The HP Spectre is everything the Macbook is not

HP has surprised us all with its HP Spectre, a laptop that is just a laptop in spirit -no convertible mumbo jumbo here, thank god- but that gives the conventional segment a real spin.

First, of course, is design. Last year Apple launched the MacBook, a new concept that was right in several ways -ultrathin and ultralight- but that was wrong in so many more. It was underpowered, had just a USB-C port and had a keyboard that made not many fans.

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HP has take all those hints and have made them their strengths: there are 3 USB-C ports (two of them with Thunderbolt 3), a promising keyboard (1.3mm of travel) and touchpad, powerful Core i5 and i7 CPUs, and an intriguing cooling system. The non-multitouch screen is also a great choice, because the 1080p resolution allows to save battery without compromising too much the pixel density.

This is a really well balanced spec sheet, but it is impressive to find it inside on such a thin device. Putting all that technology in just 10.4 mm is really a wonderful feat. The new HP logo for its premium products is also a nice addition, and although I’d like to have another color combination -silver instead of gold- I think HP has really made something great here.

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Surpassing Apple -which seems to be a little bit unimaginative these days– in design, specs and price wasn’t easy a few years ago, but we are seeing how more and more makers are showing their capabilities here. And that’s absolutely fantastic. Kudos for HP.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 isn’t cheap, but it delivers a lot

I still have to read the full review, but on its final words Brett Howse explains clearly how everything in the Surface Pro 4 has raised the bars. The Type Cover is much better (keys and touchpad), the hardware is superb, and the execution is difficult to criticize.

But it is not cheap. At all. The “sweet spot” could be the SKU with the Core i5, 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM for $1299. That’s without the $129 Type Cover, of course. With that money you can find for sure other alternatives, but this is indeed a great machine:

If you are looking for a workhorse tablet that you can be productive on, I don’t think anyone else offers the build quality, performance, and accessories, compared to Surface.

Please have in mind that using this on your lap is not very comfy. The Surface Pro 4 and its predecessors are meant to be used on a table. If you plan to use it otherwise, consider other options.

Source: Final Words – The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review: Raising The Bar