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HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) Laptop Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.2
Reviewed Apr 05, 2024 at 09:59 am
HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) Picture
8.4
School
7.1
Gaming
8.6
Multimedia
8.1
Workstation
8.2
Business

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is a premium 14-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop that replaces the HP Spectre x360 14 (2023). It's available with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H or Core Ultra 7 155H CPU, integrated graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of storage. There's a single display option: a 120Hz 2.8k OLED panel with touch and stylus support. Ports include one USB-A, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 4s, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It has a Wi-Fi 7 wireless adapter (also available with a Wi-Fi 6E adapter), a haptic touchpad, a 4k webcam, and a 68Wh battery. You can get this laptop in the Nightfall Black, Sahara Silver, or Slate Blue color.

See our unit's specifications and the available configuration options in the Differences Between Variants section.

Our Verdict

8.4 School

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is great for school use. It has a thin and light design that makes it easy to carry around, and its battery lasts around 11 hours of light use. Working on this laptop feels amazing, as it has a sharp OLED display with touch and pen input support, a spacious keyboard, an easy-to-use haptic touchpad, and an outstanding 4k webcam. Its Intel CPU can easily handle general productivity workloads, like web browsing, text processing, and video playback. You can do slightly more intensive tasks like programming, though you might experience slowdowns if the material is overly complex. Also, you can only get this laptop with an integrated GPU, which is also too slow for heavy computing tasks.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Battery lasts around 11 hours of light use.
  • Spacious keyboard, easy to use haptic touchpad.
  • Outstanding 4k webcam.
Cons
  • CPU and integrated GPU can't handle highly demanding workloads.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
7.1 Gaming

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is decent for gaming. It's only available with low-power CPUs and integrated graphics, which aren't fast enough to handle demanding titles at 1080p, even with low graphical settings. You can play some lighter, puzzle-like games; however, you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low settings to get smooth gameplay. As for the display, it has an OLED panel with a high refresh rate and decent response time, but it doesn't support FreeSync or G-SYNC to reduce screen tearing.

Pros
  • 120Hz display with decent response time.
  • Minimal thermal throttling under load.
  • Low temperature and fan noise.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
Cons
  • CPU and integrated GPU can't handle highly demanding workloads.
  • Soldered RAM.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.6 Multimedia

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is excellent for media consumption. It's very portable, thanks to its thin and light design, and since it's a 2-in-1 convertible, you can set it in tent mode or use it as a tablet. Its OLED display looks incredibly sharp and colorful, producing deep, inky blacks, making it fantastic for dark room viewing and HDR content. The only downside with the display is that its glossy finish struggles with bright reflections, so visibility can be an issue in well-lit environments. The speakers get very loud with minimal compression, and they sound clear and full, albeit light on bass. Its battery life is outstanding at over nine hours of video playback, giving you ample time to get through multiple movies and TV show episodes.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Battery lasts over nine hours of video playback.
  • Touch and pen input.
  • Loud speakers.
Cons
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • Speakers lack bass.
8.1 Workstation

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) isn't designed for use as a workstation. It provides a great user experience overall; however, its low-power CPU and integrated GPU can't handle highly demanding workloads. Also, you can only get up to 32GB of soldered RAM. You can do some color-correction work, though, as its 2.8k OLED display has full DCI P3 and near-full Adobe RGB coverage. It has a fast, user-replaceable SSD and a decent port selection that includes two Thunderbolt 4 ports. The keyboard gets a bit toasty under load, but the fans are relatively quiet.

Pros
  • Display has full DCI P3 and near-full Adobe RGB coverage.
  • Minimal thermal throttling under load.
  • Low temperature and fan noise.
  • Fast, user-replaceable SSD.
Cons
  • CPU and integrated GPU can't handle highly demanding workloads.
  • Soldered RAM.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
8.2 Business

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is a great business laptop. Its sturdy build, compact design, and all-day battery life make it a great option for working on the go. It also provides an amazing user experience thanks to its sharp OLED display, spacious keyboard, haptic touchpad, and 4k webcam. You also get a fingerprint sensor and a facial recognition IR camera for fast logins. Performance is good; Intel's Core Ultra CPU can easily handle productivity tasks like text processing, web browsing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Unfortunately, the OLED display is susceptible to permanent burn-in, so you'll want to take active measures to prevent it if you plan to keep the laptop for a while.

