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The HP Spectre Folio Is Gaudy, Ambitious and Maybe the Future

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The HP Specter Folio is deceptive. Closed it looks like a fancy leather folder business types take to conference rooms. Keep in your hands, it's smooth and rich feeling under your fingertips, but heavier than you'd expect. Det kommer nettopp som en bærbar computer, men da når du flytter den til sit tablet-mode, kommer du til at trække displayet til dig selv i stedet for at gøre 360-graders gymnastik. It's weird. Confusing. But also natural?


What is it?

A truly ingenious take on the 2-in-1



Starting at $ 1,300; Reviewed at $ 1,500.


A brilliant design and great battery life.

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Just too expensive for the speed you get. A little too much leather.

The HP Specter Folio is a new laptop in HP's Spectre line up. Comparable in design to devices like the Surface Laptop 2 or the Lenovo Yoga C930, Spectre laptops are meant to be a reasonable blend of price and luxury that skates below the price of a similarly configured laptop from Apple. They Windows devices that should not feel dorky or cheap to use, and the Spectre Folio is neither dorky nor cheap. Well-except when it's closed. Så det ser ut som folioen min bror tok rundt med ham i en brevpose for hele den fjerde klasse. He thought he was cool. He was not.

When I saw the Specter Folio at HP's headquarters in Houston in September, HP pointed out that it's a laptop made of leather. Den lærer er afgørende for at ingeniørens konstruktion og giver intrigerende og appealing quirks som jeg ikke tror på, men det føles også litt i ditt ansikt. There's a thick seam where the leather bonds together just pass the point of the magnesium components throughout the body of the device, and there's a little excess leather wrapped around the primary hinge. Laptop design-especially in this particular premium space-is all about minimalism: aluminum unibodies and millimeter thick bezels. In this context, the leather feels excessive, and a little trimming would be nice.

There's a bit of a leather gap in the back.

Urge two crown "rich Corinthian leather," but this is chrome tanned leather. Like what you would find in the upholstery of a car.

All the writing on the outside is embossed.


But using leather as a primary component? That actually works well. The heat of the laptop dissipates through the keyboard, speaker grill, and then through leather itself and it does such a nice job, you'll find yourself annoyed at all these laptops with plastic or aluminum bottoms. They're likely to burn your bare thighs at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, while the Spectre Folio is more like a hot hot pad at the same temperature. It's sort of like when you jump in a hot car. Yeah, the leather seats are not pleasant, but they will not blister your skin like the metal accents on the steering wheel.

Much as I like HP's decision to go with a leather enclosure, I can not say I agree with its choice to use 8th generation Y-series processors-the low-powered, dual-core chips Intel introduced in August that are slower than the U-series found in the Spectre Folio 13's rivals. The Spectre Folio 13 is available for $ 1,300 with an i5-8200Y CPU, 256GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM. For $ 200 more you can bump up to an i7-8500Y CPU. That is the product I reviewed.

I had hoped for a secret fourth mode where you stare down at the display, but the keyboard does not work outside of laptop mode.
Photo: Alex Cranz (Gizmodo)

This thing works great when I 'm tooling around in Chrome or Microsoft Edge and Slack-you know, basic web browsing-but it's a lot less zippy when I open up Photoshop or try to play a round of Gwent which is bared out in our benchmarks. In WebXPRT 2015, a synthetic benchmark that provides a score for how quickly a device handles a number of browser-based tasks, the Spectre Folio 13 scored a respectable 461. That's just well below the Yoga c930 (523), but actually above some other , more powerful laptops with U-series CPUs, like the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (392). But in Civilizations VI where we set the resolution to 1080p and the graphics settings to high, the Specter Folio took a terrible average 282 milliseconds to render a frame. That's about twice what you'd see from the similarly priced Laptop 2 or Yoga c930.

So it's not particularly fast, and as reviewed its $ 1,500. What's so good about it then? Eerst dat hing en seconde, de batterijlevensduur. It managed a very nice 12 hours and 22 minutes when streaming a 1080p YouTube video at 200 nits brightness. That's far beyond the majority of Intel laptops, including the Surface Laptop 2 (7:57) and Yoga c930 (9:45). At over twelve hours, it's more in line with slower Qualcomm-based laptops like the Samsung Galaxy Book 2, or tablets like the iPad Pro.

Which makes sense. Denne ting er ikke for folk som prøver at veksle i et projekt for arbejde eller skole. Det er for folk som gransker det prosjektet når de hopper på en langrennsflytur eller sitter i et styresystem som får betalt alle våre lønninger kombinert. It's a slick laptop that can convert into a tablet-but for well-paid suit types.

What is terrible, because those types probably will not appreciate the very clever engineering of the Spectre Folio 13. In addition to its primary hinge That's common to all laptops, it has a second hinge, constructed from its leather body, about halfway up the back of the display. Du får tak i toppen av displayet, og den nederste halvparten skiller fra læret, så du drar det frem i en modus for filmkamera, som hjælper med at forlate den touchpad til rådighed, eller helt ned til en full tabletmodus. lets you really appreciate the device's lovely looking and super thin 13.3-inch 1080p display. (It's possible to get a computer with a sharper display for the money, by the way.)

The transition is smooth. Practically perfect. Finally, there's a device that functions well as a laptop but does not compromise quite as much when going into tablet mode. If you're an artist, the tablet mode may take some getting used to. It's practically perfect-not actually perfect. Den displayen ligger ikke fladt mod tastaturet, men at en vinkel, alt dette læder tilføjer til det store. For someone like me, who only goes into tablet mode when I'm reading or playing a card game, it's perfectly fine. I can settle it in a pillow on my lap just as easily as the Surface or my iPad. The difference is that when I need to shift back into work (laptop) mode, it's a lot easier to accomplish getting back into laptop mode with the Spectre Folio 13 than any other device.

But I would recommend you go out and buy it? That's tougher. This device is flashy enough to warrant its price but slow enough that it feels too expensive for most people. Asking a minimum $ 1,300- $ 300 more than an iPad Pro or a Surface device is a tall order. And for $ 1,400 you can get the much faster Lenovo Yoga c930. Yet the Yoga c930-which we really like-just is not as elegant as the Spectre Folio 13, and it does not have the same remarkable battery life. Hvis du spenderer hele tiden i møter, og du kan ha råd til det, er Spectre Folio ditt valg, men det er ikke mest av oss.

  • The battery life will have you annoyed with metal and plastic competitors.
  • But there's a lot of leather.
  • The battery life
  • The Y-series processor is a little weaksauce.
  • $ 1,300 to $ 1,500 feels too expensive for a Y-series machine.
  • But damn that hinge is cool as hell.

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