New 13.3″ HP Spectre x360 Gives MacBook, MacBook Pro, And Dell XPS 13 Huge Competition

HP is really stepping up in the laptop department with their redesigned Spectre x360. The Verge has the news.

“The new Spectre x360 maintains the outgoing version’s ability to rotate the display behind the keyboard, but it has a narrower design thanks to its edge-to-edge display. The new model is a full 11.8mm narrower than before and now has a quad speaker array.”

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The article adds that HP says the Spectre x360 can now last for up to 15 hours between charges (a 25 percent improvement) thanks to its larger battery and improved efficiencies throughout the system. It will also be housed with Intel’s new Kaby Lake processor. However, many of the commenters after the article are rather suspicious of HP’s latest offering.

“Hope they fix overheat issues in x360 and crappy drivers (but maybe I should blame Intel). It was first of my notebooks that hang right out of the box. But ash and silver version is very beautiful indeed,” says BelikovSergey.

“My x360 was great (though I never actually used it as a tablet; I just enjoyed the heft it had as a laptop), then 1 year later it stopped charging. Stopped working with the adapter plugged in… It’s the last HP I’ll ever buy,” claims Fueledbygin, adding that HP wanted to charge him $300.

The original x360 has been a huge hit for HP. Laptop Magazine gave it four stars.

“The HP Spectre x360 13t is a premium 2-in-1 with the looks and performance to back it up. Its sexy chassis (especially in black and gold), accurate screen, powerful audio and strong performance make it an Editors’ Choice pick. We just wish the bottom ran cooler.”

The review especially praised the quad-HD display and the powerful speakers. CNET also gave the HP Spectre x360 four stars.

“Two years running, the HP Spectre x360 offers incredible value for the money. Its slim, premium aluminum frame houses a speedy processor, comfortable keyboard and touchpad, plenty of full-size ports, a beautiful touchscreen and a surprising amount of battery life under the hood,” claimed critic Sean Hollister, adding that the only downsides are the fact that it’s a little chunkier than the competition (the new version fixes that), and that the glossy screen can produce distracting reflections.

Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is currently the hottest Windows laptop. [Image by Daryl Deino]

Regarding Windows laptops, it’s obvious that the HP Spectre x13 is going after the market’s top 13-inch laptop, the Dell XPS 13. Dell’s laptop, which has an edge-to-edge 3,200 x 1,800-pixel display (better resolution than the x13), has been called a “MacBook killer,” a “MacBook Air killer,” and even a “MacBook Pro killer.”

Those who are planning to buy an XPS 13 may want to hold off for just a little bit. The Next Web reports that Dell is turning their hit laptop into a tablet convertible.

“Dell has confirmed to TNW that it’s refreshing the XPS 13 with a convertible design. The laptop appears to be keeping the edge-to-edge ‘InfinityEdge’ display that was its claim to fame, which means Dell will probably have to work some software magic to keep your fingers from activating the display all the time in tablet mode.”

Apple MacBook Pro Apple will likely update its MacBook Pro line at the end of October. [Image by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images]

Then, there are the new MacBook Pros rumored to be coming out at the end of October. According to BGR, Apple’s new notebooks will have a secondary touchscreen display. Other sources say the new Pros will be thinner, lighter, and more powerful. Thanks to HP, Apple, and Dell, this holiday season will be great for consumers looking for a new laptop.

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