HP Spectre Folio 13 (8500Y, 8GB) Windows Tablet Review

HP has released several of tablets for these couple of years included the one with Intel Core I series processor and even the one with ARM processor. By seeing this case, we can clearly see they specifically make all of them in order to compete with Microsoft Surface Pro. The biggest Windows tablet market is mostly taken by Microsoft because it seems they are the only one well known for this case. Recently, the manufacture has refreshed the Spectre Folio 13 with newer hardware and new design which seems interested to take a look at here.

The Intel 8th generation CPU is finally equipped here, but interestingly they decide to pick the Core IY generation instead of the ULV processor. Of course, with this kind of hardware the performance would not be comparable to Surface since this hardware is specifically designed for saving more battery and having a boast in performance. I really want to see if this device manages to stand out among the market considering we also have of ASUS and Lenovo that also offer the same devices here. Let’s take a look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

By providing something new and unique, there is a chance that they will get more consumers and this is what HP doing here. In term of design, there is nothing special about its tablet, but you really have to take a look into its type cover keyboard. This cover is created from leather which finished in such a good and comfortable material. I am used to have of leather cover in all of my devices and seeing this one gives such a good impression on me. The material is soft and feels comfortable to carry around without any problem. If you look something new without making your system is outdate, then you should give the chance for this machine.

In term of build quality, I am not seeing any problem and pretty much expected from a high end notebook. The rigidity is excellent and the base keyboard is hardly warped during some pressure. I notice quite creaking when pushing it some amount of power, but it’s hardly noticeable in my opinion. One thing I don’t really like here is the hinge system. The hinge is only adjustable up to 120 degree and somehow won’t provide you the same hinge like Surface. As for the connectivity, there is no standard USB type-A port and instead they include of two USB type-C which one of them supports of display port and the second is Thunderbolt 3 port.

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Display and Input

HP Spectre Folio 13 2 Its 13.3 inch screen is produced by AU Optronics and looks pretty incredible especially in the brightness. HP always mentions of how bright the screen is during their marketing. I am impressed as they are able to put 400 nits brightness into the screen. The same impression shown on its color accuracy as it can easily produce of 98 % of SRGB color. Sadly, you are not going to find a truly impression resolution as its still stuck in full HD resolution. Fortunately, no such a big problem found between this great screen. This can be a good consideration if you expect a place for enjoying entertainment.

Moving into its input, you should see the same keyboard with Spectre X360 13 inch. It even features the same short travel key at 1.3 mm. I have to say the key is bit shallow and takes time to get used here. However, it feels pretty comfortable for fast typing and long term usage. The backlit support is included and it has two level configurations and yeah the keyboard is free and means you won’t need to buy it separately.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:17:50

HP Spectre Folio 13 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-8500Y Dual Core 1.5 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size13.3 Inch IPS FHD
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 256GB M.2 SSD

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Performance and Battery

The Intel I7 8500Y is a very low power consumption processor that fully designed for tablet PC. There are dual core CPU inside and clocked at between 1.5 to 4.2 GHz. I am quite satisfied with the performance, but your work should be limited in some light tasks although doing video rendering is possible, but you need a lot of patient here. The 5 watts power consumption is relatively low compared to 15 watts power we see in Core I7 8550U CPU. For this case, I still see of Surface is winning in term of performance, but you are in good place if you look for more battery life here. I am not sure HP will provide a better hardware configuration.

As expected from its power consumption, the battery life is pretty outstanding here. For most all of time, it will easily last up to 15 hours in single charge. The worst result I always get here is still around 10 hours and that is included of some heavy jobs in browsing and streaming 4K content. I am fully satisfied with the battery result especially since I don’t need to carry the charger anymore. The USB C is allowing the charging through its port and feels convenient during some cases. But, I think you will not need it anymore as the battery is amazing.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 14:17:50
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Final Thought

In conclusion, the HP Spectre Folio 13 is not meant for a power user and should be for anyone who looking a fully working system with incredible battery life. For me, 14 hours of battery is more than enough to do everything in single day and still leaves some couple hours for tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is nothing special about its performance as we only have of dual core CPU here. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to put your preference and you should be okay. Thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.

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