New HP Spectre x360 15.6" Gem Cut [Honest Review]

  • Published: 28 February 2019
  • Did I just find 2019's best laptop?
    In this video, I review the all new HP Spectre x360 15.6" Gem cut laptop from late 2018. This laptop is beyond aesthetic, includes an absolute powerhouse processor, and an incredible 4k display.

    You Need This!

    This laptop includes the all new 8th generation i7 hectacore whiskeylake processor by Intel. The NVIDIA Geforce GPU and 16GB of ram make this a versatile laptop. This laptop is available in different storage capacities, different RAM options, and different GPU options. This customization makes this power laptop perfect for most budgets and situations.

    Nice that volume automatically adjusts to headphones vs speakers
    Speaker quality is decent, volume is good. But there is some buzzing at high volumes (90+)
    Bang and Olufsen speakers on the top and bottom
    Face ID and fingerprint sensor work well
    HP settings: temperature profile control, EQ
    2 different levels of backlit keyboard (between the lighting controls and the fan speed controls, I would say this laptop is great for high performance tasks or everyday tasks on airplanes and while traveling.
    Fingerprint works but I think I like the old swipe fingerprint method better (this one is more secure)
    Decent face recognition in low light, but not perfect - uses webcam and Windows Hello IR
    Easily control the battery life based on the brightness and performance level
    Options: there is a 4k or 1080p option, also NVIDIA GEFORCE GPU, or intel gpu,
    New fingerprint reader by the keyboard rather than on the side
    On/off button relocated to the gem cut corners so that you can easily turn the laptop on or off without feeling everywhere on the sides, and without accidentally turning the laptop off
    AMAZING FEATURE: mechanical switch to turn off the webcam! - no more sticky notes or tape!
    Also includes a full keyboard (including a number pad, and nice clicky buttons)

    Ports and buttons:
    1 x power button
    1 x power charging port
    1 x HDMI 2.0 port which can support up to 2 5K displays
    1 x Thunderbolt 3 port (great for the HP docking center)
    1 x USB type C
    1 x USB type A
    1x mechanical switch to disconnect webcam
    1 x micro SD slot
    1 x headphone jack

    Sleek look, new colors available
    Very thin bezel
    Overall light weight
    Fan blows out both sides, for maximum cooling with minimal noise
    Well balanced, smooth hinges
    Very dark blacks in screen

    Processor: Intel 8th generation i7 WhiskeyLake hectacore processor
    Graphics card: NVIDIA Geforce 1050 Ti
    Intel Gigabit Wifi (part of the new Whiskey lake processor by Intel)
    Speakers: Bang and Olufsen
    Screen: 15.6 inch with 4K and 1080p options

    OBS has trouble with the NVIDIA GPU (I think)
    HP pen works well but did not include a AAAA battery
    HP pen is a slightly different color
    Fingerprint sensor can be picky
    Speakers sometimes buzz a little bit at high volumes
    Charger is pretty large, and they have a charging port that does not double as a USB-C port (like the xps does)
    #HPSpectrex360 #HPSpectrex360GemCut #MikeOBrienMedia

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    Please comment below with any questions you might have. Thank you all for watching! I appreciate you!

    Disclaimer: This video is purely based on my experiences, research, and opinions. You and only you are responsible for your actions. I made this channel to advise viewers and I truly hope to help you all out. I love making these videos and connecting with my viewers!
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Comments • 436

  • Robert Jordon
    Robert Jordon  5 hours back

    I want one

    • Viral Killer
      Viral Killer  13 hours back

      would have been nice to see it ;p

      • Saravana Kumar
        Saravana Kumar  2 days back

        Please reply is This better for streaming movies ?

        • Nurmintdreamer
          Nurmintdreamer  1 weeks back

          Not sure if I should buy this or the surface book 2. The surface is SO expensive

          • Ashform
            Ashform  6 days back

            I'm in the same boat

        • Nicole Navarro
          Nicole Navarro  1 weeks back

          Don’t get it it’s trash and I had to return it gets wayyy too hot, other laptops this thin don’t get as hot as this one does. I’m going to college this fall and it definitely wasn’t for me

          • jupitersrx
            jupitersrx  2 weeks back

            Thank you for taking the time to review this.

            • Mike O'Brien
              Mike O'Brien   2 weeks back

              You're quite welcome. Thank you for taking the time to watch and comment on my video!

          • Minkyy
            Minkyy  2 weeks back

            Just bought this for college. So excited

            • Lucas Layton
              Lucas Layton  2 weeks back

              I stopped watching after you showed the charge pack. That size is a deal breaker. Good vid tho.

