HP Malaysia launches the Spectre x360 notebook
By Digital News Asia February 8, 2021
- Offers a 3:2 aspect ratio for larger viewing space without sacrificing form factor
- Features like Focus Mode helps conserve battery and increase productivity
HP Inc. Malaysia has officially launched the new HP Spectre x360 14 in Malaysia. This is a laptop touting the viewability of a 15-inch device with the form factor of a 13.5-inch notebook, on top of a bevy of smart features
"On-the-go computing takes on new meaning as today’s users demand devices that can accommodate a variety of use cases and environments within their homes,” says HP Inc. Malaysia sales director Alex Tan.
“HP is listening to its users in real time, offering the most intelligent Spectre yet – designed to seamlessly adapt and anticipate the needs and demands of its users, from intelligent audio features like AI Noise Removal for more immersive and engaging Zoom calls to solutions like Smart Sense that automatically adjust settings on the device for improved performance.”
This is a fairly premium device, which shows on the exterior – the gem-cut, dual chamfer design is achieved by precision aluminium CNC machining. What’s more unique to the design here is the display, which achieves a 3:2 aspect ratio. This gives a bit more vertical viewing space than the standard 16:9 ratio, making it more suited for productivity, browsing and reading.
This is a touchscreen too, so when used alongside the optional HP Pen stylus, you technically get an A4-sized estate to write, sketch or sign documents on.
The Spectre x360 runs an 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and is verified to meet the requirements of the Intel Evo platform. That means its hardware specifications and key experience provides nifty things like instant wake, long battery life and fast charging. Battery life is said to go up to 17 hours.
The 11th Gen Intel Core Processor comes with the new Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics, which has better graphical capabilities than previous Intel processors. The device also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4.
Smart features for smart users
What truly makes the Spectre x360, however, is its host of intelligent features and software capabilities, which are designed to adapt to the user based on their activities and preferences. For instance, it can intelligently manage power management to optimise productivity (using Intel Dynamic Tuning) to avoid overheating or battery drain when stored in the bag.
There’s also a quick hot key access on the keyboard for HP Command Centre, allowing for easier access to features like Power Saver mode.
The Focus Mode feature, on the other hand, works by dimming the background apps that are not in use, while keeping the currently-in-use window bright. Dimming the other parts of the screen also helps prolong battery life, on top of giving another level of privacy.
The Spectre x360 also features AI Noise Removal (via Intel GNA 2.0), which can mute background noise automatically across communication apps like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, as well as audio outputs and inputs.
Then there’s Auto Colour, a new setting in HP Display Control, which automatically switch to the optical colour space for the best viewing experience based on the content. It can, for one, switch from DCI-P3 colour space when viewing a movie, to sRGB for internet surfing.
The HP Spectre x360 14 is available now, starting at US$1,510 (RM6,099). The smaller HP Spectre x360 13, on the other hand, goes for US$1,410 (RM5,699).
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