HP Spectre x360 16 Evaluation: Lovely 2-in-1 Laptop computer Wants a Efficiency Enhance


Execs

  • Lovely, all-metal chassis
  • Sturdy AV output with OLED show, quad audio system
  • Tremendous-sharp 9-megapixel webcam
  • Large haptic touchpad
  • Lengthy battery life

Cons

  • Restricted efficiency from low-wattage RTX 4050
  • Too huge as a pill
  • At all times-on LED on energy button will get annoying

On the heels of the 14-inch HP Spectre x360 16 I reviewed earlier this yr is its bigger linemate, the Spectre x360 16. The 2-in-one is simply as premium in design and options because the 14-inch however has a roomier, 16-inch show. Inside is identical Core Extremely 7 155H processor from Intel’s newest Meteor Lake sequence, too, however the measurement improve additionally comes with the choice for Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics, giving creators a bit extra oomph with demanding graphics apps. 

Given the strides Intel has made with its built-in Arc graphics mixed with HP setting the RTX 4050 at solely 55 watts, the efficiency bump from the Nvidia GPU is slighter than you would possibly suppose. Your cash is perhaps higher spent on upgrading the bottom IPS LCD to the two.8K OLED show we examined. It is spectacular. The audio system and webcam are additionally wonderful, making the Spectre x360 16 a flexible machine for dwelling and work use.

HP Spectre x360 16 (2024)

Value as reviewed $1,730
Show measurement/decision 16-inch 2880 x 1800 16:10 120Hz OLED show
CPU Intel Core Extremely 7 155H
Reminiscence 16GB DDR5 RAM
Graphics Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050
Storage 1TB SSD
Ports Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports x2, USB-A port, HDMI 2.1, combo audio port
Networking Wi-Fi 6E AX211 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.3
Working system Home windows 11 Professional 23H2

The Spectre x360 16 begins at $1,600 (and is repeatedly discounted to $1,200) for a configuration with the Core Extremely 7 155H chip, 16GB of RAM, Intel Arc graphics, a 512GB SSD and a 2,560×1,600-pixel IPS contact show. Our check system options greater than $500 value of upgrades and rings in at $2,130 — and the identical $400 low cost applies to drop the worth to $1,730. The 2 largest upgrades are the RTX 4050 GPU for $240 and the two,880×1,800-pixel OLED show for $150. It additionally options two different upgrades which each add $70 to the invoice: doubling the storage to a 1TB SSD and buying and selling Home windows 11 Residence for Professional.

A mannequin practically equivalent to our check system prices £2,099 within the UK. The Spectre x360 16 shouldn’t be accessible with a Core Extremely half in Australia, however you’ll find Thirteenth-gen Intel fashions beginning AU$2,499

Spectre x360 16 efficiency 

The Spectre x360 16 obtained off to a gradual begin in lab testing with a middling outcome on Geekbench 6 and a lackluster rating on PCMark 10. That it completed behind the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 with a Thirteenth-gen Core i5 U-series chip, specifically, is each shocking and disappointing. It additionally did poorly on Cinebench, a check that stresses the CPU. It completed behind the equally configured Spectre x360 14 on all three of those exams, which raises the query of whether or not you would be higher off doubling the RAM to 32GB as you get with the 14-inch mannequin relatively than upgrading the Intel Arc graphics to RTX 4050. (Scroll to the tip of the assessment to see the outcomes of our testing.)

The 16-inch mannequin’s RTX 4050 GPU did give it a transparent edge over the Spectre x360 14 by way of 3D efficiency. The Spectre x360 16 considerably outperformed the smaller mannequin on our 3DMark exams, and it produced higher body charges on our gaming exams that have been greater than double the efficiency of the Spectre x360 14 which depends on Intel Arc graphics (although this isn’t designed to be a gaming system). 

The 16-inch mannequin averaged 71 frames per second on Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p, whereas the 14-inch mannequin managed solely 31fps. Equally, the 16-inch mannequin’s rating of 161fps on The Riftbreaker GPU check was greater than double the 70fps of the 14-inch mannequin. In the meantime, the 14-inch mannequin was unable to finish our Guardians of the Galaxy benchmark at 1080p with high quality settings at Excessive, and the Spectre x360 16 averaged a playable 85fps.

HP Spectre x360 16 in tent mode

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The Spectre x360 16 might have the sting over the 14-inch mannequin with Intel Arc graphics in 3D efficiency, but it surely lags behind price range gaming laptops with RTX 4050 graphics largely as a result of HP set the TGP of the GPU at 55 watts. That is a fraction of the 120-watt RTX 4050 within the HP Victus 16, for instance. Higher nonetheless for avid gamers are the Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 and Acer Nitro 16, every of which is about at a most of 140 watts.

