We’ve spent a few days putting the Spectre x360 through its paces, gathered all the test results, and we’re comfortable enough to draw a few conclusions.
First, no matter how much effort HP puts into avoiding the issue, the x360 is a “MacBook Air competitor” and that means every potential buyer and every tech journalist is going to compare these two laptops before deciding whether to buy the x360 or a Mac.
That might be one inescapable truth, but another truth is HP didn’t just make something that “looks” similar to a MacBook … HP made every effort to deliver a product that meets or exceeds what Apple currently offers from the feel of the chassis and performance of the hardware all the way to the intangible elements of the user experience.
That brings us to our second conclusion about the Spectre x360: The biggest advantage that the x360 has over every single MacBook wannabe that came before is that HP worked hand in hand with Microsoft to make the user experience as good as it can be. When most people talk about what they like about using Macs the things they mention usually aren’t “specific” to the Unix-based OS X. Casual Mac users mention things like incredibly quick start up and shut down, nearly instant wake from sleep, exceptional battery life, clean and streamlined controls with no useless “bloatware” cluttering the desktop, and something that “just works.”
The Spectre x360 does these things and more.
Unfortunately, as good as the HP Spectre x360 is, only time will tell if this is enough to satisfy consumers looking for a “casual use” laptop that delivers a “premium experience.” The x360 has several advantages over a MacBook Air, but that won’t convince those who still argue the Apple logo and Mac OS X are the main reasons that 13 percent of the US consumer PC market buys Macs.
- SPEED—faster than any thin-and-light laptop has a right to be.
- Excellent battery life
- Premium fit and finish
- ClickPad has left-click/right-click problems
- Integrated Intel graphics are just “okay”
- May not be enough to sway MacBook fanboys