They are almost the same size. They weigh almost the same. Both are 2-in-1 360 degree convertibles with support for the HP Active Pen. We compare to HP Envy x360 13 vs. HP Specter x360 13 to know what they have inside, and we found enough differences to understand that these two similar laptops are aimed at different users
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The Envy x360 13 is made for creators, people who perform processor-intensive tasks like video editing, while the Specter x360 13 is made for demanding productivity users who want a little flair. But is one of these laptops better than the other?
|HP Envy x360 13||HP Specter x360 13|
|Dimensions||12.07 x 7.66 x 0.65 inches||12.08 x 7.66 x 0.67 inches|
|Weight||2.92 pounds||2.8 pounds|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
|Intel Core i5-1135G7
Intel Core i7-1165G7
Intel Iris Xe
|Intel Iris Xe|
|RAM||8 or 16 GB||8 or 16 GB|
|Screen||IPS 13.3 inches Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Optional privacy filter||13.3-inch Full HD with privacy filter
OLED 13.3-inch UHD, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
|Storage||Up to 1 TB (SSD)||Up to 2 TB SSD|
|Ports||1 x USB-C (with Thunderbolt 4 on Intel models)
1 x USB-A
3.5 mm jack for audio
|2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-A
3.5 mm jack for audio
|Wireless||Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5||Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5|
|Webcam||720p||720p with infrared camera|
|OS||Windows 10 Home or Pro||Windows 10 Home or Pro|
|Battery||51 W||60 W|
The Specter x360 13 is an exquisitely designed notebook with gem-cut corners and beveled edges in colors that complement the chassis, which comes in natural silver, night black, or Poseidon blue.
The Specter is for people who want their laptop to express a sense of style. The Envy x360 13, on the other hand, has a minimalist design with simpler, cleaner lines and a more conservative aesthetic.
It is available in pale gold and natural silver on the Intel version, and ceramic white and night black on the Ryzen version. It’s an attractive laptop too, but it’s not meant to attract as much attention.
Both laptops offer excellent build quality. The Specter x360 13 is made from machined aluminum and is therefore rock solid, with one of the best build qualities you’ll find in a 2-in-1.
The Envy x360 13 is made from stamped aluminum and is solid too, though perhaps a bit less than the Specter. Both are among the best 2-in-1s if rigid construction is important to you.
We already said that these two laptops are almost identical in size and weight. The Specter x360 measures 12.08 inches wide by 7.66 inches deep by 0.67 inches thick and weighs 2.8 pounds.
The Envy x360 13 measures 12.07 inches by 7.66 inches by 0.68 inches and weighs 2.92 pounds. That’s close enough to be extremely difficult to distinguish just because of its dimensions.
Interestingly, the Specter x360 13 has smaller screen bezels and a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, compared to the Envy x360 13’s slightly larger bezels and an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Somehow, HP managed to fit the difference in a chassis of the same size, which means that you will also find keyboard and hand rest platforms of similar size.
Both the Envy x360 13 and Specter x360 13 enjoy the excellent HP keyboard that was once reserved for the Specter line. It offers deep travel, a light touch with precise one-click bottom action, and consistent feel across the keys.
It’s quiet, has great comfortable key spacing, and has a handy row of position keys on the right side. It’s one of the best keyboards you’ll find on Windows 10 laptops.
Touchpads are also similar wide versions on both computers that take up most of the available space on the keyboard deck.
Offer similar smooth surfaces and compatibility with touchpad drivers Microsoft Precision, giving them accurate and reliable support for Windows 10’s full complement of multi-touch gestures.
Both 2-in-1s have touchscreens and are compatible with the HP Active Pen. It’s a $ 70 option on both laptops.
Besides aesthetics, connectivity is another small difference. The Specter x360 13 offers two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 on updated models (we reviewed the late 2019 version and only the internals changed), a USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and an audio jack from 3.5 mm.
The Envy x360 13 has a single USB-C 3.2 port (no Thunderbolt on AMD chipset models, Thunderbolt 4 on Intel models), a USB-A port, a microSD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The Envy also uses a proprietary power adapter while the Specter charges via USB-C. Both machines offer Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5 wireless connectivity.
