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82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

In the pursuit of building the world's thinnest laptop, HP both improved on its rivals while also introducing a different set of trade-offs.

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Pros
  • Distinct, modern design
  • World's thinnest laptop (and lightweight too)
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast performance for a machine in this class
  • Chassis doesn't overheat
  • Reasonable starting price compared to the competition
Cons
  • Fan can get noisy
  • Jumpy trackpad
  • Non-touch screen with lower resolution than rival machines
  • Faster processor means a dip in battery life compared to competing systems
82 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
83
Average Critic Score
 
90
PC World
In the end, the Spectre 13.3 is an impressive laptop. It gives you robust performance for its thickness, it gives you a keyboard you can actually work with, and its looks set it apart from all others.
 
80
CNET
If you can work with USB-C ports and a nontouch display, the HP Spectre offers a great design and excellent performance in the world's thinnest full-power laptop body.
 
90
The Verge
There’s really nothing else like the Spectre in the Windows world right now, and while battery life could certainly be better and I’d love a larger trackpad, I can’t think of a more appealing Windows 10 laptop.
 
80
PC Mag
The HP Spectre 13 combines a thin-as-you-can-get build with top-notch performance, all at a reasonable cost. Connectivity is limited to USB-C, but there's still a lot to like about this well-rounded, well-designed ultraportable.
 
80
Gizmodo Australia
You’re paying a ... for a device that smashes it out of the park on not just one metric — its size — but that also backs that up with a strong result in computing power ... It cedes ground on ... the quality of its screen, but the package that you’re getting overall is a well rounded one.
 
70
Laptop Magazine
HP's Spectre offers a snazzy, groundbreakingly thin design along with a brilliant screen, but weak endurance and high heat hold it back.
 
80
TechCrunch
For a “premium device,” HP’s Spectre 13 is designed well and priced fairly. Though it might get toasty on its undersides (if under strain), it’s a great first effort at making an ultrabook of this quality. In terms of marketing, it may be suitable for more than a few “millennials” who value design and thinness over extra ports or quad HD screens. In short, a laptop like the Spectre could be the right fit… for some of us.
 
90
Computer Shopper
If you can live without a touch or high-res screen, HP's new Spectre is a superbly slim and capable Core i7 (not Core M!) laptop.
 
80
SlashGear
If you're one of the people who is telling HP that supreme skinniness in an ultraportable is the number one goal, this is what those ambitions get you. The Spectre 13 is ... not for everybody, but if you demand the pinnacle of Windows 10 portability it's hard to argue with.
 
90
Notebookcheck
If you think the MacBook Air or Macbook 12 are too thick and slow, then the HP Spectre is the right notebook for you. Just be prepared to sacrifice a couple of features along the way.