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HP Spectre x360 15t (15-ap011dx)

The 15-inch HP Spectre x360 15t (15-ap011dx) ($1,149.99 as tested) is a midrange convertible-hybrid laptop1 that feels as solid as a bank-vault door, thanks to a body that’s mostly metal. It has a great selection of I/O ports, including full-size HDMI and USB-C ports. Because of those ports and a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, the Spectre x360 15t (15-ap011dx) won’t seem obsolete for a long while. But its price is $550 higher than that of our current Editors’ Choice, the Acer Aspire R14 (R5-471T-52EE)2, a system with comparable features and performance.

Design and Features
The Spectre x360 15t (15-ap011dx) is physically identical with its more expensive brother, the
HP Spectre x360 15t (15-ap012dx)3, which has a higher-resolution 4K screen, more memory, and a faster Core i7 processor. The higher price of the 4K model bumps it into the high-end convertible category, but the Full HD configuration is midrange, giving this system a different field of competitors. Like its 13-inch predecessor, the HP Spectre x360 13t4, this laptop features a machined aluminum body, a monochromatic silver keyboard, and the dual-hinge design that’s common on convertible-hybrid laptops. The 360-degree hinge allows four different use modes: Notebook, Stand, Tent, and Tablet. It’s a premium look, and you’d be forgiven if you mistook the system for an Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display (2015)5 at first glance. This slim laptop measures 0.63 by 14.8 by 9.75 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.2 pounds. That’s the same z-height as the smaller HP Spectre x360 13t, so it can slip easily into a packed commute bag. It’s thinner but longer in the other two dimensions than the Acer Aspire R 14. The 12-inch Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 (P20W-CST3N01)6 measures 0.61 by 11.8 by 8.2 inches and weighs 2.9 pounds, but its keyboard is less comfortable to use. You can use the latter in Tablet mode comfortably, however; the Spectre x360 15t is a bit too large for that. The system’s 15.6-inch IPS screen has a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, which is what we expect for midrange convertible-hybrid laptops. The chiclet-style keyboard is a silver shade that’s similar to that of the aluminum keyboard deck. That makes the characters a little less readable than on a keyboard with black keys, but they’re easier to see with the backlight on. Typing action is comfortable, though the keys are a little slippier than the ones on the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 157. The wide one-piece touchpad is responsive, as is the 10-point touch screen.

The Spectre x360 15t’s 8GB of system memory is adequate for multitasking. As with most convertible-hybrids, the system is sealed, and the RAM is soldered to the motherboard, so you can’t upgrade the memory after purchase. The laptop comes with 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage, the same amount as the Acer Aspire R 14. This is enough storage for most day-to-day tasks, though you may want to carry a USB drive if you tend to download your video files rather than stream them. Preloaded apps are limited to a few, including Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipbook, Netflix, and Snapfish.

HP Spectre X360 15t (15-ap011dx)

References

  1. ^ laptop (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ Acer Aspire R14 (R5-471T-52EE) (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ HP Spectre x360 15t (15-ap012dx) (uk.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ HP Spectre x360 13t (uk.pcmag.com)
  5. ^ Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display (2015) (uk.pcmag.com)
  6. ^ Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 (P20W-CST3N01) (uk.pcmag.com)
  7. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15 (uk.pcmag.com)

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