Inside the box contains the HP Spectre x360 laptop, a 65w type-C charger, a type-c hub, and a stylus. Props to HP for designing a paracord style wrap for its type-C charger although it would’ve been nice if the three-prong adapter is styled as well.
A simple yet elegant matte-black finish with glossy rose gold accents make the HP Spectre X360 look and feel like a premium ultrabook.
There’s a strip vent on the bottom of the laptop for cooling. The speaker grills are on the side but are angled giving it less muffle compared to flat downward-firing speakers.
A unique and distinguishable characteristic of the HP Spectre X360 is its chamfered edges. The chamfered edges make the notebook appear smaller than the rated size while giving it a premium look thanks to the rose gold accents.
The power button is magnificently integrated on the top-left edge. It removes any accidental press on the power button while working compared to other ultrabooks where the power button is located on the keyboard area. There are two USB 3.1 Type-C ports with the one on the corner supporting Thunderbolt 3 and faster charging. A MicroSD slot is located on the right beside the camera toggle. The other side contains a 3.5mm combo jack and surprisingly, a USB 3.1 Type-A port. Type-A ports are not commonly found in ultrabooks due to the port’s thick nature. However, HP is able to integrate it in the HP Spectre X360 by making the bottom part drop down like a mouth when you plug something in. This type of design is commonly found on ethernet jacks. That said, there’s almost no use for a dongle unless you need Ethernet or display inputs.
The included Type-C hub has two USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port, and a USB-C passthrough for charging.
HP didn’t seem to be bothered by the 13-inch form factor of the device as the keyboard spacing is maximized. Most ultrabooks tend to sacrifice one-third of the length in place of speaker grills or a better boxed-finish for a more “compact” look. The HP Spectre on the other hand used the space for a better keyboard. The keys’ sizes are slightly closer to what you would on a 15.6″ laptop thanks to the wider keyboard area. Moreover, the larger keys also help in avoiding typos and even barely hitting keys at the edge. Even if you hit the edge, the keys themselves don’t feel mushy. Tactile bump is solid and the debounce time is very satisfying. It is easily one of the best keyboards on an ultrabook.
However, the same couldn’t be said with the trackpad. The trackpad’s lack of height makes up by being slightly wider. However, it doesn’t solve the scrolling problem considering that the screen is a 4K panel – DPI-wise. It’s also worth noting that the fingerprint reader is outside the trackpad area, unlike other ultrabooks that take up space, further limiting the usable trackpad area. Apart from its height, there’s nothing to complain about the trackpad as its using windows precision drivers.