HP Spectre Folio: The Laptop Made for Business

HP Spectre Folio: The Laptop Made for Business
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HP has long been a dominant player in the PC market for business uses. In recent years, however, the company has faced a crowded marketplace. Manufacturers like Lenovo, Acer, Dell, and even Apple, have made competition fierce in the market for business laptops. With the HP Spectre Folio, HP sought to redefine the personal computer. While that’s a bold statement for a PC manufacturer to make, there’s more than a good dose of innovation in this laptop. Not only does it combine the features of a laptop with those of a tablet, but it also sets new standards for HP on the style front.

Eye-Catching Design 

Right from the outset, the HP Spectre Folio makes an impression from its appearance. It has a stylish leather finish on the outside. In terms of looks, it will fit as well in the executive suite like any other stylish, high-value accessory, and probably better than your typical, pedestrian, laptop.

The design is sleek, with a slim profile, and a weight of just 3 lbs, making it portable enough to bring on long business trips without a second thought.

Performance Review

There are two variants of the HP Spectre Folio. The first one is the Spectre Folio 13 Inch, which comes with a Core i7, Intel 8th generation processor. The second variant is the Spectre Folio 13t. This second version has a Core i5 processor, which does not have the Turbo Boost technology of the first one. Both versions, however, feature a 13-inch screen that has touch technology fully integrated.

You can get the HP Spectre Folio with 8GB of RAM and anywhere from 256 GB to 2 TB of SSD storage. This business laptop boasts astounding battery life, with between 11 and 21 hours of usage off a single full battery charge. This makes it essential for trips where you need to use a computer but may not be able to plug in on the go.

Another area where the Spectre Folio stands out is in its built-in 4G network connection. This lets you access the internet even in areas where you have no available network.

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Turn It into a Tablet

The HP Spectre Folio adds to the design conversation for the business laptop, but that’s not the only trick it has up its sleeve. This laptop converts into a tablet, complete with a stylus for making jotting down notes easy. You can slide the screen of the laptop to achieve transitions between laptop and tablet mode. The device has a third mode that is in-between laptop and tablet mode: presentation mode. In presentation mode, the device makes it easy to view content on the screen while hiding the keyboard and standing up the device on a table.

Should You Buy It

Pricing for the HP Spectre Folio starts at $1,299 for the Folio 13t and goes up to $1,749 for the Folio 13 Inch with optional upgrades. The high-end configuration is suitable for power users. It includes processing technology that speeds up downloads and can handle intensive computing tasks. Whether you need to run photo editing, graphics, or other specialized software, the Folio can probably handle it. It does fall short a bit on the sound quality of the built-in speakers, which is not as outstanding as the rest of the laptop. This might not be the laptop for those who like gaming, but for the typical business user, the amenities here make it worth the purchase.

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To Consider Before Your Purchase

The Spectre Folio is ready for business conferencing thanks to its HP Wide Vision FHD IR Camera. USB support is available through two ports with Thunderbolt 3 technology, as well as a single Type C 3.1 Generation 1 port. While a warranty covers the device for a year, if you need coverage beyond that, you will need to pay $289 for 2-years’ coverage or $314 for three-year cover.

Our Notes

Battery life: Able to deliver an entire workday of computing from a single battery charge, the HP Spectre Folio makes an impressive business computing option.

Stylus: This notable addition for tablet mode makes it easy to use for note-taking. The stylus has 1,024 pressure points and charges with four batteries. A Tilt Pen is also available, which charges over USB.

Weight: At 3.26 lbs, the HP Spectre Folio is a bit heavier than other laptops that can convert into tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro. However, it’s still lighter than your average laptops.

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“I've had this laptop for about a month and love it so far. The battery life is insane. Watched a movie on it three days in a row and it didn't die. The part that holds the stylus to the laptop broke after a week but HP replaced it as soon as I asked. I love the feel and the look and the way it folds (you dont accidentally hit keys when it is in tablet mode like most 360 laptops).” (Kindle Customer on Amazon)

“Very expensive. Speakers aren’t great. Battery life isn’t as long as promised.” (Matt Hanson on TechRadar)

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