Visit our Business Solutions website >>

HP Spectre 13

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of HP Spectre 13. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the keyboard and screen. The performance and portability also get good comments. Many are less positive about the connectivity. The price and battery get mixed opinions.

design, portability, performance, screen, keyboard


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Spectre 13 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 106 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 62 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews


Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 10 of 62 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (37)

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (

HP Spectre 13


HP has repositioned itself as a premium lifestyle brand. While you might say this first came about several years ago when the company partnered with Beats (now owned by Apple) and launched a range of silver Envy laptops, the HP has doubled down with...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by (

HP Spectre 13 review: this is the MacBook Air killer


Sleek, beautiful, powerful. The Spectre has (almost) everything

Superb design ; USB-C-ness ; So light

Only a Full HD display ; Feels slightly flimsy ; No backlit keyboard

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

HP Spectre 13 review: Supreme quality design


Look at the high-end, stylish Windows laptops released over the last five years and you'll see quite a lot that look a bit like a MacBook of one kind or another. The HP Spectre 13 is a concerted attempt to make something that looks about as far from a...

Truly striking design and high-quality build, more power than you might expect, good screen

Loud fans kick in at the drop of a hat, limited connections, battery life worse than some rivals

Quality, quality, quality with a side order of shiny gold hot pants is the HP Spectre 13's way. Whereas other recent HP laptops have made a great impression with their price, this one wants to make its design presence the appeal.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by (

HP Spectre 13 review


HP goes for gold with the thinnest laptop in the world

Super-thin - you’ll barely notice it in your bag ; Power, storage, battery life - it’s a petite performance champ ; We could type for days on that keyboard

Touchpad trouble ; So-so screen compared to the MacBook ; The bling thing

The thinnest laptop in the world isn’t a one-trick pony; HP’s crammed a lot of power into the Spectre’s tiny frame. It’s not quite “move over MacBook”, but it comes close.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Gabe Carey (

HP Spectre 13 review


An Ultrabook dressed (and specced) to impress

Impossibly thin and light ; Top-notch looks ; Powerful hardware ; Not a bad price

Light on ports ; Second-rate trackpad

Positioned to compete with the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and the MacBook Pro, the HP Spectre 13 is pricier than the former, more affordable than the latter and more attractive than both.

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Kevin Lee (

HP Spectre review


The 'world's thinnest laptop' sets a gold standard

Tasteful glitz and glam ; Tactile keyboard ; Bright and contrast-rich screen ; Wonderful keyboard

Sizzling running temperatures ; Below average battery life ; Spongy trackpad

The HP Spectre claims the title of the 'world's thinnest laptop,' but the real story here is its impressive design and top-notch specs.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

HP Spectre 13 review


A good-looking and powerful ultraportable laptop, with a price to match. Here's our HP Spectre 13 review.

The HP Spectre 13 is desperate to appear a laptop of the future, and that comes with substantial pros and cons. Its supreme portability is quite wonderful, and while its design may polarise, it certainly is fancy. There's substance too, with a...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Cliff Joseph (

HP Spectre 13-3010ea Ultrabook review


That's not HP's actual name for it, but given the US company's Love of Capitals and trademark signs it might as well be. We realise a larger trackpad might not sound terribly exciting, but small details can often make a big difference, and the HP...

It won't break any speed records, but the HP Spectre 13 is a smart, attractive Ultrabook that can give Apple's MacBook Air a run for its money. The HP's slimline design, high-quality display and reasonable battery life help ensure that it earns its...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : Kat Orphanides (

HP Spectre 13-3010ea


A light and attractive ultraportable let down by a clunky touchpad and high price

Jun, 2014

Expert review by : CNET Reviews staff (

HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook review


On paper, HP's new Spectre 13 ultrabook looks like just another slim 13-inch laptop, with the same basic components and design as dozens of other options in the around-$1,000 category. Its main selling point is a wider-than-normal touch pad, which...

The HP Spectre 13 has a sharp, thin, ultrabook design, high-end upgrade options, a great keyboard, and an extra-wide touch pad.

A handful of other premium ultrabooks offer better value. The extra "control zone" spaces on the touch pad don't feel like a fully realized concept.

The HP Spectre 13 is an excellent all-around ultrabook, with a great keyboard, display, and battery life. The unique Control Zone touch pad is interesting, but I wish it were a little more useful and intuitive.

