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HP Spectre x2 12

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of HP Spectre x2 12. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and design. The price and keyboard are also appreciated. There are mixed views on the size and energy efficiency, and many are critical about the connectivity and screen.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Spectre x2 12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for HP Spectre x2 12

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HP Spectre x2 12 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the battery and performance are on the whole positive. The price and screen are also mentioned favorably.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Spectre x2 12a003na Core M7-6Y75 1.2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12 Inch Full HD Touchscreen Windows 10 Home Laptop -HP Spectre x2 12a003na Core M7-6Y75 1.2GHz 8GB 256GB SSD 12 Inch Full HD Touchscreen Windows 10 Home Laptop -

May, 2017

Expert review by: Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

HP Spectre x2 review

 

Under the bells and whistles is a remarkable Windows tablet

Ultrathin design ; Decent battery life ; Exceptional Core M performance

Massive bezels ; Recessed kickstand ; Sluggish briefly after startup

The HP Spectre x2 is a 12-inch Windows tablet with a lot of extra tech you might not care about, but its low price is too hard to pass up.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Rik Henderson (pocket-lint.com)

HP Spectre x2 hands-on: A 2-in-1 that gives the Surface Pro 4 a run for its money

 

The HP Spectra x2 is, after an initial bout of scrutiny, a gorgeous device. It will need a lot more testing before we can tell exactly what it's capable of, but it's both an impressive tablet and a decent laptop to boot.

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Kevin Lee (techradar.com)

Hands on: HP Spectre x2 (2015) review

 

A fresh take on the hybrid format

Outstanding keyboard ; Quad-speaker sound

Dim screen ; Lack of display resolution options

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: Alan Lu (itpro.co.uk)

HP Spectre X2 review

 

It's like the Surface Pro 4 but cheaper and better looking

Sturdy; Reasonably stable when used on a lap; Good stylus; Comfortable keyboard; Camera-based authentication works well

Ergonomic issues; So-so battery life; Colour accuracy needs improvement; Relatively heavy

Cheaper than a similarly configured Surface Pro 4, but one too many compromises have been made to achieve its low price

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Sasha Muller (alphr.com)

HP Spectre x2 review: Like the Surface Pro 4, only cheaper

 

HP delivers its Surface Pro 4 clone – but while it costs less than Microsoft's hybrid, it's nowhere near as refined

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

HP Spectre x2 12-a001ng Convertible Review

 

Smaller is better. The m3 version of the Spectre x2 12 offers an LTE modem for 899 Euros (~$990). Does the device offer good performance for the investment or does it throttle the SoC as in the m7 version?

Power supply via USB Type-C, Robust, practical keyboard dock, Good typing quality, Backlit keyboard with speakers, Bright IPS touch panel, Rear real-sense camera, Good picture quality, Reliable microphone, Adjustable feet stand, Silent

No workmanship flaws, CPU performance slightly under expected level, Weak performance despite a Core m3

The greatest weakness of the m7 sister model can be found in the m3 model as well: the run time is limited to a mere 6 hours in our practical Wi-Fi test. Thankfully, the test model offers an LTE modem, which opens up additional options for users.

Expert review by: Sebastian Jentsch (notebookcheck.net)

HP Spectre x2 12-a003ng (K3D42EA) Convertible Review

 

All-in-one PC? We are not talking about a heavy laptop here, but rather an 850 gram (~1.9 lb) tablet that aims to emulate a full-sized PC with its fold-out stand and sleeve keyboard. Two Type C ports herald the start of the new generation of cabling....

power supply via USB Type C, robust, convenient keyboard dock, keys' good typing qualities, backlit keyboard with speakers, bright IPS touchscreen, rear-facing RealSense camera, decent photo quality, good microphone, adjustable stand, decent overall...

minor weaknesses in build, lowest gaming performance, below average CPU computing speed

With its very stable stand and the sleeve keyboard that is "attached" to the tablet, the Spectre x2 can be used as a laptop on the table to a very high degree. The USB Type C ports recharge the device, and provide a cabled connection to existing Type A...

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

HP Spectre x2 review

 

HP's upscale-feeling Spectre x2 is a hybrid that isn't afraid to go against the popular wisdom. That's an admirable quality in some areas, less so in others.

The HP Spectre x2 has a slim but sturdy design and a stiffer keyboard than Microsoft's similar Surface Pro, plus the keyboard cover is included in the base price. A mobile broadband antenna allows for easy on-the-go data.

The kickstand is hard to operate, the processors are slower than many other premium hybrids, and battery life is merely OK.

HP's slim, attractive Spectre x2 follows the road not taken by Microsoft's Surface Pro, using lower-power processors to keep the price down, as well as packing in the must-have keyboard cover.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

HP Spectre x2 (12-a001dx)

 

Most of the hybrid PCs we see these days -- computers that shift between laptop and tablet configurations by flipping, folding or detaching -- have settled into the fold-back style popularized by Lenovo's Yoga line . These systems, including HP's own...

The HP Spectre x2 has a slim but sturdy design and a stiffer keyboard than Microsoft's similar Surface Pro, plus the keyboard cover is included in the base price. A mobile broadband antenna allows for easy on-the-go data.

