HP Spectre x360 15″ Gem Cut Review- GTX 1050 Ti MQ + 6 Core CPU

by birtanpublished on April 5, 2021

This was Lisa from Mobile tag review and finally thanks for your patience this is the HP spectre x360 15 inch gem cut otherwise known as the very late 2018 really early 2019 model with a 6 core CPU inside just like a gaming laptop would however a mobile workstation and NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti max-q graphics so you're talking about the power of a Dell XPS 15 inside of here in a very thin and like convertible design that supports a pen has a 4k display Wow we're gonna look at it now alright homies sorry I couldn't resist it HP has made it in some ways very easy for you to pick out one of these models it's not

A whole lot of configurations for example if you're picking the one with the Intel 8th gen coffee like 45 watts 6 core i7 – 87 50h CPU and the NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI max Q graphics the only thing you can change when you build to order is how much RAM and how large the SSD is and the rest of it is all standard that you get that's the processor that's the GPU that's it it has a 4k UHD display it's glossy it's a touchscreen and it supports each piece active pen which uses entering technology which they've been doing forever with the spectre then yay the pen is in the box you have your

Choice of two colors the usual dark ash silver as they call it I've never known why they call it that it's kind of a gunmetal II brown color it's very classy it's nice it has kind of bronzy accents on it or what we have which is a new Poseidon blue color which is not as bright a blue as the 13 inch model we reviewed that one too so if you're also interested in the smaller model check our channel for that review probably because as they scaled it up bigger maybe they thought the more subtle kind of closer to a deep Navy almost black looked better with it so you have your

Choice of unit color the laptop is well equipped as we've come to expect from the spectre and this is not a cheap product it starts at $15.99 and that McCall's 1600 right and that's what eight gigs of ram probably nobody's gonna order it like that and a 256 gig m2 nvme SSD so if you want to with 16 gigs of RAM and you do and a 512 gig SSD and you probably do then you're looking at more like $17.99 call it $1,800 now HP does have sales on their websites so hold out for one of those of you're on a tight budget so far this model has not been picked up by US

Retailers Best Buy carries the other version of this has been out for some time which has a quad-core Ultrabook CPUs instead in much lower end nvidia MX 150 graphics so yeah and do you remember we also reviewed from several months ago they came out with an AMD Vega version of it I that one's gonna eventually go away so we just had the lower end MX 150 with an ultrabook CPU and this one with the mobile workstation CPU and the beefier graphics inside we have two Thunderbolt 3 ports on this and it's full four lanes so good speeds there and a few legacy ports not a whole lot you

Can see the port listing on screen that said it does cover you know the core thing is you do have HDMI you do have a USB a port all is not lost and a micro SD card slot – as ever it's relatively light convertibles typically are a little bit heavier than conventional laptops it's four point seven eight pounds which is two point one three kilograms not too bad well under an inch thick you can see those measurements on screen terms of security and biometrics it has both a Windows hello IR camera up top and it has a fingerprint scanner on the keyboard deck HP so they ask people

And they prefer it on the keyboard deck for a while they tried putting it on the side there it is and for those who are paranoid about your webcam and has a physical webcam kill switch on the side just like the 13-inch spectre x360 gem cut that we reviewed so it's a little hardware switch and when you flick it it turns off the camera it doesn't disable microphones it just disables the camera for those of you who are wondering keyboard on this is pretty much the same as the previous generation Spectre II we haven't obviously a very new looking

Design here with a nice cut off edges hence the gem cut name still a very good keyboard so it's super deep travel it's not thick ThinkPad cushy kind of thing but it's a very nice keyboard to type on and it has a number pad on as well I'm on the fence as to whether I like number pads on 15-inch laptops but that's totally a matter of personal preference HP still is not using Microsoft precision trackpads I know some of you boycott anything that isn't it's still it's a very good synaptics trackpad so it's not exactly the end of the world and it's certainly big it's roomy and it

Supports gesture isn't all that sort of thing the display on this like I said you have only one option which is 4k UHD glossy touchscreen supports the pen so it's a very good display and it's typical of what HP has been doing with the spectre x360 s for some time which is they cover the full srgb color gamut used on the web but they don't go super wide gamut like Dell does with the XPS 15 4k display option and the XPS 15 to in one some if you're looking for super wide gamut for print or just cuz it's darn pretty with extra color saturation that's something that you're just not

