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Oppo Find N3 Flip Review

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Oppo has introduced the Find N3 Flip, the company’s latest tiny foldable smartphone with an improved design, hinge, performance, and camera experience. It’s only an evolutionary step up from the Find N2 Flip, but it’s turning up to be one of the greatest smartphones in its category.

The Find N3 Flip improves on the N2 Flip’s design with redesigned glass panels, more curves, and increased durability thanks to updated Gorilla Glass Victus protection and IPX4 splash resistance. The two panels are unchanged: a huge 6.8-inch foldable LTPO AMOLED and a 3.26-inch external OLED with a 17:9 aspect ratio.

The new Find N3 Flip is powered by the most recent Dimensity 9200 chipset, which has a better CPU and GPU than the Dimensity 9000+ inside the N2 Flip and is one of the top three chips on the market right now. The N3 Flip has 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS4.0 storage. The Oppo Find N3 Flip has a 4,300mAh battery that supports 44W fast wired charging. There is no wireless charging available.

  • Body: 166.4×75.8×7.8mm, 198g; plastic front (unfolded), glass back (unfolded), aluminum frame; IPX4 splash resistant.
  • Display: 6.80″ Foldable LTPO AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1200 nits (HBM), 1600 nits (peak), 1080x2520px resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, 403ppi; Cover display: AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, 3.26 inches, 382 x 720 pixels, 250 ppi, 800 nits (HBM), 900 nits (peak).
  • Chipset: Mediatek Dimensity 9200 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.05 GHz Cortex-X3 and 3×2.85 GHz Cortex-A715 and 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Immortalis-G715 MC11.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 4.0.
  • OS/Software: Android 13, ColorOS 13.2.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, f/1.8, 24mm, 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS; Telephoto: 32 MP, f/2.0, 47mm, 2x optical zoom, PDAF; Ultra-wide angle: 48 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 114˚, AF.
  • Front camera: 32 MP, f/2.4, 21mm (wide), 1/2.74″, 0.8µm, AF.
  • Video capture: rear camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps; gyro-EIS; front camera: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30; gyro-EIS.
  • Battery: 4300mAh; 44W wired; 50% in 23 min (advertised); reverse wired.
  • Connectivity: 5G; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 7; BT 5.3, aptX HD; NFC.
  • Misc: fingerprint reader (side-mounted); stereo speaker

Design

Oppo’s design approach for the Find N3 Flip closely resembles its predecessor, the Find N2 Flip. Retaining a pleasing, rounded design, it offers a comfortable grip in contrast to the Galaxy Z Flip 5’s sharper edges and flat sides. However, I find myself missing the matte finish seen in the Astral Black variant of the Find N2 Flip, as the current glossy finish tends to be slippery.

While the overall appearance and feel of this foldable device exude luxury, I couldn’t help but notice some sharp edges along the bottom edge of both halves when folded, where the curved outer panels meet the flat frame. Given the premium price point of around Rs. 1 lakh, I expected a higher level of attention to detail. Fortunately, Oppo includes a simple yet effective matte-finished case in the package, providing both halves with added grip.

The rectangular cover display on the top half maintains its previous design, and it seems that Oppo has kept this orientation to accommodate the innovative triple rear camera setup, a first for clamshell foldables globally. I appreciate the thought put into the design of the triple rear camera layout.

Regarding the inner folding display, the crease is remarkably shallow and nearly imperceptible, complemented by ultra-thin bezels on all four sides. The flat nature of these bezels enhances the experience of swipe-in or swipe-out gestures at the display edges. Similar to its predecessor, the inner folding display exhibits resistance to fingerprint smudges, and even if smudges occur, they can be effortlessly wiped away.

Turning attention to the taller cover display, there’s a discrepancy in Oppo’s advertising. Due to the left-sided layout of the cover display when held folded with the hinge up, accessing it over the circular camera module felt somewhat inconvenient, despite my relatively large hands making it manageable but not ideal.

