 64W and still shows similar battery life in laptops like the Lenovo Yoga 9i. If a processor’s tuned properly, a very powerful processor can still get good battery life for simple tasks, and Intel’s P-line is efficient in that regard.

Its battery life isn’t anything to brag about

the HP Spectre 14’s seven hours and 37 minutes of battery life won’t turn a lot of heads. To test battery life, we simulate an average day of tasks for productivity users by setting brightness to 200 nits (enough for a well-lit office) and rotating through 20 websites from a full battery until it shuts off. If you’re doing anything more strenuous, such as editing pictures in Photoshop, you can expect the battery to deplete faster.

The HP Spectre 14 is about on par with other 2-in-1s of this gen, such as the Lenovo Yoga 9i which has a battery life of six hours and 51 minutes. It’s also a downgrade from last generation’s HP Spectre, which had a nine-hour battery life. There are some traditional laptops with more battery life still (looking at you, MacBook Air, and your 15-hour battery life), but you will have to give up the convenience of a 2-in-1.

Its port situation is bizarre

Usually, laptops suffer from a lack of ports. The HP Spectre has an OK amount of ports (one USB-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, and a headphone jack), but what truly stands out is where those ports are located.

On the chamfered rear corners of the chassis, there is one USB-C port and a headphone jack. It’s a cool concept, but in practice, it’s easy to yank at attached cables and risk damaging the port. Be mindful of any cables you keep connected to the Spectre 14 just in case.

Yes, it’s a phenomenal laptop

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  • HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

New Intel silicon burnishes one of the best, slickest 2-in-1 laptops

Eric Grevstad

Bottom Line

  • Gorgeous OLED touch screen
  • Impressive productivity performance
  • Lengthy battery life
  • Elegant design
  • World-class webcam
  • Expensive when fully loaded
  • No SD/microSD card slot or cellular internet
  • No HDMI port (two USB-C docks included)
  • No internal pen storage

The Spectre x360 is HP's flagship consumer convertible laptop and a multiple Editors' Choice award winner. (HP is also PCMag's 2023 Readers' Choice award winner for 2-in-1 laptops.) For 2024, it gets Intel's new don't-say-14th-Gen Core Ultra processor architecture and switches back from a 13.5-inch, 3:2 aspect ratio display to a 14-inch, 16:10 ratio panel, but it hasn't really changed much—it remains a sleek and light 2-in-1 that stands out for build quality, versatility, and productivity. The latest Spectre isn't cheap: It starts at $1,499.99 and costs $1,969.99 as tested, with 32GB of memory and 2TB of storage. Regardless, the latest HP Spectre x360 14 easily earns another Editors' Choice nod as a premium convertible status symbol.

Design and Configurations: Cutting Corners in an Attractive Way 

As before, HP sells the Spectre x360 2-in-1 in 14- and 16-inch screen sizes, the latter a potent desktop replacement that's too hefty to be more than occasionally useful in tablet mode. The 14-inch model satisfies sketchers and note-takers with a rechargeable stylus that sticks magnetically to the laptop's side. (You'll find no garage or niche to store the pen internally.)

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While base models get by with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H chip, our loaded review unit flaunts a Core Ultra 7 155H (six Performance cores, eight standard, and two low-power Efficient cores; 22 threads), with a clock speed varying from 1.4GHz to 4.8GHz and Intel Arc integrated graphics. It's teamed with 32GB of memory, a 2TB NVMe solid-state drive, Windows 11 Pro, and a 2,880-by-1,800-pixel OLED touch screen with dynamic 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate. An HP.com Core Ultra 7 config with a less extravagant 16GB of memory and 1TB SSD is $1,649.99. 

Available in Slate Blue or Sahara Silver as well as our system's Nightfall Black, the Spectre measures 0.67 by 12.4 by 8.7 inches. HP brags that its aluminum lid and keyboard deck are 90% recycled, and its plastic keycaps and the scissor mechanisms beneath are 50% recycled. Thin bezels (HP quotes an 89% screen-to-body ratio) surround the display. You'll feel virtually no flex if you grasp the screen corners or press the keyboard deck. The F2 key serves as a webcam privacy shutter.

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The HP is slightly too heavy for ultraportable status at 3.19 pounds, but actually a tad trimmer than the company's non-convertible HP Pavilion Plus 14 (0.74 by 12.4 by 8.9 inches). Its archrival, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 , is barely larger (0.6 by 12.5 by 9.1 inches) and a tad lighter (3.09 pounds). 

More monochromatic than its brass-accented predecessors, the 2024 Spectre x360 keeps the signature sleek styling with diagonal-cut rear corners that hold ports (an audio jack at left and a Thunderbolt 4/USB4 port at right). A second USB4 port is nearby on the right side, with a drop-jaw USB Type-A port on the left.

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You'll find no onboard HDMI port for an external monitor, but the Spectre comes with two USB-C mini docks or dongles, one with just an HDMI port and another with HDMI, two USB-A, and one USB-C. The AC adapter has a USB-C connector. Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth handle wireless connectivity.

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Using the HP Spectre x360 14: Always Look Your Best 

Videoconferencers will find the Spectre's webcam is exceptional, with 9-megapixel resolution (videos up to 4K or 2160p) and images that are remarkably bright and colorful with no noise or static. The myHP software lets you blur or replace the background. This tool can also make backlight and low-light adjustments as well as handle tone and appearance enhancement—in addition to the ability to tag-team a second USB webcam if you move around a lot. It can also capture PDFs and perform keystone correction to help you read tilted whiteboards. HP Enhanced Lighting puts a white border around the screen to mimic a ring light.

The webcam supports Windows Hello face recognition, joining the fingerprint reader built into the power button to give you two ways to skip typing passwords. An HP Command Center utility not only provides familiar smart features such as locking the system if you walk away and waking it on return, but lets you pause and resume video play with a wave of your hand and can warn you if you're logging too much screen time or put your eyes too close to the display.

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Speaking of the display, it's like some other recent HP laptops in being IMAX Enhanced, which is less impressive than it sounds: You'll see a few more pixels at the top and bottom of Marvel movies on Disney+, for example. Regardless, this is a crisp, bright, and beautiful screen, with sky-high contrast and rich, vivid colors. Fine details are razor-sharp, and viewing angles are wide. Photos and videos look amazing, and text pops on white backgrounds. myHP lets you toggle among HDR and manual sRGB, Adobe RGB, DCI-P3, and native screen modes. 

The 5.5-inch pen's sliding top reveals its USB-C charging port. The stylus has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and two buttons, which the myHP utility lets you reprogram from the eraser function and right-click to other functions, such as taking screenshots, basic media controls, or opening new browser tabs. The pen keeps up with my fastest swoops and scribbles with effective palm rejection.

