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Eduan R. Maggo
Looks matter. And chances are those who pretend otherwise are deceiving themselves. Given, we’ve embraced the concept that looks don’t matter as we strive to be better, more evolved beings. But if we’re really honest with ourselves, we will admit to an attraction to beauty. Add some substance to that, and you’ve hit the jackpot.
We’ve raved about HP’s Spectre laptops before — they’re beautiful devices that pack a punch. The latest in the range seems to have been created specifically with Debonair in mind. The HP Spectre Folio 13 is a compact workhose wrapped in grain leather. The craftsmanship outside matches the tech inside, so you get the best of both worlds.
The cognac brown, genuine leather-bonded body adds an undeniable level of sophistication, and introduces a tactile element that makes it a device I’m more than happy to carry around. And because the device is designed to transition effortlessly between work and play it doesn’t hurt that its slim and sleek.
The screen can be used in three positions — Laptop, where the keyboard is exposed; Watch, which gives you a tilted screen; and Tablet mode, where it folds flat. Switching between these positions is an intuitive and seamless process. It features 4K display with a minimal bezel, and comes with a digital pen to draw and doodle, and which comes in handy as a pointer during presentations.
The LTE-enabled version has a sim slot under the display, so you don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi. It also comes with a USB Type-C port, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone/mic jack.
Its keys are backlit with three settings, so you don’t have to worry about the light disturbing your neighbour on an overnight flight. The company has also eliminated the fan completely, so it’s super quiet.
The HP Spectre Folio 13 is powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, which is smooth and responsive, and runs Windows 10 with its Windows Hello and Cortana enhancements.
HP boasts it’s endowed with longer battery life that its competitors, and at a reported 18 hours it would mean this baby can keep up with our busy lives.
With its technical capabilities and an artisanal take on the laptop, this is my catnip.
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