The HP Spectre x360 already delighted us in June of this year, since it is a balanced bundle made from high-end materials. In the meanwhile, the manufacturer has upgraded the hardware. The new buzzword is: Skylake. An Intel Core i5-6200U and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 work in our test model, while the rest of the hardware has been carried over from the previously reviewed model.
HP still uses a QDH display, which remained unchanged, at least at first glance. 2560x1440 pixels and a size of 13.3 inches give an impressive pixel density of 221 ppi. Furthermore, it remained a high-end IPS panel with wide viewing angles. Those who want even more pixels per inch can consider Microsoft's Surface Book. However, you should think carefully whether stepping-up to 267 ppi is actually worthwhile for everyday use. The glossy display in our test model achieves an average brightness of 324 cd/m². As already mentioned in our previous review of the Spectre x360, this is not outstanding for convertibles. For example, the Dell Inspiron 13 is slightly brighter with 375 cd/m². The first difference of our current model compared to the previous one is a better black value of 0.34 cd/m² and a higher contrast of 953:1. As a result, black appears quite natural and deep. But, the Surface Book performs better in this aspect again. Our test model (as well as many competitors) falls behind Microsoft's convertible. Our test model cannot keep up with a contrast of almost 1700:1 and a black value of 0.254 cd/m². However, HP still delivers a very well-made display overall.
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