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HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) review – the best 15-inch convertible for the money

HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) review – the best 15-inch convertible for the money

Let’s think about that HP’s wide selection of convertible units is a pyramid. On the backside, yow will discover the Pavilions and ProBooks of x360 label. Subsequent some EliteBooks and Envys. However on the highest of this imaginary pyramid stays just one subbrand – the Spectre. Not solely it seems to be magnificent however is paired with one of the best power environment friendly hardware presently out there.

Along with all of that, it clearly has a touchscreen panel with a 4K choice (which we’re going to evaluate right now by the best way). Regardless of the elegant bezel-less design, HP wasn’t thrifty as a lot of the producers on the market and stored a NumPad enabled keyboard design with fairly giant keys and a backlight. Be a part of us on our enterprise to see whether or not the Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) is a worthy competitor to in all probability the perfect 15-inch convertible available on the market proper now – the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1.

You possibly can verify the costs and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs Sheet

HP Spectre x360 15 technical specs desk




15.6”, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160), IPS


361 x 250 x 19.three mm (14.21″ x 9.84″ x zero.76″)

Ports and connectivity

  • 2x USB Sort-C three.1 (three.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt three, Energy Supply (PD), DisplayPort, Sleep and Cost, HDMI
  • 1x USB Sort-A three.1 (three.1 Gen 2), Sleep and Cost
  • HDMI
  • Card reader microSD (mSD/mSDHC/mSDXC)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2)
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio jack three.5mm audio jack


  • Fingerprint reader
  • Net digital camera HP Extensive Imaginative and prescient FHD IR Digital camera
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone Digital-array microphones
  • Audio system Bang & Olufsen; quad audio system
  • Optical drive
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • eCompass

What’s within the field?

HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) is available in an enormous fancy field. The truth is, it seems extra like a PC case field, relatively than a laptop computer one. Opening it up reveals a classical box-in-a-box state of affairs. Frankly sufficient, the second field is even fancier than the primary one with simply the “Spectre” emblem showing with gold letters on prime of it. Digging additional inside reveals the Darkish (Poseidon) Blue – Gold gadget, protected by a premium plastic bag. It sucks energy from a 90W charging brick, whereas the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU will want a 130W one.

Design and development

Opening the field reveals content material that’s comparable in trend to the field itself. Premium high quality flows from the aluminum that covers your complete physique, right down to the hinges, which permit the lid to be opened virtually effortlessly with a single hand. Along with that, there are the chamfered “gem-cut” edges. They characterize the most important exterior distinction to its predecessor. Furthermore, now HP has launched a … minimize on the orthodox design, which homes a USB Sort-C port on the fitting of the display, and the on/off button to the left aspect. Truthfully, at first, we couldn’t discover its location which suggests both it isn’t very intuitive or we’re simply not very vibrant.

Anyhow, we’re speaking a few 15-inch convertible with all aluminum design which weighs 2.18 kg and is simply 19.three mm thick. In comparison with its major rivals it’s a little bit thicker and slightly bit heavier nevertheless it undoubtedly compensates with its visuals.

Let’s get again to the hinges for a second as they’re a reasonably fascinating function on this system. As we already talked about they don’t seem to be very stiff on the closed place, however as quickly as you raise them up, they do a reasonably good job of securing the show. This development continues to a “tent” mode and even whenever you utterly shut them within the different method (which means “pill” mode).

Clearly, probably the most thrilling factor concerning the HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) is its 4K touchscreen panel and its means for use with a stylus. Nevertheless, we should always not ignore the opposite, extra typical, enter strategies – the keyboard and touchpad. In contrast to a few of the competitors (aghm… Lenovo Yoga 730 (15″) …aghm) the keyboard right here is full-sized – it options the NumPad keys, which a few of us love. Along with the comparatively lengthy journey, they’ve good tactile suggestions. As you’ll be able to see from the imagery, the characters are printed with a really excessive font measurement, which seems somewhat bizarre at first however is fairly helpful in low mild circumstances, particularly when paired with the adjustable backlight.

HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) / Lenovo Yoga 730 (15″)

The keyboard is flanked with audio system on the prime and touchpad on the backside, with the previous being correct and responsive. Its format is somewhat unusual, because it has a facet ratio of about 16:9, in contrast to a lot of the relaxation, that are extra square-ish. Along with the touchpad you’ll be able to see a fingerprint reader, situated on the fitting aspect of the bottom and it’s loopy quick.

Once you flip the laptop computer the wrong way up, you’ll see a single giant grill on the backside, which is supposed for consumption functions and two smaller ones, however with greater holes, on the aspect – exhausting scorching air in a style just like HP Elitebook 1050 G1. What’s extra fascinating right here is that there are solely two seen screws, with the remaining hidden beneath the rubber legs – poor upgradability as chances are you’ll simply tare the rubber.

Width Size Peak Weight
HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) 361 mm (14.17″) 250 mm (9.80″) 19.three mm (zero.67″) 2.18 kg (four.2 lbs)
Lenovo Yoga 730 (15″) 360 mm (14.17″) 249 mm (9.80″) 17 mm (zero.67″) (-12%) 1.89 kg (four.2 lbs) (-13%)
Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 354 mm (14.17″) 235 mm (9.80″) 16 mm (zero.67″) (-17%) 1.97 kg (four.2 lbs) (-10%)


HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000)’s port choice is restricted to solely what you’re going to wish if not much less. On the left aspect, you’ll be able to see the charging barel plug, adopted by an HDMI port and a headphone jack, situated on the opposite aspect of the vent, whereas on the best aspect you’ll be able to see two USB Sort-C three.1 (Gen. 2) connectors with Thunderbolt three help and a single USB Sort-A three.1 (Gen. 2). What’s fascinating concerning the Thunderbolt ports is that certainly one of them is situated on the nook of the laptop computer, whereas the opposite one can be utilized to cost the system if in case you have the apropriate cable.

Show high quality

HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) is provided with a stunning UHD touchscreen panel. It bears a mannequin quantity AUO30EB and has a diagonal of 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the decision 3840 x 2160 pixels. The display ratio is 16:9, and we’re taking a look at a pixel density of – 282 ppi, and a pitch of zero.09 х zero.09 mm. The display turns into Retina when seen at distance equal to or larger than 30cm (12″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it’s regular for taking a look at a laptop computer).

It has wonderful viewing angles. We provide pictures at 45° to guage picture high quality.

The measured most brightness of 324 nits in the midst of the display and 320 nits as a mean for the entire space, with a most deviation of simply four%. The Correlated Shade Temperature on a white display is 6630Okay – very near, however nonetheless colder than the optimum for the sRGB normal of 6500Okay. The typical colour temperature by way of the gray scale earlier than profiling is even hotter – 6830Okay.
Within the illustration under you possibly can see how the show performs from a uniformity perspective. In different phrases, the leakage of sunshine from the sunshine supply.

Values of dE2000 over shouldn’t happen, and this parameter is likely one of the first it is best to examine when you intend to make use of the laptop computer for shade delicate work. The distinction ratio is astonishing – 1510:1 (1400:1 after profiling).

To ensure we’re on the identical web page, we want to offer you a bit introduction to the sRGB shade gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start out, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the seen specter of colours by the human eye, supplying you with a greater notion of the colour gamut protection and the colour accuracy.

Contained in the black triangle, you will notice the usual shade gamut (sRGB) that’s being utilized by tens of millions of individuals in HDTV and on the internet. As for the Adobe RGB, that is utilized in skilled cameras, screens and so forth for printing. Principally, colours contained in the black triangle are utilized by everybody and that is the important a part of the colour high quality and shade accuracy of a mainstream pocket book.

Nonetheless, we’ve included different colour areas just like the well-known DCI-P3 normal utilized by film studios, in addition to the digital UHD Rec.2020 commonplace. Rec.2020, nevertheless, continues to be a factor of the longer term and it’s troublesome for right now’s shows to cowl that nicely. We’ve additionally included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colours that naturally happen round us every single day.

