HP launches Spectre, the world's thinnest laptop

HP claims that its 13-inch Spectre is the thinnest laptop in the market. It is available for pre-order starting at $2,299.
HP claims that its 13-inch Spectre is the thinnest laptop in the market. It is available for pre-order starting at $2,299.PHOTO: HP
The HP Pavilion x360 switches between laptop and tablet modes when you rotate its 360-degree hinge. It is available now at $1,199.
The HP Pavilion x360 switches between laptop and tablet modes when you rotate its 360-degree hinge. It is available now at $1,199.PHOTO: HP
HP's newest business ultra-portable boasts a battery life of up to 13 hours. It will be available in July from $2,299.
HP's newest business ultra-portable boasts a battery life of up to 13 hours. It will be available in July from $2,299.PHOTO: HP
Designed for businesses that print up to 6,000 pages a month, the 577dw is available now at $1,349.
Designed for businesses that print up to 6,000 pages a month, the 577dw is available now at $1,349.PHOTO: HP

SINGAPORE - HP has finally launched the Spectre, which the PC maker claims to be the world's thinnest laptop, in Singapore after it was first announced in the US last month.

Made from aluminium and carbon fibre, the Spectre is just 10.4mm thin, making it slimmer than rivals such as the Lenovo Yoga 900S (12.8mm). It weighs 1.1kg.

To accommodate the slim chassis, HP split the Spectre's battery into two pieces, which combine to deliver the same wattage as a single battery. The PC maker says the Spectre can last up to 9.5hr per charge.

While many ultra-thin computers now come with the low-power Core M processors, the 13-inch Spectre uses the more powerful Intel Core i5 and i7 chips. The laptop has 8GB of RAM.

The Spectre is priced at $2,299 for the Core i5 model (with 256GB SSD) and $2,599 for the Core i7 model (with 512GB SSD).

HP is taking pre-orders for the Spectre at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Exhibition (CEE) show at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. The laptop will ship to buyers next month.

The PC maker also showed off refreshed models of its Pavilion notebook series. The HP Pavilion 14 and Pavilion 15 are mainstream laptops with the latest processors and Nvidia graphics chips. Both models (from $1,299) offer full high-definition displays and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

For those looking for a more versatile hybrid device, the 13-inch HP Pavilion x360 offers four usage modes when rotated by its 360-degree hinge. It is priced at $1,199.

New business PC and printers

HP also launched new business PCs, which include the EliteBook 1030, a premium 13.3-inch aluminium-clad laptop with an optional 3,200 x 1,800-pixel display.

The EliteBook weighs less than 1.2kg and has passed military-grade endurance tests. HP claims that this Core-M laptop has up to 13 hours of battery life. It will be available in July from $2,299.

In addition, HP has refreshed its existing EliteBook business laptops with more powerful hardware. The new models will be available next month.

There are also new mobile and desktop workstations that cater to professional users. For instance, the HP ZBook Studio is a 15-inch laptop that comes with an Intel Xeon processor, up to 32GB of ECC memory and a 4K display.

Besides computers, HP launched new business printers as well. These include two A4 multi-function printers based on its PageWide technology, which uses a large stationary printhead the size of a page. For small businesses that print up to 2,000 pages a month, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8000 Series (starting at $219) provides professional-quality printing at a lower cost than laser printers, while the OfficeJet Pro 6000 Series caters to those with lower print volume (up to 800 pages).

vinchang@sph.com.sg