Pros
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Sharp OLED display.
  • Battery lasts around 11 hours of light use.
  • Spacious keyboard, easy to use haptic touchpad.
  • Outstanding 4k webcam.
Cons
  • Soldered RAM.
  • OLED display susceptible to permanent burn-in.
  • 8.4 School
  • 7.1 Gaming
  • 8.6 Multimedia
  • 8.1 Workstation
  • 8.2 Business
  1. Updated Apr 05, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 28, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Mar 19, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Feb 23, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Feb 16, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) equipped with an Intel Core Ultra 5 125H CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The CPU, memory, and storage are configurable; the available options are in the table below.

Screen
  • 14" OLED 2880 x 1800 120Hz (touchscreen, stylus support, 100% DCI P3)
CPU
  • Intel Core Ultra 5 125H (14 cores, 18 Threads, up to 4.5 GHz, 18MB Cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores, 22 Threads, up to 4.8 GHz, 24MB Cache)
GPU
  • Intel Arc Graphics (integrated)
Memory
  • 16GB LP-DDR5x 7467MHz
  • 32GB LP-DDR5x 7467MHz
Storage
  • 512GB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
  • 1TB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
  • 2TB M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD
Color
  • Nightfall Black
  • Sahara Silver
  • Slate Blue

See our unit's label here.

Compared To Other Laptops

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is a great 2-in-1 convertible laptop. It feels very well built and provides an excellent user experience with its sharp OLED display, spacious keyboard, and responsive haptic touchpad. Its battery life is among the best compared to other 14-inch ultraportables, and it's also one of the few laptops on the market with a 4k webcam. While its performance isn't groundbreaking, it does fare better than most thin and light laptops for thermal throttling, thanks to its dual fan cooling system.

See our recommendations for the best business laptops, the best lightweight laptops, and the best Windows laptops.

ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024)

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 OLED (2024) are both high-end Windows ultraportables with Intel's new Core Ultra H-series CPUs. While both devices support touch and pen input, the HP is a 2-in-1 convertible with a 360-degree hinge, while the ASUS is a more traditional clamshell model. The HP has a slightly brighter display, better-sounding speakers, a better 4k webcam, and longer battery life. It also performs better under load, as its CPU doesn't throttle as much, thanks to its superior cooling system. The ASUS has an HDMI port, which the HP lacks, though it's limited to HDMI 2.0 standards, meaning it can only output at a maximum resolution of 4k @ 60Hz.

ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023)

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) and the ASUS Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (2023) are both 2-in-1 Windows convertibles with touch and stylus support. The HP has better performance overall, as its CPU doesn't throttle as much as the ASUS' under load, and its battery life is noticeably longer, lasting almost three hours more. It also has a 120Hz display, whereas the ASUS is limited to 90Hz, though this difference in refresh rate doesn't have a significant impact when it comes to productivity tasks. The ASUS laptop's port selection is slightly better, as it has an HDMI port.

HP Spectre x360 14 (2023)

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is a newer version of the HP Spectre x360 14 (2023). The 2024 model has several upgrades over its predecessor, including a sturdier build, a larger haptic touchpad, a higher resolution 4k webcam, and better performance. This new model has a single 2.8k OLED display option; the OLED isn't new, as it's available on the older model as well, but this new panel has a 16:10 aspect ratio (instead of 3:2) and a faster refresh rate of 120Hz. Port selection is a little worse on the 2024 version, as you lose the MicroSD card reader, and the battery life is shorter.

Dell XPS 14 (2024)

Although both are 14-inch Windows laptops available with Intel Meteor Lake CPUs, the Dell XPS 14 (2024) and the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) are quite different. The XPS 14 is more of a thin and light workstation designed to handle more demanding workloads like programming and video editing on the go, while the Spectre x360 is a 2-in-1 ultraportable designed for light, general productivity tasks. In other words, you can get more performance out of the XPS 14. However, the Spectre x360 provides a better user experience, as its keyboard and touchpad are easier to use. The XPS 14 has a slightly sharper OLED panel option, but you have to pay extra for it, as the base display option is an FHD+ IPS panel, whereas the Spectre x360 comes with a 2.8k OLED at no additional cost.

