Microsoft’s popular Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet is currently in its 4th season. Although it was quite innovative when it was first released, the Surface Pro is now lagging behind. The 2-in-1 laptop market is starving for innovation. Although it doesn’t appear that Microsoft will upgrade the Surface Pro’s hardware anytime soon, HP is stepping up to the plate with a new 2-in-1 that is more than ready to go head-to-head with the Surface Pro.
The well-designed HP Spectre x2 boasts more features and a better price than the ageing Surface Pro 4. Featuring bold edges, slimmer bezels and USB Type-C ports, this tablet/laptop combination proves to be a compelling alternative to the Surface Pro. Also, the Spectre x2 corrects many of the problems of the original version.
The Spectre x2 is made out of machined aluminium. It features an attractive design that breaks away from the black and silver tones that seem to be on every new notebook lately. The Spectre x2’s dark ash silver colourway gives it a sophisticated jewel-like appearance. It features a polished copper-toned kickstand on the rear. The kickstand release was designed to be engaged using just one hand.
The original Spectre’s main drawback compared to the Surface Pro was that it could only be configured with Intel’s Core M processors. This made the Spectre much less powerful than the Surface Pro. HP listened to its customer’s feedback and updated the Spectre x2 with real Core I processors. This makes the Spectre capable of doing much more than just typical web browsing. Other features of the Spectre x2 include full-sized backlit keys, a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera, Bang & Olufsen speakers and dual digital microphones.