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Sound from the two top-firing tweeters and two front-firing woofers isn't deafening but loud enough to fill a modest room. Tuned by the conferencing-oriented Poly Studio (a.k.a. Plantronics) instead of HP's audiophile contractor Bang & Olufsen, sound is nevertheless clean and crisp; you'll hear minimal bass but you can make out overlapping tracks. The myHP software provides music, movie, and voice presets and an equalizer, and the Start menu adds DTS:X and DTS Headphone:X enhancements. 

The backlit keyboard commits the common sin of pairing the Fn key with the cursor arrows instead of providing real Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys; it also commits HP's eternal sin of stacking hard-to-hit, half-height up and down arrow keys between full-size left and right ones in a clumsy row instead of the proper inverted T. The keyboard's typing feel is shallow but comfortably snappy and responsive.

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HP's buttonless touchpad has a short, stiff click but taps and glides smoothly. It's large enough to take advantage of a myHP option that turns its left and right edges into vertical haptic sliders for screen brightness and audio volume, respectively.

Testing the HP Spectre x360 14: Intel Core Ultra 7 FTW 

As a premium 2-in-1, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is the most obvious comparison for our benchmark charts. Dell contributes 14-inch convertibles from opposite ends of the price spectrum, the under-$800 Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 and $3,000 corporate-centric Dell Latitude 9440 2-in-1 . The last spot goes to the MSI Stealth 14 Studio , a clamshell in the HP's price bracket with a game-worthy Nvidia GeForce GPU instead of integrated graphics.

Productivity Tests 

We run the same general productivity benchmarks across both mobile and desktop systems. Our first test is UL's PCMark 10, which simulates a variety of real-world productivity and office workflows to measure overall system performance and also includes a storage subtest for the primary drive.

Three other benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC's suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon's Cinebench R23 uses that company's Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Geekbench 5.4 Pro from Primate Labs simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better). 

Finally, we run PugetBench for Photoshop by workstation maker Puget Systems, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe's famous image editor to rate a PC's performance for content creation and multimedia applications. It's an automated extension that executes a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.

The MSI's 45-watt (W) processor topped the HP's 28W chip in our CPU tests, but the Spectre's performance impressed regardless, with the new Intel Core Ultra 7 mostly landing between the chipmaker's previous-generation Core i7 and Core i9. It's no CGI-rendering or dataset-crunching workstation, but it's more than muscular enough for productivity and creativity tasks. 

Graphics Tests 

We test Windows PC graphics with two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL's 3DMark, Night Raid (more modest, suitable for laptops with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs). 

Additionally, we run two tests from the cross-platform GPU benchmark GFXBench 5, which stresses both low-level routines like texturing and high-level, game-like image rendering. The 1440p Aztec Ruins and 1080p Car Chase tests, rendered offscreen to accommodate different display resolutions, exercise graphics and compute shaders using the OpenGL programming interface and hardware tessellation respectively. The more frames per second (fps), the better.

The Stealth's GeForce discrete GPU blew away the other laptops' integrated graphics. In other news, water is wet. Casual gamers and perhaps content creators will be happy to see the new Intel Arc Graphics are a noticeable step up from the last generation, however. 

Battery and Display Tests 

We test laptop battery life by playing a locally stored 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie Tears of Steel ) with display brightness at 50% and audio volume at 100%. We make sure the battery is fully charged before the test, with Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting turned off. 

Additionally, we also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and its Windows software to measure a laptop screen's color saturation—what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the display can show—and its 50% and peak brightness in nits (candelas per square meter).

The high-powered MSI's sins caught up with it, presenting wretched battery life in our video rundown, while the Spectre x360 led the way with swell unplugged stamina. The HP's display also dazzles with color matched only by the OLED Lenovo, though the Stealth's top-quality IPS panel comes close, and it emits ample brightness (OLED technology is generally worth about 100 IPS nits).

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Verdict: One of 2024's Top-Tier 2-in-1s

We wish it cost a couple of hundred bucks less, but the 2024 HP Spectre x360 14 easily repeats as an Editors' Choice award recipient. We'd like to see a few minor complaints addressed next time, like a media card slot and somewhere to store the stylus, but these aren't deal-breakers here, especially thanks to the included accessories. All told, this may be the best consumer convertible you can buy so far this year—we'll hold off on making that call until we see more Intel Core Ultra-generation 2-in-1 laptops—but either way it's an excellent choice for grab-and-go productivity and versatility.

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I was picked to write the "20 Most Influential PCs" feature for PCMag's 40th Anniversary coverage because I remember them all—I started on a TRS-80 magazine in 1982 and served as editor of Computer Shopper when it was a 700-page monthly. I was later the editor in chief of Home Office Computing , a magazine that promoted using tech to work from home two decades before a pandemic made it standard practice. Even in semiretirement in Bradenton, Florida, I can't stop playing with toys and telling people what gear to buy.

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hp spectre x360 14 inch review

HP Spectre x360 14 OLED review

Oled awesomeness, 2-in-1 functionality and decent performance in a supremely portable and long-lasting package.

HP Spectre x360 14

Digital Camera World Verdict

HP’s 13.5-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop is something seriously special thanks to its utterly stellar, but also slightly flawed, 3K2K OLED display. Add in excellent build quality, a touchscreen with inking support plus an input pen, and you have a fantastic overall package.

Stupendous OLED display

Great battery life

Genuinely usable tablet functionality

Not exactly cheap

Limited graphics power

Merely adequate speakers

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Think carefully before you take the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED for a spin. Because once you see its fabulous 13.5-inch OLED display in action, you won’t want to go back to a boring old LCD panel. It really is that spectacular, and our top pick of the best OLED laptops .

As we’ll see, the 3:2 aspect display isn’t actually perfect. But it is central to this outstanding 2-in-1’s overall appeal. Other highlights include excellent build quality, genuinely usable tablet functionality, a bundled input pen with inking support, great battery life and good connectivity for this class of device.

HP Spectre x360 14

Indeed, HP has paid attention to pretty much every element of this snazzy little laptop, including pulling in Bang & Olufsen to handle the speakers and including facial recognition with Windows Hello support. Performance promises to be reasonable for a thin and light laptop thanks to Intel 11th Gen CPUs. Just don’t expect fireworks from the integrated Intel graphics. That’s one area where expectations are best tempered.

Inevitably, a spec list like that doesn’t come cheap. But neither is the HP Spectre 360 14 a money monster. As configured here, you’re looking at $1,749 (£1,600). There are cheaper 2-in1s around, for sure. But are there better? Time to find out.

