If James Bond were to ever use a tablet during his missions, it should probably be the HP Spectre x2. I had the pleasure of taking the Spectre x2 out with me for a couple of days for a test drive and my expectations were more than met. Aside from ordering my third vodka martini (shaken, not stirred), I’ve come to enjoy having a miniaturised computer around with me.
Stylish and Convenient
Upon unboxing, my first impression of the Spectre x2 was its eerie similarity with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and in some instances, the Apple iPad as well. Given that, The Spectre x2 still has some pretty good traits about itself that makes it distinguishable from the rest.
The outer edges are fitted with two USB-C ports that allows you to charge the tablet in both sides for greater efficiency, especially during crunch time at work. One double-edge feature about the Spectre x2 is the protruding slide button that unlocks the u-shaped kickstand, which is held together by a spring-loaded hinge. Although nifty, it isn’t really lap-friendly and loading the kickstand into position can be somewhat annoying as the release button is pretty stiff.
Bang & Olufsen?
To set the record straight, Bang & Olufsen are HP’s official premium audio partner for its computers and other products. Although the speakers – that comes together with the detachable keyboard for the Spectre x2 – carry the name of Bang & Olufsen, the engineers behind the reputable Danish audio company played no part in designing or engineering the speakers for that matter.
The only part Bang & Olufsen played were to listen and sign off on the speakers. The sign off basically proves how well the speakers were built and manufactured to meet Bang & Olufsen’s high standards.
Although comparing the stereo speakers to Bang & Olufsen is a bit of a stretch, HP still did a decent job with them as the audio is crisp and clear, capable of detecting most highs and lows, no matter what was playing. Fun fact: if you ever want to test out speakers or headsets, let Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody play at full volume to truly understand how good the products are.
If you’re one of those who’s constantly online and always has something to say in every conversation, you’d be surprised to know that typing for long hours on the detachable keyboard that comes with the Spectre x2 is surprisingly comfortable for a tablet keyboard.
As I was typing this review on the Spectre x2, I have not stopped using it ever since I turned it on (the battery life is amazing by the way, almost up to 10 hours). Although it doesn’t provide the same feel and look as a traditional keyboard (why should it?), it is still pretty good, especially for the working adults who are constantly on-the-go and need to get work done.
All the right notes
HP gets it right with the Spectre x2, not only in terms of great value for money, but also in terms of its user functionality with being a great everyday tablet use for work or play. Its lightweight design allows it to be carried with great ease, whether it’s in your arms or in your bag.
Value : 8/10
Performance : 8/10
Features : 8/10
Design : 9/10
Usability – 8
Total – 8.8
Verdict: A great everyday tablet whether for work or play