HP Spectre x2 Review – The Microsoft Surface Competitor

The HP Spectre X2 is going along with the trend of tech manufacturers in creating a dockable tablet. But the question is, does HP’s contender be enough to beat the competition, especially the ever-crowding Microsoft Surface Pro 4? In today’s laptop-tablet hybrid market, the Spectre X2 will come with an adjustable kickstand, just as what others of its type are doing as of late. This will allow the user to position the thin tablet as they see fit. The tablet hybrid will then attach to a Type Cover-like keyboard dock. The keyboard features chiclet keys, a metal frame on one side, a fabric backing around the other side, and a large trackpad.

HP Spectre x2 Review - The Microsoft Surface Competitor

Will the HP Spectre x2 be Able to Beat the Microsoft Surface and Other Tablet Hybrids?

Let’s take a look at the HP Spectre x2 with regards to its specs and features. First of all, it is powered by one of Intel’s powerful ‘Skylake’ Core M processors. While it’s not the most powerful in today’s market, it does boast more than your average need for processing power. Other specs include a 4 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of solid state storage. There is also an SD card reader, two USB type-C ports, and also an Intel 3D RealSense camera.

The tablet hybrid has three cameras – one in the back and two in the front. The rear snapper has an 8-megapixel imaging sensor, and the two front 5-megapixel cameras are used to take stereoscopic images. It should also be noted that the camera at the back has the Intel depth-sensing RealSense setup. The price for getting the device is conveniently under the Surface Pro 4, so that’s one point for the Spectre x2 tablet. Furthermore, the keyboard comes along with the package, something Microsoft has not been doing over the years but still manages to get away with it nicely.

When looking at the device’s display, it has a 12-inch screen that has a 1920 x 1280 resolution. It has the same aspect ratio as the Surface which is 3:2.  The x2 tablet hybrid also has four speakers, which are located on both the tablet and on the keyboard. There are two speakers at the tablet and two Bang & Olufsen ones are found on the keyboard. The speakers help explain why the keyboard is slightly heavier than its competing devices.  The HP Spectre x2 is a great machine for itself, but specs-wise the Surface Pro 4 still remains the winner in this competition. HP’s contender in the tablet-laptop hybrid line gets away with it with a lower priced model.


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