Though it should energy a big, high-resolution OLED show, the Spectre x360 16 lasted greater than 10.5 hours on our on-line streaming battery drain check. That is a superb outcome, however the Apple MacBook Professional 16 and Lenovo  Yoga 7i 16 each lasted longer, with the MacBook Professional 16 in a category by itself with a runtime of greater than 21 hours. The Spectre x360 16 ran for greater than an hour longer than the smaller Spectre x360 14 for the straightforward undeniable fact that it has a much bigger battery: a 6-cell, 83-watt-hour battery versus a 4-cell, 68-watt-hour unit.

Premium construct and AV output

HP limiting the RTX 4050 GPU to solely 55 watts is nearly assuredly the results of thermal issues and the Spectre x360 16’s skinny chassis. It is solely 0.8 inches thick, which makes it solely a hair thicker than the 0.7-inch-thick MacBook Professional 16. The gaming laptops talked about above with higher-wattage RTX 4050 GPUs are all a lot thicker and heavier than the 4.3-pound Spectre x360 16. 

The Spectre x360 16 options the identical understated design because the 14-inch mannequin. The all-metal, all-black chassis appears to be like glossy and feels stable, and it has a matte end with a barely gritty texture that is a welcomed departure from the standard brushed aluminum look and clean end. The matte end does entice greater than its justifiable share of fingerprints and smudges, however the tradeoff is getting a laptop computer that appears and feels elegant and stands out. It is an undeniably cool design.

Matte black top cover of the HP Spectre x360 16

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The x360 within the title means the show hinges can rotate all the best way round so you need to use the system as both a laptop computer or pill — with tent and presentation modes in between. Like different 16-inch convertibles I’ve used such because the Lenovo Yoga 7i 16, I discovered the Spectre x360 16 to be awkward to make use of as a pill. It is a huge show to handle with one hand (and arm) whereas the opposite hand faucets and swipes on the display. The bezels have a pointy lip the place they meet the show, making it considerably uncomfortable to carry as a pill. It isn’t the seamless and clean expertise you get with an iPad. For those who envision giving pill mode equal time with laptop computer mode, then I might steer you towards a smaller, 14-inch mannequin that is a extra pure match as a pill. Or plan to apply it to a desk or your lap. 

HP consists of an lively pen to assist with pill use, however there is no storage to stow it within the system, which will increase the probability of shedding or misplacing the pen. The chassis is simply too skinny to storage the pen, however you’ll be able to connect it magnetically to the laptop computer’s proper aspect and keyboard deck, which is ok for protecting monitor of the pen if you find yourself at your desk.

HP Spectre x360 16 active pen

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The similarities between the 14- and 16-inch Spectre x360 fashions lengthen to the show. Every mannequin we examined featured a 2.8K OLED contact show. The two.8K decision presents sufficient pixels throughout the 16-inch panel that textual content appears to be like sharp and inky black and pictures look crisp and vibrant. The distinction was wonderful with shiny whites and deep blacks, and the colour efficiency was sturdy. I examined the show with a Spyder X Elite colorimeter, and it lined 100% of the sRGB and P3 areas and 94% of AdobeRGB. I measured a peak brightness of 394 nits, which suffices for many eventualities except you’re underneath direct daylight however was a bit disappointing because the panel is rated for 500 nits.

The roomy, 16-inch, 16:10 show gives ample workspace, and it additionally makes the Spectre x360 16 a formidable leisure laptop computer. Films and reveals look superior on the large OLED panel, and the sound from the quad audio system is great. This is among the few laptops I’ve examined that has sufficient bass response that music playback was pleasing and did not have me instantly reaching for headphones.

HP Spectre x360 16 music playback

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The 9-megapixel webcam above the show produces crisp photos. It may seize 1440p video which makes 1080p webcams appear to be 720p cameras. With Home windows Studio Results, you need to use results like a blurred background or automated framing to maintain your mug within the image as you shift and transfer in entrance of the digicam. The myHP app options AI-assisted audio controls that did an efficient job of isolating my voice and lowering background noise. It is a helpful function for anybody who works remotely and has youngsters or lives with different small, loud and unpredictable individuals.

Biometrics is on board with an IR sensor on the webcam for facial recognition logins and a fingerprint reader built-in into the facility button. Sadly, the facility button additionally incorporates a small LED strip that glows white and can’t be turned off. 

The always-on LED is much less noticeable when you could have the keyboard backlighting on however will get annoying when watching a film in a darkish room. A minimum of the two-in-one design means that you can flip the keyboard out of sight. The keyboard itself feels springy and roomy, and it sits centered beneath the show. For those who plan to make use of the Spectre x360 16 for information entry, you would possibly bemoan the absence of a quantity pad that is typically included on massive laptops, however I get pleasure from having the keyboard and touchpad centered on the system. 

