Choosing a laptop is harder than it seems at first glance. You can come to the store and buy the first smartphone you like, based only on its appearance - and most likely, it will work fine, launch all the necessary applications without any problems, catch the network and live from morning to evening.
This is not the case with laptops. One is beautiful, but heats up and starts to slow down. Another powerful one, but harder to carry around than walking around town with a bundle of firewood. The third one is beautiful and powerful, but with four identical ports, which you cannot use without adapters.
Therefore, the rule is this: when buying a laptop, prepare to make compromises. Sacrifice one thing for something else. It is all the more surprising to look at Specter - he has practically no compromises.
In general, using the example of the Specter x360, you can give a lecture on the topic “how far have laptops come from the moment of birth to the present day”, where it will take its place at the top of its “food chain”. It is not marketed as an ultrabook, but it is surprisingly thin. Thinner than the MacBook Air, which, although it hasn't been updated for a long time, is still a popular choice for thousands of people.
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But they are greeted by their clothes - and the first impression of the Specter will be purely positive. In HPlong ago they found their recognizable design style and in Specter, perhaps, it was revealed to its fullest. The metal body, well assembled, pleasant to the touch, noticeable, but not pretentious. An ornate pattern of speakers under the screen, as if embroidered on metal with a sharp needle. Bristled air duct grille, tapering towards the end, following the curve of the housing. Rounded glass trackpad window, slightly recessed into the body. At the same time, the look turned out to be friendly: the screen mounts are like rivets of a backpack or briefcase, and round neat legs remind of carved wooden boxes. On the body itself - a minimum of inscriptions and stickers. No cheap "futurism". Along with the laptop, you'll also find a beautiful leather case in the box to complement the Specter's design.
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But beautiful laptops are now a dime a dozen, another thing is that many of them are popularly called “typewriters” for lack of power. The mobile processors installed in them behave perfectly in everyday life, but they "stumble" if you only set a more difficult task for them. Specter x360 installed, depending on version, Core i5 or Corei7 latest generation. In addition to the fact that this basically makes the laptop one of the most powerful in the world, this solution has at least two other advantages. Firstly, the updated graphics core - you can work with the video normally, and even play something much more serious than the timeless and undemanding classic of fifteen years ago. Secondly, the new architecture is a serious reserve for the future: you will not have to buy yourself a new laptop in a couple of years, because Specter is not able to work normally with a powerful new program.
In general, performance is what makes the Specter a good buy. The laptop is powerful. Very powerful: Neither Photoshop, nor Sony Vegas, nor the popular audio sequencer for mixing and music creation, Reaper, could make it slow. This is especially true for the version with sixteen gigabytes of RAM. Of course, the Specter is no match for killer PCs with dual graphics, Intel's latest 10-core water-cooled processor, and a dozen 4K videos at the same time, but it doesn't have to. Specter has a different goal - to allow the owner to work outside the home without feeling constrained. And he copes with it flawlessly.
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But what makes the new HP Notebook stand out from the crowd is the screen. Firstly, it is touch-sensitive, and no matter what they say, it's terribly convenient: it's much easier to move the video rewind slider with your finger than to aim it by sliding your fingers on the touchpad or moving the mouse across the table. Secondly, the main feature of Specter is connected with the screen - it can be turned into a tablet. A damn big tablet. The display is attached to the laptop case with special hinges, which allow it to literally flip "back" to the back cover. The keyboard is automatically locked, Windows goes into tablet mode - and you can control your familiar programs with just a tap. This is a great feature that doesn't affect the rest of Specter's features at all: you don't have to use it, forget about it and remember only whenwhen you need it. There is nothing more pleasant than completing a project, opening a video, taking a laptop, folding it in half and sitting in an armchair enjoying a well-deserved rest while listening to your favorite TV series. You don't even need headphones, as the legendary Danes from Bang & Olufsen, so the sound oozing from the stylish front speakers on the Specter is loud and clear.
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And thirdly, the screen is good in itself: "juicy" IPS-matrix, maximum viewing angles, decent brightness, high contrast and Full HD resolution. For thirteen inches, it is optimal: high enough so that there is no "grain" in the picture, and at the same time does not squeeze all the juices out of the battery. In many ways, this is why Specter can be called one of the most tenacious professional laptops in principle: up to 14 hours of work without recharging - a full day full of tasks and even more. And when it finally sits down, you can fully charge it in almost an hour - this is the advantage of the multifunctional USB-C port: it is not only suitable for fast charging, but also acts as a kind of "hub" for peripheral devices. If you have a suitable adapter, you can connect at least a mouse to it,even though an external monitor or a network cable - especially the accessory for connecting the latter is included in the kit.
Fortunately, HP did not follow the fashionable, but not particularly popular trend of removing useful connectors from their devices: everyone's usual USB connector is in place, so you can safely leave the house without any adapters. The headphone jack has not gone anywhere either.
We did not particularly experiment with the keyboard: the travel of the buttons is not too small and is pleasantly felt under the fingers, the backlight is noticeable and does not hurt the eyes in the dark. The keys themselves are not too noisy.
Specter is the epitome of all that is good in a premium laptop. Without getting bogged down in obscure experimentation, HP has simply perfected every aspect of the device. Beautiful, amazingly thin, but at the same time powerful and resilient, the Specter x360 will appeal to both professionals who are accustomed to working in highly professional and resource-sensitive programs and those who use a laptop for surfing the Internet, chatting and typing. … You can buy this miracle of technology in the Eldorado online store. The younger model with a Core i5 processor, eight gigabytes of RAM and 256 built-in memory will cost 119,990 rubles. Top configuration with Core i7 and doubled memory on board - 149,990 rubles.>