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HP Spectre 13 (2018) Review: Big Step-Up

Touch enabled display with excellent response

Thin is in, but in a practical manner

More than one USB Type-C port!

The Perfect Balance

Fun fact: The HP Spectre 13  holds the title as the first world’s thinnest notebook in 2016. Since then, many competitors have tried to emulate what HP has done, but with very little success. While it may be the thinnest among the myriad of notebooks across the globe, this ultra-thin entry is no lightweight when it comes to performance. As they say, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Improving on Greatness

For its 2018 iteration, HP has equipped the HP Spectre 13 with the latest Intel 8th Generation Core i5 processor. Despite the fast performance of the machine, the chassis doesn’t overheat – most times during this review, the cooling fan runs on quiet. Unlike the previous generations, this new entry from HP also has a better battery life, all thanks to the optimisations from both HP and Intel.

Work of Art

The one thing that many can probably appreciate is the aesthetics of the HP Spectre 13. It is slim, sleek and chic – best of all, it won’t break one’s back. I’ve been a fan of its look since its 2016 debut. HP also added a new colourway. Hence, there are now two flavours: namely Dark Ash with Copper accents and the all-new Ceramic White with Pale Gold accents.


PC Mark 10: 3,436


“A powerful, yet thin laptop that fulfils all your productivity needs.” – Team BT

8.6 Total Score
HP Spectre 13 (2018) Review

“A powerful, yet thin laptop that fulfils all your productivity needs.” - Team BT

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DIMENSIONS: 308.2 X 224.2 x 10.4 mm

WEIGHT: 1.1kg

DISPLAY: 13.3-inch diagonal FHD IPS WLED-backlit touch screen (1920 x 1080)

Processor: 8tth Generation Intel Core i5-8250U

Graphic: Intel UHD Graphics 620


MEMORY: 8 GB LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM (onboard)

operating system: Windows 10 Home Single Language 64


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