HP Spectre x360 16 keyboard and haptic touchpad

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In regards to the touchpad: it is huge. HP calls it the “world’s largest haptic touchpad for a Home windows-based 16-inch PC” and I imagine it. It is gigantic however does job of palm rejection in order that I wasn’t transferring the cursor round by chance. The touchpad options haptic suggestions from Elan and feels correct and full of life. The haptic suggestions feels significantly better than a mechanical click on would on such a big touchpad as a result of you aren’t getting the diving board impact the place clicks really feel too agency close to the highest of the touchpad and too mushy close to the underside edge. You may alter the depth of the clicking response to your desire. 

The touchpad additionally options gesture controls for quantity and brightness. Within the myHP app, you’ll be able to set the left fringe of the touchpad as a slider to regulate show brightness and the fitting edge for quantity. The haptic response for every slider is fairly cool with these tiny pulses as you progress your finger up and down, however I doubt I might find yourself utilizing both since tapping the Operate buttons for quantity and brightness on the keyboard is simply as simple and an ingrained behavior.

HP Spectre x360 16 ports on the right edge and corner

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The port choice covers the fundamentals with a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB-A port, an HDMI port and a combo audio jack. Creators may need appreciated to see an SD card slot, but it surely did not make the reduce.

Sure, its measurement is a bit awkward as a handheld pill and the RTX 4050 improve might not deliver you the graphics efficiency you want, however the HP Spectre x360 16 stays a flexible and well-designed two-in-one. Its audio-visual output is great and makes the system an incredible choose for basic dwelling use if you aren’t utilizing the enormous OLED show for inventive endeavors. Plus, it is one of many few Home windows machines with a design and construct high quality that may rival a MacBook. And with HP constantly providing a $400 low cost for it, the Spectre x360 16 is far more inexpensive than Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Professional.

The assessment course of for laptops, desktops, tablets and different computerlike gadgets consists of two components: efficiency testing underneath managed circumstances within the CNET Labs and in depth hands-on use by our professional reviewers. This consists of evaluating a tool’s aesthetics, ergonomics and options. A closing assessment verdict is a mixture of each goal and subjective judgments. 

The record of benchmarking software program we use adjustments over time because the gadgets we check evolve. Crucial core exams we’re presently operating on each suitable laptop embody Primate Labs Geekbench 6, Cinebench R23, PCMark 10 and 3DMark Hearth Strike Extremely

A extra detailed description of every benchmark and the way we use it may be discovered on our How We Check Computer systems web page. 

Geekbench 6 (multicore)

Apple MacBook Professional 16 (M3 Max, 2023) 21482HP Victus 16 13501Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 13250HP Spectre x360 14 12897Acer Swift X 16 12473HP Spectre x360 16 11459Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 9303

Word: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

PCMark 10 Professional Version

Acer Swift X 16 7645Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 7071HP Victus 16 7038HP Spectre x360 14 6893Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 5988HP Spectre x360 16 5789

Word: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 (multicore)

Apple MacBook Professional 16 (M3 Max, 2023) 24056HP Victus 16 18697Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 17167Acer Swift X 16 16689Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 9476HP Spectre x360 14 8656HP Spectre x360 16 8096

Word: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Wild Life Excessive Limitless

HP Victus 16 15836Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 15620HP Spectre x360 16 12085Acer Swift X 16 7862HP Spectre x360 14 6026Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 3736

Word: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Hearth Strike Extremely

Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 5443Acer Swift X 16 4406HP Victus 16 4268HP Spectre x360 16 3669HP Spectre x360 14 2058Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 1277

Word: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

On-line streaming battery drain check

Apple MacBook Professional 16 (M3 Max, 2023) 1263Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 820HP Spectre x360 16 637Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 608HP Spectre x360 14 595HP Victus 16 577Acer Swift X 16 257

Word: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

System Configurations

HP Spectre x360 16 Microsoft Home windows 11 Professional; Intel Core Extremely 7 155H; 16GB DDR5 RAM; Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics; 1TB SSD
HP Spectre x360 14 Microsoft Home windows 11 Professional; Intel Core Extremely 7 155H; 32GB DDR5 RAM; Intel Arc Graphics; 2TB SSD
Acer Swift X 16 Microsoft Home windows 11 Residence; AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS; 16GB DDR5 6,400MHz RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050; 1TB SSD
Dell Inspiron 16 Plus 7630 Microsoft Home windows 11 Residence; Intel Core i7-13700H; 16GB DDR5 4,800MHz RAM; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics; 1TB SSD
HP Victus 16 Microsoft Home windows 11 Residence; Intel Core i7-13700H; 16GB DDR5 RAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050; 1TB SSD
Lenovo Yoga 7i 16 Microsoft Home windows 11 Residence; 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-1355U; 16GB DDR5 5,200MHz RAM; 128MB Intel Iris Xe Graphics; 512GB SSD
Apple MacBook Professional 16 (M3 Max, 2023) Apple MacOS Sonoma 14.1; Apple M3 Max (16-core CPU, 20-core GPU); 48GB unified reminiscence; 1TB SSD



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