HP Spectre: The most Beautiful Laptop in the World?

HP Spectre notebook

You don’t usually describe laptops as being ‘crafted from artisans’, but one look at the Spectre from HP and the term manufactured simply won’t cut it.

You almost do not want to touch the device, for fear of leaving fingerprint smudges, instead, you instinctively for a cloth to polish it. This is clearly no ordinary laptop.

HP use the word ‘artisan’ a lot in their blurb, they state that the Spectre “has an artisan feel, almost if it was hammered out, filed, polished.”

HP say that the Spectre is their thinnest notebook computer at 10.4mm, which is around the width of a triple A battery.

“Whether you are old or young, using Windows or some other operating system, the desire for a super-thin device is super-high,” said Mike Nash, vice president for customer experience and portfolio strategy at HP Inc.

HP Spectre notebook

The Spectre is also gloriously light, weighing in a just 2.45 pounds, but none of these really matter, it is the finishing touches that are so beautiful.

There’s the rose gold detailing where you would expect to see standard metal. The backlit keyboard and the glass trackpad. The two-tone combination of matt carbon fibre finish and aluminium is a sheer delight.

But there is power behind the beauty, as the functionality of the notebook matches the appearance in specifications.

The 13.3-inch screen has a full HD IPS ultra-wide edge-to-edge display. The battery has been changed into a hybrid of four polymer battery cells that gives you nine hours of uninterrupted play.

As the device is so thin, it requires a special cooling system, and HP have delivered. Not only does it vent out heat, but a hyperbaric cooling technology actually draws cooler air in over the processor. This means a more powerful processor can be utilised without the device overheating.

HP Spectre notebook

The notebook also has a built-in power setting that automatically adjusts to your workload, and recognises when you require more or less power. This allows it to provide a peak performance at all times.

The Spectre is fitted with stereo speakers and is audio custom-tuned in collaboration with experts at Bang & Olufsen.

HP decided to stick with the relatively low voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, instead of opting for Intel’s power-optimised Core M processors.

“We believe in Core M, but in a clamshell device like the Spectre customer feedback was that they wanted the full power of Core i5 and Core i7,” Nash said.

You get up to 8GB of memory, up to 512GB of flash storage, a 1920×1080 pixel display with the Spectre. There are a total of three USB Type-C ports, two of which support the higher-speed Thunderbolt standard.

HP Spectre notebook

The Spectre is configured with SSD storage connected to the PCI Express bus for faster performance. The Core i5 model will have a 256GB SSD, while the Core i7 version will have a 512GB SSD.

There’s no touchscreen with the Spectre, but you can get one with either Windows 10 or Windows 10 Pro. The Core i5 version will cost $1,169.99 in the US, while the Core i7 version will cost $1,249.99.

Two limited editions are also available which will be auctioned off to benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

These have been crafted in collaboration with designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah and will feature hand-polished 18-carat gold plating and diamond detailing.

There will even be details such as diamonds on the power button which will light up when the device is turned on.

HP Spectre notebook with notebook case


The device officially launches on May 22.

For more information visit HP.com

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