The yellow dotted line exhibits HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000)’s colour gamut protection.

Its show covers 94% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (net/HDTV commonplace) in CIE1976.

Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimum colour temperature (6500Okay) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.

We examined the accuracy of the show with 24 generally used colours like mild and darkish human pores and skin, blue sky, inexperienced grass, orange and so forth. You possibly can take a look at the outcomes at manufacturing unit situation and in addition, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.

Under you possibly can examine the scores of HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Net design” profile (proper).

The subsequent determine exhibits how properly the show is ready to reproduce actually darkish elements of a picture, which is important when watching films or enjoying video games in low ambient mild.

The left aspect of the picture represents the show with inventory settings, whereas the proper one is with the “Gaming and Net Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, one can find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the show. On the 2 graphs under you’ll be able to simply examine for your self how your show handles the darkest nuances however remember that this additionally depends upon the settings of your present show, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the encompassing mild circumstances.

Response time (Gaming capabilities)

We check the response time of the pixels with the standard “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” technique from 10% to 90% and vice versa.

We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 34 ms – undoubtedly not the quickest available on the market.

PWM (Display flickering)

Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is a simple approach to management monitor brightness. Whenever you decrease the brightness, the sunshine depth of the backlight shouldn’t be lowered, however as an alternative turned on and off by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these mild impulses, the sunshine/no-light time ratio varies, whereas brightness stays unchanged, which is dangerous to your eyes. You’ll be able to learn extra about that in our devoted article on PWM.

Fortunately, HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000)’s show doesn’t flicker at any brightness degree. This makes it snug to be used for prolonged durations of time.

Blue mild emissions

Putting in our Well being-Guard profile not solely eliminates PWM but in addition reduces the dangerous Blue Mild emissions whereas holding the colours of the display perceptually correct. For those who’re not acquainted with the Blue mild, the TL;DR model is – emissions that negatively have an effect on your eyes, pores and skin and your entire physique. You will discover extra details about that in our devoted article on Blue Mild.


HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000)’s UHD show is an actual gem on the planet of IPS panels. Its 4K decision is complemented by a superb distinction ratio, snug viewing angles and non-flickering backlight at any brightness degree. Along with that, it’s appropriate for graphic designers with its virtually full protection of sRGB and correct colours. If you wish to additional enhance the accuracy of the colours (beneath the usual dE of you will get our Gaming and Net design profile.

Purchase our profiles

Since our profiles are tailor-made for every particular person show mannequin, this text and its respective profile package deal are meant for HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) configurations with 15.6″ UHD IPS AUO AUO30EB.

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Learn extra concerning the profiles HERE.

Along with receiving environment friendly and health-friendly profiles, by shopping for LaptopMedia’s merchandise you additionally help the event of our labs, the place we check units with a view to produce probably the most goal evaluations attainable.

Office Work - screen profile

Workplace Work

Workplace Work must be used principally by customers who spend more often than not taking a look at items of textual content, tables or simply browsing. This profile goals to ship higher distinctness and readability by preserving a flat gamma curve (2.20), native colour temperature and perceptually correct colours.

Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed toward designers who work with colours professionally, and for video games and films as properly. Design and Gaming takes show panels to their limits, making them as correct as attainable within the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 normal for Net and HDTV, at white level D65.

Health-Guard - screen profile

Well being-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the dangerous Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the adverse Blue Mild which impacts our eyes and physique. Because it’s customized tailor-made for each panel, it manages to maintain the colours perceptually correct. Well being-Guard simulates paper so the strain on the eyes is drastically decreased.



HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) has an excellent speaker setup. One that’s corresponding to the newest MacBook Execs. Along with the loud and clear sound, there isn’t a obvious deviations within the low, mid and excessive frequencies.


All the drivers and utilities wanted for the HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) may be discovered right here:

Storage efficiency

Our unit was outfitted with a beefy 1 TB SSD drive made by Toshiba. It has a mannequin quantity XG5 KXG50ZNV1T02 and is a PCIe x4 NVMe drive. When you shouldn’t yours to be the identical as this one, because of the regional dependency, listed here are the switch speeds: three.18 GB/s sequential Learn and a couple of.11 GB/s sequential Write.

