At CES 2017 last month, HP announced new variants of its Spectre x360 convertible laptops. With a refresh of its 15.6-inch line, there are also an improved versions of the late 2016 13.3-inch model, which add optional 4K display and pen support.
However, the original shipping versions of the 2016 Spectre x360 was missing a few features enjoyed by owners of the previous generation versions. It did not support an active pen, which could be useful for those wishing to use the device in tablet mode. And it lacked higher resolution screen opt, like Quad HD and 4K/UHD.
Those new 13.3-inch models are now available to purchase from Best Buy. Here are your opt, all of which come with a bundled pen and a Core i7 processor:
- FHD display, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage ($1,199)
- FHD display, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage ($1,599)
- 4K UHD display, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage ($1,499)
The pricing does seem to be a bit off for the FHD model with 16GB of the RAM. There doesn’t seem to be any reason that it would cost more than the 4K variant.
This pricing is interesting because the new Spectre x360 15, which comes out with a larger 15.6-inch, larger battery, 4K UHD display, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 940MX graphics is priced at $1,500 for 16GB/512GB model. Pricing could be adjusted in the future — it doesn’t make much sense that the 13.3-inch version would cost more than the 15.6-inch version with the similar specs.
As you may know, HP laptops are available from a variety of retailers, but the two best sources are Best Buy, and HP directly, from its website. In fact, HP often makes specific models—and in some cases, even specific products—available specifically for Best Buy. There are a variety of the reasons for this, but the short version is that Best Buy does not offer customizable PC builds, but rather specific configurations. HP works to optimize those configurations for the retailer.