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-1165G7 (4-core)
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Xe integrated
  • Screen: 13.5-inch, 3K2K OLED, 400 nits
  • Touch input: Multi-touch, Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0
  • Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD
  • Ports: 2x Thunderbolt USB 4 Type-C 40Gbps, 1x USB-A, HDMI, MicroSD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
  • Battery: 66Wh
  • Camera: 720p, IR Windows Hello
  • Weight: 3.06 pounds (1.39kg)
  • Size: 11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 inches (29.8 x 22 x 1.7 cm); W x D x H

Key features

The main attraction of the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED is the 13.5-inch OLED display. With a 3:2 aspect ratio and 3,000 by 2,000 pixels, it’s novel by every conceivable measure. Rated at 400 nits brightness and 100 percent coverage of the demanding DCI-P3 color space, it promises an exceptional viewing experience thanks to OLED’s per-pixel lighting and super-snappy response.

HP Spectre x360 14

HP also includes a nifty adaptive color feature that automatically changes the color profile depending on the application in use. Modes include sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3. The app also allows you to lock in any of those profiles.

But there’s more to this laptop than simply OLED thrills. You get decent processing power thanks to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 quad-core CPU, 12GB of RAM and an unusual 512GB SSD with 32GB Intel Optane storage configuration. All that is paired with a 66Wh battery, which is pretty beefy for this device class and bodes well for battery life.

HP Spectre x360 14

As for connectivity, this is a slim machine but HP has still managed to squeeze in a single USB Type-A port. You also get two USB 4 40Gbps Type-C ports with Thunderbolt and a MicroSD card reader. Not bad. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5, meanwhile, have the wireless connectivity bases covered. Further highlights begin with the Bang & Olufsen quad-speaker audio and extend to a security setup that includes both a camera system with full facial recognition and Windows Hello support and a fingerprint scanner.

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Of course, as a 2-in-1 there’s full tablet functionality and touchscreen support. Slightly more unusual is the bundled HP Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Pen and an inking interface that uses Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0 for broad compatibility. So, there’s plenty going on here. The feature set is really something.

Design and usability

With any 2-in-1, it’s all about the hinge. Happily, HP has engineered this one with just the right stiction to allow you to open the screen lid with one hand. The hinge also feels smooth and sturdy as you go for the full 360-degree sweep into tablet mode. Speaking of which, at just under 1.4kg and 1.7cm thick, this is one 2-in-1 convertible laptop that’s actually pretty nice to use in tablet mode from an ergonomic perspective.

HP Spectre x360 14

Likewise, the bundled input pen is a pleasure to use. Admittedly, the 60Hz refresh rate of the OLED screen means there’s a whiff of discernible lag compared to laptops with high refresh panels. But the inking support certainly adds an extra dimension to this laptop’s content creation credentials. The nice, slim screen bezels also keep the chassis proportions in check and ensure the overall look is up to date.

HP Spectre x360 14

Elsewhere, the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED mostly doesn’t disappoint. The build quality feels generally great. The machined aluminium chassis is very rigid with the exception of a keyboard bed that, inevitably, isn’t quite as rock solid as Apple ’s MacBooks. However, the keyboard is still pleasant to type on and the glass-covered trackpad feels good and is a decent size for this class of laptop. We also like the positioning of one of the USB-C ports on the rear corner of the chassis. It allows the power supply to be plugged in while leaving the side of the chassis entirely free from cables.

HP Spectre x360 14

Of course, the 3:2 aspect ratio of the display will please anyone who wants maximum vertical screen space for productivity in a genuinely portable package. It’s less ideal for video playback. However, the essentially perfect black levels of the OLED panel mitigate that minor shortcoming.

There are really no secrets when it comes to the performance of the Intel Core i7-1165G7. It’s a familiar 11th Gen chip rather than Intel’s latest 12th Gen tech. It’s a solid option in the quad-core space for a thin and light rig like the Spectre. Single-threaded performance is decent thanks to a boost clock of up to 4.7GHz, as the GeekBench single-core result of 1,418 pts implies.

Yes, a 12th Gen chip would be better still. But for now, they are not available in this chassis. As for multi-threaded performance, inevitably, the quad-core architecture has limitations. In this configuration, the 16GB of RAM can also be a little stingy for really serious workloads.

However, the Spectre makes a decent fist of importing batches of RAW images, in part thanks to the novel 512GB SSD and 32GB Optane drive combo. Just be aware that if you routinely deal with really huge batches of photos, the reviewed configuration isn’t optimal.

That goes even more so for video editing. Here, the older quad-core Intel chip simply doesn’t have the multi-threaded chops. It isn’t even in the same ballpark as a higher-end Intel 12th Gen CPU or Apple’s M1 Pro and Max chips. But then HP isn’t pitching this as a mobile editing machine.

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But what of the killer feature, that OLED display? It has dramatically better response, contrast and viewing angles than pretty much any LCD panel. It really is a fabulous display, giving a convincing impression of a window into a different reality rather than a screen simulating one. Once you’ve gone OLED, you won’t want to go back.

It is not, however, perfect. For one thing, in all modes black details are a little crushed. Look very closely and you’ll also see some graining to the image. Whether it’s the subpixel structure of the OLED panel or a consequence of how the touchscreen digitizer has been implemented is unclear. At normal viewing distances, it’s barely visible. But it is, just, visible. It will bother some users a bit, others won’t notice it in the first place. We think the screen still looks stellar, but it is an issue to be aware of.

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As for other issues to bear in mind, audio quality is on the list. It’s reasonably loud for a skinny laptop, but ultimately rather thin and harsh. By way of thin-and-light comparison, a MacBook Air has substantially more dynamic range and a bit more volume to boot.

Finally, battery life is a definite plus point, with the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED notching up 12 and a half hours in our 1080p movie playback test. HP claims “all day” battery life. For once, that’s just about true, no doubt helped by OLED technology and that relatively hefty 66Wh battery.

It takes a lot to stand out in the crowded laptop market. Even if you narrow the field down to 2-in-1 machines, there’s still plenty of choice. The most pressing comparison is with the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. Right away, the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED scores with its OLED panel, 3:2 aspect ratio, superior battery life, bundled pen and USB-A port.

Certainly, the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED isn’t perfect. As well built as it is, MacBooks still have it beat for engineering. They also have a significant advantage for sound quality. But then you can’t get a MacBook with a glorious OLED panel, touch and inking support or 2-in-1 functionality.

And yes, the OLED panel isn’t perfect. But if you can accept the slight graining visible on close inspection, everything else about it is pretty fantastic. All of which makes the HP Spectre x360 14 OLED a fabulous and flexible device for content creation on the move. If you need something properly portable with tablet functionality and inking support, the HP Spectre x360 14 should be right at the top of your shortlist.

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HP Spectre x360 14 Convertible Review: An Instant Favorite

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The Spectre x360 14 is HP's latest flagship convertible in its high-end Spectre series joining the existing 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 and 15.6-inch Spectre x360 15 . Despite what its name may suggest, the Spectre x360 14 utilizes a 13.5-inch display instead of a 14-inch one but in a squarer 3:2 form factor that's becoming increasingly common on newer Ultrabooks. HP is hoping to capture a wider audience of professionals and office users with the new aspect ratio as opposed to the traditional 16:9.