Surprisingly, Oppo suggests using the phone with the hinge down, making the left-handed display easily accessible for right-handed users. However, this adjustment creates an unusual layout issue for the fingerprint reader, which relocates to the opposite side, requiring unlocking with the ring finger instead of the thumb— a design choice that struck me as perplexing.

In an attempt to conform to this “advertised orientation” with the right hand and the display on the right, the phone operated as expected. However, flipping it open upside down necessitates the use of both hands or risks an awkward maneuver of swinging the phone around (bringing the hinge up) with one hand and then unfolding it conventionally.

In summary, the optimal way to use the cover display is with the hinge positioned at the top and the display on the left, replicating the natural flipping motion for the main display. However, individuals with smaller hands may find this arrangement challenging due to the phone’s width.

The nearly invisible crease and ultra-thin, flat bezels are made possible by the Flexion hinge, Oppo’s proprietary design crafted from aircraft-grade steel. Featuring a water drop design, this hinge enables both halves of the foldable to close seamlessly, eliminating any visible gap. Oppo asserts that the Flexion hinge can endure up to 1,000,000 folds, though this claim could not be independently verified.

In terms of user experience, the hinge impresses. Similar to the Oppo Find N2 Flip’s hinge, it is responsive and light in operation. It strikes a balance, avoiding the looseness seen in the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra’s hinge and the tightness of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5’s hinge. Operating the foldable with one hand, opening and closing it requires minimal effort, showcasing Oppo’s successful calibration of tension and force.

Unlike Samsung’s hinge, Oppo’s Flexion hinge has a defined sweet spot, allowing one-half to stay upright within the 45-120 degree range. Pushing it beyond this range will cause the phone to either shut abruptly or unfold completely.

Another notable advantage of the hinge design is the inclusion of an IPX4 rating for water resistance in the Oppo Find N3 Flip. While this provides basic protection against water splashes or light rain, it’s essential to note that more significant water exposure, such as immersion in a tub or pool, may necessitate a visit to the service center.

 Specifications and Software

The Oppo Find N3 Flip, following in its predecessor’s footsteps, employs a MediaTek processor. This time, the upgrade shifts from the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ SoC to a Dimensity 9200 SoC (4nm). The device boasts 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage, supporting various 5G bands with dual-5G standby and accommodating two nano SIM cards (or 1 SIM card and one eSIM). Communication standards include Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, a USB Type-C port, and compatibility with global positioning systems. The phone’s fingerprint reader is seamlessly integrated into the power button and exhibited reliable performance throughout the review period. Despite a substantial 4,300mAh battery and 44W wired charging, there is no provision for wireless charging.

Running on Oppo’s ColorOS 13.2, based on Android 13, the device incorporates the expected features of the skinned operating system commonly found on OnePlus smartphones. Specific settings for the cover display are consolidated under a dedicated section in the Settings app labeled ‘Foldable features.’ Here, users can customize the cover screen wallpaper, as well as add or remove mini-apps and third-party apps.

Functionally, the cover display marks a significant improvement over its predecessor, which primarily ran mini versions of native apps resembling widgets. While retaining elements of the old interface with “Mini apps” (scaled-down versions of native apps like weather, timer, etc.), Oppo introduces a selection of full apps, including third-party ones, similar to the Galaxy Z Flip 5. Notably, apps can transition from the cover display to the main display but not vice versa, a quirk that may feel unconventional. However, since the cover display is primarily intended for quick message responses via voice, it doesn’t match the functionality of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5’s display. Responding via a full keyboard in supported third-party apps is possible, but due to the width of the cover display, it may feel cramped.