              • Jean Paul ICYIMPAYE
                Jean Paul ICYIMPAYE  2 weeks back

                Hi Mike! Yesterday I was trying to visit all shops in Kigali looking for this laptop. Unfortunately, I did not find it. Would you advise how I may get it in Kigali? Also, how much in USD may I expect to pay? I hope you gonna help me out!! 🙏🏽

                • Aryaman - Anime on Piano

                  The laptop may be too flashy for people but I think it's kinda hot.

                  • Chenyu Shang
                    Chenyu Shang  3 weeks back

                    Great, definitely getting this laptop
                    good work

                    • Mike O'Brien
                      Mike O'Brien   2 weeks back

                      Thank you for watching! I hope you like your new laptop!!

                  • Roman Krivenko
                    Roman Krivenko  3 weeks back

                    Subscribed thank you for the review

                    • Dave
                      Dave  3 weeks back

                      Just bought it 2 weeks ago but im going to return it. Love it but Be aware that the screen brightness is horrible. Cant use it outside without being extreamly pissed off. Huge fail by hp dont make a laptop you cant use outside so freaking stupid. Note I think the olead is brighter but your paying an extra 500$ just to be able to use it outside.

                      • eljay sinceno
                        eljay sinceno  3 weeks back

                        I think you convinced me on which laptop to get. Good information on the review

                        • Bloke x
                          Bloke x  3 weeks back

                          I bought this 1 month ago.
                          11/10 would recommend, 100% worth the money.

                          • R Vallee
                            R Vallee  3 weeks back

                            Just got this laptop for my Birthday! I love it! Great review!

                            • Robert Leather
                              Robert Leather  4 weeks back

                              I do like the look of the laptop, I actually looked at it yesteday. But the lack of ability to have more than 8GB of RAM kills it for me. That and the relatively average FHD display. For £1500 I want more.

                              • juicinater Exodus
                                juicinater Exodus  4 weeks back

                                Beautiful hp will be my next purchase I really like the design and colors.

                                • Lancelot du Lac
                                  Lancelot du Lac  4 weeks back

                                  I bought this laptop and had lots of regrets because of stupidly loud fans even when the laptop has been idle for hours. the support team were not able to help and it's a well known issue with these laptops

                                  • Chekara от Сан-Стефано 14

                                    135 watts not 150 watts can't be done by usb port C because gtx 1050ti needs a lot of watts :)
                                    That's why they are using power adapter of 135 watss

                                    • fernando alvarez
                                      fernando alvarez  1 months back

                                      Well, the power source is big because it's 150w. You need that kind of power for the 45w 6 core processor. The USB type c on the other side can also be used to charge the laptop but only at 90w so all performance wont be there, because of the lack of power needed.

                                      • Gabriel Mendoza
                                        Gabriel Mendoza  1 months back

                                        This wuld be great for my graphic design.. Probably to expensive for me though haha.. Living in the bay area sucks

                                        • goat
                                          goat  1 months back

                                          I wish they didnt go full Lamborghini on the design.

                                        • James Ji
                                          James Ji  1 months back

                                          Is there camera? Front facing?

                                          • Mike O'Brien
                                            Mike O'Brien   1 months back

                                            Yeah that was the camera I showed. It's just a standard webcam, and it doesn't look amazing but you can use it for basic Skype purposes

                                        • Peter Fang
                                          Peter Fang  1 months back

                                          Awesome review. I just bought this laptop for my kid going to college. It is a little heavy, but it will be the only thing she will need for 4 years and probably even into grad school. Now I worry it will get stolen~

                                          • FolkRoots
                                            FolkRoots  1 months back

                                            The top speakers by the screen don't work. I purchased this laptop and had this problem, so I exchanged it for another one (same exact model), and they don't work on my new one either. What the hell?

                                            • Kenzo Kalli
                                              Kenzo Kalli  1 months back

                                              Thanks but I'm still putting the sticker

                                              • Azza Homes
                                                Azza Homes  2 months back

                                                Hi Mike, Thank you ever so much for your great, thorough so helpful review! It helped me deciding what to Purchase! I as a professional photographer, having a laptop like this one with 3 fan options mode is very important! Thanks a million for your so helpful review!!

                                                • Mike O'Brien
                                                  Mike O'Brien   2 months back

                                                  Thank you for your kind comment! I really appreciate it!!

                                              • Julius Wijaya
                                                Julius Wijaya  2 months back

                                                how about the heat problem?

                                                • Rovin B
                                                  Rovin B  2 months back

                                                  Hey Mike, how would you compare this with the Lenovo Yoga C930?

