HP Spectre Folio stands out among the same type of devices made of metal and plastic, besides it is pleasant to the touch. All because its body is decorated with genuine leather. The decision, at least, unusual. And how the laptop is good at work and who can be useful, we find out in the review.
Leather and metal, classic and high-tech
The tactile sensation of the HP Spectre Folio suggests the dashboard of an expensive car. Thanks to the finish of genuine leather, the laptop is not slippery and it is pleasant to take in hand. The workmanship on the height of the line smooth and the material is thick enough to endure all the rigors of daily use.
Under the finish is hidden metal frame-it increases the overall dimensions and thickness of the device, but has a positive effect on its strength. And there is no need to spend money on a protective cover: although it is absolutely not necessary to drop such equipment, there is still additional protection.
Constant touch to the leather surface does not cause discomfort. At room temperature, the hands do not sweat and do not slip — on the contrary, the hunt once again to hold your fingers on the sheathed edge.
HP Spectre Folio was also a transformer. The screen rotates 180° and the keyboard acts as a stand. As an option, you can turn the display and close them keyboard unit-get a normal tablet, only large and in a leather "cover".
Is it pleasant to work?
The screen diagonal of 13.3" received a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. For such dimensions FullHD enough for the eyes. The picture pleases with clarity, good viewing angles, and rich color. And the most important thing is that you can control the image literally manually because the display is also touched.
The device is equipped with a stylus. For a professional designer, its capabilities and sensitivity may not be enough, but editing documents and notes are easier. Highlight words directly on the screen, make sketches and save notes in a notebook with a stylus is very convenient.
The transformation mechanism makes the use of HP Spectre Folio easy and enjoyable. To create a note or sketch, just rotate the screen and use the stylus. And watch a movie or a couple of videos on YouTube easily in tablet orientation. You get used to it quickly: after that for the usual laptop will always be something missing.
The keys have a soft stroke and clear pressing, there are no problems with typing. The only thing that is discouraging is that the cursor buttons have different sizes. Arrows "left-right" major, and "up-down" — miniature and close. Therefore, it is necessary to adapt to them.
The sound quality does not give cause for criticism — of course, by the standards of laptops. The volume reserve is sufficient, the speakers do not wheeze, the bass is palpable. This is enough for home movies without headphones or portable speakers.
The review has been a modification of the HP Spectre Folio 13-ak0007ur. It is based on Intel Core i5 — 8200Y processor of the eighth generation. It is paired with 8GB of RAM. For graphics meets the built-in video core Intel UHD Graphics 615. This bundle is enough for a decent speed in everyday tasks. Iron copes with everything you need, including editing images in Photoshop.
The built-in graphics limit the game's possibilities, but this is to be expected. HP Spectre Folio is designed primarily for business tasks, not passing fashion shooters. But this does not mean that it is impossible to pass the time for casual or released a few years ago toy. For example, World of Tanks and Stardew Valley run without problems and with a comfortable frame rate. However, even in simple entertainment laptop significantly heated. But passive cooling makes it absolutely quiet.
Of course, according to the manufacturer 19 hours without a socket — a utopia for the majority of users. This indicator is highly dependent on the applications running on the laptop, the performance parameters and the brightness of the screen. However, HP Spectre Folio keeps well done: quietly working for a day and a half, if you do not load it with games, and do the usual things — like surfing the Internet or working with documents.
Will not disappoint HP Spectre Folio and fans of film marathons: the laptop easily withstood 4 films in a row at half the brightness of the screen and without a power connection. And to fill power helps fast charging USB connector Type-C. to Charge the device 50% in 30 minutes is a good indicator.
HP Spectre Folio attracts with its unusual design — such a "lamp" combination of leather and metal pleases the eye. This business book makes a favorable impression not only in appearance but also to the touch. Work for him comfortably thanks to the mechanism of transformation and stylus, autonomy is also good. Of course, the device is not designed for serious games, but it was not created for this purpose. A good choice for a Department Manager, an enterprising businessman or an excellent student.