April 7, 2016
Apple set the “small” precedent in 2016, with their downsized (but no less powerful) iPhone SE and iPad Pro. HP has now matched this trend with their newly unveiled 13.3-inch ultrabook, Spectre. At 10.4mm thick, the Spectre is, as HP claims, the thinnest laptop in the world. Yes, it’s thinner than both Apple’s 12-inch MacBook (13mm) and MacBook Air (17mm). This doesn’t mean that all Apple loyalists will turncoat and pick up the Spectre — but now PC users finally have a travel laptop that can go toe to toe with the MacBook.
HP’s Spectre is also more powerful and boasts a wider screen than the 12-inch MacBook. Users can choose between either sixth-gen Core i5 or i7 processors, rather than the power-sipping Intel Core M chips found in Apple’s MacBook. The Spectre, like the MacBook, comes with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. It also has three USB-C ports, and two of those are compatible with Thunderbolt.
The downside, however, is that the Spectre doesn’t have the 2304 × 1440 retina display like the MacBook, but rather a 1920×1080 full HD non-touch screen. And although thinner, the 2.45-pound Spectre is actually heavier than the 2.03-pound MacBook (for those of you counting ounces).
The Spectre is priced at $1,169 and will be available to preorder on April 25. It’s expected to go on full retail in May.