HP Spec­tre x2

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - Bryan Chan

turned off. This may be too lit­tle for some, es­pe­cially when you need to sac­ri­fice one of these ports to charge your de­vice. That be­ing said, the need to charge the Spec­tre x2 while on the go is rare, due to its ex­cel­lent bat­tery life.

This 2-in-1 de­vice is equipped with an In­tel Core m3-6Y30 pro­ces­sor, which is a dual-core pro­ces­sor with In­tel HD Graph­ics 515 built-in. There are also 4GB of RAM and a 128GB M.2 SSD on­board. These allow the Spec­tre x2 to de­liver suf­fi­cient per­for­mance for most work-re­lated tasks, while gam­ing is also not an is­sue, but only with less graph­i­cally-in­ten­sive games like Stardew Val­ley.

For a bet­ter idea of the Spec­tre x2's per­for­mance, we ran Fu­ture­mark's PCMark 8 and 3DMark. In PCMark 8's Home suite, this de­vice scored 2,147, which is a rea­son­able score for a sys­tem like this. As for PCMark's Cre­ative suite, it scored 2,022, which again is a re­spectable score. We then ran 3DMark's Cloud Gate, where it ob­tained 4,695, con­firm­ing that it'll only sup­port ca­sual games.

In day-to-day use, we found the Spec­tre x2 to be a solid de­vice. It's in­cred­i­bly light, weigh­ing in at only 1.1kg, and thanks to a slim pro­file, at about 10mm with the key­board base, fits into any note­book bag eas­ily. It's also re­spon­sive, be­ing ca­pa­ble of boot­ing up and load­ing doc­u­ments in mere sec­onds, even from cold boot. The key­board is com­fort­able to use, and is back­lit, so you can type away in dim cafes, should you so wish, while its kick­stand is sturdy enough to sup­port its weight at var­i­ous an­gles.

As a de­vice used for en­ter­tain­ment, the dis­play is sharp and bright, and comes with a Full HD res­o­lu­tion. Nat­u­rally, be­ing a 2-in-1 de­vice also means that it has a touch­screen dis­play. The speak­ers are tuned by Bang & Olufsen, so they're pretty good, though they could have been a lit­tle louder. by

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