                                                  • Maribel Ellaine Bal
                                                    Maribel Ellaine Bal  2 months back

                                                    hi mike! greetings from the Philippines 🇵🇭 i still can't decide whether to get this laptop or the Macbook Pro 2017. im just a student and all i really want is great battery life, decent keyboard, great specs and durability. i hope u can help me. 💋

                                                    • Maribel Ellaine Bal
                                                      Maribel Ellaine Bal  2 months back

                                                      and i really dont know anything about laptops 😅 until i watched videos. this will be my first purchase

                                                    • Maribel Ellaine Bal
                                                      Maribel Ellaine Bal  2 months back

                                                      i'll be studying med at college but currently, i am a senior high school student thank you omg ❤️ not really

                                                    • Mike O'Brien
                                                      Mike O'Brien   2 months back

                                                      Hmm... What are you studying? Will you be using this for any demanding software?

                                                  • Jerel Yates
                                                    Jerel Yates  2 months back

                                                    PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS LAPTOP... I have a 2017 HP Spectre 15inch w/ 4K - One year letter the screen flicker and bleeds constantly and sometimes it takes hours of sitting down and restarting to see the screen. I also cannot go into safe mode because you still can’t see the screen. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HP PRODUCT.

                                                    • JAD Alexander
                                                      JAD Alexander  2 months back

                                                      Good job Mike. You make the video about the product, not yourself. Very informative. Well Done !!!!

                                                      • czad Czad
                                                        czad Czad  2 months back

                                                        Legit 10 minutes i wasted. Please don’t use the phrase “honest review” instead wear a tie and join HP if they take you.
                                                        This is a classy looking machine but come on pal. Cropping the frame even to hide the upper bezel which is a big down in a laptop that is only about how it looks.

                                                        • yudabebe babe
                                                          yudabebe babe  2 months back

                                                          hi mike, how would you compare this to the yoga c930

                                                          • Daniel Pliszka
                                                            Daniel Pliszka  2 months back

                                                            Do NOT buy this laptop! The hinges for the entire envy and Spectre line are awful and cause the screen to shake NONSTOP. Even soft typing makes the screen shake, not allowing you to read clearly what it is you're writing

                                                            • Jiyong j
                                                              Jiyong j  2 months back

                                                              Tb3 is 2 lanes or 4 lanes?
                                                              Is it good for gaming with egpu?

                                                              • JJ Snel
                                                                JJ Snel  2 months back

                                                                Why are you talking about the power brick as if it's huge it isn't, it's average and really not a big deal.

                                                                • Carmen Nooner
                                                                  Carmen Nooner  2 months back

                                                                  It's pretty!

                                                                  • Mike O'Brien
                                                                    Mike O'Brien   2 months back

                                                                    It is a very nice looking laptop, in my opinion

                                                                • Alex Minólykos
                                                                  Alex Minólykos  2 months back

                                                                  Very thick and bulky, nothing radical on it, compared to my MacBook Pro this is just... outdated.

                                                                  • Alex Minólykos
                                                                    Alex Minólykos  2 months back

                                                                    @Mike O'Brien Correction: I should have written "looks outdated". Thanks for the vid.

                                                                  • Mike O'Brien
                                                                    Mike O'Brien   2 months back

                                                                    Huh... I haven't heard anyone else call this outdated yet. That's an interesting opinion. Thanks for watching

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                                                                  how is Nate ?

                                                                  • Scott Castle
                                                                    Scott Castle  2 months back

                                                                    I've owned one for about 6 months and 3 of the 4 speakers went dead. Finally recieved replacement parts from HP and stripped the damn two torx, the ONLY two, screws on the under plate. HP doesn't sell the screws, nor does anyone sell them on the web, M2.0x3.5mm. Hopefully 3mm works.

                                                                    • Mahesh Sonawane
                                                                      Mahesh Sonawane  2 months back

                                                                      Hey Mike create video on hp spectre 15 inch gaming test. So gamers like me takes decision on buying it for gaming or not

                                                                      • Laith Shammas
                                                                        Laith Shammas  2 months back

                                                                        Please ..... Price 🤑🤑🤑????

                                                                        • James Martin
                                                                          James Martin  2 months back

                                                                          I bought this laptop and the pen came with a battery for my computer. I also got a leather case with mine. One negative I had, I wanted the Poseidon Blue but they were not selling it in the 15 inch at the Best Buy I was shopping at.

                                                                          • Chris Lee
                                                                            Chris Lee  3 months back

                                                                            what's the refresh rate?

                                                                            • Real Truth
                                                                              Real Truth  3 months back

                                                                              If you turn off certain features like the touch screen, this laptop will turn into a PC in performance.

                                                                              • maggy803
                                                                                maggy803  3 months back

                                                                                i have this laptop love it! but i kinda wanna stream.. but I'm not sure if i can or i need something to make that possible. if not i probably need a pc now.. is it possible to stream on twitch or what i need to be able to do this?