HP’s new leather laptop tries to reinvent the PC

HP boldly claims to try something else on its latest convertible laptop and "relaunch the PC." Most laptops are housed in aluminum or plastic chassis, but HP's Specter Folio is wrapped in a variety of differently shaped leather. Sounds like every other 2-in-1 on the market, but it's a bit different when you look at HP's Specter Folio.

HP made and bonded a skeletal magnesium frame attached to external leather. It has a small motherboard that can maximize the battery capacity of this unit. HP requires up to 18 hours of battery life, which is an impressive amount if charges continue. Inside is an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage. HP uses a 13.3-inch FHD display with Intel's latest 1W panel to maximize battery life. There will also be a 4K display option later this year.

This is actually a frame of Specter Folio. HP uses leather to create a device that collapses like a magazine and looks like when you close a book because it contains spines and stitching. Mode switching is also very smooth. You can use it in an existing laptop mode, or switch to Media mode by sliding the display forward into the slot. In this mode, the keyboard is covered in the display. The trackpad is on the front so you can navigate when you need it without touching the display. When in media mode, you can switch to tablet mode by pressing the display flat.

HP's bold claim to "Rediscover PC" should be tested by Specter Folio's review. I used the device for a while last month. I've watched the PC manufacturer try wild designs after trying the wild pc design since Microsoft released the Windows 8 operating system, and there is not yet a perfect 2-in-1. Whether it's a heavy tablet or awkward laptop mode, there's always a compromise along the way. HP thinks that Specter Folio can handle this design perfectly and manage both.

"This design is so smooth from laptop to tablet, it's one of the fastest in the industry," says Stacy Wolff, HP's design vice president. "I knew switching between modes was very fast, There is a big test of 2in-1 that I feel. It was surprisingly strong and well balanced. When I stretched out my hand to reach the screen, there was no irritating shaking and the screen looked heavy. The only disappointing part of this mode is a compromise on the angle of the display. It is okay to use it at your desk instead of trying to adjust the display angle more to avoid glare on the screen. The display has a rather large jaw and I prefer panels that do not have a bezel like Dell's XPS 13.


hps new leather laptop tries to reinvent the pc

Tablet mode is mainly what users expect, and some stylus has support. Tilting and more than 4,000 sensitivity. The display can be set at a slight angle when the display is in tablet mode, but the display is much stronger when it is flat. All other modes are supported by magnets, so there is no lock to press or lock the button. HP also had an aluminum keyboard with 1.5mm key travel and a glass trackpad and found something similar to a Specter notebook during a brief test.

I was surprised that HP did not consider the ARM based version of the 10 inch version of the Specter Folio. "We had to maintain an extreme partnership with Intel," explains Wolff. "We've seen others, we've been on a short trip, because we really wanted to get to the premium level." It does not sound like the 10-inch version is working. Wolf says, "There is a lot of noise and a wide variety of form factors" in a 10-inch space, but HP is not about known productivity devices.

The way, leather is clearly a key component of this design. It is to make the Ghost Folio feel more premium and like books when it is folded. How the leather will withstand the palm rest will be interesting. HP does not offer any type of treatment for leather, and wear can be similar to Microsoft's Surface Laptop. "It's designed for disassembly." Wolff suggests that leather outfits can be replaced in the future.

In addition to leather, it is clear that HP is experimenting with folios. It's a bigger effort to hire animators and fashion designers to capture the premium notebook market dominated by Apple. Microsoft has tried similar approaches in the Surface line, and HP wants a noticeable notebook.

HP plans to market this Specter Folio exclusively at Best Buy and HP.com. The Intel Core i5 model costs $ 1,299 and the Core i7 model costs $ 1,399. The LTE version with a Core i7 processor is also priced at $ 1,499. The 4K display option and Burgundy color will be available in December.

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