Similar to its counterpart, third-party app support for the cover screen is in beta. To open a notification from these apps, users must tap to expand the notification from the lock screen or the notifications tray. After expansion, two choices emerge: “Open app” within the cover display itself or “Unfold to continue” via the main screen. Opting for the former directs users to the corresponding app or thread on the cover display, provided Oppo has included it in its beta-supported app selection. Responding to most messaging apps, even unsupported ones, is feasible through the cover display’s built-in reply system, offering emojis, customizable preset text replies, and voice-to-text responses. In essence, the experience is not as seamless as the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra’s cover display, acknowledged as the most effective implementation on a clamshell foldable. Consequently, users may frequently find themselves opening and accessing the main display.

 Performance

The Oppo Find N3 Flip delivers commendable software performance with a smooth user experience. Operating in the default battery mode, I encountered no lag or stuttering, proving sufficient for my daily app usage. Benchmark tests also affirmed the phone’s capabilities, although it achieved slightly lower scores compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, which boasts a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. The Oppo Find N3 Flip managed an AnTuTu score of 10,27,655 and Geekbench scores of 1,116 and 3,325 points in its single and multi-core tests, respectively.

Equipped with a dual speaker setup, the phone’s audio quality is notable, with the top speaker also serving as the receiver, delivering balanced sound and clarity even at higher volumes.

Impressively, the gaming performance stands out, particularly with titles like Call of Duty: Mobile running smoothly on various settings, including the demanding Medium graphics and Ultra frame rate combination, achieving a commendable 120fps. While the phone did warm up during gaming sessions, it maintained optimal performance without excessive heat. The Pro Gamer mode’s touch sampling rate further enhances the gaming experience, accurately registering swipes in the slide-out gaming console.

Despite the enjoyable gaming experience, the display’s durability remains a concern. The main Schott UTG display exhibited a few dents, a consequence of gaming, highlighting that Oppo’s display may not be as robust as Samsung’s foldable solution.

In terms of battery life, the Oppo Find N3 Flip impressively lasts a whole day and more, even on the busiest days with gaming and camera usage. With at least 20 percent remaining after intensive use, the phone showcases effective optimization of both software and hardware. This represents a notable improvement over the Oppo Find N2 Flip and surpasses the battery life of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Motorola’s Razr 40 Ultra in our HD video loop test, clocking in at 23 hours and 54 minutes.

Charging efficiency is another strong suit, with the phone reaching 58 percent in just 30 minutes and completing a full charge in 1 hour and 5 minutes, outpacing the competition in terms of speed.

lf of it can remain upright. Pushing it beyond this sweet spot will see the phone slam shut or unfold fully. Another design feature that the hinge also allows for is an IP rating. Oppo’s Find N3 Flip finally gets an official IPX4 rating for water resistance, but this is quite basic, and it mainly works against splashes of water or light rain. This means you may need to head to the service centre if your foldable falls into a tub or a pool.

Cameras

The Oppo Find N3 Flip distinguishes itself as the first clamshell foldable smartphone to feature a genuinely premium camera setup. The rear camera system, a result of Oppo’s partnership with camera manufacturer Hasselblad, includes a 50-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 32-megapixel telephoto camera offering 2X optical zoom, and a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera boasting a 114-degree field of view and a minimum focus distance of 4cm in macro mode. For selfies, a 32-megapixel front-facing camera takes charge. Drawing parallels with OnePlus’s collaboration with Hasselblad, Oppo’s rear camera exhibits similar vibrancy and quality.

The telephoto camera, a first for clamshell foldables, performs well, delivering impressive close-up shots with natural bokeh in daylight. While it may lose some detail in low-light conditions, the resulting photos remain usable. In-sensor lossless zoom at 5X magnification produces acceptable results in daylight, albeit with noticeable purple fringing, but is less effective in low-light scenarios. The ultra-wide-angle camera produces slightly cooler color tones compared to the primary camera. Images pack in good detail and surprising sharpness, with commendable dynamic range, although barrel distortion is noticeable towards the image edges. Macro photography yields impressive results, allowing for close-up shots with sharp details, although the color tones may lean towards the cooler side.

