Touchscreens in laptops a couple of years ago seemed to users useless, empty overpayment against the background of configurations with conventional screens. Apple does not consider them to be more than a "toy", and that's why even the most recent MacBook can not find anything like that. However, with Microsoft's Windows operating system, the views with the "apple" company do not converge on this issue: the tenth version of the operating system is even more focused on managing gestures with a touch screen, and modern solutions of notebook manufacturers with their "flexible" models only help Microsoft to promote its Interests in the masses.
The transformation of ultrabooks into tablet computers: "And why not?" – we thought. Of course, they do not get any easier and do not turn into tablets with a mobile OS such as iOS and Android, but to perform some actions really becomes easier and more convenient.
|The HP Specter Pro X360 G1|
|The processor||Intel Core i7-5600U, 2.6 GHz (Broadwell-U)|
|The graphic controller||Intel HD Graphics 5500 (Broadwell-U GT2)|
|Display||IPS, multitouch, 13.3 inches, 2560 × 1440 pixels (WQHD), glossy|
|Operative memory||8 GB DDR3L-1600 (800 MHz), two-channel, soldered on the board|
|The data storage system||1 × SSD Samsung MZNTE256HMHP-000H1 (PM851), 256 GB|
|The optical drive||Out of stock|
|The connector of flash cards||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Interfaces|| 3 × USB 3.0 + Super Charge;
1 × HDMI;
1 × mini DisplayPort 1.2;
1 × jack 3.5 mm (audio output).
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b / g / n (Intel 7265NGW), Dual Band Wireless-N|
|Bluetooth||4.0 + HS|
|The network adapter||Out of stock|
|The sound||Realtek HD, DTS Studio Sound 2 × 2 W|
|Additionally||Webcam (HD) 2.0 megapixel|
|Power Supply|| The battery is non-removable, 56 W · h (4810 mAh, 11.4 V)
External power adapter, 40 W
|The size, mm||325 × 218 × 15.9 mm|
|Mass, kg||1.48 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 Professional (64-bit) + free upgrade to Windows 10|
|The official guarantee||12 months|
| Approximate price,
|| 125 000-135 000 rubles
To begin with it is worth noting that the word Pro in the name of the modification of the ultrabook HP that came to us is present for a reason, but because of the installed Windows in the Professional edition and, possibly, a different warranty policy for corporate clients. In general, on the sale you can find simple HP Specter X360 with Windows Home Edition and 1 year warranty, which are nothing more than Pro-versions do not differ.
The configurations are different: the ultrabook can be equipped with 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR3-1600 memory, mSATA SSDs for 128, 256 or 512 GB and one of the Broadwell-U dual-core (Core i5 / i7) processors with different clock Frequency, a set of supported instructions and technologies. Sensory IPS displays also come in two flavors: Full HD and WQHD.
At the time of this article, HP has already updated the Specter X360 series by installing the Skylake generation processors and the Bang & Olufsen speaker system, and adding a black and gold version to the list. Almost the top version from the CPU of the previous generation got to the test, which, however, should not seriously affect the impressions of the model.
The ultrabook used by us uses the mobile processor Intel Core i7-5600U of the 5th generation with Broadwell-U architecture, executed on 14-nm standards. It is a dual-core processor with a nominal frequency of 2.6 GHz, support for the most popular instructions and such important technologies as Hyper Threading and TurboBoost.
The latter in automatic mode (depending on the load and temperature) can raise the CPU frequency to 3.2 GHz with a single core and up to 3.1 GHz with a load on two cores. The volume of the cache memory of the third level is 4 MB.
The processor refers to low voltage solutions (Low Voltage) with a thermal package of 15 watts and is one of the fastest in its class.
As a graphic solution is the built-in Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU without its own dedicated memory. It is not designed for modern games, especially with such a huge screen resolution, as in our case – 2560 × 1440 pixels.
In many of them, even with the most minimal graphics settings, the average frame rate per second does not exceed 10. But it's comfortable to play games 3-5 years ago, basically also with minimal settings, with this graphical component HP Specter X360 all But you can. However, no one promised us a gaming ultrabook. The hero of the review is more intended for work and multimedia.
The south bridge is a set of Intel Wildcat Point LP system logic, the northern one is integrated into Intel Broadwell-U system-on-chip, combining CPU, GPU and memory controller.
The number of dual-channel RAM LPDDR3-1600 in our case is 8 GB, and all it is soldered to the motherboard. In other words, to purchase a version with 4 GB and add as much or not more.
The HP Specter Pro X360 uses a 13.3-inch IPS display from LG Display with a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels and a 16: 9 aspect ratio. The screen is glossy, with a protective glass surface, support for various gestures, including multi-touch (multitouch).
As noted earlier, there are modifications to the Full HD IPS-screen, and it seems to us that with other similar characteristics it is a better option from the point of view both cash costs and performance in gaming applications. The quality of the image will suffer quite insensibly because of the smaller pixel density, because for 13.3 inches of resolution 1920 × 1080 pixels is more than enough, especially when a glossy working surface is used (that is, when there is no crystalline effect).
The storage system in our configuration consists of one mSATA SSD-drive Samsung MZNTE256HMHP-000H1 (PM851) with a capacity of 256 GB. The solution is rather well-known, but in case of great desire and necessity it can be replaced by any other mSATA-drive.
The drive is divided into many different partitions, but the main ones are only two: Recovery (14.5 GB) and Main (238 GB).
Visually the system works very quickly, however, as the tests showed, TRIM is not performed correctly, or for its full operation it is necessary to give the system much more rest – and then the speed of some operations will be even higher. In our case (after installing a large number of software, carrying out various tests and the like), there were a lot of dips in the speed of reading.
