HP Spectre Folio review: Hands on with HP’s new leather-coated convertible

HP’s Spectre Folio is a leather-bound laptop, but will it really reinvent the PC?

The HP Spectre Folio is the Californian manufacturerXCHARXs newest premium laptop for 2018. First revealed, rather unexpectedly, at HP’s own XCHARXPC ReinventedXCHARX event in New York on 1 October, this is a special convertible 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop with a chassis thatXCHARXs made from a fusion of aluminium and leather.

Revisió Folio d'HP Specter: especificacions clau, preu i data de llançament

  • 13.3in, 1,920 x 1,080, pantalla tàctil IPS
  • 8th Gen Processadors Intel Core i5 o Core i7
  • Intel UHD Graphics 615
  • 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 8GB de RAM
  • 1 USB 3.1 Tipus de port C i 1 USB 3.1 Tipus A
  • 320 x 234 x 15mm, 1.49kg
  • Quad-parlors Bang & Olufsen
  • Inici de Windows 10
  • Preu del Regne Unit: TBC ($1,299 XCHARX $1,499)
  • Data de llançament del Regne Unit: Novembre (disponible per preordinar als Estats Units ara)

Revisió del prospecte de HP Specter: Disseny, funcions clau i primeres impressions

"Vintage compleix amb la tecnologia", aquest és el lema que HP utilitza per descriure el seu nou descapotable revestit de cuir, al mateix temps que truca al seu nou portàtil "més enllà de la descripció". Tanmateix, a efectes d'aquesta revisió pràctica, faré tot el possible.

El disseny del Folio Spectre és sens dubte inusual; en lloc d'un ordinador portàtil amb una funda de cuir exterior, el cuir està realment fusionat amb el xassís de metall i, per tant, no es pot treure. Això és el que HP crida a un "matrimoni de metall i cuir"; els components interns s'han connectat a la pell de la vaca, que té com a objectiu fer que l'ordinador portàtil sigui més flexible pel disseny. Malauradament, per a vegetarians i vegans, no hi ha cap opció de cuir impecable.

As with most convertible laptops, the Spectre Folio can be folded into three different viewing modes. The bog-standard clamshell laptop mode doesn’t require a lot of explaining, although I was surprised by its lack of flexibility during my brief time with the device. Looking like a large leather wallet, the screen connects magnetically to the keyboard – just like MicrosoftXCHARXs Surface Book 2 – but can be detached and folded into different positions. During my demo, the screen was folded flat for use as a tablet and was also brought forward, resting in front of the keyboard but behind the touchpad, transforming the Spectre Folio into a media-viewing device.

The 13.3in touch-enabled IPS screen looks nice and vibrant on first impressions and responds well to touch input. The Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution display also seemed perfectly bright, even in the excessively-lit demonstration area. Coated in a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 for added protection from drops and scrapes, the screen also doesnXCHARXt pick up greasy fingerprints quite as easily as the rest of its hybrid alternatives. HPXCHARXs bundled Digital Pen stylus is just as functional, and you can use the top of the pen to erase portions of your digital drawing, just like a real rubber-topped pencil.

The Spectre Folio comes equipped with four Bang & Olufsen-branded speakers. Sadly, however, I wasn’t able to fully test the laptop’s audio capabilities on the noisy show floor, but I will be able to give my opinion on the sound quality as soon as I receive a unit for review.

Què passa amb el poder? Bé, l'HP Specter Folio estarà disponible en dues configuracions; un amb un processador Intel Core i5 d'una vuitena generació i un altre, un model lleugerament més compacte que funciona amb un chipset Intel Core i7. Ambdós inclouran 8GB de RAM per multitarea, 256GB d'emmagatzematge ràpid SSD PCIe i gràfics integrats Intel UHD 615. Tot i que no puc fer cap comentari sobre el rendiment de l'ordinador portàtil fins que ho executeu a través del nostre guantet d'avaluació interna, puc dir que l'ordinador portàtil es va sentir ràpid en funcionament durant el meu breu temps dedicat al dispositiu.

I am, however, a little cautious about the potential for the Spectre Folio to overheat. The majority of its surface is coated in leather, and HP has decided not to equip the laptop with a thermal outtake fan. There are also no gaps or slits in the Folio’s leather casing for the machine’s heat to escape. Instead, HP includes a metal ‘thermal transfer’ bar on the rear edge of the laptop but, again, this is coated in leather.

It is, however, certainly portable enough to carry around with you all day, weighing in at only 1.5Kg. All day is also how much time you can expect to use the Spectre Folio on a single charge, with a reported battery life of between 18 or 19 hours of moderate use. Considering HPXCHARXs espectre 13 was far from a battery champ compared to other devices in the £1,500 range, itXCHARXll be interesting to see if the Spectre Folio can do any better.

Revisió Folio d'HP Specter: veredicte primerenc

While it’s too early to say how this laptop will fare in terms of performance, the Spectre Folio’s one-of-a-kind premium vintage design will undoubtedly be coveted by pundits who value luxury in their laptops.

A causa de les funcions polivalents de Specter Folio, puc veure que només es converteix en el bitllet per als professionals que volen un ordinador portàtil que sigui pràctic per al treball i l'ús personal, alhora que admira mirades de companys que viatgen a la feina . El model 4K, disponible al desembre d'aquest any, també serà un per fer-ne un ull.

With the Full HD model storming UK beaches in November, we donXCHARXt know how much the Spectre Folio will cost when it does arrive. Our fellow tech-loving friends on the other side of the Atlantic, however, can preorder the Spectre Folio right now with configurations starting at $1,299.

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