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HP Spectre Folio 13 Review – Leather 2-in-1 Laptop

Lisa Gade reviews HP’s new innovative and unusual 13.3” Windows 10 convertible Ultrabook, the HP Spectre Folio 13. The laptop is clad in chrome-tanned leather and underneath it has a magnesium alloy and aluminum frame and chassis. The notebook has Intel 8th Gen Y series Core i5 and i7 processors with performance similar to Intel 7th gen U series CPUs (this is the same CPU family used in the 2018 MacBook Air).

It’s available with up to 16GB RAM, has a fast NVMe SSD, full HD and 4K display options, a backlit keyboard and pen + touch support (pen included). 4G LTE is optional. It competes with HP’s own Spectre x360 13”, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 and the Lenovo Yoga C930.

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35 Comments

  1. Hi Lisa, I don't usually comment on YouTube videos but your review was absolutely fantastic. Thank-you so much for such an informative review. It was a pleasure to watch 😊

  2. Great looking machine I had one and sent it back because the "non precision drivers" in the track pad. It drove me crazy. I also had to reinstall the audio drivers 2 times a week during the 30 day period I had it before finally a USB slot went dead. HP took it back for a full refund. Until they up the quality control and put PRECISION drivers in this track pad, it is not worth buying. I hope they fix these issues in a version 2 because I absolutely loved the leather concept and would try another one.

  3. are the backlit keyboard symbols transpreant or are it one of those where you cant see jackshit hence symbols when it is dark as only the surrounding is lit??
    asking since the symbols is very big and not that easy to make also transperant so the backlit lids they keysymbols but since you dont lid that aspect I reckon it is all good..

  4. I really wanna buy this laptop but there is one question that i need answered. Will this laptop do well as a college laptop for an Electrical engineering student? I mean i need to use programs like matlab, cad, etc. And just FYI, I was able to run all the simulation softwares and cad software on my Surface pro 3 smoothly. So will the folio do better? Please answer my query and solve my biggest issues. Many thanks in advance.

  5. Thanks for the review. It certainly isn't like anything else that is on the market and does seem to have the blend of the best bits of ultrabook and tablet. I keep coming back to the Surface Pro 6 and thinking about how useful the detachable tablet part is. But then it think that I will probably always want to have a cover over the screen, which means keeping the keyboard attached, which makes it no different to the Spectre Folio. I notice a lot of reviews talk about productive use and put this in terms of photoshop and gaming. I personally have no interest in gaming, but I am about performance for video editing for YouTube (not Hollywood) but hardly any reviewer talks about the capability in this regard. It would be good to have this in future reviews.

  6. Will this computer with Intel Core i7-8500Y (1.5GHZ, up to 4.2GHz, 4MB, 2 Core)+ Intel® UHD Graphics 615+16GB onboard and 512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD be able to run Fortnite?

  7. Perhaps I'm an idiot. How do you work on inside for repairs without destroying the leather? I'm not talking about myself because I'm tech illiterate, but how is the laptop secured to the leather cover yet give HP techs or professionals access for repairs? The leather seems too expensive to re-bind every time.

  8. I think HP just solved it, the 2 in 1 Laptop dilemma, We just have to wait for the 3 by 2 ratio to replace this big not good Lookin chin…
    A bigger mouse pad, 4 USB C ports, and performance, a lot of it !
    Wait Didn't i just described the Goat laptop ??

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