We are already familiar with the version of the Spectre 13, 2016. Updated the “Spectrum” was shown during the second half of last year, and during this time, the HP engineers were able to point to “reshape” premium ultrabook, which is a hallmark of the company. New Spectre 13 with a prefix (with the number 2017 in the title) was all in the same beautiful, graceful and delicate, but noticeably faster.

HP Spectre 13 (2017)

Specifications, equipment and

I note that you will find two versions of “Spectrum”. To our test got the model in white with gold accents, but someone probably more like a gray version of the ultrabook, already decorated with brass inlays. But the Spectre 13 features can seriously vary, although in all cases the laptop uses Intel Kaby Lake Refresh. All the possible features of the device are shown in the table below.

  HP Spectre 13-af008ur
Display A 13.3″, 1920 × 1080, IPS, touch
13,3″, 3840 × 2160, IPS touchscreen
The CPU Intel Core i5-8250U, 4/8 cores/threads, and 1.6 (3,4) GHz, 15 W
Intel Core i7-8550U, 4/8 cores/threads, 1,8 (4,0) GHz, 15 W
Graphics Intel HD Graphocs 620
RAM 8 or 16 GB DDR3-2133
Drive SSD: 256/512/1024 GB
The wireless communication module Intel Wireless-AC 7265, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5GHz, up to 867 Mbps Bluetooth 4.2
Interfaces 2 × USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
1 × 3.5 mm mini Jack acoustics/microphone
Built-in battery 4 cells, 43,7 W·h
External power supply 65W
Dimensions 325 × 229 × 10.4 mm
Weight 1.1 kg
Operating system Windows 10 x64 Home
Guarantee 3 years
Price in Russia, by data “Yandex.Market” From 90 000 RUB.

In my opinion, the lab came optimal configuration of HP ultrabook. Judge for yourself — model af008ur equipped with capacious SSD to 512 GB, and 16 GB of RAM. The laptop is equipped with a display with Full HD resolution and the second in the list of performance chip Kaby Lake Refresh Core i7-8550U. This version of “Spectrum” is an average of 120 000, but the market you can find versions af006ur and af002ur that cost less than one hundred thousand rubles. Model af009ur in the maximum configuration will cost a potential buyer in 140 000.

All Spectre 13 is equipped with a wireless module Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, which supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.2.

Complete with a notebook there is a small external power supply without any markings, with a capacity of 65 watts and a mass of 400 g. Also in the box I found a case of leather, a microfiber cloth to wipe the device and useful adapter Type-C to the more familiar USB connector Type-A.

Appearance and input device

To the appearance of the Spectre 13 can be treated in different ways. Do not rule out that such a design someone may not be displeased with. At the same time, it’s safe to say that the “Range” stands out from the crowd. White version ultrabook looks very stylish and harmonious.


The device is made of two materials: the lid is made of anodized aluminum and coated with something vaguely resembling a plastic Soft-touch, lower part consists of carbon fiber that is often called carbon fiber. The combination of these two materials allowed to make the device very light — ultrabook weighs just 1.1 kg.

On any smooth surface Spectre 13 is held by two long rubber legs — and does it confidently enough.

The thickness of the new “Spectrum” has not changed — it is still very small even for this type of device is 10.4 mm. At this option before you is one of the slimmest devices in its class, but inside he has a Quad core CPU. Laptop cover is revealed about 130 degrees, so the device is easy to use, even if it is on your lap.

Apparently, the design of the new Spectre 13 uses the same specially designed hinge mechanism. In this resistance on opening and closing is created using the cylinders-plungers, filled with gas, and he, according to HP, is required due to the fact that standard solutions to implement it just does not work because of the “extremely thin” design of the device. From himself only add that the hinges allow you to accurately set the position of the screen during typing does not loose. In addition, the lid of the ultrabook is quite simple to open with just one hand.

All major interfaces Spectre 13 is located on the back of the laptop. There are two connectors Thunderbolt 3, combined with USB 3.1 C-type, one USB 3.0, same form factor, connects to an external power supply, and a 3.5 mm mini-Jack. Well, using mainly the ports of C-class is an integral part of any laptop with a thickness in the region of 10-12 mm. In other cases, help will always come to a special adapter.

The sides have Spectre 13 no of interfaces no.

In comparison with the previous version of “Spectrum” in the updated model fairly significantly reworked the area with the keyboard. So, grilles for speakers laterally moved upstairs. As a result, the keyboard appeared full Home keys, Page Up, Page Down and End (before they were combined with arrows and other buttons), but at the same time had to use the touchpad narrower.

Strengths keyboard the Spectre 13 will take a large key size is increased and the distance between them. Comfort printing is like working for the “tag”: have a full-sized Backspace, no awkward things in the form of a slash to the left of the Enter button, like some other manufacturers. Awkward to work only with the arrow buttons “up” and “down” — too young they were. In General, print articles and social media posts with the help of the Spectre 13 turns out to be very convenient.

The backlit keyboard has only one color and one brightness level, but that is fine with me. A number of F1-F12 by default, works only in combination with Fn multimedia function is in priority. Fortunately, this issue is quickly resolved by switching the corresponding setting in the BIOS menu of the device.

The touchpad is really small but oblong. A long addiction to it has not arisen, so that no claims can be no can not. The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures to Windows and handwriting.

The laptop has a built in HD camera with a refresh rate of 30 Hz. When it comes about gaming laptops, I usually criticize the device for the presence of such “toothless” optics. Because the world is a very popular stream, and the 720p resolution in the era of full-scale distribution of Ultra HD looks quite unimpressive. However, Skype issued a “webcam” quality would be sufficient.

And notebook supports Windows Hello, which allows you to unlock your device through face recognition of the owner. Help two IR emitter located near the webcam.

The internal structure and capabilities upgrade

To dismantle the laptop, you have to literally tear two rubber feet and Unscrew a few screws. Since the device will still have to travel on various editorial boards, to do that I didn’t. If “Range” my personal purchase — I would especially.

To get to the “innards” ultrabook makes sense only in one case: if you want eventually to replace the SSD. In the test model has NVMe device Samsung MZVLW512HMJP-000H1 of 512 GB. This SSD is one of a series PM961, that is actually before us is an OEM version of Samsung coolest 960 Pro.

Set in 16 GB of RAM soldered directly to the motherboard of the device. Therefore, to increase the amount of RAM already does not work. The Spectre 13 is not intended to address the seriousness of computational problems, but because this amount of RAM will last a long time — for this reason can not exactly worry. With Kaby Lake R processors in ultrabooks, as a rule, used memory DDR3-2133 with timings 16-20-20-45, although the memory controller on this chipset supports RAM DDR4-2400.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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