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The new HP Spectre 13 is smaller, sexier, and more powerful than before

By Koh Wanzi - on 30 Oct 2017, 1:00am

The new HP Spectre 13 is smaller, sexier, and more powerful than before

HP Spectre 13

The original Spectre 13 was already HP’s snazziest laptop, but the company has now announced an updated version that is smaller, more powerful, and better looking than before.

HP has outfitted it with Intel’s new 8th-generation processors, so you get proper quad-core CPUs in a more svelte package.

The second-generation Spectre 13 keeps the same 10.4mm thickness as its predecessor, but its overall space footprint has shrunk by quite a bit. HP has pared down its length and width, and the bezels are now even thinner than before.

It also now comes with a touchscreen, with a further option for a crisp 4K display. Previously, you could only get it with a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display, which could seem a little underwhelming for a laptop with such a focus on premium design.

HP now says this is the world’s thinnest touchscreen laptop, and it may be right.

In addition, the Spectre 13 comes in a new ceramic white color option. The laptop’s lid and inner surfaces are aluminum, but they’ve been treated with a white matte coating for a look that mimics ceramic, without the actual weight of the material.

This is complemented by a pale gold accent along the edges and back of the notebook. That said, the Spectre 13 is still available in last year’s dark gray and copper, on top of regular silver.

HP Spectre 13

HP is also claiming improved battery life – up to 11 hours and 15 minutes supposedly – this time. The speakers have been tweaked as well, and they should be louder and clearer than before now.

Another interesting change is the inclusion of an IR sensor that can capture the real-time “skin temperature” of the PC, which enables to laptop to better regulate fan speeds and air flow.

However, the Spectre 13 isn’t the only laptop getting updates, and HP also announced more subtle changes to its Spectre x360 convertible.

The laptop loses its rounded edges in favor of a more angular, faceted look, and the exhaust vents have been moved from the side to the back. It also features slightly smaller dimensions and thinner bezels, and now comes with a fingerprint reader on its side by default.

HP Spectre x360

The Spectre x360 ships with a new pen that charges over USB-C, and HP says a 15 second charge is all you need for over 3 hours of use. The stylus features tilt support and will work with Windows Ink.

Another welcome feature is an SD card reader, which photographers will appreciate. The notebook also comes with the second generation of HP’s Sure View privacy screen, a built-in privacy filter that you can toggle on and off.

It works by significantly reducing the viewing angle on the screen, so your nosy co-worker can’t see what you’re looking at. Sure View previously only worked on TN screens, but it is now compatible with the Spectre x360’s 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display (4K display also available).

Both the Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 will be available to buy in Singapore from November 2017, each with a starting price of S$2,399.

 

Update, Oct 30: First published in Oct 6, now updated with local availability details.

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