The HP Spectre Pro 13 G1. The ultra-thin laptop with a huge roar

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hp-spectre-pro-13-g1-open-screen-onOne of the things that strikes you about the HP Spectre Pro 13 G1 (apart from its name), is how amazingly thin and beautiful it is. In a world where Apple have firmly set the benchmark for the “thin top”, the Spectre Pro is one of the slimmest at only 1.04cm thick.

Taking the incredibly small form into account, the Spectre Pro 13 G1 features an Intel i7 processor running at 2.5 GHz, which can be turbo boosted to 3.1 GHz. 8GB of RAM is fitted under the sleek hood, allowing this laptop to deal with intense workloads such as design work and audio/video production.

In fact, the Pro 13 G1 is almost like a magic bag heaving with the latest technology. There are three Type-C USB ports, two of these offering support for Thunderbolt 3. The 13-inch screen is a FHD IPS Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, giving great colour depth and visibility. A 512GB SSD offers plenty of storage and high performance for all but the most demanding tasks. HP have even tackled with the typical laptop weakness – audio. There are a total of four separate speakers in the Spectre Pro 13 G1 all supplied by Bang & Olufsen, so you’ll have great sound whether your video conferencing or working with audio tracks. It truly is incredible to think what HP have managed to package into such a small footprint when looking at this laptop.

HP has done some serious work on the functional design of the Spectre Pro and the unit features a “piston” hinge that positions the screen above the keyboard rather than joining the two components together as with typical laptop design. This clever element of the design gives the screen a weighty, robust feel and yet doesn’t adversely affect the unit’s slim form factor.

The Spectre Pro is pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 10 Pro and includes the encryption software BitLocker, improved for use with Windows 10 Pro. BitLocker will allow you to encrypt individual files rather than “all or nothing” as used to be the case.  It’s also now possible to store encrypted areas alongside unencrypted files so you have a better chance to keep your sensitive data away from prying eyes and hackers.

All this power under the hood doesn’t mean that this work of art isn’t suitable for the business executive – the power is more than enough for office tasks and the incredible portable nature of this laptop means there’s no excuse not to take it from meeting to meeting and carry it around like a phone on a daily basis. This portability is enhanced by the battery life of a working day provided by the Spectre Pro’s Li-ion polymer battery. Plus, the backlit keyboard means that working late at night or early in the morning is no longer an issue.

All in all, the HP Spectre Pro 13 G1 is an amazingly ultra-thin yet powerful workhorse. Those outstanding aesthetics will certainly turn a few heads of proud Macbook users, at least until Apple unleash their next round of Macbook updates. This unit would be just as much at home in the studio as in an executive suite or boardroom. Well done HP, you’ve created a truly beautiful monster.

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Technical Specifications

Chipset Chipset is integrated with processor
Processor speed 2.5 GHz
Processor family 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-6500U with Intel HD Graphics 520 (2.5 GHz, up to 3.1 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
Processor technology Intel® Core™ i7 with vPro™ technology
Product colour Dark ash silver
Hard drive description 512 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD
Storage type SSD
Graphic Subsystem
Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 520
Graphics Integrated
Audio Audio by Bang & Olufsen
Quad speakers
Integrated dual-microphone array
HP Noise Cancellation and HP Audio Boost
Input devices
Keyboard Full-sized, island-style backlit keyboard
Pointing device Clickpad with image sensor and glass surface, multi-touch gestures enabled, taps enabled as default
Connectivity and Communications
Wireless Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) WiFi and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo
Ports 3 full function USB Type-C™ ports (data transfer, power delivery, DisplayPort™ 1.2 out and HDMI 1.4 out through dongle) of which 2 offer Thunderbolt™ support (docking, charging and USB 3.1)
Battery and Power
Battery type 4-cell, 38 Wh Li-ion polymer
Power 45 W Smart USB Type-C™ AC adapter
Weight Starting at 1.16 kg
Supported Operating Systems
Operating system Windows 10 Pro 64
Security Management
Security management TPM 2.0
Win 10 security features
Software and Applications
Software Buy Office
Microsoft Bitlocker
Absolute Data Protect
Foxit PhantomPDF Express for HP
CyberLink Power DVD
Power Media Player 12
Intel® WiDi Software
Adobe® Shockwave Player
CyberLink YouCam
HP Touchpoint Manager
HP Wireless Hotspot
HP ePrint
Software footnote number [9,10,12]
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H) 32.5 x 22.94 x 1.04 cm
Display Specifications
Display size (diagonal) 33,8 cm (13.3”)
Display 33.8 cm (13.3″) diagonal FHD UWVA eDP + PSR WLED BrightView ultra-slim flat (1920 x 1080)
Memory, standard 8 GB LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM (1 x 8 GB)
Memory and storage 512 GB SSD storage
Warranty 1-year limited warranty (optional Care Packs available, sold separately), 1-year limited warranty on primary battery