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HP expands and enhances its x360 laptop range

by Mark Tyson on 24 October 2018, 10:11


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HP has launched a number of appealing new devices, mainly convertible laptops. For consumers there is the HP Spectre x360 13, and HP Spectre x360 15, and for business HP revealed the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G5. HP also launched a new docking monitor and fingerprint mouse.

Both the Spectre x360 13 & 15 will be updated shortly. HP is offering these refreshed laptop convertibles in new colours, such as poseidon blue with pale brass accents, with 5-degree Power button and USB-C port, and physical camera cover toggle.

The new HP Spectre x360 13 makes use of the Intel Whiskey Lake processors, up to Core i7-8565. It can pack up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Buyers can choose between an FHD or UHD touchscreen. For connectivity on the go there are dual eSIM 4G LTE options as well as Wi-Fi from the Intel 9560 chipset. Physical connectivity is catered for by 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB Type-A, 3.5 mm combo audio, MicroSD ports.

A particular claim to fame for the HP Spectre x360 13 is that it "delivers the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible". HP says it can last 22.5 hours on its 61Wh battery, a 37 per cent boost beyond the previous generation. This convertible measures 14.5 x 308.9 x 218 mm and weights 1.32kg. HP says it will first become available in November, at, for a starting price of $1,149.99.

The updated HP Spectre x360 15 is said to be the "world's most powerful Spectre convertible laptop," and it shares many of the physical attributes of its smaller sibling, as mentioned previously. The early 2018 model offered a choice of Intel Kaby Lake-R with GeForce MX150 or Kaby Lake-G with Radeon RX Vega M GL, but the latest refresh provides a choice between Whiskey Lake i7-8565U with MX150 or Coffee Lake-H i7-8750H with up to GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.

HP has chosen to equip the Spectre 360 15 with a 4K UHD touchscreen with 650 nits max brightness. Up to 16GB DDR4 RAM can be configured. Other important specs are the ports; 1x Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, MicroSD reader, 3.5 mm combo audio. This machines measures 19.3 x 361.2 x 250mm and weighs 2.17kg. Its 84Wh battery is claimed to last up to 17.5 hours. Again, this machine will become available next month, initially at, from $1389.99.

Appealing to business users in need of a convertible HP is touting its EliteBook x360 1040 G5 as the "world's smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible and world's first business convertible with gigabit-class 4G LTE". This compact device utilises a unibody CNC aluminium chassis and is rugged and durable, as backed up by MIL-STD testing. HP says it has managed to pack this 14-inch device into a 13-inch form factor.

Buyers can configure this machine with an Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8650U, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM, up to 2TB of storage, and a choice between FHD 700 nit or 4K UHD 500 nit touch screen. Standard ports include; 2x USB Type-A, 2x USB Type-C (1x Thunderbolt 3), HDMI, 3.5 mm audio, Kensington Lock, optional nano-SIM slot. Wireless connectivity is via Intel 8265, with up to Intel XMM 7560 LTE Cat 16. HP's EliteBook x360 measures 32.14 x 21.5 x 1.69cm, and weighs 1.35kg. Its 56Wh battery lasts for up to 17 hours. The HP EliteBook x360 1040 is expected to be available at the end of October at for a starting price of $1,499.

Other announcements from HP were of its; USB Fingerprint Mouse - expected to be available in December at for a starting price of $49, and the HP EliteDisplay E243d Docking Monitor, with USB-C and privacy webcam - expected to be available in December at for a starting price of $329.

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What are the advantages for the business use? I've seen pretty ambiguous reviews on Techspot. They say that regardless of being reported with a fairly disillusioning screen, the HP Elitebook X360 is an amazing business-class choice to edit, review, create documents. It has a lot of intensity, a plenty of ports and a sharp, rich tasteful design.

But are there details how it actually works? And what are the possible warnings? Thanks.