SSD mannequin (480-1024GB variants) Max.Seq.Learn (GB/s) Max.Seq.Write (GB/s) IOPS 4K Learn IOPS 4K Write Latency Learn (ms) Latency Write (ms)
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV1T02 three.18 2.11 10975 30978 zero.zero48 zero.034
LITE-ON CA3-8D512-Q11 three.18 1.66 9864 25136 zero.171 zero.041
Intel Professional 6000p Collection 1.83 zero.59 7792 28266 zero.075 zero.033
Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G three.13 zero.46 8425 29661 zero.055 zero.046


Now, we conduct the battery exams with Home windows Higher efficiency setting turned on, display brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all different packages turned off apart from the one we’re testing the pocket book with. Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) is provided with an enormous 84Wh battery. From what we all know they place the identical pack on both of the configurations – low voltage or not.

Pairing the Core i7-8565U with a battery of this capability leads to a whopping 19 hours of net searching away from the plug, rating the Spectre x360 15 first in our Battery Life chart. If you wish to watch some movies, although, the 4K display decision of the display pays its tax by dropping the display on time greater than twice – round eight hours and a half. Furthermore, issues go unhappy when enjoying video games – lower than an hour and a half of battery life.

CPU choices

HP has offered an fascinating choice right here – selection of a ULV Whiskey Lake processor or a full-blown H-labeled Espresso Lake CPU. Furthermore, the selection comes right down to the Intel Core i7 compatriots, which not solely differ within the quantity of cores 4 / six however within the frequencies and most notably, the TDP – 15W / 45W respectively.

GPU choices

The producer’s daring selections are carried over to the GPU division as nicely. Right here you’ll be able to decide both the GeForce MX150 or the extra highly effective however hotter GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.

Gaming checks

Nicely… this was shocking. GeForce MX150 within the Spectre x360 15 carried out like a boss. Particularly in CS:GO the place it destroyed the closest competitors.


TC Rainbow Six Siege HD 768p, Medium (Verify settings) HD 768p, Excessive (Verify settings) HD 768p, Very Excessive (Verify settings)
HP Spectre x360 15 92 fps 75 fps 70 fps
Dell Inspiron 17 7786 2-in-1 87 fps 71 fps 67 fps

Temperatures and luxury

Max CPU load

On this check we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The primary column exhibits a pc’s response to a brief load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a critical process (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is an effective indicator of how good the laptop computer is for lengthy masses reminiscent of video rendering.

Common core temperature (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i7-8565U (15W TDP) zero:02 – zero:10 sec zero:15 – zero:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) three.10 GHz (B+72%) @ 69°C 1.92 GHz (B+7%) @ 61°C 1.88 GHz (B+four%) @ 64°C
Dell Inspiron 17 7786 2-in-1 three.22 GHz (B+79%) @ 90°C 2.63 GHz (B+46%) @ 83°C 2.48 GHz (B+38%) @ 79°C
Dell Inspiron 14 5482 2-in-1 three.12 GHz (B+73%) @ 96°C 2.56 GHz (B+42%) @ 94°C 2.01 GHz (B+12%) @ 76°C

What you see within the desk above states the apparent – HP has prioritized throttling over excessive fan speeds in cooling the CPU. That is primarily because of the artist-friendly nature of the Spectre x360, which has to battle some Macbooks alongside the best way with a purpose to prevail as a higher system. Evaluating it to a few of Dell’s newest Inspiron 2-in-1s we see an analogous clock velocity within the first checkpoint. Nevertheless, the remainder of the check exhibits a big drop within the frequency, though the typical temperature for the final 5 minutes is round 64C. This isn’t solely made to scale back noise ranges however to scale back warmth emitted from the laptop computer once you place it keyboard-down in your lap.