Current configurations range from FHD (1920 x 1280) to OLED (3000 x 2000) with 400 nit or 1000 nit options, the Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 8 GB to 16 GB of RAM, and up to 2 TB of SSD storage starting at $1300 to over $1700 USD. All options come with integrated Iris Xe graphics only. Our specific test unit is a middle configuration sporting the Core i7 CPU, 400-nit FHD touchscreen, and 512 GB SSD for approximately $1500 USD.

Competitors in this space include other 16:10 or 3:2 subnotebooks like the Huawei MateBook X Pro , Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 13 , Dell XPS 13 9300 , Razer Book 13 , or Asus ZenBook S .

More HP reviews:

  • HP Spectre x360 13
  • HP Pavilion 13
  • HP EliteBook 845 G7

potential competitors in comparison

If you've handled a Spectre x360 13 or 15 in the past, then you'll know exactly what to expect from the Spectre x360 14. HP has translated the existing luxurious Spectre design and metal materials to the new 3:2 form factor without any surprises. Both the base and lid exhibit little flexing and no creaking when attempting to twist their corners or depress their surfaces. Chassis rigidity doesn't feel any better or worse than the Asus ZenBook S or XPS 13, but its gold trims are arguably classier.

One thing we would improve is the rigidity of the hinges at certain angles. The lid falls over too easily once it reaches past 120 degrees which can be annoying when typing or transporting the laptop. This also doesn't give a good sense of longevity as the hinges will inevitably become weaker over time.

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The system is larger and slightly heavier than the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 and so tablet mode is a bit more cumbersome to handle as a result. Of course, owners get a larger display in return without needing to opt for the even bigger Spectre x360 15. Note that the Dell XPS 13 9300 is smaller than our Spectre x360 14 in every dimension due in part to its smaller 13.4-inch 16:10 display.

Familiar metal chassis and quality as the Spectre x360 13 or 15


Port options are identical to the Spectre x360 13 but with a couple of minor changes. Firstly, both the power button and camera kill switch are now directly on the keyboard instead of the rear corner or right edge of the chassis, respectively. Secondly, both USB-C ports now support Thunderbolt 4 in addition to Thunderbolt 3 for users who can take advantage of the extra bandwidth.

The corner USB-C port can feel a little weird at first. We would've preferred a USB-C port on both the left-hand and right-hand edges so users can charge the laptop on either side much like on the Razer Book 13.

Front: No connectivity

SD Card Reader

Fully inserted MicroSD card sits almost flush against the edge. Moving 1 GB of images from our card to desktop is very fast at just over 6 seconds


The Intel AX201 comes standard for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. We experienced no issues when connected to our Netgear RAX200 test router.

Soldered WLAN module


The bottom panel is secured by two T5 Torx screws and four Philips screws hidden underneath the rear rubber feet. These latter screws are annoyingly difficult to access which can make simple SSD upgrades more involved than it needs to be. Both RAM and WLAN are soldered.

There isn't much to upgrade once the panel is removed

Accessories and Warranty

The retail packaging include a carrying sleeve and the HP MPP2.0 active pen free of charge. The standard one-year limited warranty applies with plenty of extension options if ordered directly from HP.com.

Input Devices

HP has some of the best laptop keyboards for its Spectre and EliteBook families. Feedback feels crisper and deeper for a more satisfying typing experience when compared to the oftentimes shallower and spongier keyboards on most other Ultrabooks. keys on the XPS 13 keyboard, for example, are shallower and with lighter input pressure. It all comes down to user preference, of course. We recommend testing out the keyboards on the Spectre x360 13 or 15 to get a good sense of what the Spectre x360 14 keyboard feels like.

Key layout is a mixed bag. The fingerprint reader in particular replaces the Ctrl key meaning users who have been relying on this key on other laptops will find the change annoying. Meanwhile, the power button takes slightly more force to depress than the surrounding keys to avoid accidental presses, but we would have preferred a fingerprint-enabled power button instead.

The clickpad is larger than the one on the Spectre x360 13 (11.5 x 7.4 cm vs. 11.1 x 5.6 cm) due to the longer length of the chassis. Texture is similarly smooth and with very little sticking when gliding at slow speeds for accurate cursor control. Clicking on the clickpad has a satisfying audible click even though feedback could have been firmer.

Keyboard layout is similar to the recent Envy series. The Command Center hotkey near the power button is handy, but not customizable

The base LG Philips FHD panel is a high quality IPS panel worthy of the Spectre name. It excels in offering a very high contrast ratio of over 2500:1 compared to half that on most other flagship Ultrabooks. Black-white response times, however, are relatively slow for noticeable ghosting. Upgrading to the pricier OLED option will solve that problem completely.

HP offers 1000-nit brightness options to be at least two times brighter than anything from the Dell XPS, Lenovo Yoga, Microsoft Surface, or Asus ZenBook series. This feature is available only for the FHD IPS SKUs and it can also be found on certain EliteBook laptops . The base 400-nit option is otherwise sufficient if you mostly plan on using the convertible indoors as it's already brighter than the display on the Lenovo Yoga 9i .

Edge-to-edge glass protection. OLED is available for higher resolutions and deeper colors

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers almost all of sRGB and approximately 62 percent of AdobeRGB not unlike other high-end Ultrabooks. The costlier OLED option will be able to offer even deeper colors approaching DCI-P3.

vs. sRGB

Color temperature is slightly too warm out of the box which our X-Rite colorimeter is able to address. RGB balance is merely average even after calibrating the panel ourselves.

Grayscale before calibration

Display Response Times

Screen flickering / pwm (pulse-width modulation).

Outdoor visibility is about the same as the Spectre x360 13 or Asus ZenBook S since they all have similar maximum brightness levels. The higher contrast ratio of the Spectre x360 14 display, however, helps to mitigate washed out colors by just a bit when under sunlight. Glare is otherwise almost unavoidable. We recommend the 1000-nit option if outdoor visibility is priority.

Outdoors under sunlight


The 11th gen Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 directly replaces last year's 10th gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 . Unlike the Envy series, there are unfortunately no AMD options available on this Spectre since it is an Intel Evo-certified laptop. The Spectre would lose its Evo certification if it came equipped with AMD options.

We set our unit to Performance mode via HP Command Center prior to running any performance tests below for the highest possible scores. We recommend owners become familiar with Command Center since it includes manufacturer-specific performance and network controls.

Annoyingly, HP Command Center shows fan speed but you can't actually adjust it

Much like on the Dell XPS 13 9310 with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU, processor performance can be unsteady when running high loads for long periods as clock rates will cycle to keep core temperatures in check. However, the amplitude and range at which clock rates cycle on the HP is tighter than on the Dell for a more predictable level of performance. Our CineBench R15 xT loop test below illustrates this as our Spectre 14 would generally score between 770 and 820 points compared to 620 and 750 points on the XPS 13. The HP system is seemingly better at sustaining both tighter and faster clock rates than the Dell as a result.

