HP’s Spectre, Probably The Nicest Looking Notebook In A Long Time

I spent some quality time recently with HP’s new 2016 Spectre 13-inch ultrabook. It’s probably one of the nicest looking machines I’ve tested in a very long time. All style and some quality performance to add a dash of substance as well. Here’s the skinny and then be sure to hit the link after the break.

This machine is powered by one of Intel’s more potent dual-core Skylake Core i7 processors, 8GB of RAM and a nimble 256GB NVMe PCI Express Solid State Drive. Graphics processing is handled by Intel’s HD Graphics 520 core integrated on the processor and wireless connectivity is also powered by Intel, with 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4. Wired IO connectivity puts Apple’s latest MacBook to shame, however, with no less than three USB Type-C ports, two of which are enabled with Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth.

HP Spectre Review - By David Altavilla

HP Spectre Review – By David Altavilla

The new Spectre’s display is an FHD 1920X1080 IPS panel that might seem a bit pedestrian with all of the QHD goodness on the market, though we’d argue that for a 13-inch machine 1080p handles just fine and isn’t exactly “roughing it” either.

The first things that strikes you about the new HP Spectre are its classy good looks, and the polished gold accented aluminum rear edge of the device that is home to its three USB-C ports, a headphone jack and the Spectre’s unique recessed piston hinges. This all aluminum chunk of metal gives the system substantial rigidity but also looks great with the Spectre logo etched into the rear edge, as well as icon markings for its ports. It’s distinctive, stand-out and highlights the premium brand and model well.