The kickstand is hard to operate, the processors are slower than many other premium hybrids, and battery life is merely OK.

HP's slim, attractive Spectre x2 follows the road not taken by Microsoft's Surface Pro, using lower-power processors to keep the price down, as well as packing in the must-have keyboard cover.

Jan, 2016

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

HP Spectre x2

 

With its sturdy detachable keyboard, high-resolution screen, and built-in 4G LTE capability, the HP Spectre x2 slate tablet comes close to being a practical replacement for a laptop.

In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen with higher-than-1080p resolution. Two USB-C ports. 4G LTE radio. 9 hours of battery life in testing. Comes with backlit keyboard case that's rigid for easy lap typing.

No HDMI or USB 3.0 ports. Woefully soft speakers.

Conclusion The HP Spectre x2, billed as a laptop replacement, has the power and speed to run complex applications, more than 9 hours of battery life, and unlike the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, it comes with a built-in 4G LTE modem, and its keyboard cover...

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:B&O PLAY / Bang & Olufsen / Beats Audio / HD
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 4
Speakers manufacturer:Bang & Olufsen

Battery

Battery Capacity:3690
Battery capacity (tablet, Watt hours):33
Battery capacity (Watt hours):18 / 42 / 51
Battery life (max):10
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:2 / 2+2 / 3 / 3+2
Number of battery cells (tablet):3

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1920 x 1080
Front camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Rear camera:Y / Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Brown, Champagne / Brown, Gold / Brown, Silver / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell / Convertible (Detachable)
Product Type:Hybrid (2-in-1) / Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9 / 3:2
Display diagonal:30.5 / 33.8
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1200 / 1920 x 1280
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touch screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:Y / Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 16
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 850 / 900
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x191E / 0x402
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4200 / Intel HD Graphics 515 / Intel® HD Graphics 515
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y / Yes
Windows keys:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600 / 1866
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8

Networking

2G standards:EDGE,GPRS
3G:N / No / Y / Yes
3G standards:CDMA,DC-HSPA+,EVDO,HSPA+
4G:N / No / Y / Yes
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC):No / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / 802.11ac / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a, 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac
WWAN:No / Y / Yes

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:B&O PLAY / Bang & Olufsen / Beats Audio / HD
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x / VT-x, VT-d

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Manual: Yes
Package depth:29.4 / 7.6
Package height:29.4 / 7.6
Package weight:3.18
Package width:47
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

GPS (satellite):Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / No
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:45
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down:3.5 / 3.8
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
L3 Cache:3
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:10 / 12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 29.8
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1600,1866 / 1866,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1, 2x2, 1x4, 4x1 / 1x2+2x1,2x2,1x4,4x1 / 4x1, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:1.9 / 2 / 2.2 / 2.7 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache
Processor codename:Haswell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core M / Intel® Core™ M
Processor frequency:0.9 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.5 / 1.6
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I5-4202Y / I5-4210Y / M3-6Y30 / m5-6Y54 / M7-6Y75
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core m3-6Y series / Intel Core m5-6Y series / Intel Core m7-6Y series
Processor Socket:BGA 1515 / BGA1168 / BGA1515
Processor threads:4
Scenario Design Power (SDP):4.5 / 6
Stepping:D0 / D1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):11.5 / 4.5
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel RealSense 3D Camera: Yes
Intel RealSense Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology: Yes
Intel® RealSense™ Technology with Long-Range Camera: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Long-Range Intel RealSense Camera: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:76610 / 76611 / 88198 / 88199 / 88202 / I5-4202Y
Processor code:SR190 / SR191 / SR2EH / SR2EM / SR2EN
Processor package size:20 / 40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0 / SSE4.1,SSE4.2,AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
UART: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes

Software

Bundled software:HP Utility Center\nHP Connected Photo\nHP CoolSense\nAdobe Reader\nHP Connected Music\nCyberLink YouCam DE / HP Utility Center\nHP Recovery Manager / McAfee LiveSafe™Cyberlink YouCam DE\nGetting Started with Windows 8\nHP Recovery Manager\nHP Utility Center\nNetflix\nSkype\nHP ePrint\nHP Support Assistant\nBox\nHP Connected Music\nHP Connected Photo
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:Beats Audio SRS 3D, HP Connected Music, HP Connected Photo, HP SimplePass, HP ePrint, CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink YouCam DE, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Windows Live Essentials, Internet Explorer 11, 7-Zip, Box 50 GB
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.3 / 20.9 / 209 / 21.6
Depth (tablet mode):18.3 / 20.9 / 21.6
Height :1.31 / 1.32 / 1.9 / 13.1 / 13.2 / 8
Height (tablet mode):0.8 / 1.11 / 1.31 / 7.87 / 8 / 8.1
Weight:1.19 / 1.21 / 1.22 / 1.99
Weight (tablet mode):820 / 830 / 834.6 / 840 / 850 / 990
Width:30.3 / 303 / 34 / 83.5 / 834.6
Width (tablet mode):30 / 30.3 / 34