There weren’t many downsides to last year’s HP Spectre 13. HP made a competent and uniquely stylish notebook that provided a lot of power, connectivity, and battery life in a thin-and-light shell.
But HP had bigger plans for the Spectre line, and, after a bit more self-editing, the company has developed the 2017 Spectre 13 notebook.
On the surface, this seems like a relatively minor spec update with 8th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors inside, in place of the 7th-generation CPUs in the previous model. However, the new Spectre 13 offers more than just a spec jump: HP figured out how to shrink the device’s footprint while adding more power and features, without removing anything crucial from original’s blueprint.
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