Everything You Need to Know about the Redesigned HP Spectre, the World's Thinnest Laptop
Article by George Norman
On 07 Apr 2016
The thinnest laptop in the world isn’t a MacBook and it doesn’t run Apple’s OS X. It is HP’s redesigned Spectre, a 10mm-thin notebook that runs Microsoft’s latest and greatest, the Windows 10 operating system.

The HP Spectre brilliantly blends together exceptional engineering and craftsmanship with beauty and performance. Here are all the things you need to know about this Windows 10-powered device. Starting with...


How it looks like

The redesigned HP Spectre has a CNC machined aluminum chassis and comes with a hand-polished, high quality finish that features high gloss copper accents. And I have to say, it looks amazing.

The bottom is made from carbon fiber, which creates a thin yet durable profile and makes the laptop very easy to carry. Speaking about that, I think it’s worth mentioning that the laptop’s total weight is just 2.35lbs (1.06kilos). It’s also worth mentioning that the Spectre has a backlit keyboard and glass trackpad.

Connecting the laptop’s upper and lower part is an innovative hidden piston hinge that creates the illusion of a hinge-less design. I think you will agree that this gives the HP Spectre a premium look-and-feel.

The HP Spectre features edge-to-edge Corning Gorilla Glass. This will protect the 13-inch display against scratches and other things of the sort.

What’s under the hood

HP had the mobile professional in mind when it created the Spectre. Furthermore, many of HP’s team members use the Spectre as their primary device. This means that it needs to be more than just a pretty face. It must be powerful as well. And that it is, just take a look at its main specs.

HP Spectre – Main Specs
  • Display – 13.3-inch full HD IPS edge-to-edge display featuring Corning Gorilla Glass, perfect for watching movies, editing photos, or working on important presentations.
  • Processor – 6th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.
  • Memory and storage – up to 8GB of RAM memory for maximum performance and lightning fast PCIe SSD storage up to 512GB for storing all your photos, game files, and important documents.
  • WiFi – next-generation 802.11 ac 2x2 Wi-Fi antenna that offers fast wireless speeds and has been positioned to maximize reception.
  • USB ports – three multi-use USB Type-C ports that support charging, high-speed data transfer, and external displays. Two of these ports offer Thunderbolt data transfer with speeds of up to 40GBS.
  • Sound – stereo speakers by Bang & Olufsen with HP Audio Boost technology that gives you the maximum volume you need to experience entertainment to the fullest with outstanding clarity and more dynamic sound.
  • Battery – innovative hybrid battery that offers up to 9 and a half hours of battery life.

"The HP Spectre is the thinnest notebook in the world, and unlike the majority of other super thin PCs on the market, this laptop doesn't compromise power or features," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP Inc. "A beautiful Full HD edge-to-edge display, Intel® Core™ i processors coupled with Bang & Olufsen sound and a sexy and thin design, HP amazing engineers set a new standard with the all new Spectre."

Pricing and Availability

The HP Spectre will be available for pre-order on HP.com and BestBuy.com on April 25, 2016. Pricing starts at $1,169.99.

On May 22, the HP Spectre will be available at Best Buy stores, with a starting price of $1,249.99.

HP set up this webpage to offer more details about the HP Spectre. Visit it to learn more about the device and sign up to be notified when the HP Spectre is available.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 10, HP, HP Spectre, laptop, notebook
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