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HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

There is more and more internal competition between the Spectre and Envy series from HP. Both families present stunning laptops with a premium build quality and well-performing hardware. Sadly, they overlap a ton, so they are eating off of each other’s user base, thus lowering the overall sales for HP.

This is where the newest Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000) comes in. It manages to stay as far away from the Envy laptops, by offering 3:2 displays and as many features as possible, to make it a valuable offer.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000).

HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000)

1. Design and build quality

The aluminum build really does wonders for this notebook, not only for looks but also for durability. The base does produce some cracks and pops when twisted, but the lid is exceptionally tough thanks to the metal and glass display cover. Classic features of the Spectre laptops are the chamfered edges and corners make it appear very angular in contrast to a lot of other options on the market, which appear rounder and softer looking. The sides are glossy, along with the HP logo on the back.

The lid opens easily with one hand, with the hinge having a turning angle of 360 degrees. The hinges are smooth up to 80-degrees after which they stiffen up and lift the entire base. This is good because you don’t want the hinges to go loose over time and hurt the experience of using the device. The base houses a backlit keyboard that has long key travel and clicky feedback, despite the machine having a profile of only 16.9 mm while weighing only 1.34 kg.

2. I/O

The I/O has decent coverage for a tiny device, coming with two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader.

3. Display quality

There are two display options, both with a 3:2 aspect ratio. The base model comes with an FHD+ IPS panel. We tested the second option, which gets a 3000x2000p resolution and uses an OLED panel. Furthermore, the unit has comfortable viewing angles, a max brightness of 384 nits in the middle of the screen (HDR off), and 378 nits average for the surface of the screen, with a maximum deviation of 5% (in “Native” mode from the “HP Display Control” app). The contrast ratio is infinite due to the nature of OLED panels.

However, the display does use PWM, with the pulsations lowering after 90 nits, making it generally safe. In terms of color coverage, the panel fully covers the sRGB and DCI-P3 gamuts.

 

OLED panels usually struggle to get as accurate as IPS panels do. However, with the factory presets we manage to get a dE value of <2, which hits the nail on the head when it comes to accuracy. Here we have the results of the test with the Photos and Videos display mode (left) and with the Web display mode (right).

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This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

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Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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4. Features

The laptop uses a 720p HD webcam along with an IR sensor for facial recognition. The two displays also provide a touch layer and bring stylus support, with the HP Pen being provided. There is a magnetic strip for placing the Pen. With it, you can use the laptop as an on-the-go drawing and sketching device.

In the package, you also have a leather sleeve, which looks great and keeps the package portable and easy to carry.

1 reason NOT to buy the HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000)

1. Upgradeability

The upgradeability does suffer, with only soldered memory and a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot. At least the RAM runs at 3733MHz and in quad-channel mode, which attributes to a nice boost in both computational and graphics performance.

Here is our detailed teardown, which shows the insides of the device, including how to access the M.2 SSD slot.

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