Raw multi-thread performance is about 20 to 40 percent faster than the Core i7-1065G7 in the Spectre x360 13. Some laptops with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU are able to run even faster like the Razer Book 13 .

System Performance

PCMark 10 results are where we expect them to be relative to other laptops with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU. The HP system edges out ahead of Ultrabooks sporting older generation CPUs like the Asus Zenbook S or Spectre x360 13.

We experienced no software or hardware issues with our test unit save for an interesting Smart Sense observation that we will note in our Power Consumption section below.

PCMark 10 Standard

DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals DPC latency issues related to ACPI.sys. 4K UHD video playback at 60 FPS is otherwise smooth and with no dropped frames during our minute-long YouTube test.

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Storage Devices

Our unit ships with the Samsung PM981a which is a high-end PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD. Running DiskSpd Read in a loop shows that the motherboard interface is able to utilize the high x4 transfer rates of the SSD. Optane options are available much like on the Spectre x360 13, but most office users will be just fine without it.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more comparisons.


Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

Gpu performance.

Graphics performance is excellent and towards the higher-end of the spectrum when compared to other laptops with the same GPU. 3DMark scores are notably well above the GeForce MX350 by about 30 percent, but real-world games will still run faster on the Nvidia GPU more often than not due to its more mature game-ready drivers.

Frame rates when gaming on the Spectre 14 tend to fluctuate due to the fluctuating clock rates when under stressful conditions. When idling on  Witcher 3 on the lowest settings, for example, frame rates would constantly cycle between 80 and 95 FPS instead of remaining constant as shown by our graph below. This behavior is similar to the XPS 13 albeit it is even more pronounced on Dell's machine. We explore this further in our Stress Test section.

See our dedicated page on the Iris Xe 96 EUs for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11

System Noise

Fan noise remains quiet even when browsing the web or video streaming on Performance mode. Running the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06, for example, would induce a fan noise of just 26.4 dB(A) against a silent background of 25.9 dB(A). It's not until we would run Witcher 3 for longer periods would the fans begin to run at higher and more audible RPMs. At worst, users can expect a noise of 41.5 dB(A) with thankfully no annoying pulsing behavior.

The twin fans are small at just ~35 mm in diameter each

Noise Level


Surface temperature development is symmetrical due to the symmetrical cooling solution inside. The keyboard center can be as warm as 39 C while the bottom hot spot can be as high as 53 C when under high processing stress. These results are even warmer than what we recorded on the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 by 5 to 10 degrees C on each side. Though the palm rests are never too warm, a cooler bottom would have been appreciated.

Dual rear exhaust

Stress Test

When stressed with Prime95, the CPU would boost to 4 GHz for the first few seconds and at a core temperature of 95 C. Clock rates and core temperature would then steadily fall and eventually cycle between 2.1 and 3.4 GHz and 75 C and 95 C, respectively. Running this same test on the XPS 13 9310 with the same Core i7-1165G7 CPU would result in slower clock rates of 1.9 to 3.1 GHz and a cooler core temperature of 71 to 78 C.

Both CPU and GPU clock rates would fluctuate when gaming as well resulting in unsteady frame rates. Our screenshot below illustrates this when running Witcher 3 . You may want to enable v-sync to reduce screen tearing and uneven frame pacing.

Running on battery power limits processor performance even when on the Performance power profile. A 3DMark 11 test on batteries would return Physics and Graphics scores of 3209 and 6714 points, respectively, compared to 11810 and 6658 points when on mains.

System idle

HP Spectre x360 14t-ea000 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79.6 dB) Bass 100 - 315 Hz (±) | reduced bass - on average 11.6% lower than median (±) | linearity of bass is average (10.5% delta to prev. frequency) Mids 400 - 2000 Hz (+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median (+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency) Highs 2 - 16 kHz (+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median (+) | highs are linear (5.3% delta to prev. frequency) Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz (+) | overall sound is linear (12.3% difference to median) Compared to same class » 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 89% worse » The best had a delta of 6%, average was 21%, worst was 57% Compared to all devices tested » 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse » The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB) Bass 100 - 315 Hz (±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median (±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency) Mids 400 - 2000 Hz (+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median (+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency) Highs 2 - 16 kHz (+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median (+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency) Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz (+) | overall sound is linear (10.2% difference to median) Compared to same class » 4% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 94% worse » The best had a delta of 5%, average was 19%, worst was 53% Compared to all devices tested » 3% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 96% worse » The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Energy Management

Power consumption.

Power consumption fluctuates more readily on the Spectre x360 14 when compared to most other Ultrabooks with the same Core i7-1165G7 like the Asus ZenBook 14 . Our screenshots below illustrate the ranges owners can expect when running high processing loads. This behavior is in line with the fluctuating clock rates we observed above.

On average, however, power consumption when running higher loads isn't all that different from the Asus Zenbook S or  Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 each equipped with less powerful Ice Lake or Core i5 processors. The HP is especially efficient when compared to Ultrabooks with discrete GeForce MX graphics like the Huawei MateBook 14 which consumes about 15 to 20 W more when gaming.

We're able to record a temporary maximum draw of 56.2 W from the small (~8.8 x 5.3 x 2.1 cm) 65 W AC adapter when running extreme loads.

It's worth noting that the default HP Smart Sense power profile is not the most power efficient mode. During our tests, the system would consume at least 6 W on Smart Sense mode compared to just 2 to 3 W when on Quiet mode. You'll want to use Quiet mode if battery life is of utmost importance.

Consumption when running the first benchmark scene of 3DMark 06 would fluctuate more than expected

Battery Life

Battery capacity is 10 percent larger than on the Spectre x360 13 (66 Wh vs 60 Wh) and with a longer WLAN runtime of about 1.5 hours. Users can expect almost 12 hours of real-world WLAN usage on a full charge.

Idling on desktop at the lowest brightness setting on HP Smart Sense mode would last for just 14.5 hours compared to over 36 hours on Quiet mode. The wide discrepancy may be due to the higher power consumption of Smart Sense mode mentioned above.

Charging from empty to full capacity takes about 2 to 2.5 hours.

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The best thing about the Spectre x360 14 is that it's a perfect adaptation of the Spectre x360 13. Almost everything we loved about the 13.3-inch model can be found unscathed on the 13.5-inch model including the excellent keyboard feedback, strong and classy metal design, high contrast ratio display with full sRGB coverage, and long battery life. However, this also means that the system inherits many of the same drawbacks as the Spectre x360 13 like the cycling CPU clock rates, non user-upgradeable RAM, average hinge rigidity at certain angles, and slow black-white response times. There's definitely still room for improvement in this regard.

