HP Spectre 13 X2:Conclusion

April 14, 2014 by Michael Wall Reads (27,249)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 5
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 5.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The HP Spectre 13 X2 is a suitable convertible, but it doesn’t warrant the high-end price tag. With an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of DDR3 its performance is capable, but the device is outclassed by competitors such as the Microsoft Surface 2 Pro and Dell XPS 13.

The Spectre also offers a high-grade durable build, but the awkward button placement and wobbling display can make the device uncomfortable to operate in both laptop and tablet modes. While the display offers solid color contrast, the overall viewing experience is marred by the screen’s limited brightness.

If you have your heart set on a convertible with a high quality physical keyboard, then the HP Spectre 13 X2 may be worth a look, but for everyone else there are better options available




  • Stylish Aesthetic
  • Quality Keyboard Dock
  • Solid Battery Life


  • Bulky Design
  • Tablet Wobbles in Dock
  • Awkward Button Placement



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  1. qikceltic

    A friend who tries all the new notebooks warned me to avoid HP but I didn’t listen. This think is slow, short batt life, glare issues, crashes, overheats and a ton of headaches. Trash product from a garbage company! Avoid!

  2. HiDesertNM

    Its no use for me. Modern UI has poor api’s so modern apps are crap for the most part. Sure you can still use the tab in desktop mode but that would be awkward as well. The tab hitting 2.2 lbs = fail for that use. Convertibles do allot of things but compromise everything trying to be everything. Soon MS will release a start menu for the desktop and I think interest will die for modern. I went into a Verizon store in the mall and guess what? Not even one windows phone for sale. Again, the API’s cripple it for coders. Its really hard to make modern apps that people will actually use and few do. That one reality is why its fruitless to continue building all sorts of weird hardware when the interface itself is not popular. MS will indeed make the desktop more attractive and are doing so. But modern, I just don’t see good things for it long term.

    Here are the facts:
    1. Windows phones are bombing in North America at probably just over 3%. That’s bad.
    2. Windows RT devices have no chance against IOS or Android. That war is already about over.
    3. Desktop windows is reverting back to windows seven design with smart menu, boot to desktop etc.. so for many, modern will be out of site, and little used or not used at all by the majority of users.

    The one thing that would work would be a windows 8 desktop with android combo. And MS is scared to death of such a machine and killed one off earlier this year. If such a beast existed the modern side of things would die and die rapidly. Granted the one thing worse then a windows 8 convertible is a pure Windows RT tab. That of course is the worst PC device one could choose.