HP Spectre x360 Vs Surface Pro in 2020

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We tested and compared the HP Spectre x360 versus the Surface Pro 7 in terms of Performance, Display Quality, Design, Keyboard and more. You can see the results and general info about the Laptops in our Ranking below. Also below you will find in-depth analysis of each Laptop.

Winner
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 12.3" (Latest Model) 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7 IRIS 512GB SSD 16GB RAM 2736X1834 12.3" Touch Win 10 Pro PVU-00015
Best Price
HP Spectre x360-13.3" FHD Touch - 10gen i7-1065G7-8GB - 512GB SSD+32GB Optane - Silver
Model
Surface Pro 7
Spectre x360
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent April 2020
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
Microsoft
HP
RAM
16GB
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics Card
Iris Plus Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
1.74 lbs
2.87 lbs
Pros
  • Best Performance in the Test
  • Great Design with kickstand
  • Long Battery Times
  • Face Recognition with Windows Hello
  • Good Performance
  • Awesome Speakers
  • Long Battery runtime
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not the best Convertible Function
Winner
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 12.3" (Latest Model) 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7 IRIS 512GB SSD 16GB RAM 2736X1834 12.3" Touch Win 10 Pro PVU-00015
Model
Surface Pro 7
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent April 2020
Manufacturer
Microsoft
RAM
16GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics Card
Iris Plus Graphics
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
1.74 lbs
Pros
  • Best Performance in the Test
  • Great Design with kickstand
  • Long Battery Times
  • Face Recognition with Windows Hello
Cons
  • Expensive
Best Price
HP Spectre x360-13.3" FHD Touch - 10gen i7-1065G7-8GB - 512GB SSD+32GB Optane - Silver
Model
Spectre x360
Test Result
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
HP
RAM
8GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-1065G7
Graphics Card
Intel Iris Plus Graphics
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
2.87 lbs
Pros
  • Good Performance
  • Awesome Speakers
  • Long Battery runtime
Cons
  • Not the best Convertible Function

Ranking First: Microsoft Surface Pro 7

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review

Pros

  • Best Performance in the Test
  • Great Design with kickstand
  • Long Battery Times
  • Face Recognition with Windows Hello

Cons

  • Expensive

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 remains the best Windows tablet on the market. All important details you will learn in this review.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is the best Windows Tablet you can buy. Due to the new Intel processors of the 10th generation the performance is excellent. The design with the built-in folding stand is old, but looks and works well. Other aspects like the 12.3 inch display, the keyboard and the surface pen are not new, but well done.

Hardware and Performance

We start the test with the hardware and performance, because compared to the Surface Pro 6, almost only the inside has changed. Microsoft now relies on Intel Core processors of the 10th generation. You can choose between an Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processor when buying. The Core i3 is a dual core chip, while the other two have four cores.

You can also choose between 4GB RAM, 8GB RAM and 16GB RAM. The SSD can be 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

My test device has the Intel Core i5 Quad-Core processor with 8GB RAM. In my benchmark comparison you can see that the Surface Pro 7 with the 10th generation of Intel chips is a good bit more powerful than the Surface Pro 6. I tested this last year with a Core i5 of the eighth generation.

It is also important to know that the graphics performance of the Intel Iris Plus graphics unit is noticeably better than last year. However, it is only available in the versions with Core i5 and Core i7. The cheaper Core i3 model has Intel UHD graphics.

The performance is also very good in real life. Especially office work with Word, Excel and a lot of multitasking runs really well. The same goes for Chrome. I often have several tabs open including YouTube and everything runs smoothly. The same goes for notes apps, Netflix, and Windows in general.

I have also worked with Adobe Photoshop. My camera takes 24-megapixel RAW photos and I was able to edit them very well in Photoshop. I think problems can only occur here if you work with very large and complex documents. Also the version with 4GB RAM for Photoshop might be too weak. For this I would always use at least 8GB.

Gaming and Video Editing

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 keyboard

Video editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro or Premiere Rush also work, of course. FullHD videos can be edited without any problems. 4K videos as well – but with limitations, because the project should not be too complex. If you often want to edit 4K videos with Surface Pro 7, add color adjustments and effects, you should choose the Core i7 with 16GB RAM. But a notebook with dedicated graphics is then the better choice for most.

This is exactly what I would recommend if you are looking for a Windows device for games. I installed Fortnite and it works. With lowest graphics settings you can play the game well, the framerate is then between 35 and 60 frames per second depending on the scene.

Fortnite also runs with medium graphics. But with this setting I noticed jerking from time to time and the framerate is then often at 30 frames per second, but can also go down to 20 and occasionally lower. This is of course too low for gamers.

Older and simpler games run fine. For example, I played the platformer The Messenger and it ran great.

