HP Spectre X2 review – gets the looks and the performance, but…


  1. Andrew McIntosh

    January 2, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    How is the charging time? Thinking about replacing my Surface 3 where charging times are TERRIBLE. Thinking with USB-C it might be improved on this device, similar to the fast charging available on some newer smartphones…

    • Derek Sullivan

      January 3, 2016 at 3:37 am

      I don’t have exact numbers but it was a little faster than my Surface Pro 3. I don’t think the USB connection has anything to do with it though. The power brick size is usually an indication of how much wattage it has and the higher the wattage, the faster the charge typically.

      The new charging advantages with smartphones don’t apply here unfortunately. All Qualcomm did with QuickCharge was make their SoCs compatible with currents higher than 2A. Laptops have never had that limitation and most chargers are going to charge at 2.5A or more. The only reason phones charge so fast now is because they are charging at 3A and the batteries are really small compared to a tablet or laptop. Your Surface 3 charger should be 2.5A like mine so it’s a slow charge mainly because the power brick is tiny and the battery carries a high capacity.

  2. Chris

    January 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    How would you compare the Hp Spectre x2 to the Lenovo Miix 700?

  3. JB

    June 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I have the Spectre X2 and have been pretty happy with it. Anyone else have an issue with the keyboard deleting all text when using the backspace key? It doesn’t happen all the time but can get quite annoying.
    The other issue is Chrome crashes a lot. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for this and different websites will trigger it.

  4. JR McKee

    December 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Bought two HP units including this one.

    My biggest issues (bad):
    *Speakers awful, both tinny and weak
    *LTE connectivity a great concept, but not with Verizon
    *Stylus does not work. Bought 4 stylus 2 from HP direct…no luck

    *Decent battery life
    *Nice form factor
    *Good performance as all around tablet/laptop

    With some tweaks, i.e. better battery, speakers, stylus and universal compatibility with all major LTE Carriers I can see this being the Tablet to beat…for now I had to go back to a Surface Pro 4.

  5. mojo

    March 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

    The lenovo Miix
    is a good machine but the Spectre beats it on a few key points.

  6. barlas

    April 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Thank you, i found this article very informative.

    Low volume is really annoying. I couldn't believe it was so silent at first, because it cames with Bang&Olufsen labels which made me expect hi quality speaker performance, then I realize every user experience the same low volume problem… But I must say that the sound performance with the headsets is really successful. I got Sennheiser HD 449, even though their impedence is 32 ohm, sound level and quality is satisfying.

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