We're not fans of a couple of changes. Whereas the Spectre x360 13 had WAN options, the Spectre x360 14 has silently omitted them. Meanwhile, the larger fingerprint reader is easier to use, but it comes at the expense of a Ctrl key. If you never relied on these features in the first place, however, then these changes won't be much of a problem.

The 13.5-inch Spectre x360 14 puts the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 in a tight spot. Though HP insists that the former won't replace the latter, we can see a scenario where the Spectre x360 13 will be slowly phased out anyway in favor of the Spectre x360 14 because both are so similar. If you're in the market for a Spectre, we recommend the 13.5-inch model over the 13.3-inch one simply because it is able to offer a noticeably larger screen size with only marginal increases to size and weight.

HP's latest convertible is faster than the Dell XPS 13 with the same Core i7 CPU while offering a larger and optionally two times brighter display. There are a few faults, but they are generally easy to overlook given that the Spectre x360 14 is so well-crafted and a joy to work on.

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HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) review: The new best laptop

Quick links, hp spectre x360 14 (2024) pricing and availability, display and keyboard, performance, should you buy the hp spectre x360 14 (2024).

Ever since I reviewed the 2023 model of the HP Spectre x360 13.5 , just a few months ago, it's been at the top of our best laptops list . Indeed, it's always a constant battle between HP and Lenovo's Yoga 9i for that spot. But now, the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is here, and it comes with a new chassis, new internals, and more.

What's really cool is that those new internals actually unlock new potential. In previous generations, new PCs could do the same things that their predecessors could, just marginally faster. With the NPU that's built into Intel's Core Ultra processors, the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) can handle on-device AI tasks. These can range from Windows Studio Effects that blur your background on your webcam and such, to creating new backgrounds for images.

Intel didn't stop at an NPU either. It boosted integrated graphics by a lot.

Of course, this stuff isn't unique to the Spectre x360 14, but HP does always manage to put together one of the best total packages, with a beautiful 14-inch OLED display and a best-in-class keyboard.

About this review: HP sent us the Spectre x360 14 for review. It did not have any input on this article's contents.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)

HP's latest flagship convertible features an overhauled chassis, and along with a best-in-class keyboard and beautiful OLED display, it packs the new capabilities of Intel Core Ultra. That means that there's a serious performance upgrade with this generation with a big boost in graphics and on-device AI.

CPU Up to Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores, 24MB cache, up to 4.8GHz)

GPU Intel Arc graphics


Storage Up to 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe TLC M.2 SSD [4]

Battery 68 Whr

Display (Size, Resolution) 14-inch, 2.8K OLED, 48Hz-120Hz refresh rate

Speakers Poly Studio, Quad Speakers

Colors Nightfall black, Slate blue, Sahara silver

Ports 2x Thunderbolt 4 with USB Type-C (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort 2.1, HP Sleep and Charge), 1x USB Type-A 10Gbps (HP Sleep and Charge), 1x headphone/microphone combo

Dimensions 12.35 x 8.68 x 0.67 inches (313.69x220.4x17.01mm)

Weight 3.19 pounds (1.44kg)

Price Starting at $1,650

  • Boosted graphics performance
  • Great webcam
  • Best-in-class keyboard
  • OLED display
  • Intel Core Ultra is a winner
  • HP continues to tone down design
  • It's not a Dragonfly

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is available now, starting at $1,649.99. While that might seem a little pricey, there are no low-end SKUs here. That price gets you an Intel Core Ultra 7, 16GB RAM, a 1TB SSD, and an OLED display. The unit that HP sent me comes in at $1,969.99, and it boosts those specs to 32GB RAM and a 2TB SSD.

HP continues to pull it back

I've reviewed every Spectre x360 since 2016. I've seen the display aspect ratio evolve from 16:9 to 3:2 and then back down to 16:10. I've seen new colors introduced, like Dark Ash Silver and Poseidon Blue. I've praised HP for killing off the Natural Silver color, only to see it revived the next year. Most notably, I've watched as the overall design got flashier and prettier, only for it to be toned down.

Back in 2021, HP was all in on gem-cut edges and accent colors. Those sharp corners have been softened over the last couple of generations, but with the new chassis for 2024, the accent colors are gone as well. In the 2023 model, a subtle accent remained, with silver strips around the touchpad, the hinge, and the frame. If you showed me this laptop three years ago, I'd guess it was the new Envy x360, because that stand-out design was one of the things that held the Spectre x360 out above its competition.

We can probably depart from Memory Lane now. The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) comes in three colors: Nightfall Black, Slate Blue, and Sahara Silver. The unit that HP sent me is Slate Blue, but Sahara Silver is the new one. Personally, I'm a big fan of it, and I'm including some shots from my briefing in the galleries.

The chassis generally has harder corners than its predecessor did, but it maintains the flat rear corners that it's had since 2019. As we've seen since 2020, the back-left corner has a 3.5mm audio jack, and the back-right corner has a Thunderbolt port. These are strategically placed, because the angle makes them work well no matter what orientation you're using this convertible in. It also helps to prevent cables from getting in your way.

On the right side, there's another Thunderbolt port, and on the left, there's a USB Type-A port, something that many other companies have removed from premium laptops.

HP continues to make some of the most beautiful laptops on the market.

Overall, the design is great. HP continues to build some of the most beautiful laptops on the market. The premium metal build is something that you'll feel good about carrying around, and even better about using next to Mac users with their basic old aluminum designs.

Plus, the webcam is improved even more

The HP Spectre x360 14 comes with a 14-inch 16:10 display. You'd think that's obvious given that it's in the name, but over the last few generations, it's bounced between '13.5' and '14' branding for a 13.5-inch 3:2 display, so this is actually new. Aside from Microsoft's Surface PCs , HP was one of the few OEMs hanging onto 3:2 displays, but I'm pretty happy with 16:10 on a machine like this. I think it made the right choice.

The display is 2.8K OLED with a dynamic refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The colors are vibrant and the animations are smooth. I'll talk more about gaming in the performance section, but games looked beautiful on this thing. From my testing, it supports 100% sRGB, 92% NTSC, 95% Adobe RGB, and 100% P3, which is all what you'd expect from a solid OLED display.

Also in my testing, the black level stayed at 0.01 no matter what the brightness was set to. That means that the contrast ratio increases throughout.

HP has packed an all-new 9MP webcam in the top bezel, and as I've said for the last two or three years, if you want the best quality laptop webcam, you should buy HP. This camera can now record 4K.

It's also packed with features. There's an app called HP Enhanced Lighting that basically turns your screen into a ring light. With Windows Studio Effects and the NPU included with Intel Core Ultra, you can also do things like blur your background, change your gaze so it looks like you're watching the camera, and use automatic framing so the camera follows you around. And with all of that extra resolution, there's plenty of room for the field of view to follow you.

To be clear, some of these features have appeared on Intel-powered PCs before, but they've never been very good. They'd tax the system so much that things would just break.

