HP last Tuesday unveiled its most recent challenger to Apple's laptops at the International Luxury Conference in Versailles, touting it as the thinnest laptop on the planet.
At 10.4 mm, the HP Spectre's chassis is as thin as a triple-A battery, the organization noted.
The Spectre is powered by Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and weighs in at 2.45 pounds. It has a 13.3-inch Gorilla glass display, and stereo speakers from Bang & Olufsen. The display can be folded all the way backwards so the device can be propped up like a stand alone tablet.
It provides up to 9 1/2 hours of battery life, according to HP.
The new line "carries some of the thin design and style and hi-tech finishing touches that HP introduced in its EliteBook Folio earlier this year," stated Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.
HP "is hoping that surpassing Apple in terms of thinness will spark notebook sales," he told TechNewsWorld.
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Thin Is Not Enough
That stated, thinness "is merely one aspect driving item innovation and user satisfaction," King pointed out.
The HP Spectre also delivers on performance. With hard drive options from 256GB to 1TB solid state and an Intel Core i7 Processor, the Spectre doesn't compromise performance for design.
HP "also aims to develop an Apple-like cachet around its goods as becoming must-haves for shoppers," he stated. Competitors, which include Dell with the XPS 13 and Lenovo with its Yoga line, "have succeeded in such efforts over the past couple of years, which is to say that Apple isn't the only vendor HP wants to worry about."
Dell's XPS 13 "has been specifically effective in matching or surpassing functions in the 12-inch MacBook," observed King. Dell "understands that thinness is just one aspect of laptop innovation and value, and has regularly delivered XPS 13 options with excellent or superior computing performance, power efficiency and graphics."
Add in touchscreen capabilities -- "something Apple has resolutely avoided, even though existing rumors suggest a touch-enabled MacBook might be coming later this year -- and Dell's SPX 13 is arguably equal or superior to a similarly sized MacBook," he stated.
The Spectre is definitely one of the most amazing laptops ever developed. It's a hotrod among compact cars. We could go the affordable route with a 256GB hard drive but that would be like driving a Mustang with a V6. We'll go with all the bells and whistles and take the 1TB.
Source: Richard Adhikari; TechNewsWorld