Tech can be a funny thing. Sometimes they work great when you first buy them and continue to work great for the next few months. However, a year down the line and sometimes these gadgets start to show how poorly made they really are. This happened with my previous laptop, which is why I ended up getting the HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop ( HP Spectre x360 [13-ae091ms] )after. So how is this laptop doing after more than a year? I’m happy to report that’s still running like new, except one thing.
That one thing is actually nothing major. The battery in my HP Pen died. That’s to be expected seeing as batteries eventually die. What sucks is that the battery is an odd AAAA size so only a few places carry it. Amazon being one place if you don’t want to go searching and Best Buy. It’s actually not that bad as my local Best Buy is just a few minutes away.
Speaking of which, the battery life on this HP Spectre x360 has been fantastic. But that could also be due to how it gets charged. I never leave the charging cable plugged in after it’s been fully charged and usually I’ll let the battery drain down to almost 10% or so before charging back up again, unless of course I need to be out with my laptop and just top it off if need be. I haven’t seen any real decease in usable battery life.
Aside from that, there hasn’t been any mechanical issues with this laptop nor any software issues either. I still am getting regular HP driver updates as well as Windows 10 updates.
There are some quirks that I did learn to deal with. First off is that side mounted fingerprint reader. It’s was in a really dumb spot and it still is. I just don’t see how putting it on the side was a good idea and it really should have been placed on the same plane as the keyboard. A good place would have been just beneath the keyboard, right where the Intel Core i7 sticker was placed. I believe they fixed this in the latest 2019 models. So instead of the fingerprint reader, which now never gets used, I use Windows Hello instead and log in via facial recognition. It’s super fast and beats having to search around for where that fingerprint reader is.
Another quirk is that this laptop only has a microSD card reader and not a full sized SD card reader. While I know microSD cards are the norm right now, I still have regular SD cards I use in my cameras that I can’t read using this laptop unless I plug in a card reader. I find that incredibly dumb seeing as microSD cards usually come with an adapter so just having a regular SD card slot would have made more sense for compatibility issues. This is still the case with newer HP Spectre x360 too.
Lastly, while the HP Spectre x360 has been great for productivity and mostly everything I need, it’s not what I would call great with games. It can play games, but don’t expect it to play Fortnite on anything other then the lowest settings.
So there you have it. More than a year later an this HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop is still alive and kicking. While there were the little quirks and odd design choices, it’s been a laptop that I’ve genuinely been pleased with. It’s light weight, still looks great even when compared to the newer models, has some really kicking speakers, and one of the few laptops still with a regular USB port (even though it’s just one).
That’s pretty much it for the long term HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop review. There won’t be anymore unless something really catastrophic happens to this thing. Knock on wood.