HP continues to offer a best-in-class keyboard experience. The Spectre x360 feels comfortable and accurate to type on, and the keys don't wobble at all.

One welcome addition with this year's model is a haptic touchpad. It's pretty solid too. I've not had any issues with drag-and-drop functionality like I've seen on some lower-end touchpads.

Intel Core Ultra is the generational improvement you didn't know you needed

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this review, this isn't a regular old spec bump. If you buy a PC with an Intel Core Ultra, you'll actually be able to do things with your PC that you couldn't do before, and developers really haven't tapped the possibilities just yet.

First of all, Core Ultra comes with a Neural Processing Unit, or NPU, which is for AI tasks. Right now, you can use this by activating Windows Studio Effects, and you can actually see when the NPU is in use in the Task Manager.

The new HP Spectre x360 is an upgrade that actually allows you to do more with your PC than you could before.

It's not perfect, and Windows Studio Effects is one of the few things you can actually do to take advantage of the NPU right now. Windows Copilot runs in the cloud, but Microsoft is going to be adding logic for it to run on-device if your hardware can handle it. Adobe has a new denoise feature in Lightroom Classic, but for now, that runs on the GPU, so the experience is pretty bad.

But developers are working on supporting this. Audacity just announced noise cancelation, automatic transcription, and more. You see, AI isn't just about chatbots. These features can work to improve pretty much anything across the board if it's implemented intelligently.

And then there are Intel's new integrated Arc graphics. The last time we've seen a real improvement in integrated graphics was with 11th-gen 'Tiger Lake', when Intel introduced Iris Xe. Once again, Intel is promising 1080p gaming at 60fps, and it more or less delivers. My biggest testimonial is that when I install a game, I'm confident that it will work.

When I reviewed the Acer Swift Go 14, which has the same chip, I played a lot of Forza Horizon 5 , among other things. This time I went heavier and played Battlefield V . You're not going to get the ray tracing that you would with an RTX laptop, but Arc can still offer an impressive gameplay experience.

When you install a game on Intel Core Ultra, you can feel confident that you'll be able to play it with integrated graphics.

While Intel is once again pushing gaming on integrated graphics, you should think of it as a casual gaming experience. You can play pretty much any game you want, but if your primary use case is gaming, you should still get dedicated graphics.

As you can see from the benchmark scores, there are some major, major improvements over last year's Spectre x360 13.5. One of the reasons that there's such a big difference in performance is that HP elected to use U-series processors in its premium laptops, while Dell and Lenovo used the 28W P-series in their XPS 13 Plus and Yoga 9i, respectively. On top of that, Meteor Lake is just that big of an upgrade.

Battery life isn't super impressive, although that's not too surprising given the increased wattage being pumped through the CPU gen over gen. Still, it's good enough. On average, using the power slider set to balanced and the default setting in MyHP, I found I'd get an average of between six and seven hours with a regular workload, meaning mostly working through the browser.

And yes, HP does have its own power settings in its own app. It's annoying, because Windows does have a power slider built into it. Ironically, when HP launched the Dragonfly Pro , it and AMD talked a lot about systems being intelligent enough to know when you need more power and when you don't, and that the user should never have to touch the power slider. Giving people an extra, hidden power slider is a bad choice, considering that if all you do is turn the Windows power slider to the max, you'll get subpar performance when compared to the competition.

You should buy the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) if:

  • You want the best experience you can get in a laptop
  • You do a lot of photo editing, maybe with some video editing mixed in
  • You want something you can use for work, but also do some gaming on
  • You're on a lot of calls and care about webcam quality

You should NOT buy the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) if:

  • You could benefit from 5G or a privacy display
  • You're a heavy gamer
  • You don't need the best of the best

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is the best laptop you can buy right now; however, you might have noticed that one of the cons is that it's not a Dragonfly. Here's what I mean by that. The HP Dragonfly G4 is winning right now. It's the product that I, and other reviewers, carry with me. And yes, we do ask each other which laptop we're carrying that day.

The Dragonfly is a business laptop, which is why I don't recommend it to everyone, but it's just so good . It's ultra-light, packs 5G connectivity, and some models come with a privacy display. HP hasn't made a non-convertible Spectre in over five years, so there's just no consumer equivalent to the Dragonfly. My question is always, why not?

But I digress. The HP Spectre x360 14 has by far the most power we've seen in a 14-inch convertible so far, whether it be from the CPU, GPU, or even the new NPU. The chip unlocks actual new features that you haven't been able to use before, and there will be more on the way. On top of that, it's got a best-in-class keyboard and a beautiful OLED display. If you want the best a consumer laptop can offer, you go Spectre x360.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) review: The new best laptop

One of my favorite 2-in-1 laptops from HP gets even better with dynamic OLED and Intel Core Ultra

The HP Spectre x360 duo pits the very best against Lenovo and Dell with new hardware and upgrades.

Image of the new HP Spectre x360.

What you need to know

  • The HP Spectre x360 duo is the latest to be refreshed with Intel Core Ultra and Intel ARc graphics for improved performance, efficiency, and AI capabilities.
  • Both the 14 and 16-inch models are also getting updated with higher-resolution webcams, upgraded wireless connectivity, and better speakers tuned by Poly.
  • HP is keeping the same distinct, angular design this time around, but you do get a new 2.8K OLED panel with a dynamic refresh rate up to 120Hz and IMAX Enhanced Certification.
  • The updated Spectre x360 duo are beating the competition to the market, with both 14 and 16-inch variants available starting today from HP and Best Buy.

HP isn't one to be outdone by the competition, and it's certainly not resting idle on its laurels with Dell and Lenovo's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. The company is charging out of the gate with an early announcement: the refreshed HP Spectre x360 14 and x360 16. HP is joining a lot of companies at CES in announcing new hardware toting the latest Intel Core Ultra platform, but as always the Spectres aim to stand out.

The HP Spectre x360 family boasts HP's most premium 2-in-1 Windows laptops, and both the 14-inch and 16-inch sizes are being refreshed with new internals and a handful of refinements. Yes, the overall design language that HP has preferred for a few years now remains for another generation, but there are a handful of reasons to be excited for these specific laptops even over the very strong competition; for one, you can get these laptops starting today.

A powerful 14-inch ultrabook that can hang with the best

The HP Spectre x360 14 used to be a more affordable option for a premium 2-in-1 ultrabook, but in recent years has refined its design and picked up extra features, increasing its cost. The latest rendition doesn't buck this trend, bringing users more expensive (but hopefully far more capable) Intel Ultra Core CPUs and an improved OLED display. The smaller, 14-inch Spectre x360 can be equipped with an Ultra Core 5-125H or Core 7-155H, so either way you're getting the more powerful variant packing Intel Arc integrated graphics.

