Looking for a 2-in-1 laptop that provides enough screen space for serious work? HP's Spectre x360 15t sports a big 15-inch touch display that folds back so you can use it like a tablet when you want to. You also get fast performance, a sturdy yet lightweight design and really long battery life. But the laptop, which starts at $1,149, is pretty pricey compared to other 15-inch convertibles. So, does it belong in your work bag?
The 15-inch x360 15t looks like a bigger version of the original Spectre x360, which sports a smaller, 13-inch display. Like that notebook, the x360 15t has a flexible hinge that lets you flip the display back a full 360 degrees, giving you better access to the touch screen. This system is a bit too large for it to be used as a traditional tablet, but business users will probably get good mileage out of the intermediate modes. For example, stand mode is handy for showing presentations or slideshows to a small group or while using touch-screen apps in cramped quarters, like on an airplane tray table.
And while it's larger than the average 2-in-1 laptop, the x360 15t is more portable than its 15-inch rivals. Weighing in at 4.2 lbs., the notebook is noticeably lighter than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (4.6 lbs.) and the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P55W (4.96 lbs.). Commuters and travelers will also appreciate that the Spectre x360's aluminum design feels sturdier and more durable than the alternatives.
Other hardware highlights include a zippy 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage and a sharp 1080p touch display. And although the keyboard is slightly shallower than average, the keys feel snappy, with a satisfying level of feedback on each keystroke.
Plus, the x360 15t lasts longer on a charge than competing notebooks. It ran for an impressive 8 hours and 27 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over Wi-Fi. That blows away the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (5:33) and the Toshiba Satellite Radius 15 P55W (5:14).
Check back for a full review of the HP Spectre x360 15t very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.