HP OMEN Transcend 14 (2024)

While the HP OMEN Transcend 14 (2024) and the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) are both 14-inch laptops with a lot of similarities, they're also very different, as the OMEN is a gaming/workstation laptop, whereas the Spectre is a general productivity 2-in-1 convertible. The Spectre has a much better webcam and longer battery life, and its display supports touch and pen input. However, the OMEN has a wider port selection and more processing power, making it more suitable for demanding workloads like video editing and 3D graphics.

LG gram 14 (2023)

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) and the LG gram 14 (2023) are both 14-inch Windows ultraportables. However, the HP is a 2-in-1 convertible with touch and pen input support, while the LG is a more traditional clamshell laptop. The HP is better overall; it has a sturdier build, a brighter, sharper 120Hz OLED display, and a better 4k webcam. It also performs better under load, as its CPU doesn't throttle as much. On the other hand, the LG is a full pound lighter, and it has a wider port selection that includes a MicroSD card reader, an HDMI, and an additional USB-A port.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Form Factor
2 in 1

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is available in Nightfall Black, Sahara Silver, and Slate Blue. See the bottom of the laptop here.

9.5
Design
Build Quality

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)'s build quality is outstanding. Its aluminum chassis feels very sturdy, exhibiting only a small amount of flex on the lid and keyboard deck. The finish doesn't easily scratch or pick up fingerprints, and its feet stick firmly to the bottom. The whole device feels hefty, with evenly distributed weight.

7.5
Design
Hinge
Range
360°
Stability
Good
One Finger Lift
No

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has good hinges. They feel smooth when opening and closing the lid and are stable, exhibiting very little wobble when moving the device or typing heavily. However, they have just a tad too much resistance for a one-handed lift.

8.6
Design
Portability
Size
14"
Thickness
0.8" (2.0 cm)
Width
12.4" (31.4 cm)
Depth
8.7" (22.0 cm)
Volume
84.3 in³ (1,381.6 cm³)
Weight
3.1 lbs (1.4 kg)
Charger Size
6.1 in³ (100.7 cm³)
Charger Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
6.5
Design
Serviceability
Ease Of Access
8.0
RAM Slots
0
Storage Slots
1
Replaceable Battery
Yes
Replaceable Wireless Adapter
Yes

The HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop 14's serviceability is okay. Accessing the internals is straightforward; you only need to remove four T5 screws and undo a few clips with a prying tool. Unfortunately, the RAM isn't user-replaceable, and there's only one M.2 2280 storage slot.

See the maintenance and service guide here.

Design
In The Box

  • 65W power adapter and cord
  • Documentation

Display
Display
Screen Specs
Resolution
2880 x 1800
Aspect Ratio
16:10
Pixel Density
241 PPI
Panel Type
OLED
Touch Screen
Yes
Screen-To-Body Ratio
84%

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)'s OLED display looks very sharp and provides enough screen real estate for split-screen multitasking. Unlike the HP Spectre x360 14 (2023), this newer model has a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of the more squarish 3:2 of its predecessor, meaning it's wider but shorter (in landscape mode). While 16:10 is a popular aspect ratio for productivity these days, some may find it a little too narrow when using the device as a tablet in portrait mode. OLED panels are susceptible to permanent burn-in, especially with static elements like Windows' taskbar; however, it's unlikely to be an issue for those viewing varied content.

8.7
Display
Refresh Rate
Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Dynamic Refresh Rate

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is only available with a 120Hz OLED display. While not entirely necessary for productivity, a 120Hz refresh rate does help provide a better user experience than a standard 60Hz display. It makes motion look smoother, like when scrolling through a document, and improves responsiveness when moving the cursor and using touch or pen input. However, setting the refresh rate to 120Hz will drain the battery faster. You can set it to a fixed 60Hz to save battery, and there's also a setting that automatically switches the refresh rate between 60Hz and 120Hz, depending on whether you're actively using the laptop or looking at static content.

10
Display
Contrast
Native Contrast
25,250 : 1

The display's contrast ratio is effectively infinite since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels to produce perfect blacks. The posted result is the contrast ratio when measuring with the checkerboard pattern above. Measuring a full-black and full-white screen separately results in a higher contrast ratio of 51,150. We got an even higher contrast of 72,350:1 when using an HDR video on YouTube.

