We’ve already written a bit about another Surface tablet/computer rival, the Google Pixel-C tablet. However, HP has another perfectly viable product that is also a competitor in the tablet/laptop category, the HP Spectre 2. It seems people are really interested in the combination tablet/laptop devices with even Apple creating one with the iPad pro.
The first good thing about the HP Spectre Pro is that it has a lower price than some other similar machines out there, but is just about $100 cheaper than the Surface Pro 4. The keyboard is included with the tablet, unlike other devices where the keyboard is an add on. The tablet has a stand that is somewhat like an easel, making it convenient to look at upright like a laptop screen. The tablet has Intel’s Realsense camera technology, but does not have Windows Hello, the new feature than can verify your identity by facial recognition. So it’s just a tablet with a fancy camera. As for weight, it’s on the heavier side at 2.65 pounds with the keyboard.
The screen, while lower resolution than some machines, is not terrible by any means. The screen functions with Wacom pens so it could be a great choice for people who need to draw or write. The device has a strong, backlit, metal keyboard that seems like it could hold up to a lot of use and abuse. For a keyboard this small the keys are comfortably large, giving the keyboard an edge. The nice part is that you have the option of laying the keyboard down or having it at an angle. There are some decent Bang & Olufsen speakers which is a nice addition.
Where the HP Spectre 2 kind of falls is that the battery life is about half of most similar devices, at about 6.5 hours. That’s even less than most laptops which fall at about 7 hours.
So, while the HP Spectre 2 might be a slightly cheaper option, with a nice keyboard and speakers, but slightly less sharp display which most people wouldn’t mind, it’s short battery life might get frustrating.
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