With a Full HD 13.3-inch edge-to-edge IPS screen protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 barrier, the device measures just 10.4mm thick and weighs 2.45 pounds.
It is a tough little thing too – built with machined aluminium and carbon fibre. It also includes a recessed piston hinge that folds into itself, enabling its ultra-thin profile. The laptop also uses a hyperbaric chamber cooling to keep the components cool, meaning air is channelled in a way that creates a high pressure area inside the chassis, which removes hot air from other parts of the system to the heat pipe.
There are two flavours. You can have an Intel Core i5-6200U processor or an Intel i7-6500U processor. Both have 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of PCIe solid state storage standard, a hybrid 4-cell 2-piece battery which HP tells us can manage 9 hours and 45 minutes on a single charge. There is a glass touchpad, and a keyboard that offers 1.3mm of travel. For the latter, HP created a “key force profile” to create the illusion of additional travel.
HP’s new Spectre has three USB Type-C ports, any of which can be used to charge the laptop. Two of the three are compatible with Thunderbolt 3, and all three support sleep-and-charge technology.
There are Bang & Olufsen speakers that include HP’s Audio Boost technology. The chassis itself consists of a carbon fibre bottom and high-gloss copper accents that provide a hand-polished finish.
The display measures a mere two millimetres, whereas the super-strong Gorilla Glass 4 panel measures just 0.44mm. Because the display uses less material, it supposedly allows the laptop to use less power for a given brightness.
The version with the Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD will cost $1,170. The Intel Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD will cost $1,250. Both will be offered up for pre-purchase on April 25, and made available in Best Buy stores nationwide on May 22.