The HP Spectre, Hauntingly Small

Spectre. This evocative word suggests something sleek, fast, and powerful.

HP-Spectre-13.3-right-facingThe HP Spectre. Recently announced with very little fanfare or marketing hype. This is unjustified, as HP has finally created a device worth looking at for the nine or ten minutes you spend with it before breaking. Jokes aside (for now), it’s worth mentioning that HP’s products have dropped in terms of build quality, but still have quite a way to go to be the very worst. Back to the positives: One look at this copper-clad computer is all anyone needs to know what sleek means.

HP-Spectre-13.3_Rear-profile-showing-thinnessHP explains that the Spectre is as thin as a AAA battery and that it will last 9.5 hours on a charge. Going by some real life tests of other HP laptops, one can expect to achieve a little more than half the claimed battery life. The mathematicians here at The Hardwire have poured over spreadsheets and pushed their TI-83s to the limit, coming up with an estimate of about 5 hours. So because it’s powered by as thin as a AAA battery, this laptop exchanges battery life for thinness, it’s in a special class of ultraportable laptops along with the recent MacBook.

Speaking of, the recent MacBook was incredibly thin too. The Spectre aims to upset the market share by coming in just as thin but even more powerful, containing a full mobile Intel i5 processor as opposed to the MacBook’s low power Intel M series. This will make sure the Spectre is fast and comparable with larger laptop options.

HP-Spectre-13.3_right-facing-paired-with-wireless-mouseThe copper accents and hard corners have a steampunk-style flavor to them, not to mention the hinges that are powered by pistons. This design will be polarizing, as will the omission of every port except for three USB Type-C connectors (which could potentially allow it to connect to an external GPU for extra power).


Though there are a few negatives riding against the Spectre, HP is doing the right thing by jumping in because “Never was anything great achieved without danger.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli

All photos are from here, credited to 

Hopefully this shows the MacBook a thing or two about computing.

-The Hardwire


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