If there was an award for the most stylish notebook, the HP Spectre would have easily won it. It was clearly designed to standout. For a start, it is superbly slim and light, measuring just 10.4mm thick and weighing just 1.11kg. But most of all, it comes in an attractive shade of color that HP calls “dark ash with copper accents.” We really love the copper accents.
The Spectre comes with a 13.3-inch IPS panel touchscreen display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The display offers a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Side by side comparisons against rivals with higher resolution displays, showed it was noticeably fuzzier. It doesn’t help also that the colors of the Spectre’s display look a little washed out.
Under the proverbial hood, the Spectre is outfitted with Intel’s latest eighth generation Core processor - the quadcore Core i7-8550u. Complementing the processor are 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Overall performance is above average.
What’s not so good, however, is the Spectre’s battery life lasting just 159 minutes or slightly more than two and a half hours. This was the shortest of all