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By Gilbert Borman

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Review: HP SPECTRE X360

Basic Stats:
• Windows 10 Home 64
• 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
• NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
• 16 GB memory; 256 GB SSD storage
• 15.6" diagonal 4K touch display


I have been a fan of the SPECTREs since the first models came out about 2 years ago. They look great, are pen-enabled, can be used as a tablet and powerful enough for just about any laptop setting.

For 2019, HP took something that was rated last year as our Editor’s choice and made it impressively better than the previous model.

The 2019 machine represents one of the best, if not the best, laptops ever made. We again award it our Editor’s choice even more enthusiastically than last year; here’s why:

In terms of just looks, the X360 is meant to look like the Ferrari of laptops. It is sleek, lightweight and elegant looking. The shape of the keyboard base and the bottom of the screen have been given a beveled 45 degree cut out. The cuts now house the power connection on one side and the power switch on the other. They are distinctive and cool.

It packs all the bells and whistles you want in a machine but then it gives you so much more: great sound from B&O speakers, an NVIDIA graphics card, plenty of RAM and a beast of an intel processor all powering a beauty of a 3840 x 2160 Gorilla Glass screen.


Unless you need a workstation, or do commercial graphics for the film industry, it is highly unlikely that there a work setting this cannot handle. Despite the power; the battery can go about six hours. For basic work to gaming, this is what you need to get stuff done.

With 2 USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a latest generation Thunderbolt port AND a third USB 3.1 able to do charging, data connection and transfers are more than covered.

All the other sensors, inputs and security are all properly baked into the pie.

What is our one quibble with this otherwise fabulous machine? HP did not see fit to build in a charging scabbard for the e-pen that ships with the machine.

Bottom Line: if you have to get a computer, have a budget around $1400 and want a really excellent laptop. This is the one to get. The only reason to wait is maybe next year they add the housing for the pen.