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HP Spectre 13 Review: As Close As It Gets To A MacBook With Windows

HP’s Spectre 13 is a mixture of innovation and repetition. Its singular obsession is a familiar one: make a laptop as thin as functionally possible. The result is a luxe machine worthy of your attention — but not necessarily your money.


HP Spectre Laptop: Australian Review

HP’s newest laptop is also its thinnest. It’s the world’s thinnest, actually. At only 10.4 millimetres thick, it’s almost 30 per cent thinner again than the already seriously skinny Apple MacBook, and it’s thinner even than most of the standalone tablets with detachable keyboard — like HP’s own Spectre X2. But it doesn’t use some super-low-voltage processor and battery-sipping hardware to get there.


HP Spectre Laptop: Hands On

The 13.3-inch Spectre’s big claim to fame here is its minuscule size and the amount of power its able to pack inside that tiny frame. Normally, as computers devolve from gargantuan machines to teeny laptops, you start seeing performance trade-offs. A processor is be first to downgrade — see the case of the Apple’s MacBook — because a low-power processor means no heat sinks or cooling fans. The result? Maximum thinness.

With the new Spectre, HP decided to eschew traditional design and stick with the powerful Core I Skylake chips — the best Intel processors found in most high-end laptops — yet still keep that impressively small and lightweight figure. In fact, it comes in at 10.4mm thick — almost 3mm thinner than Apple’s MacBook, which we already called “Stupidly Thin”.


HP's Luxurious Spectre Laptop: Australian Price And Release Date

HP’s Spectre is the thinnest laptop in the world. At 10.4 millimetres thick at its maximum, and built from aluminium and carbon fibre and finished in satin black and burnished copper, this is one seriously premium notebook, but that thin design doesn’t mean it’s entirely short on power. Instead of using Intel’s lightweight Core M chips the Spectre is a Core i7-powered beast, with fast solid-state storage. And it’s out today in Australia.


HP's Omen X Is A Gaming PC Backpack For VR Headsets

Got a shiny new Oculus Rift or HTC Vive? Then you need a powerful gaming-ready computer that can run your VR headset’s demanding high-res, high-refresh displays. But there’s a problem — your big, bulky PC isn’t exactly portable, and VR requires cables. Enter HP’s new concept Omen X, a gaming PC stuffed into a laptopesque form factor, moulded to wear as a backpack, and fitted with hot-swappable batteries.


HP's New Omen Gaming Line-Up: Surprisingly Gutsy For Pre-Built PCs

As enthusiastic gamers, we don’t usually give a lot of attention to pre-built gaming machines, especially desktop PCs — they’re often out of date before they’re launched, with inferior graphics and CPU options. HP’s new Omen gaming desktop and laptops, and an accompanying 32-inch monitor, though, are impressively modern and might just make sense if you’re looking to pick up a new PC to handle the next few years of gaming.


Why Did No-One Tell Me About HP's New Incredibly Thin Spectre Laptop

Video: I’ve been looking for a new thin, powerful, USB Type-C-powered laptop for quite a while now, but I seem to have missed HP’s early-April announcement of the new Spectre: a 13-inch laptop that’s barely over 10 millimetres thick, but that still has Intel’s excellent Core i5 and Core i7 processors inside. This laptop looks beautiful, and it wants to dethrone Apple’s MacBook as the high-flying business exec’s super-luxury gadget of choice.


Here's All The Cool Stuff From Mobile World Congress

We’ve wrapped up the Mobile World Congress, the annual mobile technology conference in Barcelona. We’ve seen smartphones, VR headsets, 2 in 1 laptops, 3D cameras and some batshit crazy stuff (see photos) — and almost all of it has been awesome. Here are some of our favourites:


Hands On: The New Crazy Thin EliteBook Folio: HP's Answer To The MacBook

The EliteBook Folio is thin. Super thin. Apple MacBook thin. And light. When you’re working all day in places other than your office, that can be really convenient, as long as it doesn’t get in the way of actually getting that work done. Despite sharing the same Core M processor line with the MacBook, the new HP EliteBook Folio packs a lot more power, including a double complement of USB Type-C.


HP Goes Big With The New 15-Inch Spectre X360

One of our favourite Windows machines from last year was HP’s incredibly limber Spectre x360, a 13″ laptop that could backflip into a tablet if need be. Now, HP’s expanding on the idea, literally, with an all new 15″ Spectre just announced at CES in Las Vegas.


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