HP Spectre x360 (2020) review

The HP Spectre x360 is now more powerful and feature-rich than ever. Just when you think this premium line couldn’t possibly get any better, HP takes it to a whole new level in 2020. This latest addition to line brings in key updates and new features while also bringing back all the features we already know and love.

Rocking an impressive brand-new processor, the Intel Core i7-1065G7, which is an absolute powerhouse of a chip, as well as the flashy new Iris Plus integrated graphics and a RAM that’s doubled, the HP Spectre x360 can contend with its its big and bulky peers rocking discrete graphics cards. 

However, other updates also allow it to truly exemplify the best qualities of both laptops and tablets. To start, the HP Spectre x360 is breathtaking on the outside, keeping everything thin and light. It also now boasts a stunning 4K touch display for the lower-end configurations, which gives the more casual users the option for glorious 4K viewing that only its higher-end configuration owners have enjoyed before.

With its cutting-edge design and features, the HP Spectre x360 for 2020 has never really been your everyday office grinder. It’s always been this stunning piece of portable that is not just meant to be seen but also meant to see you through the more demanding tasks. However, in 2020, this stunner is much more than that. It’s something new, something sexier.

Of course, all that glitz comes with a price tag to match. Our model clocks in at $1,749.99 (around £1,350, AU$2,600), which is no small sum to pay for a laptop, but we’ll get more into that later. The HP Spectre x360 does cost more than many 2-in-1s available on the market right now, although you’ll struggle to find one with the same raw quality of design and performance.

Packing that powerful hardware into such a slender chassis does have its drawbacks, of course. The HP Spectre x360 runs pretty hot, particularly if you’re using it for demanding tasks such as 3D rendering or 4K video editing.

This is no gaming machine either; the lack of a proper graphics card means that the latest big games will be beyond your reach. However, the Iris Plus graphics can handle more than you might expect at lower resolutions – perfect for puzzle games, or low-poly indie titles.

The drawbacks don’t outweigh the benefits, though – not even close. And these problems really aren’t unique to the HP Spectre x360 (2020), either; there’s no laptop lighter than the HP Spectre x360 (2020) that can play games better, or manage heat more efficiently. It’s an undeniably top-notch product, and for that we award it five stars.

Our review model of the HP Spectre x360 (2020) is high-end, but overall pricing in the US starts cheaper at $1,299.99, going up to $1,899.99 depending on the configuration. A number of options are available, with the option to custom-configure your own x360 on HP’s website. 

The 4K AMOLED screen (a stand-out feature of our model) does have an exclusive configuration, though.

In the UK, four fixed configurations of the HP Spectre x360 (2020) are available, ranging from £1,199 to £1,799. More configurations are available in Australia, ranging from AUS$2,199 to AUS$3,599.

Overall, the pricing is what we’d expect for a premium 2-in-1 laptop. It leans towards the expensive side, but you get what you pay for here; the HP Spectre x360’s superior design and performance are worth the higher price. It’s also worth noting that the HP Spectre x360 (2020) does come with HP’s Tilt Pen, a decent smart stylus.

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