HP Spectre rekindles the notebook thinness wars

HP just renewed the ongoing struggle for the title of world's thinnest laptop. Its latest entry in the high-end Spectre notebook family, the HP Spectre, features a folded thickness of just 0.4" inch (10.4mm). HP claims that figure makes the Spectre the world's thinnest. Given what this PC lacks in volume, it's also a featherweight at just 2.5 pounds. The machine's body is made out of aluminum and carbon fiber. Gorilla Glass shields a 1080p IPS display, a fine resolution for the machine's 13.3" size.

Perhaps because its last 13-inch Spectre laptop faced complaints about its performance, HP has implemented Intel's hyperbaric cooler on the new Spectre. That cooler lets the machine use Skylake Core i5 and i7 processors, rather than the Core M or Atom processors typically found in this size class.

Buyers get up to 512GB of PCI Express-based solid-state storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a 2x2 antenna, and three USB Type-C connectors, two of which are Thunderbolt 3-capable. HP says the new Spectre should manage a nine-hour runtime on battery. Pricing starts at $1169.99, but there's no word yet on when the new ultrathin notebook will be available.

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