HP Launches New Premium Consumer and Business PCs

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 22 Comments

HP today launched strikingly redesigned Spectre x360 and Elitebook x360 1040 convertible laptops. The former is aimed at consumers and professionals, while the latter is for business customers.

“Traditional boundaries between personal and professional lives are blurring,” HP president Alex Cho said in a prepared statement. “People want technology that seamlessly adapts to the way they live and work, as well as devices that allow them to express who they are as individuals. Our latest Spectre and Elite innovations deliver an unmistakable sense of style, while also setting new standards for performance, connectivity, and security.”

And these designs are indeed stunning.

The new Spectre x360 is available in both 13- and 15-inch versions, and each offers a newly more angular design that is sure to turn heads. Both feature 8th-generation Intel Core CPUs, of course, optional LTE connectivity, and up to QHD OLED displays. They can be had in Dark Ash Silver (with copper highlights) or Poseidon Blue (with pale brass highlights).

The most striking bit, perhaps, is the back corners of the keyboard deck, each of which features a faceted corner. So the USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port (on the right) and power button (on the left) aren’t pointing directly to the sides.

The 13-inch version is described as having the best battery life, 22.5 hours, of any convertible PC. It now features a fingerprint reader, is smaller, thinner, and lighter than the previous model, and has smaller bezels. Prices start at $1150.

The 15-inch version sports a full numeric keypad, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 or GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics, a fingerprint reader, and two angled USB-C ports. Prices start at $1390.

Both products are accompanied by a new HP Spectre Rechargeable Mouse 700 (in three colors), the HP Spectre Tilt Rechargeable Pen (or HP Pen), a variety of HP carry-ons, and a USB-C Travel Port Replicator.

As for the business side of the fence, the 5th-generation Elitebook x360 1040 is described as the world’s smallest and lightest 14-inch business convertible. It is 10 percent smaller and 31 percent thinner than its predecessor, and it weighs under 3 pounds.

The new 1040 features a natural, non-painted finish, a 700 nit outdoor-viewable touch display with integrated Sure View security, gigabit LTE capabilities, up to 17 hours of battery life, and HP fast charge capabilities. It can be had with up to 32 GB of RAM, 2 TB of storage, and can drive two external 4K displays.

It starts at $1499 and is accompanied by a new HP One Touch Login fingerprint mouse ($49) that integrates with Windows Hello and an HP EliteDisplay E243d 23.8-inch docking display with a privacy webcam ($329).


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Comments (22)

22 responses to “HP Launches New Premium Consumer and Business PCs”

  1. skane2600

    "It's a rock"

    "Think of it as a mouse"

    With apologies to Bugs Life.

  2. gameaero

    i am currently using hp i 5 laptop. but soon i upgrading ...thanks for this nice informtion .

  3. SenorGravy

    I know this is picky, but...next year please center the trackpad rather than offset. Drives my OCD crazy.

  4. wright_is

    The new Spectre design with the USB port on the "extra edge" reminds me of the Dell Latitude laptops from around 2010. Nice design though.

  5. dallasnorth40

    Love that numeric keypad!!!

  6. siv

    Wish I could afford one!

  7. wolters

    These are truly nice...I'm not picky about frame rate so I like having a laptop that will let me game on the go if I need to. I have a Surface Book 2 and love it but I doubt I'd continuing paying that much when something like these HP's exist.

  8. adam.mt

    Couple of corrections:

    Screens are FHD or UHD (not QHD OLED)

    Believe LTE is only available on the 13"

  9. bluvg

    This would have been the official Battlestar Galactica computer. (Not networked, of course.)

  10. dontbe evil

    Amazing, once again millions years ahead of apple

    • Greg Green

      In reply to dontbe_evil:

      Apparently Apple owns you. You should try to break free.

    • robsanders247

      In reply to dontbe_evil:

      Too bad the installed OS is years behind

      • dontbe evil

        In reply to robsanders247:

        90s are calling, wants you back

      • Mike Widrick

        In reply to robsanders247:

        Ok, I'll bite. You can say a lot of things about MacOS. It's sleek, stutter-free, reliable, polished and coherent. More so than Windows 10, certainly. The always auto-save feature, for example, 'belongs' on a so-called productivity OS like Windows. Updates are drama-free and the install/uninstall process has always been superior to Windows.

        BUT Windows 10 clearly has more advanced technology baked in, almost to a fault, even to its detriment at times. It runs on everything from raspberry pis to data centers, it adopts new hardware first (touchscreens! styli! voice control!) and security standards. While I love the Unix underpinnings of MacOS, you can't claim that it's years ahead! And look at itunes! Tried and true is ok, and despite Windows' BC and fuddy duddy enterprise appeal, they actually push the envelope all the time. They have the resources and size, after all.

      • jchampeau

        In reply to robsanders247:

        I know! I really wish Windows would catch up with macOS and support touch, inking, support for 2-in-1s and novel form factors like Surface Studio, highly customizable corporate device management and administration, and even simple things like aero snap that make it easier and quicker to get work done.

  11. RobertJasiek

    I am still waiting for an HP 2-in-1 with matte 3:2 or 4:3 displays. Extra bright is never as outdoor-friendly as matte but consumes battery unnecessarily fast.

    • markld

      In reply to RobertJasiek:

      I relate so well to what you say about outdoor use and form factors of 3:2 or 4:3. I landscape and luckily my Dell laptop looks good when used outside, but it's non 3:2 or even 4:3 form factors kills me at times when I'm with a client.

  12. Jorge Garcia

    HP keeps killing it on the hardware front...but the mouth-breathers at 9to5 Mac will insist (until their last breath) that the ONLY place to get a very high-quality PC in 2018 is still an Apple store. I actually feel sorry for them most of time...being so simple that they are able to live blissfully inside the awfully limited computing environments that Apple provides.

  13. prjman

    I go through a bunch of computers. My current work laptop is a Spectre x360 13" from 2017. Probably one of my favorite devices, and most versatile. Things I've learned from it:

    The 2in1 form factor is for real. You may not use it as a tablet daily, but it's just nice to have

    Pen usage is the same way. You may not use it every day, but when you need it, it's there

    This form factor is better, from a lot of standpoints, than the Surface Pro style detachable

    I won't buy another laptop that doesn't use USB C for power

    HP makes a beautiful machine, and supports it with software updates well.