Wireless connections Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0 + HS provides dual-channel controller Intel 7265NGW (also Intel 17265 in the report AIDA64).
HP Ultrasound Specter Pro X360 is equipped with a non-removable lithium-ion battery with a declared capacity of 56 Wh * h. During the tests, the actual capacity varied from 53.7 to 54.8 W * h. For a model with a small thickness and a screen of 13.3 inches is a good indicator. The charger is an external power adapter with a power of 40 watts. When working with a laptop, the level of charge rises from 5 to 100% in 3.5 hours. When off, the model can be charged in just over 2 hours.
The HP Ultrabook is shipped in a black cardboard box that shows that we have a Specter X360 with an Intel processor. For the convenience of carrying a plastic handle on top.
On one side of the package there is a sticker with various numbers (serial, product number, batch number and so on) and with a more accurate name for the model – Specter Pro X360.
In the box was found a much more attractive packaging, consisting of two parts. By its appearance, it immediately becomes clear that we have an expensive product before us.
In addition to the HP Specter Pro X360 itself, the following was found in the box:
- external power supply;
- power cable;
- black neoprene cover;
- a brief user guide in three languages;
- prospectus with technical support phones.
The package did not surprise, and even disappointed a little. For an ultrabook of this class, the neoprene case looks like a mockery. In the free sale of such you can find and for 500-700 rubles, of course, without the inscription Specter, but looking no worse.
Many observers often compare ultrabooks with Apple products, in particular – with the MacBook Air. We will not be an exception, because the HP Specter Pro X360 really resembles a 13-inch "air" with elements from the 13-inch Pro Retina. There are two essential differences: the color of the keys and the dimensions / proportions of the touch panel.
Ultrabook body is machined with precision instruments from a piece of aviation aluminum and, according to HP, is very robust. HP Specter X360 looks impressive and expensive. What can we say about the black and gold version, which only recently went on sale in the United States.
Build quality is impeccable. Do not find fault with the processing of the elements. In this case, polishing is not the same as with Apple devices: in the case of HP, aluminum is not so dull, and on some parts of the shell, a characteristic grinding that underlines the metal structure is clearly visible.
Thanks to the use of double loops, the ultrabook is transformed into a tablet in a couple of seconds. In general, the manufacturer proposes to use its product in four different scenarios: as a laptop, as a tablet in the hands, as a display at a certain angle for viewing, behind which the keyboard is located, and as a "house", which, in fact, looks like the third option , But in an inverted form.
In the case of the "tablet" version, you get a device weighing 1.5 kg and a thickness of almost 16 mm. Fingers automatically fall on the keys of the keyboard, and part of the hand often closes the air holes of the cooling system, which increases the speed of rotation of the cooler and the temperature of the components. Frankly speaking – not the best use case, but without it the transformer does not.
The third option is also not without flaw – even though there are small rubber inserts near the keyboard unit, on some work surfaces they are not enough to avoid contact of the surface and the keys. In the future, this can affect the speed and extent of their wear and tear. The solution to this problem so far found only in Acer with its Aspire R13. But he has his own minuses and peculiarities.
Despite the presence of a characteristic recess for the convenience of opening the screen, it can not be done with one hand – the main part of the laptop starts to rise after the lid. You have to hold the body with the second hand.
On the left side of the device there is an SD memory card slot, power connector, power button with operation indicator, USB 3.0 with high-speed charge support and a cooling grid. The starboard side carries a swing key, a special "Start" button (it also answers the transition to the tiled mode), mini-DP, full-size HDMI and two more USB 3.0.
The hinges of the HP Specter X360 are quite stiff, holding the screen position well. However, do not expect that the screen will not shake if you press it with your fingers – as it will be.
The matrix and the protective glass surface are installed in a cover using a rubber gasket, which is additionally a damping element when the screen is closed.
It's easy to see the main part of the HP Ultrabook stuffing – it's enough to pick up a suitable Torx screwdriver and unscrew the eight screws, then carefully remove the metal plate (poke at certain points), which is additionally fixed with several plastic fasteners.
The user is presented with a small motherboard and a huge built-in battery that occupies not less than 60-65% of all available space.
The Intel wireless module and SSD-drive are removable: in case of great need they can be replaced by others. The processor is soldered, RAM, apparently, too – it is located on the other side of the board. Strangely, it looks like a black sticky tape, on the one hand, protecting components from water and other beverages, and on the other – closing access to air, which passes through the holes in the lower metal cover in this very place.
The keyboard is an island type, the keys are gray, in the color of the shell. All letters and symbols are black. There is a soft white backlight, which is activated by pressing the constantly illuminated F5 key.
The main buttons of the standard size, 15 × 15 mm, the upper control keys (by default work without clamping the Fn modifier) is noticeably lower. The quality of the keyboard does not cause any complaints. Buttons do not stagger, well sprung, with pleasant tactile feedback, sound from pressing medium in volume.
Long work with documents does not cause discomfort even on the first day. Not everyone will like the different size of the arrow keys and their location relative to each other, but this is a matter of habit.
The working area of the touchpad is very wide at the model – 140 × 65 mm. For work it is convenient, but it does not look very much like the ultrabook itself. The buttons are hidden, the presses are clear, but soft. The surface is glass, recessed about 1 mm deep into the body, as seen from the protruding metal bevel around, which plays a decorative role in the first place. The touchpad recognizes gestures and in most cases processes them correctly and quickly.
The HP Specter Pro X360 has a 2 megapixel camera (HP True Vision Full HD), next to which are two microphones for better sound transmission and noise reduction. The quality of the picture is the same as for most solutions of this kind. Nothing unusual.
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