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.

Kajian hantu HP Specter: Spesifikasi kunci, harga dan tarikh pelepasan

  • 13.3in, 1,920 x 1,080, paparan skrin sentuh IPS
  • Pemproses 8th Core Intel Core i5 atau Core i7
  • Intel UHD Graphics 615
  • 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type-C port dan 1 USB 3.1 Type A port
  • 320 x 234 x 15mm, 1.49kg
  • Bang & Olufsen quad-speakers
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Harga UK: TBC ($1,299 XCHARX $1,499)
  • Tarikh pelepasan UK: November (tersedia untuk preorder di AS sekarang)

Kajian hantu HP Specter: Reka bentuk, ciri utama dan tera pertama

"Vintage memenuhi teknologi", itulah moto yang digunakan HP untuk menerangkan tukar kulit bersalut kulit yang baru, sambil memanggil komputer riba yang baru "di luar penerangan". Untuk tujuan kajian semula ini, walau bagaimanapun, saya akan melakukan yang terbaik.

Reka bentuk Specter Folio pastinya satu yang luar biasa; bukan komputer riba dengan kes kulit luar, kulit itu sebenarnya bersatu dengan casis logam dan akibatnya, tidak boleh dikeluarkan. Inilah yang HP memanggil "perkahwinan logam dan kulit"; Komponen dalaman telah terikat pada kulit lembu, yang bertujuan menjadikan laptop lebih fleksibel dengan reka bentuk. Malangnya, untuk vegetarian dan vegan, tidak ada pilihan palsu-kulit yang ada.

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.

Bagaimana dengan kuasa? Nah, HP Specter Folio akan tersedia dalam dua konfigurasi; satu dengan pemproses Intel Core I5 kelapan dan model lain yang lebih ringan yang dikuasakan oleh chipset Intel Core i7. Kedua-duanya termasuk 8GB RAM untuk multitasking, 256GB penyimpanan PCIe SSD yang cepat dan grafik Intel UHD 615 yang bersepadu. Walaupun saya tidak dapat memberi ulasan sepenuhnya mengenai prestasi komputer riba sehingga saya menjalankannya melalui penanda aras penanda aras dalaman kami, saya boleh mengatakan bahawa komputer riba terasa pantas beroperasi semasa masa singkat saya dibelanjakan dengan peranti itu.

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 hantu 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.

Kajian hamparan HP Specter: Putusan awal

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.

Kerana fungsi pelbagai fungsi Specter Folio, saya dapat melihatnya menjadi hanya tiket untuk profesional yang mahukan komputer riba buat semua kerja dan penggunaan peribadi, sementara juga menarik perhatian orang ramai dari penumpang di atas keretapi ke tempat kerja . Model 4K, yang terdapat pada bulan Disember tahun ini, juga akan menjadi satu untuk mengawasi.

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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