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HP’s fantastic Specter and Envy laptops just got new life

HP's fantastic Specter and Envy laptops just got new life
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HP Specter x360 16

HP Specter x360 16
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Countless laptops have been announced over the past few weeks, including one the entire fleet of Acer laptops, HP gaming systemsa premium Lenovo ChromebooksAnd one Asus with a hidden message written in invisible ink. Frankly, I’m exhausted. However, I won’t let my cramped fingers deter me from being excited about successors to some of the best Windows PCs of recent years.

No, I’m not talking about the Dell XPS 13 (as excellent as it is). New versions of the Envy and Spectre, HP’s flagship high-end and mid-range laptops, are announced today. I won’t waste your time: these are refreshes, not redesigns, of previous models. However, they do come with a few benefits that will appeal to people looking for a laptop.

Release date and price of HP Specter and Envy

Here are some quick numbers and dates. The Specter x360 13.5 and Specter x360 16 are on sale today on HP.com starting at $1,249 and $1,649, respectively. They will also be available at Best Buy.

The more affordable Envy x360 models are also available on HP’s website. The 13.3-inch Envy x360 will start at $899 while the 15.6-inch convertible will cost $849 for the AMD model and $899 for the Intel one. The two shells, the Envy 16 and Envy 17.3, will retail for $1,399 and $1,099 respectively.

HP Specter x360 13.5 and 16

I have checked. It’s not a typo. HP actually calls this latest model the Specter x360 13.5 despite the previous Specter x360 14 having the same screen size. Market research may have shown that customers want the portability of a 13-inch device but with a bigger screen (because 14 sounds so much bigger than 13). Anyway, the name bothers me.

HP Spectre x360 13.5

HP Spectre x360 13.5
Image: HP

If you can get past that, the Spectre x360 13.5 and 16 are shaping up to be fine laptops, retaining the best elements of the previous versions while updating certain components. If you haven’t seen the latest Spectre laptops (my Review Spectrum x360 16 OLED is a good intro), their aluminum chassis are absolutely stunning. While this new version ditches the carved edges for a rounded design, it sports the same chrome trim, large touchpad and aggressive corner angles, giving it a luxurious appeal.

You also get a nice port layout considering these are fairly portable systems, especially the 3-pound, 0.67-inch Specter x360 13.5 (the x360 16 weighs 4.45 pounds). Even on the 13.5 there are two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, a USB Type-A, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. The 16-inch model incorporates an HDMI 2.1 for good measure.

HP Specter x360 16

HP Specter x360 16
Photo: HP

The main updates are inside, where the Specter is powered by 12th Gen Intel processors, either a Core i7-1255U or a Core i5-1235U. The larger 16-inch model gets either a Core i5-1260P or a full-fledged H-series Core i7-12700H. Graphics is another area where the x360 16 has an edge. Or, at least it should, with the option for Intel Arc A370M graphics. from Intel the first discrete graphics cards were delayedbut when they arrive, the chipmaker claims they will bring 2 times more performance than the integrated Iris Xe. Both laptops support up to 32GB of DDR4x RAM and up to a 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD.

HP claims the 16-inch Specter will last around 12 hours and 30 minutes while streaming content over Wi-Fi or 19 hours of pure video playback. The smaller model gets up to 15 hours of wireless streaming.

HP Specter x360 16

HP Specter x360 16
Picture: HP

If there’s one feature that HP seems particularly proud of, it’s the webcam. And they deserve to feel that because, as the previous Specter x360 16 showed, the 5MP IR webcam is fantastic. It’s perhaps the best on any laptop, and now it’s coming to the Specter x360 13.5 with temporal noise reduction and a camera shutter. It even comes with Auto Frame, Dynamic Voice Leveling, and Backlight Adjustment software features.

The other big thing is the display options. There are three different screen options for the Specter x360 13.5: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280 IPS with HP Sure View (a privacy filter), another 1920 x 1280 without the privacy options, and a touchscreen 3K2K OLED that reaches 500 nits of max. brightness. The 16-inch ups the resolution of its base panels to 3072 x 1920 (3K+) in glossy or anti-glare options and has its own 4K OLED panel.

HP Envy and Envy x360

Four new Envy models were also announced today, including 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch convertibles and 16-inch and 17.3-inch clamshell versions. Although a notch below the Spectres, HP has done a great job of bringing the flagship features to these cheaper mid-range alternatives.

HP Envy 17.3

HP Envy 17.3
Picture: HP

The Envy x360 13.3 weighs only 3 pounds and can be equipped with an Intel Core i7-1250U, although the Core i5-1230U may be the better value choice. Memory is limited to 16GB, which should be fine for most people, and storage can go up to 1TB. Larger models get more powerful processors, and the 15-inch gives you the choice of Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000. (not the most recent 6000 chips). Memory is limited to 16GB and storage can be up to 1TB.

HP Envy x360 13.3

HP Envy x360 13.3
Picture: HP

HP didn’t skimp on the display, opting for a 13.3-inch, 2.8K OLED touchscreen at the top end and a 1920 x 1200 IPS display for the base model. The 15.6-inch version has a 1080P OLED display while the 16-inch version has a 4K OLED option. The Envy 17 (sorry, Envy 17.3) ditches OLED for a 4K IPS display.

Without burying yourself in specs, the entire Envy series gets HP’s 5MP IR webcam and all the software features that come with it. They also come with USB-C and USB-A ports, and an SD card reader (micro for the smaller model).

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