While 14inch portable laptops have been popular in the age of hybrid working, 16″ notebook are still favoured by those looking for bigger displays, desktop replacements, and more battery to power your productive working day. HP’s x360 Spectre 16 is one of those, but packs in style and performance to help make it the one PC to rule all your computing needs.
Kicking off with the biggest benefit of a 16″ notebook PC, we have the 40.6 cm (16″) diagonal, UHD+ (3840 x 2400), OLED multitouch-enabled edge-to-edge glass screen with anti-reflection Corning Gorilla Glass NBT that features Low Blue Light, a bright enough 400 nits, and 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. Simply put, it makes content consumption especially, but also content creation a real treat. You simply have more screen real estate to work with, whether you are editing videos, editing photos, working in PowerPoint or Excel, or watching the latest episode of Manifest on Netflix or The Boys on Amazon Prime Video. For the latter, you’ll appreciate the accompanying audio by Bang & Olufsen that sports a quad-speaker setup with HP Audio Boost to deliver really good quality sound, even at high volumes.
Obviously, the trade-off for a bigger machine with a larger display and battery is that the portability aspect of your laptop is impacted, with the Spectre 16 measuring in at 35.8 x 24.53 x 1.99 cm and tipping the notebook PC scales at 2.01 kg. As conveyed by the x360 in its name, however, you can flip the notebook into a few modes including tent mode that enhances content consumption or even tablet mode if you are so inclined.
Two more standout features that hybrid workers will love is the 5 Megapixel camera that includes Auto Frame which like Apple’s Centre Stage positions you in a frame, even when you need to get up and move around. Additional camera functionality to make the most of your Zoom/Microsoft Teams calls and online meetings include lighting correction, beauty mode that smartphone users will know quite well, and AI noise cancellation. Fans of privacy will appreciate the fact that you could physically block the camera by hitting a function key and disable the microphone.
The second feature is the battery life since you get a 6-cell, 83 Wh Li-ion polymer battery that supports fast charge (around 50% in 30 minutes) and a claimed 9-hour battery life. If you are doing productivity tasks such as web browsing, research, Microsoft Office 365, or consuming content, the battery life is really good – though not quite the 9 hours claimed – but if you are a power user that does lots of processor and GPU intensive tasks like coding, 3D graphics, or Adobe Premier 4K video editing, then of course you can’t stray too far from a wall socket.
Don’t think that the Spectre 16 skimps on performance or ports though, as you get a snappy 1 TB PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD, 16 GB RAM and Intel’s Core i7-1260P (up to 4.7 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 18 MB L3 cache, 12 cores, 16 threads) that ensures a quick experience while using Windows 11 Pro. In terms of ports, you get a headphone/microphone combo, HDMI, SuperSpeed USB Type-A, SD card reader, and two Thunderbolt 4 with USB4 Type-C slots.
There is a full-sized keyboard that is makes for a comfortable typing platform, thanks to some springy and responsive action, along with a satisfying amount of travel to every key. Equally good is the touchpad that feels really smooth and reliable to use.
The price of entry for this notebook PC is on the pricier side through. It goes for an RRP of R49,999 including VAT.