The Spectre x360 14 can be considered an early look at what’s to come for future Spectre and EliteBook models should HP decide to continue investing in 3:2 laptops.
Announced earlier this year, the HP Spectre x360 14 made headlines as the first Spectre laptop with a 3:2 aspect ratio and display to contrast the 16:9 Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15. Its 13.5-inch touchscreen is 11 percent larger than the one on the 13.3-inch Spectre x360 13 and its slightly taller height has allowed for a 17 percent larger clickpad as well. Users who have been considering the Spectre x360 13 might suddenly find themselves at a crossroads between the 16:9 13.3-inch model or the 3:2 13.5-inch model especially since the Spectre x360 14 can do almost everything the Spectre x360 13 can.
The 13.3-inch model is still a respectable option if you mostly use your laptop for video playback where the 16:9 aspect ratio can really come in handy. Certain SKUs also include WAN connectivity which the Spectre x360 14 is currently lacking. For more general workloads and web browsing, however, the 3:2 Spectre x360 14 is going to be the more practical option for most and we wouldn’t be surprised if HP dropped the Spectre x360 13 in the future if the Spectre x360 14 proves to be more popular.
It’s likely that HP will eventually apply the panel that it uses for the Spectre x360 14 onto other models in the near future. Laptop makers tend to use just a handful of panels across an entire range of laptops and a 3:2 EliteBook would seem like the most obvious next step when considering the target audience of office workers and professionals. EliteBook laptops thus far have all been 16:9 or 16:10.
See our full review on the Spectre x360 14 to learn more about its chassis and features.
Allen Ngo, 2020-12-25 (Update: 2020-12-26)