By the way: only the model with the Core i7 has active fans. The Surface Pro 7 with the Core i3 and Core i5 are passively cooled and therefore completely silent. But there are well hidden ventilation slots. I really like this, but it also means that the case gets quite warm. I noticed this when I worked with the pen in Photoshop. It doesn’t get really hot, but already very warm. You can definitely tell.

Design

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review

Let’s get to the design. The Surface Pro 7 has exactly the same design as the Surface Pro 6. And from the predecessor. After all, very little has changed since the Surface Pro 3. Sure, for the end of 2019, the frames around the display could be a bit thinner. Nevertheless, I like the old design very much. It simply works and has proven itself over the years.

The magnesium case still feels very high quality. It is 8.5mm thin and weighs 1.66 lbs without keyboard. On the back side there is a folding stand, which is also made of magnesium and can be opened very fluidly wide and in any angle.

Now we come to a new feature that actually didn’t have a Surface Pro before. Instead of the Mini-DisplayPort, the Surface Pro 7 now has a USB C port. Thunderbold 3 is not supported, but nevertheless one can connect USB C hubs and over it also external monitors. Under the USB C port is a normal, classic USB 3.0 type A connector.

Although the tablet can also be charged via the USB C port, it still has the magnetic surface connector of its predecessors. There is also no USB C power supply included, but one with the Surface Connect connector, which has 65W. During my test I used a USB C power supply almost exclusively. Practically the magnetic connector can be of course. And it is also important to know that old accessories like the Surface Dock remain compatible.

On the left side there is a headphone jack and on top there is a power button and the volume control. Under the kickstand there is also a MicroSD card slot.

Camera and Sound

On the back is an 8-megapixel main camera. The photo and video quality of the camera is ok. I scanned some documents with it and it works fine. For Skype, the 5 megapixel front camera is also good enough. With both you can record FullHD videos. For a Windows tablet, the cameras are actually pretty good – the webcam is better than on most notebooks. But tablets like the iPad Pro or Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 take better pictures.

Next to the front camera is an infrared camera, thanks to which you can unlock the Surface Pro via Windows Hello Face Detection. This actually works very well. I had no problems with it during my test.

The stereo speakers are pretty good for a tablet. I watched a lot of YouTube and some Netflix and found the sound quality to be OK. High-end and larger notebooks often have better speakers, but for this design class, they’re good.

Keyboard and Type cover

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 back

A few words about the Microsoft Type Cover: The Surface Pro 7 supports exactly the same keyboard as the Pro 5 and Pro 6. So if you had one of the predecessors, you don’t need to buy a new one.

As usual, the Type Cover is very well implemented. I still think it is the best official keyboard for a tablet. The keyboards from Apple and Samsung are much weaker.

What’s really nice is that the keyboard is normal sized, you can press the keys down properly, and they even have a backlight. I was able to write fast and fluently right away and I don’t feel the need to use a desktop keyboard.

There is a touchpad under the keyboard, which is very precise and supports all the multi-touch gestures of Windows 10. Overall, the touchpad is well implemented, but not as large as in many premium notebooks. It’s fine for traveling, but on the desk I have connected a real mouse.

The keyboard is connected to the tablet via a magnetic connector. Folded up it protects the display but not the case. At the top it has a magnetic bar so you can bend the keyboard a little. This gives you the same typing feel as with a notebook.

Overall, the keyboard feels high-quality, but it is of course made of plastic. The cover material is also made of an artificial fabric, but it feels – well, fabric-like. I have the cheapest, black type cover, which costs about $150. For about $180 you can also get the Signature Type Cover in different colours and with an Alcantara material. A version with fingerprint reader is also available.

Display

Nothing has changed in the display in comparison to the predecessor. We still get a 12.3 inch PixelSense display, which has a very high resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels. Texts and pictures look very sharp. The viewing angles are very wide, the color reproduction is good, and for a Windows tablet it is nice and bright. However, it’s not as bright as the iPad Pro.

I particularly like the 3:2 aspect ratio. This gives you more space, especially in the browser, and you don’t have to scroll as much. This is also very practical when working with Word or Excel. But if you watch movies, you see black bars at the top and bottom.

Microsoft Surface Pen

Let’s get to the Microsoft Surface Pen. Again, nothing has changed, because it is exactly the same pen as its predecessors. So if you already had a Surface, you don’t need to buy a new one. The Pens’ price is still around $110, but you can often find it much cheaper. It is offered in different colours.

I like the Surface Pen very much like last year. It is made of metal, has a high-quality feel and is comfortable to hold. Just like a good ballpoint pen. In the back you can open the pen and change the battery. You have to do that occasionally, but not often. Right, so unlike the iPad Pro, there is no rechargeable battery built in. Nevertheless, you can magnetically attach the stylus to the side of the tablet.

