HP Spectre Crams Core i7 CPUs Inside The Slimmest Ever Laptop Frame

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We love our gadgets slim as much as the next guy. When it comes to laptops, though, we usually put up with a little bulk, since most of the ultra-slim offerings in the category do so at the expense of power, using Intel’s Core M chips in favor of the more powerful Core i series. That, however, isn’t the case with the HP Spectre, which boasts full-fledged Core i5 and i7 processors inside its excessively svelte frame.

More impressively, it does that while out-slimming every other laptop in the market (including MacBooks), coming in at just 10.4 mm in thickness. Think of it as HP’s answer to the 12-inch MacBook, except thinner, more powerful, and with more USB-C slots for even better utility.

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As has been customary for ultra-slim laptops, the HP Spectre puts a premium on good looks, combining a CNC-machined aluminum chassis with a carbon fiber bottom panel and high-gloss copper accents.  Core specs include a 13.3-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution (no touchscreen, though), 6th-gen Core i5 and i7 CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage. A hybrid battery design allows it to maintain the slim frame by splitting the power source into separate modules working in unison, which can power the laptop for up to 9 hours of operation. Other features include a hyperbaric cooling system that draws cold air into the laptop, Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, 2x2 Wi-Fi antenna, and three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support.

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The HP Spectre will be available for preorder beginning April 25, priced at $1,169.99.

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  1. Jason

    Every time I see a thinner device I always think that I don’t want it because it doesn’t look durable. Each time I am also proven wrong. Although the thickness of this is very appealing, Id much rather have a slightly thicker computer that utilizes the more powerful processors.

    The hyperbaric cooling is interesting. Basically with a hyperbaric a fan draws air into the computer. This can eliminate fans and make the computer run cooler and quieter. I wonder how feasible it would be to integrate traditional internal fans and aa hyperbaric cooling system, I also wonder how efficient the hyperbaric cooling would be if you were using the computer in a very hot room. It seems like the hyperbaric would work gret if it only blew cooler air into the laptop, but what about when the air is hot? I’m sure it works great, I’m just not an engineer so I don’t understand how it would work in these situations.

    As a Mac fan, it pains me to say, but the style of this computer is great. It looks a lot more modern than any of the current MacBooks. The MacBooks styling is really starting to look dated, but hey, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it right?

    The Bang & Olufsen speakers look like a good addition, I just hope they function better than the speakers on many laptops. Why do so many laptops have crappy speakers. If these speakers sound as good as they look then this computer is definitely a must-buy.

    I wish you get get more than 8GB of RAM. If I could have this computer and it had 16GB RAM and a control pad that functioned as a good as a MAC then I would be definitely looking even closer at buying this.

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