As you can see in the checkerboard image, there's some color fringing between the black and white boxes. The fringing is hard to notice in person—the picture just makes it more apparent.

7.8
Display
Brightness
Maximum Brightness
369 cd/m²
Minimum Brightness
1 cd/m²

The display gets bright enough for use in most indoor settings but not outdoors in broad daylight. It's very dim at the lowest brightness setting, which is great for dark room viewing because it causes less eye strain.

7.3
Display
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
4.59%
Indirect Reflections
1.57%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.02%

The display's reflection handling is decent. Its glossy finish mainly struggles with bright light sources, like a lamp or open window during the day. These reflections are visible even when viewing light-color content with the screen at maximum brightness.

10
Display
Black Uniformity
Uniformity (Std. Dev.)
0.207%
7.1
Display
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Left
38°
Color Washout From Right
39°
Color Shift From Left
18°
Color Shift From Right
19°
Brightness Loss From Left
43°
Brightness Loss From Right
43°
Black Level Raise From Left
52°
Black Level Raise From Right
60°
Gamma Shift From Left
44°
Gamma Shift From Right
44°

The display's horizontal viewing angle is decent. Like most OLED panels, colors shift fairly quickly as you move to the side.

6.3
Display
Vertical Viewing Angle
Color Washout From Below
36°
Color Washout From Above
37°
Color Shift From Below
18°
Color Shift From Above
19°
Brightness Loss From Below
42°
Brightness Loss From Above
42°
Black Level Raise From Below
22°
Black Level Raise From Above
18°
Gamma Shift From Below
40°
Gamma Shift From Above
39°

The display's vertical viewing angle is passable. Again, color shift is the main issue when viewing from above or below. It isn't too bad if you're only viewing documents, but you'll have to look at the screen more or less straight on if you need perfect accuracy for color-critical work.

6.9
Display
Out-Of-The-Box Color Accuracy
Avg. White Balance dE
2.44
Avg. Gamma
2.28
Avg. Color dE
4.56
Avg. Color Temperature
6,395.6 K

The display's accuracy is okay out of the box. The white balance is great; however, most colors look oversaturated because the Default color profile uses a wider color space. The gamma is too high for the most part, especially in dark scenes, resulting in loss of detail and crushed blacks.

There are many preset color profiles available, including Entertainment, Low Blue Light, Low Light, Native, Photos and Videos (P3-D65), Printing and Imaging (Adobe RGB), Web (sRGB), and Work. If you don't like the Default profile's oversaturation, you can switch to the Web (sRGB) profile, which limits the color reproduction to the sRGB color space. Here are the sRGB profile's measurements:

  • Avg. White Balance dE: 1.76
  • Avg. Gamma: 2.2
  • Avg. Color dE: 1.20
  • Avg. Color Temperature: 6308 K

9.7
Display
Color Gamut
sRGB xy
150.39%
sRGB uv
144.13%
Adobe RGB xy
94.56%
Adobe RGB uv
97.88%
DCI P3 xy
99.99%
DCI P3 uv
99.99%
Rec. 2020 xy
79.38%
Rec. 2020 uv
82.85%

The display's color gamut is superb. It has full coverage of the sRGB and DCI P3 color spaces and near-full coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. It's suitable for media consumption, professional photo editing, and HDR video production.

7.2
Display
Flicker
Flicker-Free
No
Flicker Frequency
480 Hz
Flicker Active Below
100%

The display's flicker is unlikely to be an issue for most people, as the flicker frequency is relatively high. However, it may still cause eye strain for people sensitive to display flickering.

Interface
8.1
Interface
Keyboard
Typing Quality
8.0
Numpad
No
Backlighting
Adjustable
Operating Force
69 gf
Actuation Force
31 gf
Pre-Travel
0.92 mm
Total Travel
1.30 mm

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has a great keyboard. Its layout feels spacious and is easy to get used to. The keycaps are okay; they're stable but feel a tad cheap for such a premium laptop. They're also very flat, which you might not like if you prefer keycaps with a more concave form. The keys have a decent amount of travel, require little force to actuate, and provide clear tactile and audio feedback. The typing experience is great but can be slightly tiring because it's a compact laptop, and there isn't much space on the deck to rest the wrists properly. The backlighting is white; you can toggle through two brightness levels or turn it off completely using the F5 shortcut.

