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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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

The Spectre x360 is one of our new favorite laptops, thanks to its premium design, fast performance, vibrant screen and comfortable keyboard. It's relatively heavy compared to competing laptops, but it mostly makes up for it with nearly best-in-class battery life.

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Pros
  • Attractive, well-made design
  • Long battery life
  • Colorful screen, good viewing angles
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Fast performance
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • A bit heavy for a 13-inch laptop, even one with a convertible design
  • Relative heaviness makes it less practical to use as a tablet
  • Touchpad offers a bit too much friction
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

70
fia
I buy this laptop over a month ago. Every thing was working good. But, on the...read more
90
JohnBlackman
I was looking for a good business laptop that was large enough to do some coding...read more
20
DerekNewton
Was quite excited to get my hands on this laptop - found one in stock at a local...read more
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68
Average user Score
 
70
fia
10.04.16
I buy this laptop over a month ago. Every thing was working good. But, on the day before yesterday, I was using my laptop and shut down it before going to sleep. On the next day, when I turned on my laptop there was no display and it was not working. Except, the caps lock button was blinking. I went to different laptop repairers for the repairing of my laptop. All told that the bios is corrupt. New bios have to be install and I have to purchase a new bios binary file from my own credit card, which was much costly. Then, I searched a lot of sites for free bios bin file and i found a site which offers bios bin files free of cost. Here, I downloaded the new bios bin file for hp spectre x360 for free. https://www.laboneinside.com/hp-envy-15-u011dx-bios-bin/ This is the best source if you also face the same problem that your laptop screen is blank and caps lock button is blinking. Then, try downloading the new bios bin file.
 
90
JohnBlackman
08.02.15
I was looking for a good business laptop that was large enough to do some coding and editing, but portable enough not to be a cross fit session. I originally had my eyes on a Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 and bought one. It didn't take an hour using it before I returned it. The new Intel chip although power efficient felt slow, so I wanted to get something with an i7. The Best Buy I went to was out of Yoga Pro 2s, so I bought this instead and am so glad I did.The main differences at first glance where the machine aluminum look and the super wide track pad. It turns out to have a wider resolution to boot. The thing feels very sturdy, and I actually prefer the heft. The Yoga 3 Pro was so light it felt fragile.At the end of the day I found that I prefer speed to light weight. Having to wait even a portion of a second for tasks just isn't worth the portability. I use my machine more often than I am carrying it. With a SSD and i7 it performs admirably. The keyboard is backlit which is a nice to have, but it is nice. The trackpad is also very large which makes me skip digging for a mouse if I'm not going to be using the machine for an extended period of time.I've been using it for about 3 months now and can't think of another laptop I would rather have. I think I would also enjoy the Yoga Pro 2, but I've become very fond of HP's version of essentially a very similar machine.
 
20
DerekNewton
05.12.15
Was quite excited to get my hands on this laptop - found one in stock at a local BestBuy and ran out to get it. Got it home and was impressed with how the laptop was packed, etc. - very Apple-like. However, as soon as I opened the laptop I noticed that the aluminum case appeared to have been punctured during manufacturing and there was a sharp piece sticking up beside the keyboard. So...back it went to the store.I still wanted one, so I planned to simply just exchange it for a non-defective unit. Of course, BestBuy was now out and only had one at a store about 26 miles away. Being dedicated to the cause, I jumped in my car and raced up to get the last one they had in stock. The mission was a success! I brought it home, unpacked it and excitedly observed that the case and other cosmetics were perfect! And then I turned it on...After about 5 minutes of use the screen freezes and then slowly fades to white.Oddly enough, once the machine warms up the screen freezes and fading to white eventually stop and it stabilizes. But, after updating drivers, flashing the BIOS, re-installing the OS, the behavior has not stopped and it appears to be some type of hardware failure.Given the above, I will be returning the laptop and will most likely not try a third time. Quite unfortunate as the laptop looks great and is the perfect form factor.
 
90
rdspafford
04.07.15
I have had the "Full HD" Core i7 version of this laptop for a month or so. I bought it to use with Windows 10 when it comes out...but also because Apple's new MacBook is not what I was waiting for. I am exceptionally pleased with this machine. First, it's just a gorgeous piece of machinery. Second, I find the 360 ability of the screen allows me to use it in a variety of settings...including as a tablet on my lap, where it sits very comfortably. I did not get the QHD because I've had super-res screens before and scaling is always an issue. Third, I did a huge amount of research before choosing, and I feel this machine gave me the most bang for the buck. This machine is perfection in everything but 2 slight negatives: (1) the trackpad is good, not great (don't think anything matches Apple's trackpad, though), and (2) while weight is not an issue for me because I have other machines that are lighter, It's not that it's heavy, it's just not light...but then there are the ports available because of this. Wow. PORTS!I'd buy this machine again without hesitation, and that includes not buying Dell's new 13" Infinity screen. Also, I will not be buying any machine with Core M processor any time soon. I want elegance, speed, and power. Portability is a non-issue for me, and solving battery issues is just plain simple: buy a good portable charger.