In 2015, Apple released what turned out to be one of the slimmest laptops on earth. The MacBook is 13.1 mm thin - as thin as a pencil, and it runs the Intel Core M processor. But HP stepped in last week and decided to give the MacBook a run for its money. Introducing the HP Spectre - “the thinnest laptop in the world”.
When you look at this laptop, you know it is a masterpiece. At just 10.4 mm thin, this laptop deserves the title of thinnest laptop. HP has put in a lot of innovation to build this, and its aesthetics are just a part of the story.
Sure, the Spectre is thinner than the MacBook. But it also packs in much better specs than the MacBook. You can configure the HP Spectre with the 6th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. It comes standard with 8 GB RAM and storage is expandable upto 512 GB PCIe SSD. Packing all this up in a 10.4 mm body needed some real engineering. To handle the powerful Core i processors, the HP Spectre uses ‘hyperbaric cooling technology’ from Intel that draws cool air into the body (rather than just exhausting hot air from it). With ultra-thin polymer hybrid batteries, HP claims its battery lasts a full 9 hours. The MacBook is a complete slouch compared to the Spectre.
You wouldn’t expect full sized USB ports on a laptop this thin, but there are three USB Type-C ports on the HP Spectre. The one in the corner is dedicated for charging up the laptop, while the other two can be simultaneously used for data transfer. This is a huge step up from the single Type-C port on the MacBook.
HP incorporated a Full HD 13" display on this laptop. The audio department features stereo speakers designed by Bang & Olufsen Audio. The speaker grill goes well with the overall styling of the laptop. The keyboard, being so thin, lacks key travel but it isn’t terrible to use. HP is especially proud of this laptop’s hinge mechanism that uses the classic piston hinge design to do the job perfectly and beautifully.
And guess what, the HP Spectre is cheaper than the MacBook! The Spectre starts at $1169.99 which isn’t cheap by any means, but you get a fairly powerful and a very portable laptop for the money. Do I recommend it? Yes, if you really require that much portability. Still, this is one of the best laptops out there.
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