8.8
Interface
Touchpad
Tracking Quality
8.5
Size
19.5 in² (126.0 cm²)
Material
Glass
Dedicated Buttons
No

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has an excellent touchpad. It's large and tracks all movements and gestures well. Palm rejection also works as intended. This is a haptic touchpad, meaning it uses a haptic engine to simulate clicks instead of mechanical buttons, similar to Apple MacBooks. You can click anywhere on the touchpad, and the haptic feedback feels good. The only issue is that it sometimes doesn't register double clicks, though this doesn't happen often.

9.0
Interface
Speakers
Max Volume
82 dB SPL
Standard Error @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
5.1 dB
Slope @ Normal Vol. (65 dB)
1.2
Bass Extension (Low-Frequency Ext.)
240 Hz
Treble Extension (High-Frequency Ext.)
20 kHz
Dynamic Range Compression @ Max Vol.
0.6 dB

The speakers get very loud with minimal compression at higher volume levels. They sound clear, full, and relatively natural. There's some bass, but not a whole lot.

9.1
Interface
Webcam & Microphone
Video Quality
9.5
Resolution
4k
Position
Top Center
Privacy Cover
No
Face Unlock
Yes

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has an outstanding webcam. The image looks sharp and detailed, with no visible noise. Color saturation is good, though the color temperature is too warm, almost unnatural. Voices sound clear over the microphone; the gain is quite high, which can cause some static noise in the background. You can adjust the video and audio quality via the myHP app.

Connectivity
7.0
Connectivity
Ports
USB-A Ports
1
USB-C Ports
2
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt 4
USB-C Charging
Yes
USB-C Display Out
Yes
HDMI
No
DisplayPort
No
3.5mm Jack
Combo mic/headphone
Card Reader
No
Ethernet
No
Proprietary Port
No
Security Lock
No

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has a decent port selection. The USB-A port supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 data transfer speed (up to 10Gbps) and Sleep and Charge; the latter lets you charge a mobile device even when the laptop is in sleep mode. Both USB-Cs support Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gbps data transfer speed and two 4k displays at 60Hz), USB4, DisplayPort 1.4, Power Delivery 3.0, and Sleep and Charge. Power Delivery lets you fast charge the laptop and other PD-compatible devices connected to the port.

Connectivity
Wireless Communication
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be)
Bluetooth
5.4

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024)'s wireless adapter is an Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200. You can also configure the laptop with an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 wireless adapter.

Configuration
Configuration
CPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Core Ultra 5 125H
Core Count
14
Thread Count
18

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core Ultra 5 125H (14 cores, 18 Threads, up to 4.5 GHz, 18MB Cache)
  • Intel Core Ultra 7 155H (16 cores, 22 Threads, up to 4.8 GHz, 24MB Cache)

Both are high-performance CPUs from Intel's Meteor Lake family. Unlike Intel's 14th Gen processors (13th Gen Raptor Lake refreshes), these CPUs have two low-power E-cores (LP-E) to further improve efficiency and an NPU (Neural Processing Units) to handle AI-based tasks, like background-blurring on video calls. They're designed for general productivity tasks, like text processing, web browsing, video playback, spreadsheets, and presentations. They can handle some light programming and video editing, though the experience won't be as smooth as on a laptop with a higher wattage CPU and dedicated GPU, like the Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024), and tasks will take longer to complete. Regarding core composition, the Core Ultra 5 has four performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and two low-power efficiency cores (4P+8E+2LP-E), while the Core Ultra 7 has six performance cores, eight efficiency cores, and two low-power efficiency cores (6P+8E+2LP-E). Both CPUs have the same Neural Processing Units (NPU).

Configuration
GPU
Brand
Intel
Model
Arc Graphics
Dedicated/Integrated
Integrated
VRAM Size
N/A

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) is only available with Intel Arc Graphics, an integrated GPU designed to handle light tasks like web browsing and video playback. You can play some older or puzzle-like games, but you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphical settings to get smooth gameplay.