Gonna get here but that said that's probably one of the reasons why they end up usually being a few hundred dollars cheaper than the competing Dell models that they're going after but for those who really do want really amazing color HP has said there will be an OLED option it's nice to see OLED displays coming back the one of the things that does hold them back from market sometimes is the fact that they do typically offer shorter battery life which HP said would be the case so keep that in mind burn in a little bit of a concern I'm not too too worried about that with

Laptops but yeah it should be certainly luscious to look at so how about the internals on this you know I'm not very happy about this none of the reviewers who have gotten HP reviewers are gonna be happy about this probably but HP actually asked us to not open it up and take it apart probably in part because they did the same thing they did with a 13-inch Spectre x-360 in previous generations they have rubber strips along the bottom which is to elevate it a little bit and make a grippy on the desk but the screws most of them except all but two are under that strip and

When you peel it off and the adhesive really gets pretty destroyed in previous generations you could peel off those rubber strips and not destroy the adhesive so there's that so anyway I'll just tell you about what's inside it has two fans which is not to be unexpected one for the CPU one for the GPU for the pictures I've seen it looks like there's two pretty beefy heat pipes on it and RAM is soldered on board it used to be with the spectre x360 15 inches we had RAM slots now it's soldered on board there is an m2 SSD slot and again ships with nvme SSDs anything from 256 to 512

To a terabyte to 2 terabyte depending on how much you want to pay you can order it that way so that makes it extra important by the way get the 16 gigs of ram model because you can't upgrade it later and use the standard intel 95/60 AC Wi-Fi which is a perfectly good Wi-Fi card so what you really want to know about heat noise noise heat because spectres have always been toasty creatures even with much less capable CPUs and GPUs inside and even the competing XPS 15 and the 15 2 & 1 and they run pretty hot and they tend the thermal throttle up because when you're

Talking about saying that is this thin it's really hard to offer enough cooling for it and when you've got metal that close on the thin bottom to the CPU and the GPU you got to feel some heat so using this even though it's wintertime right now here in the United States I can tell you doing average of productivity where the palm rest area gets warm which feels kind of nice in the winter not hot and the bottom gets warm it doesn't get burning hot if you're gonna be playing Apex legends you don't get hot hot now in terms of CPU temperatures say you're doing Photoshop

With a bunch of layers and you'll see me drawing and you can do photo editing obviously and the core temperatures if it's not plugged into AC will be in the 50s and the 60s and that's great that's fine GPU usually has never prom with Nvidia not a problem here either in terms of thermal temperatures if you have it plugged in and you're pushing it hard because you are doing something playing apex legends or fortnight are you doing 4k video editing in Premiere are you doing 3d video renders yes those core temperatures will go up there particularly if you're playing games or

You're doing 3d renders it will thermal throttle that's just the nature of the beast you know go up into the low 90s for the centigrade for the core temperatures and there'll be some throttling this is the price we pay with all very thin and light mobile workstation slash gaming a lot laptop level performance models right now in terms of the actual real world use though it performs very well it may throttle some but it's not like you're gonna notice it a whole lot in practical use so if we run Cinebench over and over again the

Numbers will drop about 10% after the fifth run and the core temperatures will be in the upper 80s to low 90s so when you're talking about something that has six scores a lot of performance 10% it would be nice not to lose it but it's not bad either when it comes to throttling compared to the Dell XPS 15 it actually does better I don't know what HP is done but with the 13 and the 15-inch spectre x360 s they have work some cooling magic here you will hear the fans and when you first get it you'll hear them coming on and off at seemingly random times because Windows

Is doing updates and indexing and all that stuff but after that if I'm streaming Amazon Prime or Netflix the fans don't come on if I'm working on Photoshop I'll hear the fans cutting in and out occasionally but not very loud if you're playing apex legends again are doing blender renders yes you'll hear the fans they're not super huge they're not gonna get room feeling loud but you will hear them in terms of performance compared to the one with the quad core ultrabook CPU in the much lower end graphics well this one does run circles around it as for which one you buy it

Really depends on what you need to do if you are expecting to play occasional apex legends or a fortnight or whatever it is if you are doing 3d rendering if you're taking classes in college for that sort of thing if you are do for doing 4k video editing like we do with relative frequency ya then you're gonna want to get the more performant one but if you spend your day in Word and Excel and browsing the web and maybe occasionally making 1080p videos from your drone footage for your family and all that sort of thing and maybe minecraft is about as exciting as you