Actual gameplay

NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) 1525 MHz @ 91°C 1650 MHz @ 74°C
ASUS VivoBook S15 S530 1591 MHz @ 74°C 1475 MHz @ 74°C
Dell Inspiron 17 7786 2-in-1 1570 MHz @ 69°C 1447 MHz @ 69°C

In the course of the gameplay session, we discover one thing much more fascinating about the best way HP Spectre x360 15 handles temperatures. Its GeForce MX150 began at 1800 MHz however quickly dropped right down to round 1525 MHz, whereas the temperatures sky-rocketed as much as 91C. This left us slightly scared firstly however solely then, the followers began to spice up up their frequency – it seems like these followers don’t wish to be bothered. Nevertheless, in the event that they ultimately hassle to extend their velocity, the temperature not solely falls to a extra affordable 74C. By the best way, one other factor is that the side-blowing followers weren’t that loud even at most proficciency.

Gaming consolation

Regardless of the satisfactory temperatures on the finish of the GPU check, HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000) did get just a little scorching on the surface. Our IR digital camera measured a most of 51C in between the “G” and “H” keys, which is an excessive amount of and in the identical time not sufficient if you wish to fry an egg… sadly. Anyhow, whereas the palm-rest space was additionally just a little heat it’s extra tolerant to your arms and you may simply place them there for so long as you want with out worrying.


Right here we’re, on the finish of this assessment. Sadly, we now have to half methods with the Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000). It’s undoubtedly one of the crucial completed units we’ve reviewed shortly. Though, like many different laptops, some options come on the expense of one thing else, we discovered the compromises made with this one to be probably the most forgivable. As a potential draw back, we might solely put the warmth output from the keyboard space and a slight coil whine when copying or transferring information to the SSD. Along with that, the gadget is a bit dangerous to open, since you must take away each ft, that are made out of a skinny rubber, therefore simply tareable.

Whereas we additionally anticipated the UHD decision to be a draw back, there’s comparatively good integration of such a excessive decision on that (15.6 inches) display measurement inside Home windows. Nevertheless, we should always observe that Adobe Photoshop is close to unusable because the interface breaks somewhat bit. When you can modify the dimensions of some elements of the menu, others stay tremendous tiny.

That’s principally all the issues we had with the HP Spectre x360 15 (15-df0000). On the brilliant aspect, there’s a sensible efficiency for low-voltage elements each CPU and GPU-wise. Along with that, you will get the laptop computer with the extra highly effective GTX 1050 Max-Q, which can increase each gaming capabilities and 3D rendering in any respect.

Subsequent, we’ve the record-breaking (at the very least to our system) battery life – 19 hours of net searching, though when enjoying an HD video the occasions drop considerably – barely eight hours and a half. Nothing unusual for a laptop computer with a 4K show.

Talking of which, that is in all probability the notebooks greatest function. It (AUO30EB) produces magnificent colours, has respectable most brightness and doesn’t PWM to regulate the extent of its brightness. If you add the key ingredient of touchscreen and Pen/Stylus help, it turns into the right software for an artist, designer, or simply individual with an excessive amount of cash in his/her pocket. If you wish to additional improve your visible expertise, you possibly can join as much as two 5K exterior screens by way of the Thunderbolt ports.

It isn’t solely a prettier various to the economic Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 however can also be so much cheaper (but nonetheless not low cost in any respect). If you would like a equally good gadget with out big injury to your pockets, you’ll be able to examine the Yoga 730 (15″) or the HP Envy x360 15.


  • Wonderful construct high quality
  • Helps 2x 5K exterior screens by way of two Thunderbolt three ports
  • Magnificent UHD show with 94% sRGB protection, respectable brightness and correct colours (AUO30EB)
  • Doesn’t use harmfull PWM (AUO30EB)
  • Backlit full-sized keyboard with a pleasent keystroke
  • Overperforming hardware
  • 19 hours of net shopping time away from the plug


  • Occasional coil whine from the SSD
  • Upgradability harm by the straightforward to tare legs that cowl a lot of the screws

You’ll be able to examine the costs and configurations in our Specs System:

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