Configuration
RAM
Capacity
16 GB
Modules
2 (Soldered)
Type
LP-DDR5x
Speed
7,467 MHz

You can configure this laptop with 16GB or 32GB of RAM. The memory isn't user-replaceable.

Configuration
Storage
Advertised Capacity
512 GB
Usable Capacity
457 GB
Drive 1
SK Hynix PC801
Drive 1 Type SSD
Drive 2
No 2nd Drive
Drive 2 Type No 2nd Drive

You can get the HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) with 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. The SSD is user-replaceable; the slot supports M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs.

Performance
9.1
Performance
Geekbench 5 (Synthetics)
CPU Single-Thread
1,638 points
CPU Multi-Thread
8,563 points
GPU Compute
28,083 points

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has an outstanding overall score in Geekbench 5. The Intel Core Ultra 5 125H CPU performs well in a variety of workloads and can easily handle general productivity tasks like web browsing, text processing, and video playback. You can run more intensive, multi-threaded applications; however, you might experience some stutters and slowdowns if the work is overly complex, and it'll take longer to complete tasks. As for the Core Ultra 7 155H CPU, although it's faster than the Core Ultra 5 because it has two additional performance cores, it's still much slower than the high-performance CPUs typically found in workstations and gaming laptops, like the Intel Core i9-14900HX in the Dell Alienware m18 R2 (2024) or Apple's M3 Pro/Max SoCs in the Apple MacBook Pro 14 (M3, 2023) and Apple MacBook Pro 16 (M3, 2023). Similarly, the Intel Arc GPU performs well for integrated graphics but is much slower than even an entry-level discrete GPU like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650.

The posted results are numbers obtained in the default Balanced profile. Switching to the Performance or AI Smart Sense mode has almost no impact on the performance.

9.5
Performance
Cinebench R23 (CPU Rendering)
Single-Thread
1,705 points
Multi-Thread
8,333 points

The Intel Core Ultra 5 125H CPU performs well in the Cinebench R23 benchmarks. Again, this CPU can handle some heavily multi-threaded workloads, but know that there are significantly faster CPUs on the market, like the Intel Core i9-14900HX or AMD Ryzen 9 7845HX.

7.5
Performance
Blender (3D Rendering)
CPU Render Time
5.0 min
GPU Render Time
N/A
GPU Render Time (Optix)
N/A

While you can render 3D images in Blender using the CPU, getting a laptop with a discrete GPU is best, as even an entry-level GPU, like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, can render images much faster.

6.1
Performance
Basemark GPU (Game Scene)
Overall Score
25,873

The Intel Arc GPU's Basemark score is unremarkable. It's a step up from Intel's own Iris Xe; however, it's still far too slow for graphically intensive games. You can play some simple, puzzle-like games or older titles at 1080p, but you'll have to play at a lower resolution or with low graphics settings to get playable frame rates.

9.4
Performance
Storage Drive Performance
Sequential Write Speed
1,739.5 MB/s
Sequential Read Speed
4,298.5 MB/s
Random Write Speed
77.0 MB/s
Random Read Speed
54.2 MB/s
8.6
Performance
Battery
Capacity
68 Wh
Battery Life (Web Browsing)
11.0 hrs
Battery Life (Video Playback)
9.3 hrs
Battery Life (Gaming)
2.5 hrs
Charge Time
2.6 hrs
3.4
Performance
Borderlands 3
Avg. FPS
22 fps
1% Low
4 fps
0.1% Low
2 fps
1% Low Delta
215 ms
0.1% Low Delta
451 ms
Avg. FPS On Very Low
49 fps

Borderlands 3 isn't playable on the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop 14 at 1080p. The gameplay is too choppy, even with low graphical settings. The Intel CPU's integrated graphics can't handle such a demanding game.

5.8
Performance
Civilization VI
Avg. FPS
35 fps
1% Low
23 fps
0.1% Low
21 fps
1% Low Delta
15 ms
0.1% Low Delta
18 ms
Avg. FPS On Minimum
108 fps
Avg. Turn Time
7.83 s

Civilization VI is playable. You can easily get over 60 fps by turning down a few graphical settings. The average turn time is decent and within the expected range for a model with an Intel Core Ultra 5 CPU. Upgrading to the Core Ultra 7 will only get you a few more frames per second.

