Sunday, 24 July 2016

HP Releases Spectre 13 - World's Slimest Laptop

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Many laptop users are usually attracted to products with slick look and pleasing to touch. It is only the techies that quickly overlook the outward appearance and waste no time in requesting to know about the hardware and software capabilities of the system. Laptop and computer accessories manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP) is known for releasing durable, high quality systems into the market. Apple on the other has a high reputation for slick-looking products. Just like Microsoft, HP has recently give the world a reason to opt less often for MacBooks from Apple by becoming more creative in terms of product appearance, features and this is manifested in the new HP Spectre 13 Laptop – The World’s Thinnest Laptop.

How HP was able to meander through the internal hardware architecture to make Spectre 13 as slim as it is and yet equip it with high end spec is worth researching into for curious engineering geeks like me. HP’s choice of the encasing metal is a brilliant combination of copper and black aluminum. This Laptop is not only beautiful but enhanced with a host of rare features as well as processor and memory capabilities. Below are some details of the major features and components. Of note is the video and audio technology that produces quality sounds for an enhanced multimedia experience.

Body: The Spectre 13 is encased in a carbon fiber aluminum material which makes it aesthetically pleasing and smooth to touch. This is complemented by a Corning Gorilla glassy display for the screen.

Cooling System: With an innovative and efficient cooling system that cannot be found in just any gadget, the operation of Intel Core i5/i7 processors in the system is as smooth as ever. The hyperbolic cooling system works by pulling in cool air into the internals of the PC, this then blown over all the processors every time thereby making it much less likely for the system to get overheated. Processor performance remain at its peak while all this happen.

Display: 13.3 inches diagonal Full High Definition (FHD) In-plane Switching (IPS) Ultra Wide View Angle (UWVA) BrightView Corning Gorilla Glass WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080).

Operating System (OS) Platform: Windows 10 Home 64, Windows 10 Pro 64.

Processor, Memory and Graphics: Intel Core i5-6200U (2.3GHz, up to 2.8 GHz, 3MB caches) + Intel HD Graphics 520 (with 8G memory).
8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM (onboard).
Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz, 4MB cache, 2 cores) + Intel HD Graphics 520 (with 8G memory).

Hard Drive: 256GB PCIe NVM M.2 SSD. 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.

Power: The primary 4-cell 38 Wh Li-ion polymer battery is capable of powering the system for 9 hours.

Personalization: HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone.

Networking: Intel 802.11ac (2 x 2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo.

Pointing Device: HP Image pad with multi-touch gesture support.

External I/O Ports: 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C, HP USB Boost); 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C, HP USB Boost, Thunderbolt); 1 headphone/microphone combo.

Software Included: McAfee LiveSafe 30-day trial offer (Internet access required. First 30 days included. Subscription required for live updates afterwards).

Of note is the security and theft protection feature incorporated into the system. The McAfee LiveSafe Security Software trial version is available on the laptop, after which the user is expected to make at least yearly payments. Computrace LoJack for Laptops is the theft protection tool provided. Get the product at Amazon now!
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