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Bang & Olufsen / Bang & Olufsen Play / Beats Audio
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 4
Number of microphones:2
Speakers manufacturer:Bang & Olufsen


Battery capacity (Watt hours):38 / 43.7 / 51
Battery life (max):8 / 9.75
Battery technology:Lithium / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4
Quick Charge:Y
Quick charge time (50%):30

Brand-specific features

HP Audio Boost:N / Y
HP Audio Switch:Y
HP Cool Control:Y
HP CoolSense:Y
HP Documentation:Y
HP ePrint:Y
HP front camera:HP TrueVision HD IR / HP Wide Vision HD / HP Wide Vision HD IR
HP Imagepad:Y
HP JumpStart:Y
HP Recovery Manager:Y
HP segment:Home
HP speaker type:HP Dual Speakers
HP Support Assistant:Y
HP Sure Connect:Y


Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720 / 1920 x 1080
Rear camera: No


Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes


Colour name:Ceramic white; Soft matte finish / Dark ash / Dark ash silver
Colour of product:Aluminium, Brown / Black, Copper / Black, Copper, Silver / Black, Gold / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Grey / Silver / White
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon fiber
Product colour:Aluminium, Brown / Black, Copper / Black, Copper, Silver / Black, Gold / Black, Silver / Brown, Silver / Silver / White
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:33.8
Display glass type:Edge to Edge Glass / Gorilla Glass
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74 / 32
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200 / 300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5917 / 0xA16 / 1916
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter memory:4
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400 / Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel UHD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 4400 / Intel® HD Graphics 520 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DVI, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DisplayPort, HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24


Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTZ
Number of pointing stick buttons:1
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:ClickPad / Touchpad
Windows keys:Y / Yes


Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM


3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.11ac
WLAN controller model:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4570
Non-operating shock:240
Non-operating vibration:3.5
Operating altitude:0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating shock:40
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating vibration:1.043
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Audio system:Beats Audio
Number of WLAN antennas:2
WLAN controller model:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Stylus pen:N
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Package depth:12.6 / 33.5 / 34.5
Package height:12.6 / 13 / 33.5
Package weight:3.23 / 3.38 / 3.42
Package width:39 / 42.9 / 43.2
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Stylus pen: No
Warranty card: Yes


Accelerometer:No / Yes
Ambient light sensor: No
Electronic compass: No
GPS (satellite): No
Gyroscope: No
Orientation sensor: No
Proximity sensor: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode:Y


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:45 / 65
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes


Bus type:DMI2 / OPI / QPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
L2 Cache:0.512
L3 Cache:4
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 34.1
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600 / 1866,2133,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 1x4, 2x4 / 1x4, 4x1 / 2X4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.4 / 3.40 / 4 / 4.00
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Kaby Lake R / Skylake
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.60 / 1.8 / 1.80 / 2.3 / 2.5
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor Model:I5-4200U / I5-6200U / i5-8250U / I7-4500U / I7-6500U / i7-8550U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-6500 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356 / BGA1168 / Socket B2 (LGA 1356)
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / D1 / Y0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel RealSense Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):1 / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):No / Y / Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):No / Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® RealSense Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 124967 / 75459 / 75460 / 88193 / 88194
Processor code:SR16Z / SR170 / SR2EY / SR2EZ / SR3LA
Processor package size:40 / 42 / 42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0 / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:No / Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:Power on
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y / Yes


Bundled software:HP ePrint\nHP Support Assistant\nNetflix / HP Utility Center\nHP Recovery Manager / HP Utility Center\nHP Recovery Manager\nWindows Store\nCyberLink YouCam DE\nBeats Audio with SRS 3D\nAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 5\nHP Connected Photo\nHP CoolSense\nAdobe Reader\nHP Connected Music\nBox 50 GB\nMonopoly / HP Utility Center\nWindows Store\nCyberLink YouCam DE\nBeats Audio with SRS 3D\nAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 5\nHP Connected Photo\nHP CoolSense\nAdobe Reader\nHP Connected Music / McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe; \nHP Utility Center / NetFlix
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:DropBox / McAfee LiveSafe / NetFlix / Windows Store, CyberLink YouCam DE, Beats Audio, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, HP Connected Photo, HP CoolSense, Adobe Reader, HP Connected Music, Box 50 GB, Monopoly
Trial software:McAfee LiveSafe / McAfee LiveSafe, Microsoft Office 365 / McAfee LiveSafe, Netflix / Microsoft Office 365, McAfee LiveSafe / Netflix, Microsoft Office 365, McAfee LiveSafe


Card reader integrated:N / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SD, SDHC, SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 360 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / M.2, PCI Express / NVMe 3.0,PCI Express / PCI Express
SSD form factor:M.2
Storage Media:SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 360 / 512


External video modes non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate:4096 x 2304
External video modes refresh rate (max):60
Graphics adapter multiple display support:3

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22 / 22.9 / 220 / 224.2 / 229 / 229.4 / 230
Height :1.04 / 1.5 / 10.4 / 15
Height (front):1.1
Height (rear):1.1
Weight:1.11 / 1.48 / 1.52 / 3.23
Width:308.2 / 32.4 / 32.5 / 324 / 325 / 325.1