Get with games then you could certainly do fine with the quad core model that has MX 150 graphics so the pen on this I'm not going to spend too long on it because it's the same n-trig technology that HP has been using for several years with the spectre x360 line same experience pretty much is on the 13-inch that we just reviewed it supports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and the pen in the Box is not the tilt model is Tamang with the quadruple a battery inside there is optionally available the USB C rechargeable tilt pen which is a real pain in the butt sorry to say HP

But it's applicated to set it up to get that Tilt working and it tends to discharge this battery so thank God it is rechargeable anyway after that low ram it's a competent digitizer this is not something you would as a professional artist that would be your first pick this is true of all intrigue digitizers in my opinion it the lines are not as silky and perfect compared to Wacom EMR but that is not available in many laptops anymore Samsung notebook nines are pretty much it and notebook nine pens and Wacom Zone mobile studio pro

Which is not by any means a normal laptop design so what can you do it certainly is good enough though to do some art on the fly I mean I can draw my strange little hot dog man without a problem with this palm rejection on it not so good that's why I'm wearing my poverty glove with the fingers cut off so I can draw with it it's a little bit worse for me because I'm left-handed I tend to rest my hand on the screen a little more than you might if you're right-handed for note-taking it's perfectly great you still might have occasional palm rejection whoopsies

Where a line vector is but it's great for note-taking happily the days of meek HP Spectre speakers are long gone they have quad speakers on this and a dedicated audio amplifier so the speaker audio is actually quite good you can actually go all the way up to 100% volume and not hear distortion on it that doesn't mean it's the loudest laptop you've ever heard or a nose bass it's going to tickle your tellers but it sounds pretty darn good for a 15-inch laptop so the spectre x360 15 doesn't have a lot of direct competitors that is convertibles with pens with high-end

CPUs being 45 watt for core or 6 core CPUs that would be the Lenovo ThinkPad excellent extreme which is a fine laptop of in its own right but my god does it look different or what very different design aesthetic so it depends if you want that kind of flashy mean gorgeous HP look or the understated Lenovo look the lenovo does have a higher gamut 4k display which stands in its favour and a deeper travel keyboard but the thermals aren't quite as good surprisingly as the spectres if you want to smack down let me know in the comments with that the other one would be the Dell XPS 15 two

And one which is starting to age it really directly competed with the AMD Vega version of the spectre x360 15-inch in fact we did do a Smackdown between those and the XPS 15 is using a quad-core 45 watt sort of last generation CPU with AMD Vega graphics instead in terms of horsepower it's not as fast in terms of thermals it's equally as challenge the Vega drivers were never all bad worked on in conjunction with Intel but it does have a gorgeous display of it but as a detractor it does have that Maglev keyboard which is kind of like a weirder

Version of a macbook pro keyboard so how about battery life does that suck no so much actually given what we have here we have an 84 watt hour battery that's a pretty good capacity battery considering the fact that that's about what we see in a 15-inch razor blade which has a much more powerful GPU inside and we have 135 watt charger it's a barrel plain connector charger you can use USB C charger I tried they actually the Dell XPS 15 2 and ones charger which is a USB sea-based 135 watt charger that worked fine – I think they went with the barrel pin because it's hard to find a high

Wattage USBC charger sufficient to charge this and because it frees up your Thunderbolt 3 ports and you slash USBC for other things at any rate battery life with this if you're doing moderate productivity work the usual streaming video 115 is a brightness that's our standard test case scenario about 7 hours and that's pretty good for something with this level of performance and a 4k display maybe that's why they made the display go up to about 300 nits and not higher because if it was even brighter your battery life would be even worse you're pushing

It harder because you just might on the road maybe are doing some video editing or doing your cat homework or something like that of course you're gonna get shorter runtimes you might get five and a half you might get six sort of thing so for those of you who have been watching our videos over the years and the many generations of Spectre x-360 s I've reviewed you know I used to call the spectre x360 Bob best of the best so you know over the years is beginning harder for the x360 because there's been a lot of fine competition out there but I would say that HP has actually

Achieved true Bob Ness with the 15-inch model because there's not much else out there like this in terms of its a 360 degree 15-inch convertible with a pen it has the same CPU you'd get on a gaming laptop or a mobile workstation it has very competent dedicated graphics with that 1050 TI max-q inside its of gorgeous to look at to so I mean the only thing I can complain about with this one is the fact that it's really annoying to open it up life could be worse I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for

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