HP’s Spectre 13 is the Thin Laptop Aiming to be ‘Better than the MacBook’

HP didn’t waste any time in showing off the laptop it thinks is “better than a MacBook,” and there’s no denying it’s, at the very least, ridiculously thin. HP recently officially unveiled the Spectre 13, and the company is quick to point out that it’s the thinnest laptop in the world. The numbers don’t lie, either. The Spectre 13 measures in at only 10.4mm thick, which means it comes in a bit thinner than what Apple put together with its 12-inch MacBook (13.2mm thick), and even Dell’s XPS 13 (15.2mm thick).

The Spectre 13 is in many ways HP's attempt at a modern MacBook Air. There are no gimmicks: no 4K display, no touchscreen, no detachable or twisting body. It's just trying to be a really solid, stylish laptop.
And that's what it appears to be. The Spectre 13 has a 13.3-inch, 1080p display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage in its base model. More importantly, it includes either a Core i5 or a Core i7 processor. That's the type of processor you'd normally find in the MacBook Air or a typical ultrabook — laptops this size usually get Core M, which is slower, but doesn't get as hot and allows for a smaller battery.
“We know that. We’ve seen Apple do that. But our customers want Core i, and I’m here to tell you today we pulled it off.”
As far as pricing goes, it will start at $1,169.99 with pre-orders kicking off on April 25, and shipments begin sometime in May. On May 22, the HP Spectre 13 will be available at Best Buy for $1,249.99. 

What do you think of the Spectre 13? Is HP out-designing Apple?


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