HP Specter Folio Iwwerpréiwung: Hänn mat der neier Leder beschichteter Cabrio

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.

HP Specter Folio Iwwerpréiwung: Schlëssel Spezifikatiounen, Präis an Verëffentlechung

  • 13.3in, 1,920 x 1,080, Touchscreen-IPS-Display
  • 8e Gen Intel Core i5 oder Core i7 Prozessoren
  • Intel UHD Grafik 615
  • 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 8GB vun RAM
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type-C Hafen a 1 USB 3.1 Typ A Port
  • 320 x 234 x 15mm, 1.49kg
  • Bang & Olufsen Quadsproochler
  • Windows 10 Home
  • UK Präis: TBC ($1,299 XCHARX $1,499)
  • UK Verëffentlechungsdatum: November (Disponibel fir de Präzisioun an den USA elo)

HP Specter Folio Iwwerpréiwung: Design, Schlësselelementer an éischte Andréck

"Vintage trëfft Technologie", dat ass de Motto HP benotzt fir seng nei Lieder ze beschriwwe Wandlager ze beschreiwen, an och seng nei Laptop "iwwer Beschreiwung" ze ruffen. Fir den Zweck vun dësem Handwierk iwwerpréifen ech awer meng Bestëmmung.

Den Design vum Specter Folio ass sécher eng ongewéinlech; Amplaz vun engem Laptop mat engem Leder an äusseren Lieder, gëtt d'Lieder an d'Metall Chassis fusionéiert an als Resultat kann net ausgebaut ginn. Dëst ass wat HP eng "Hochzäit vu Metall a Lieder" rufft; Déi intern Komponentë goufen an d'Haff verbonnen, wat de Laptop méi flexibel gemaach huet. Leider, fir Vegetarier a Veganer, gëtt et kee Faux-Liederoptioun verfügbar.

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.

Wat ass mat Kraaft? Well de HP Specter Folio gëtt an zwee Konfiguratioune verfügbar; mat engem eighth generation Generic Intel Core i5 Prozessor an en aneren, e bësse Beeier-Modell mat engem Intel Core i7 Chipset. Béid wäert och 8GB vum RAM sinn fir d'Multitasking, 256GB vun spezialiséierter PCIe SSD-Speicherung an integréiert Intel UHD 615 Grafiken. Während ech kann net ganz op d'Leeschtungsfäheg vum Laptop ze kommentéieren, bis ech et duerch eisen Hausmann Benchmarking Gauntlet leeën, kann ech soen datt de Laptop fillt sech während senger kuerzer Zäit mat dem Apparat.

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 Specter 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.

HP Specter Folio Iwwerpréiwung: Ufank Urteel

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.

Wéinst der Multifunktionalitéit vum Specter Folio kann ech se just de Ticket fir Professionals wenden, déi en Do-It-all Laptop fir eng Aarbecht a perséinleche Gebrauch wënschen, och beim Zeechnen vun den Aussoen vun Kollegen am Zuch Rides an d'Aarbecht ze bewierken . Den 4K Modell, deen am Dezember dëst Joer verfügbar ass, wäert och een sinn fir e Bléck eraus ze halen.

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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