HP Spectre x2

Last updated date: December 5, 2018

DWYM Score
7.4

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 197 expert reviews, the HP HP Spectre x2 placed 24th when we looked at the top 28 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.8
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.7
372 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In contrast, the HP Spectre x2, which is clearly a close cousin of the Surface Pro, starts at $799 (£799 or AU$1,699), and includes its very good keyboard cover in that price.
- CNET
January 14, 2016 | Full review
The stunning display is noticeably more vivid than that of Microsoft’s laptop replacement, not to mention the aforementioned magnetic keyboard and Active Stylus Pen are bundled in the package.
- Tech Radar
October 13, 2017 | Full review
HP’s keyboard attachment for the x2 is first class: the backlit keys are well spaced and have good feedback when typing, and the textured backside feels durable and looks classy.
- The Verge
August 4, 2017 | Full review
It works well with Windows Ink apps built into Windows 10, as well as graphics creation and illustration apps like Adobe Creative Cloud.
- PC Magazine
The detachable keyboard that comes with the Spectre x2 is one of the best I've ever used.
- Laptop Magazine
January 8, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The end effect is a keyboard that feels stiffer and more substantial than the Microsoft version.
- CNET
January 14, 2016 | Full review
It’s wide and overall functional, but this cursor controller ultimately overstays its welcome.
- Tech Radar
October 13, 2017 | Full review
It’s the trackpad that isn’t as pleasant or efficient to use, the loud and annoying fans that always seem to be spinning, and the feeling that the x2 is just getting overwhelmed when I try to do more than a few things at once with it.
- The Verge
August 4, 2017 | Full review
Battery life was somewhat disappointing, with the Spectre x2 lasting only 8 hours, 45 minutes bwtween charges.
- PC Magazine
Annoyingly, the Active Pen came with a sticker that, when removed, left a residue I had to wipe off.
- Laptop Magazine
January 8, 2017 | Full review

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Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
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Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
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Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
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Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
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Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 8
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Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
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Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
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Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
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Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 24
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Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 5
15. Samsung Notebook 9 Pro
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 8
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Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 12
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Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 4
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Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 12
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Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 2
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Expert Reviews: 8
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Expert Reviews: 2
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Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
23. HP Chromebook N2840
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 4
24. HP Spectre x2
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 6
25. Acer Flagship 15″
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4
26. Dell Chromebook 11
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 3
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Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 3
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Expert Reviews: 4

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