HP Spectre X360 13-4120CA Laptop Review

September 26, 2016
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You might’ve been eyeing the HP Spectre X360 13-4120CA notebook but are not sure if it’s the right choice for you? That’s a common thought in peoples’ heads when they are looking for a new computer… Hopefully this review helps you with deciding!

The good

There’s a speedy processor, the Intel Core i7-6500U, inside this system. So you can use HP Spectre X360 13-4120CA for tasks such as web surfing, or then heavier work like Photoshopping. The quad-core 2.5/3.1GHz CPU will take care of all that. Also don’t forget there’s a solid 8GB memory helping you with programs, although you can not upgrade it since it’s soldered on board.

The 256GB M.2 solid-state drive is good news, it makes this notebook rather speedy to use. If for some reason you are not happy with it, feel free to replace the drive – that is entirely possible here. Extra slots are not available on the motherboard.

The neutral

I would say the display of HP Spectre X360 13-4120CA is quite beautiful, offering 13.3 inches diagonal and 2560 x 1440 resolution support. This size/resolution combo means that everything should look crystal clear on the screen, although if icons look small, just change the resolution. Touch is naturally supported and the hinge rotates 360 degrees; you got a tablet and laptop at your fingertips. A front-facing Full HD webcam is installed on the screen.

People are reporting around 7 hours battery life here – the ad copy speaks about 11 hours, don’t believe that. It is not possible to replace the battery either.

Networking is brought to you by the 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi adapter. This small laptop doesn’t have RJ-45 port available, but with USB adapter that is possible.

The ports to play with are three USB 3.0 for peripherals and one HDMI + one MiniDisplayPort for external monitors.

It includes a backlit keyboard, just like this pricey laptop should.

The notebook doesn’t come with a stylus but it works with one.

The bad

The one bad thing with HP Spectre X360 13-4120CA is that it doesn’t come with dedicated graphics card (even if you might deduct so from the price). There’s just the integrated Intel HD 520. So, in effect, you can not play too fancy games on this rig. It’s titles such as LoL and Minecraft you would be looking at; GTA 5 might just work with low settings, Fallout 4 not so much.


HP Spectre X360 13-4120CA has got it down in the performance section. I mean, there is a Core i7 processor with a solid-state drive, so you won’t be noticing much lag on this rig – regardless of the programs you throw at it. Another thing is the high resolution (if compact) screen. It’s a quality piece of electronics, just don’t use the HP for hardcore gaming and you should be all good to go!

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