3.5
Performance
Counter-Strike 2
Avg. FPS
22fps
1% Low
10fps
0.1% Low
6fps
1% Low Delta
58 ms
0.1% Low Delta
114 ms
Avg. FPS On Low
44fps

Counter-Strike 2 runs poorly on the HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop 14. The Intel Arc integrated graphics can't push 60 fps at 1080p, even with the lowest graphical settings. The Core Ultra 7's integrated graphics will likely push closer to 60 fps, but the gameplay will still be very choppy due to frame drops.

4.0
Performance
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
Avg. FPS
27 fps
1% Low
10 fps
0.1% Low
5 fps
1% Low Delta
66 ms
0.1% Low Delta
162 ms
Avg. FPS On Lowest
45 fps

Shadow of the Tomb Raider runs poorly. The gameplay is very choppy, even with low graphical settings. Upgrading to the Core Ultra 7 won't improve the performance significantly.

7.9
Performance
Thermals And Noise
Keyboard Temp While Idle
27 °C (80 °F)
Keyboard Temp Under Load
42 °C (108 °F)
Fan Noise While Idle
25.0 dBA
Fan Noise Under Load
44.0 dBA
Power & Fan Control App
Yes

The keyboard gets a little toasty under load but isn't uncomfortable by any means. See a heatmap of the laptop's underside here. Fan noise is relatively low; it's mainly the sound of heavy airflow, not a high-pitch whine. The posted fan noise result is the level of noise when using the default Balanced profile. Switching to the Quiet mode reduces it to 39.5 dBA, while switching to the Performance mode increases it to 47 dBA.

9.2
Performance
Performance Over Time
CPU Temp (Cinebench)
70 °C
CPU Perf. Loss (Cinebench)
5% loss
GPU Temp (Heaven)
74 °C
GPU Perf. Loss (Heaven)
0% loss
Additional Features And Software
Additional Features And Software
Software
Operating System
Windows 11
Additional Software
Yes

The HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptop 14 has many pre-installed applications, including:

  • Dropbox promotion: Ad for Dropbox file hosting service.
  • HP Command Center: Lets you tweak the laptop's performance and fan speed, optimize network performance, and view system information.
  • HP Enhanced Lighting: Adds a virtual light ring on the screen to improve lighting during video calls.
  • HP PC Hardware Diagnostics Windows: Helps diagnose system issues.
  • HP Privacy Settings: Lets you choose what type of information you share with HP.
  • HP Smart: App for HP printers.
  • HP Support Assistant: Lets you access information on how to repair and diagnose issues. Also contains guided troubleshooting via a virtual assistant.
  • HP System Event Utility: Lets you see the system's information and run diagnostics.
  • Intel Unison: Lets you connect your smartphone to the laptop, allowing you to send and receive messages, view photos on your smartphone, and transfer files, similar to the MyPhone app.
  • McAfee: Antivirus software. Requires subscription.
  • myHP: Lets you tweak the laptop's performance and fan speed, view system information, optimize audio and video quality during video calls, tweak the speakers' sound, change the display's color profile, and remap the stylus' buttons.
  • OMEN Gaming Hub: Lets you access your installed games, HP rewards, and picture gallery. It also lets you see system information like CPU and GPU usage and temperatures, optimize the PC, and change the power profile.
  • Solitaire & Casual Games: Solitaire, FreeCell, Spider, Mahjong, Sudoku, and other casual games.
  • Spotify: App for the music streaming service.

Additional Features And Software
Extra Features
RGB Illumination
No
Touch Pen
No
Secondary Display
No
Biometrics
Face Recognition and Fingerprint Sensor

The HP Spectre x360 14 (2024) has a fingerprint sensor and an IR facial recognition camera. You can use either to log in quickly, authorize purchases in the Windows Store, and auto-fill saved passwords on supported websites.

The display supports pen input, using Microsoft Pen Protocol technology (formerly N-Trig). Depending on the region and retailer, you may or may not get a stylus included with the laptop. The stylus is an HP rechargeable (via USB-C) MPP 2.0 pen with 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt support. It attaches magnetically to the right side of the laptop for transport.