HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx Laptop Review

August 9, 2016
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Nearly not every 2-in-1 laptop is very fast, but HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx surely is. It’s a model sporting a 13.3″ Quad HD screen, Core i7 processor and SSD – things that make it premium and things what power users like! Well, there must also be some disadvantages about this laptop, right?

The good

HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx is powered by an array of high-end components. There is a 256GB solid-state drive installed, in my opinion the only real choice for such a convertible (= prone to shock) laptop. You’ll find that programs load in no time with that drive. In addition, processor selection is very decent, Intel Core i7-6500U with two cores, 2.5GHz clock speed and 3.1GHz turbo. Together with the 8GB RAM (non-upgradeable) it’s a great combo for multitasking efforts, running many programs at the same time is easy.

The 13.3 inches touch display is all inclusive: it’s IPS panel (good viewing angles) and has 2560×1440 resolution (crystal clear image). To be honest, even a smaller resolution would do on this small screen, with the current one many icons might look rather small – luckily the resolution can always be changed. Full HD front-facing webcam is also included, allowing for Skype video sessions.

The bad

Don’t expect HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx to work great with games. Such a compact laptop doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card, just Intel HD 520, a chip integrated on the processor. It works so-so for games like GTA 5; you’d get a poor 25-30FPS using low-medium settings and 1366×768 resolution. Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3 wouldn’t really run here. However, throw Minecraft or League of Legends here and those will be handled nice and smooth!

Some other things to consider?

There are several ports included in the notebook so you’re good to plug in peripherals. At your disposal are three USB 3.0 for common devices and one Mini Displayport and HDMI-out for a monitor. Unfortunately RJ-45 isn’t available for networking but WiFi adapter (excellent 2×2 802.11ac standard + Bluetooth 4.0) is.

The included battery features 3 cells and 56Whr operating time. The ad copy promises 11 hours, but I’m sure 7 hours operating time is closer to reality.

A backlit keyboard is available.

There is no DVD burner in this unit but reader for memory cards is.


HP Spectre X360 13-4193dx is not a best selling model but you shouldn’t necessarily draw conclusions from that. Many people actually want a less pricey notebook than this; however those who need raw performance and 2-in-1 functionality would surely enjoy the HP. Especially the SSD makes sure that software will be launched and ran quickly, lightweight gaming is also possible yet no Triple A would work well. My advice is, check the HP out if you know you require a powerful yet portable laptop!

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