Pair that with up to 32GB and 2TB of some of the fastest RAM and SSD storage, and the Spectre x360 14 is no slouch. It's still Intel Evo certified, though, so you're guaranteed a baseline of responsiveness, features, and efficiency. The already-impressive 14-inch OLED display of previous models is back and better than ever, with a crisp 2.8K resolution, VESA True Black HDR 400 and IMAX Enhanced Certification, and a new 120Hz dynamic refresh rate that can range from 48-120Hz to conserve power whenever possible.

Elsewhere, HP upgraded the measly 5MP camera of years past to a new and improved 9MP sensor, which features pixel binning for vastly improved lowlight performance (without relying on software), in addition to HP's AI features and Windows Studio effects. The quad speaker array has been upgraded, with the new Spectre x360 being the first consumer-bound laptop with audio tuned by HP's Poly audio team. Finally, wireless connectivity has been improved with support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4.

Everything else is more or less the same, including the return of the dreaded dropjaw USB Type-A port, unfortunately. Still, the Spectre x360 14 once again looks to be a very impressive 2-in-1, and it has a major advantage over the competition: you can already buy it. The HP Spectre x360 14 is available starting today from HP and Best Buy, and will start at $1,499.99.

HP Spectre x360 14 — Buy at Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | HP (Core Ultra 5 and up)

HP Spectre x360 14 — Buy at Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | HP (Core Ultra 5 and up)

The latest HP Spectre x360 14 is a gorgeous and capable ultrabook that takes full advantage of Intel Core Ultra and the newest OLED panels, and it's bound to be one of the best Windows laptops you can buy. Oh, and you can do that right now.

The same greatness, but larger and with optional NVIDIA graphics

The bigger 16-inch Spectre x360 is also getting some love, but matters are a little different here. You only have one CPU option in the more powerful Intel Core Ultra 7-155H, and there's an option to supplement the Intel Arc Graphics with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 with 6GB of VRAM. You have the same options for up to 32GB and 2TB of RAM and SSD storage, as well as a larger OLED panel that's practically identical in every other way but size (there's also a more affordable, traditional IPS panel with a dynamic 48-120Hz refresh rate if you'd rather save some cash).

You can of course expect a larger battery to go with the larger chassis, but everything else is essentially identical to the smaller Spectre x360. Of course, you gain an HDMI port (perfect for connecting to the newly announced HP OMEN Transcend gaming monitor ), and that dropjaw USB Type-A port evolves into a full-fledged port. This is a great option for those that want a premium 2-in-1, but would rather have a larger size or some additional graphical power. The new HP Spectre x360 16 is also available starting from today at HP and Best Buy, with a starting price of $1,599.99.

HP Spectre x360 16 — Buy at Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | HP (Core Ultra 7)

HP Spectre x360 16 — Buy at Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | Best Buy (Core Ultra 7) | HP (Core Ultra 7)

Need a larger screen or more power? The Spectre x360 takes everything great about its smaller sibling but boasts a more display real estate and optional NVIDIA discrete graphics for more creative and gaming capability.

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HP is gearing for the top of our list of the best Windows laptops , but the Spectre x360 14 and 16 are going up against some tough competition, like the newly announced (and gorgeous) Dell XPS 14 and XPS 16 . It seems everyone is moving to OLED, as well, so the Spectre x360 is going to have to be every bit as good in person as it seems on paper to stand out. Still, I'm optimistic given HP's track record in recent years, and I'm excited to see just how great the Spectre x360 is when powered by Intel Core Ultra. The same goes for the new HP OMEN Transcend 14, which uses a lot of the DNA from the Spectre x360 .

I do hope, however, that we see HP properly refresh this design, as it is beginning to show its age when compared to the best from Dell and Lenovo. At the very least, please just give us a regular USB Type-A port — this strange dropjaw half-measure feels so out of place in the premium ultrabook category. Either way, we very much do not have long to wait to check out the new HP Spectre x360 14 and 16, considering HP is beginning to sell them starting today.

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Intel® Core™ Ultra 5 125H (up to 4.5 GHz, 18 MB L3 cache, 14 cores, 18 threads) + Intel® Arc™ Graphics + 16 GB(Onboard)

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Intelligent collaboration tools that adapt to you

Show up with a 9MP camera [2] , night mode, appearance filters, and AI noise reduction for seamless connectivity.

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EPEAT® Gold [3] and ENERGY STAR® certified and manufacturing using recycled materials [4,5,6] .


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Operating system

Included in Current Configuration

Alternate Options

Windows 11 Home Windows 11 Pro

Processor, graphics & memory

Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 155H (up to 4.8 GHz, 24 MB L3 cache, 16 cores, 22 threads) + Intel® Arc™ Graphics + 16 GB(Onboard) Intel® Core™ Ultra 7 155H (up to 4.8 GHz, 24 MB L3 cache, 16 cores, 22 threads) + Intel® Arc™ Graphics + 32 GB(Onboard)

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Intel® integrated SoC

512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 SSD (4x4 SSD)

1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD (4x4 SSD) 2 TB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 SSD (4x4 SSD)

External optical drive

No DVD or CD Drive

External DVD burner

14" diagonal, 2.8K (2880 x 1800), OLED, multitouch-enabled, UWVA, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge, Low Blue Light, HDR 500 nits

Screen-To-Body Ratio

HP Wide Vision 9MP IR camera with camera shutter, temporal noise reduction and integrated dual array digital microphones

Audio Features

DTS:X® Ultra; Quad speakers; HP Audio Boost; Poly Studio

Nightfall Black

Slate Blue Sahara Silver


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Full-size, backlit, nightfall black keyboard

Full-size, backlit, slate blue keyboard Full-size, backlit, sahara silver keyboard

HP USB-C Rechargeable MPP2.0 Tilt Nightfall Black Pen

Finger print reader

Fingerprint reader

Pointing device

Precision Touchpad support

External I/O Ports

1 USB Type-A 10Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 1 headphone/microphone combo; 2 Thunderbolt™ 4 with USB Type-C® 40Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 2.1, HP Sleep and Charge) [19]

Wireless technology

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5.3 wireless card

Intel® Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5.4 wireless card

Primary battery

4-cell, 68 Wh Li-ion polymer

Battery Recharge Time

Supports battery fast charge: approximately 50% in 45 minutes [5]

Power supply

65 W USB Type-C® power adapter

Office software

No Additional Office Software

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Software included

McAfee Online Protection 30-day trial

Security management

All-in-One keyboard; Trusted Platform Module (Discrete TPM) support

1-year limited hardware warranty support

Energy efficiency

EPEAT Gold with Climate+

Sustainable Impact Specifications

[39,40,41] Ocean-bound plastic in speaker enclosure(s) and bezel; Keyboard keycaps and scissors contain post-consumer recycled plastic; Recycled metal in cover, keyboard frame, base, hinge cap(s), drop jaw and keyboard supporting plate

Dimensions (W X D X H)

12.35 x 8.68 x 0.67 in

Package weight

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