CES 2016: Hands On With the HP Spectre x360 with OLED display

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Brad Sams in Hardware, Windows 10 with 0 Comments

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It is becoming increasingly harder to stand out in the laptop space. With Microsoft now selling the Surface Book and Dell showing off their infinity edge devices, HP has taken its proven formula with the Spectre x360 setup and added an OLED display to it.

You may not think that adding an OLED display to a laptop is a big deal but once you see it in person, you won’t want anything else. The colors are more vibrant and the saturation is so deep that you can dip a paint brush in it and a color a new canvas; the blacks are, well, dark. My next laptop will have an OLED display, there is no doubt about it.

This particular model can be outfitted with a 1TB SSD, Core i5 or i7 CPU, Iris Graphics, up to 12 hours of battery life and audio by Band & Olufsen.

The darker finish, which is almost bronze like, is well done and the keyboard and trackpad feel identical to other devices in the Spectre lineup. I do like the darker finish on this model, compared to the other models, but until I can spend more time with the device and put the new display through its paces, the verdict is still out if the OLED display can perform as well as it looks.

Pricing for this machine hasn’t been announced but the device will be released this spring.

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