The phone supports 4K video recording at 30 fps across all cameras, thanks to their high-resolution sensors. However, recorded videos may appear slightly underwhelming in terms of detail and clarity. Decent stabilization is present, but the camera struggles to maintain a steady framerate during shooting. Low-light video performs adequately with good stabilization but does exhibit noticeable noise.

Conclusion

With the dual foldable releases from the Oppo and OnePlus collaboration under BBK Electronics, it’s evident that both brands have presented a substantial challenge, setting a high standard for Samsung’s anticipated foldables—the Galaxy Z Flip 6 and the Galaxy Z Fold 6.

The OnePlus Open stands out as a clear winner, outshining Samsung’s 2023 offerings. However, my sentiments toward the Oppo Find N3 Flip are more nuanced. The vertical layout of its cover display leaves me with mixed feelings, and there’s uncertainty about whether Oppo will opt for a different design in the next iteration.

While the Find N3 Flip boasts impressive raw performance, including gaming capabilities, commendable camera quality, and noteworthy battery life coupled with fast charging, its unique cover display layout may not resonate with all users. The user experience on the cover display depends heavily on the daily apps one uses, making it a less seamless experience for those who frequently utilize the cover display on their foldables. Opt for this model if you seldom use the cover display or if it’s your first foldable device and you don’t anticipate using the feature frequently.

 

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Infinix GT Book Review: A Promising Debut in Gaming Laptops

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The Infinix GT Book, priced at $720, marks the brand’s entry into the gaming laptop market. Available from May 27, this laptop can be configured with up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU, showcasing Infinix’s commitment to delivering a high-performance gaming experience. Here are our initial impressions after spending a few days with the device.

Design and Build Quality

The Infinix GT Book stands out with its Cyber Mecha design, a signature look that extends from Infinix’s recent smartphone lineup. The metal construction of the top and bottom lids, combined with a matte finish, not only enhances durability but also minimizes fingerprints and smudges. The Mecha Loop emblem on the lid adds a touch of style, and the overall build feels solid. Impressively, the GT Book, despite its 16-inch display, weighs just 1.99 kg, making it the lightest gaming laptop in its category according to Infinix.

RGB lighting enthusiasts will appreciate the Mecha Bar, a customizable RGB strip at the back of the laptop, which complements the rear exhaust vents. The bottom panel features an orange-accented grille for intake fans and sturdy rubber feet to keep the laptop stable. All RGB elements can be personalized through the GT Control Centre.

Display and Keyboard

Opening the lid reveals a full-size keyboard with 4-zone RGB lighting and a somewhat small touchpad. The 16-inch display boasts a 16:10 aspect ratio, full-HD resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and up to 300 nits of brightness, making it suitable for gaming. The display’s anti-glare coating and slim side bezels enhance the viewing experience, while the top bezel houses a 1080p webcam and dual microphones.

Ports and Connectivity

The Infinix GT Book includes a well-rounded selection of ports: two USB Type-A 3.2 ports, an SD card slot, HDMI 2.0, and a USB Type-C DP port. For connectivity, it supports dual-band WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. The laptop comes with a 210W power adapter, which is substantial in size.

Performance and Internals

Under the hood, the GT Book features a 70 Whr battery, dual fans for cooling, up to 32GB non-upgradable LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe 4.0 storage. It can be configured with up to a 13th Gen Intel Core i9 13900H processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU with 8GB VRAM. The review unit I tested had a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 12450H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 with 6GB VRAM, 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 512GB PCIe 4.0 storage. There is also a variant with a 13th Gen Intel Core i5 chipset and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU.

Pricing and Variants

The base variant, which we are reviewing, is competitively priced at $720. It features a Total Graphics Power (TGP) of 80W, while the higher-end variants offer a slightly higher 90W TGP. Along with the laptop, Infinix is offering freebies as part of a limited-time launch offer, including an RGB gaming mouse, RGB gaming headphones, and an RGB gaming mousepad.