The Specter x360 13 uses Intel’s 11th generation Core processors, either Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7, with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 2TB of solid-state disk storage.
The Envy x360 13 comes in two versions, one with AMD Ryzen chips ranging from the Ryzen 3 4300U to the Ryzen 7 4700U, with up to 16GB of RAM, which can be configured with up to 1TB of SSD storage. The other version uses the Intel Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB SSD.
We tested the previous Specter x360 13 with a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 and the Envy x360 13 with the Ryzen 5 4500U. The Envy was clearly the fastest rig, and that would still be true even when compared to the 11th gen processors in the updated Specter x360 13.
In our handbrake test, for example, encoding 420MB video to H.265, the Envy x360 13 was 27 percent faster than the Specter x360 13, even in the latter’s performance mode.
Both laptops offer the utility Command center from HP to switch between various power settings, including a standard mode that balances processor speed with heat and noise, and a performance mode that runs hot, high, and fast.
Utility made the biggest difference to the Specter x360 13, and in standard mode the Envy x360 13 was twice as fast. This delta of performance was extended to all of our tests except games.
The Radeon graphics on the Envy x360 13 were no faster than the Intel Iris Plus graphics on the Specter x360 13, and the newer Iris Xe graphics on the Intel versions of both laptops would be faster.
That will change once HP updates the Envy with the latest Ryzen 5000 series processors, but until then, the Envy is the least of the gaming laptops. That doesn’t say much though, as these laptops are only good for older titles and modern titles with very low resolution and graphics.
The Envy x360 13 Ryzen models are faster and more suitable for creators, the market that HP targeted the laptop. The Specter x360 13 isn’t far behind when it comes to productivity, but it won’t keep up with processor-intensive tasks.
The Specter x360 13 was the first 13-inch laptop to receive an OLED screen, and it’s a 4K beauty. It delivers wide colors (98 percent AdobeRGB and 100 percent sRGB) with excellent accuracy (1.29 DeltaE), 405 nits of brightness, and unmatched OLED contrast (405,210: 1). A low-power IPS Full HD display is also available.
The Envy x360 13 Ryzen has the option to choose between a Full HD IPS screen and a Full HD with privacy screen. The Intel version changes the privacy screen option to an OLED panel. We tested the Full HD display and it provided average colors (71 percent AdobeRGB and 96 percent sRGB), average accuracy at 2.26, high brightness at 399 nits, and good contrast for an IPS screen at 1,110: 1.
While the Envy x360 13 offers a good display, the OLED panel on the Specter x360 13 is excellent. There really is no comparison here.
We have already established that these laptops are almost the same size and both are very portable laptops. You will hardly notice them in your backpack.
Battery life is difficult to judge from the results of our review. The Specter x360 13 didn’t get very good battery life despite its 62W battery due to the power-absorbing OLED display.
It barely beat 5.5 hours in our web browsing test, a low score, and failed to reach 10 hours in our video looping test. The Envy x360 13 performed best with just over nine hours of web browsing and 13 hours of video looping.
Note that you’ll get significantly better battery life than our two review units if you opt for the low-power display available for the Specter x360. You’ll probably get slightly better battery life with the Intel version of the Envy x360 13. However, as tested, the Envy x360 13 wins the battle for battery life.
The Envy x360 13 Ryzen starts at $ 690 with a Ryzen 3, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and the Full HD display. It has a maximum of $ 1,390 for the Ryzen 7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and the Full HD privacy screen.
The Intel version costs $ 810 with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a Full HD display, and a maximum of $ 1,240 for a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an OLED screen. It starts as an inexpensive device and ends as a premium.
The entry-level Specter x360 13 is $ 1,110 for a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a low-power Full HD display. The top-end machine costs $ 1,700 with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and an OLED screen. It’s a premium laptop from top to bottom.
It is a challenge to choose between these two laptops. The Envy x360 13 is less expensive and offers better performance with the Ryzen processor, but you can’t get that processor with an OLED screen.
The Envy 13 is an attractive laptop, but not quite as exquisite as the Specter x360 13. In the end, we have to admit that the Specter is the most refined 2-in-1 laptop offering the best 13-inch look and build ever. your money can buy.