Compared to Microsoft Surface Pro, the HP Specter x2 hybrid tablet version 2017 has some strong arguments: a very good keyboard, a powerful pen, a 12.3-inch screen with a higher density of 3.000×2.000 pixels, a more competitive price with equal configurations.
What to lean in his favor, at least for those who do not have big creative needs and are not looking for performance or autonomy. In France, the Specter x2 is available in two configurations: Intel Core i5-7260U, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD for 1,499 euros and Core i7-7560U, 16 GB of memory and 512 GB of SSD for 1,999 euros. This second version is in our opinion the most interesting to obtain better performances.
A superb screen, a professional keyboard
Knowing that most tablet hybrids with detachable keyboard are often very painful to use laid on the legs, we were pleasantly surprised by this model. You can easily tap on this keyboard which remains stable and offers an excellent return. The keys are wisely arranged, which will delight the expert typists. The backlight is convenient for working in the dark and can be turned off.
The touchpad is relatively spacious and never upset us. Congratulations! The screen is also excellent for working. It is not very big, but its density (293 pixels per inch against 267 dpi for the Surface Pro) makes it very comfortable and clean. It is also very bright when plugged into mains (450 nits). You can also turn off the backlight control to increase brightness when working with battery (415 nits).
However, do not wait not too much on the side of the color fidelity and the tonal range. The screen only covers 93% of the RGB range, which is acceptable for everyday use. Moreover, it is quite energy intensive. With 5.8 hours of autonomy, the Specter is far from its rivals and will probably not hold a day.
Optimized for the pen
The ratio of display identical to that of the surface Pro is much more comfortable to work than the 16: 9. On the other hand, this implies that the videos are framed by borders, but the higher resolution compensates and provides a sharp look for HD videos.
The new crutch offers good firmness with a tilt of up to 165 degrees to work with the stylus. About the latter, it offers a slight resistance a little rubber that we personally enjoyed. The Active Pen is comfortable and supports 1,024 pressure levels. Even if you do not draw, it allows for a very natural writing. But despite its qualities, it is not up to the performance of the stylus Microsoft which displays a latency of 21 milliseconds and 4,096 levels of pressure against 35 ms and 1,024.
The audio part is lifted above the batch for a tablet with a pair of speakers optimized by Bang & Olufsen.
For the rest, here are 3 elements to have in mind:
- The Specter x2 integrates two USB-C ports for charging and connecting an external device. Note that the transfer rate is limited to 5 Gbit / s.
- It is equipped with two fans, like its predecessor but which are rather discreet.
- The infrared camera that was located in the back to act as a sensor has been moved to the front to be used with the Windows Hello biometric authentication system
The Specter x2 has the tricks to come up with a featherweight alternative to a laptop to accomplish basic tasks and distract yourself, all for a reasonable price. Provided you do not need a day of autonomy.