For its first attempt at a gaming laptop, Infinix has delivered a promising product with the GT Book. The competitive pricing, robust design, and ample port selection make it a noteworthy contender in the gaming laptop market. While the internals are not the latest, they should suffice for gaming and video editing tasks. Stay tuned for our full review to see how the Infinix GT Book performs under extensive testing.

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The Best 2-in-1 Laptops for 2024

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Tablet or Laptop? Why Not Both? Here Are Our Favorite Hybrid Machines

As technology continues to evolve, the demand for versatile computing devices has only increased. While the quest for the perfect hybrid device that functions seamlessly as both a tablet and a laptop continues, several manufacturers are making significant strides. As we enter 2024, Microsoft, Apple, and Samsung are leading the way with some compelling options. Here’s a comprehensive look at the best 2-in-1 laptops available this year, along with key factors to consider before making your purchase.

Quick Overview

  • HP Spectre x360 14: Best overall 2-in-1 laptop
  • Apple iPad Pro (M4): Best 2-in-1 laptop for Apple users
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+: Best 2-in-1 laptop for Android users
  • Lenovo Yoga 9i: Honorable mention

HP Spectre x360 14

  • Display: 14-inch OLED touchscreen
  • CPU: Intel Core Ultra 5 125H
  • Weight: 3.19 pounds
  • RAM: Up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 2TB

The HP Spectre x360 14 stands out as a versatile and powerful 2-in-1 laptop, making it our top pick. Its 360-degree hinge allows you to switch between laptop and tablet modes with ease, catering to both work and play. The OLED display is incredibly vibrant, providing excellent color accuracy ideal for creative professionals and media enthusiasts alike. Equipped with a powerful Intel Core Ultra processor and up to 32GB of RAM, it can handle demanding applications and multitasking effortlessly. Additionally, its premium design, excellent keyboard, and large touchpad add to its appeal.

Pros:

  • Versatile convertible screen
  • Vibrant OLED display
  • Solid CPU upgrade
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Ample ports

Cons:

  • Design remains largely unchanged
  • Haptic touchpad can be finicky
  • Average battery life

Apple iPad Pro (M4)

  • Display: 11- or 13-inch 120Hz tandem OLED XDR touchscreen
  • CPU: Apple M4
  • Weight: Starting at 0.98 pounds
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • Storage: Up to 2TB

The Apple iPad Pro (M4) is the ultimate choice for Apple enthusiasts seeking a hybrid device. The new OLED display is one of the best on any device, providing stunning brightness and contrast. Powered by the M4 chip, this iPad is incredibly fast and future-proof, ensuring top performance for years. The redesign makes it thinner and lighter, enhancing portability. The updated Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil Pro add significant new features, improving usability and making it a formidable competitor in the 2-in-1 market.

Pros:

  • Exceptional OLED screen
  • Powerful M4 chip
  • Thin and light design
  • Improved front camera
  • Enhanced accessories

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Not backward compatible with older accessories
  • New accessories are pricey

Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+

  • Display: 12.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X touchscreen
  • CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • RAM: Up to 12GB
  • Storage: Up to 512GB

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9+ is a solid choice for those who prefer Android. Its 120Hz AMOLED screen is perfect for consuming media, offering rich visuals and smooth performance. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and 12GB of RAM ensure smooth operation and efficient multitasking. The included S Pen is excellent for note-taking and drawing, making it a versatile tool for both productivity and creativity. Samsung’s improved keyboard case enhances its usability as a laptop replacement, though Android’s limitations as a desktop OS remain a consideration.

