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October 12, 2023

HP Spectre X360 Convertible Laptop Review

HP continues its push for design excellence with the Spectre x360 convertible laptop, combining power and portability into a sleek, beautiful package. Its dark grey housing is punctuated only by the bright accents around the keyboard and hinges. Inside you'll find a 15.6-inch 4K touch screen with slim bezels on the vertical sides and thicker ones at the bottom and top to accommodate the webcam.

The keyboard is spacious and comfortable to type on, with a solid 1.5mm of travel and two backlight levels. There's also a full numeric keypad for lefties, and HP moved the backspace key so it's closer to the right edge of the keyboard, instead of tucked away near the number pad as on some other laptops. That might not seem like a big deal, but it's important for people who use the WASD keys when they're in tablet mode.

The trackpad is a bit of a mixed bag, with good friction and responsiveness but with a click that feels off -- almost as if you're pushing a sticky button. It's still fine to use, though, and the fingerprint reader in the right-hand corner is a convenient way to log in without using the camera.

Battery life is decent, at 4.5 hours when running light tasks and up to 8 hours with more demanding applications. The included N-Trig active stylus is a welcome touch, and the bundled conversion cables for USB-A and Ethernet are a nice bonus.