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HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life

HP’s flagship HP Spectre x360 13 convertible laptop has previously won PCWorld’s Editor’s Choice award on the strength of its frequent, substantive improvements. Its 2018 update offers even more: incredible battery life (22.5 hours!), a new Intel “Whiskey Lake” processor, eSIM LTE, and even a webcam “kill switch.”

What you’ll immediately notice, though, is a faceted chassis design that angles the corners and offsets the power connections and USB-C port. On the side of the chassis is also a small red switch that electrically disables the webcam, actually removing the driver from Windows. 

HP debuted two versions of the Spectre x360 13 in 2017, and what was noteworthy about the excellent late 2017 Spectre x360 13 was its leap to an 8th-gen, quad-core part. Intel still calls its latest quad-core “Whiskey Lake” chip an 8th-gen processor too, but there’s less of an emphasis on performance. HP believes you’ll see a boost of about 13 percent in 3DMark performance from the previous x360 generation, but a whopping 37-percent increase in battery life to a rated 22.5 hours. In part, that’s because the new Spectre x360 uses a 1-watt display panel that still manages to pump out a maximum of 400 nits of luminosity.

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HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores

HP designed its 15-inch Spectre x360 notebook line with performance in mind, and the new HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) leaps ahead with optional six-core Intel “Coffee Lake H” processors inside, plus some design tweaks on the outside, too.

HP’s Spectre x360 15 (2018) is the larger-scale relative of the the HP Spectre x360 13 (2018), with enough extra space to add a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard. This generation debuts a chassis with faceted corners that house a USB-C port and the power button, plus a new webcam “kill switch.” It lacks the LTE support and whopping 22.5 hours of battery life of the smaller Spectre x360 13, but its "mere" 17.5 hours of battery life is still plenty.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about 9900K performance and Intel's 10nm plans

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's episode we're going to cover the Core i9-9900K reviews and performance metrics and the report (and rebuttal) of Intel cancelling it's 10nm process. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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