Pros:

  • Beautiful AMOLED screen
  • Great speakers
  • Powerful hardware
  • Responsive S Pen
  • DeX mode for multitasking

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Android is less efficient as a desktop OS

Lenovo Yoga 9i

  • Display: 14-inch WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) OLED touchscreen
  • CPU: 13th-gen Intel Core i7
  • Weight: 3.09 pounds
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB

The Lenovo Yoga 9i excels in adaptability, capable of transforming into various modes thanks to its 360-degree hinge. Its 14-inch OLED display offers stunning visuals, and the rotating soundbar ensures high-quality audio in any configuration. The Yoga 9i also boasts a range of ports, a fingerprint scanner, and comes with a stylus and travel sleeve. Though its design hasn’t changed much recently, Lenovo has improved its performance with the latest Intel processors.

Pros:

  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Powerful speakers
  • Strong battery life
  • Multiple USB-C ports
  • Physical webcam shutter
  • Included stylus and travel sleeve

Cons:

  • Noisy fans
  • Shallow keyboard
  • No built-in stylus storage

Factors to Consider Before Buying a 2-in-1 Laptop

When shopping for a 2-in-1 laptop, keep the following factors in mind:

  1. Weight and Portability: Ensure the combined weight of the tablet and keyboard suits your mobility needs. Modern hybrids generally weigh less than 2 pounds, but anything nearing 3 pounds might be better as an ultraportable laptop.
  2. Connectivity Options: Some 2-in-1s offer built-in LTE or 5G connectivity, which is great for on-the-go internet access. However, it comes with added costs for the hardware and data plans. Tethering to your phone remains a cost-effective alternative.
  3. Performance and Usability: These devices often have less powerful processors compared to full laptops. Keyboards can also be less sturdy with shallower travel. Ensure the advertised price includes all necessary accessories like keyboard cases.
  4. Operating System: Consider how well the OS supports productivity. Windows is typically better for productivity, while Android and iOS have more apps optimized for touchscreens.
  5. Budget: There are fewer budget options in the 2-in-1 market this year. For affordable yet capable devices, conventional laptops might offer better value.

By considering these factors and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each device, you can choose the best 2-in-1 laptop that fits your needs for 2024.

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HP Spectre x360 14 Review

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HP’s new Spectre x360 14 is a standout in the convertible laptop market, keeping the 2-in-1 concept alive with modern enhancements. Featuring Intel’s latest CPUs, faster Intel Arc graphics, and a stunning 2.8K OLED display, it combines performance and versatility.

Pros:

  • Versatile convertible screen
  • Vibrant OLED display
  • Solid CPU upgrade
  • Starts with 16GB RAM
  • Excellent keyboard
  • Ample ports

Cons:

  • Unchanged design
  • Finicky haptic touchpad
  • Average battery life

Even if you don’t use the 360-degree rotating screen, the Spectre x360 14 remains a sleek and powerful laptop. It’s a more traditional alternative to Dell’s new XPS 14 but with familiar usability.

Design and Hardware

The Spectre x360 14 features a sleek metal case, a large trackpad with configurable haptic feedback, and a unified power button/fingerprint sensor. It supports 28-watt Intel Core Ultra CPUs, 10% more airflow, and a 9MP webcam with low-light adjustment. Its quad-speaker array provides clear audio, and it remains lightweight at 3.2 pounds.

Performance

 

Equipped with Intel’s Core Ultra 7 155H chip, 32GB RAM, and a 2TB SSD, the Spectre x360 14 delivers a significant performance boost over its predecessors. It also features Intel’s Arc graphics, making it capable of handling 1080p gaming.

User Experience

The Spectre x360 14’s OLED display supports a 120Hz refresh rate, enhancing the visual experience. Its keyboard remains top-notch, but the trackpad’s palm rejection could use improvement. The convertible design makes it versatile, easily switching between laptop and tablet modes.

Battery life is its major flaw, lasting only about five hours in tests, which is less than other similar models,

Conclusion: The HP Spectre x360 14 is a top-tier laptop that excels as a convertible, making it a great choice for those who value both form and function in their devices.

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