In this HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx review, let’s get our hands dirty and see if this new laptop is good. For those of you that are looking for a pretty cool laptop, this one right here might be a pretty good choice for you. However, before we say that this product is for you, we feel that it is absolutely necessary to go through it in detail and let you decide if you want it.
The HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx comes with a price tag of under $1600. This is quite something and definitely not that cheap. But the laptop does come with some really good features in it. Are they good enough to win your hard-earned money? Can they do everything you’ll need throughout your day? Let’s have a look and find out.
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The design is pretty good. HP has taken the best elements from the MacBook Airs aluminum body and the rotating hinges from Lenovo’s Yoga series and blended them together, making one amazing looking machine.
Looking at the outside shell of this laptop, you won’t find many embellishments on its anodized aluminum chassis, but that is perfectly fine. The words “Hewlett-Packard” has been embossed on the right side of the lid and another logo has been printed under the rear edge of the base. In addition, there’s a tiny slit that runs parallel across the top of the laptop screen, but that is probably hiding the Wi-Fi radio.
HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx Specs
The display we have in this HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx laptop is 13.3 inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. With a display like this, it produces bright, detailed images with colors that are highly accurate. When you watch a movie on this laptop, you’ll notice a large portion of detail on the character’s face.
The processor that powers this laptop is the Intel Core i7-6500U dual-core chip. With 8GB of Ram and a 512GB SSD, there’s more than enough performance for entertainment and productivity. When browsing the web in Google Chrome, you won’t notice any form of slowdown, even with 14 tabs open all at one time, with one of those tabs streaming a 1080p video from YouTube. Yes, this is not your everyday usage, but if you someone who does this, then you are good to go.
On the Geekbench 3 synthetic performance test, this laptop achieved a score of 6,829 – it beat the Surface Pro 4’s score which was 6,811 (a Core i5-6300U with 8GB of RAM). It also beat the Yoga 900’s score of 6,264 (Core i7-6500U with 16GB of RAM).
Doing the spreadsheet macro test, this HP took 4 minutes and 2 seconds to complete. During the spreadsheet test, we took 20,000 names with their addresses in OpenOffice Calc.
The solid-state drive is faster than you’d expect – it is capable of delivering a transfer rate of 172.MBps which is miles better in comparison with the regular hard drives.
The HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx comes integrated with Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU isn’t capable of handling intense video games, such as Tom Clancy’s Division or Far Cry Primal. It has a 3DMark score of 62,054, so you will have to settle with games like Candy Crush, Words with Friends and World of Warcraft.
As for ports for external monitors and peripherals, you’re not going to be disappointed. On the right side of the laptop, you’ll find an HDMI, MniDisplayPort, a headphone/microphone combo jack and two USB 3.0 ports. While on the left side of the laptop, you’ll find an SD card reader, the power port, and a USB 3.0 port.
The webcam is good, but it’s not great – it is capable of producing a grain photo without a large amount of detail. Hair, for example, will appear as blobs without a whole lot of definition, but it can capture color and dimples. Lights behind you may appear blown out, but despite it all, you will be properly exposed.
The battery life is pretty impressive – it offers a total of 8 hours and 26 minutes that involves Web browsing over Wi-Fi. This should be enough to keep you going all day, but if you need to use the laptop for a longer period of time, you can always plug it into the wall.
HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx Review: Verdict
If you’re looking for a good laptop, the HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx would be a great choice. It is a nice 2-in-1 with amazing looks and decent performance. The nice chassis, powerful audio, strong performance and an accurate screen has put this laptop at the top of many wish lists.