Like Apple and Samsung, the Surface Pen is pressure-sensitive. It supports 4096 pressure points. This means that it draws a thin line, for example, when you just press something on, and a thicker one when you press harder. Exactly this function is also supported by programs like Photoshop. You can use the Surface Pen just like a Wacom graphics tablet.

I made some handwritten notes with the Surface Pen and used it a lot in Photoshop to remove sensor dust and to work with layer masks. This works great. All in all, the Surface Pen is very well done.

Battery

In my battery test the Surface had a runtime of 11 hours. For this test, I always let an HD video run in an endless loop with medium brightness and WLAN switched on. In my comparison you can see that the runtime for a Windows tablet is very good. But especially the iPad Pro and many Android tablets have a much longer runtime.

This is of course a very artificial test. If you play Fortnite or use Photoshop, the battery will only last a few hours. With simple office work, you can just about manage a working day. But most people should take a power adapter with them.

Conclusion

Well, that is the end of my Microsoft Surface Pro 7 test. As I said, I consider it to be the best Windows Tablet on the market today. The design is an old one, but I still like it very much. It’s built to a high standard and the folding stand is very useful. The nice thing is that we finally got a USB C connection. Sure, the display frames could be a bit thinner. But I don’t think that’s too bad.

The display, the surface pen and the type cover are as good as last year. And the performance of the new Intel processors has improved a good bit. Not so much that it is worth upgrading from a Surface Pro 6 – but compared to the Surface Pro 5 you will notice significant differences.

I can recommend the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 if you are looking for the best Windows tablet and are not price sensitive. That’s why its Ranking First versus the HP Spectre x360 with its great Performance, Design and Display Quality.

Ranking Second: HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360 review

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • Awesome Speakers
  • Long Battery runtime

Cons

  • Not the best Convertible Function

The new HP Spectre X360 13 boasts an attractive design and the latest Whiskey Lake processors. The details literally cast a spell over us. How the noble mixture of a 13 inch notebook and Windows 10 tablet performs, we’ll clarify in the review.

“Where’s the power button here?” In view of the test device’s, in our opinion, highly successful design, this question almost seems like an insult to majesty. It is justified, the power button is really in an unusual position. HP would now try to associate it with cut gemstones.

We solve the riddle more soberly: The said button is located in the upper left, bevelled corner and shines beautifully when in use. On the opposite side, the US manufacturer has installed the Thunderbolt 3-capable USB Type C port, which is also used to charge the convertible. Very fancy!

Scope Of Delivery

We also come across the included active stylus (stylus surcharged in some configurations) and nod benevolently in the direction of the built-in infrared camera, which usually makes entering a password unnecessary. Windows Hello thank you. A fingerprint scanner near the wrist-rest is also available.

Design and Ports

2.8 lbs brings our very well equipped test configuration to the editorial scale. For a 13.3 inch convertible, this is a good value. The processing quality is good to very good. We can detect neither production defects, residues nor noticeable gaps. The aluminum housing can be slightly dented in the area of the lid – uncritically. We also find it not quite so nice that the two hinges are not quite in line with each other.

Apart from the unusually placed Thunderbolt interface, there is another USB type C port, the headphone input, a microSD card slot and a mechanical slide switch on the right side of the case. This serves to deactivate/activate the built-in webcam. The idea is praiseworthy. After all, you see more and more people who stick a sticker in front of their webcam out of concern for their privacy. The implementation, however, is in our opinion in need of improvement.

A visible solution, such as Lenovo uses in some ThinkPad models, is better. Here, a plate slides in front of the camera lens from the inside, visible to the user, and thus blocks the view. There is a USB Type A port (USB 3.0) on the left side of the case.

Convertible and Touchscreen

HP Spectre x360 convertible test

Since it is a convertible, you can fold the display back up to 360 degrees. Intermediate stations are also possible. In presentation mode, for example, the touchscreen moves closer to you and the keyboard is deactivated; in “tent mode” you position the noble convertible in front of you on the desk like an inverted “V”.

We already know all this from other convertibles and 2-in-1 devices. But we are surprised about the weak friction of the two hinges. When we balance the HP notebook on our knees, type boldly or bounce our thighs slightly, the touchscreen sometimes disappears.

We need both hands to open the display. Then we look at an equally noble and tidy interior and the 13.3 inch touchscreen (manufacturer: Chi Mei / Innolux, type CMN1373). The resolution is very high with 3.840 x 2.160 pixels, the brightness turns out rather average with 340 candelas per square meter. Working outdoors, however, the reflective surface rather than the maximum brightness is more of an obstacle.

Display

The image presentation is subjectively good. The viewing angles turn out very high thanks to the IPS panel used; even from very acute viewing angles there are no color inversions or significant brightness drops.

The Eizo monitor test does not reveal any pixel errors. No disturbing halos can be seen either. The LED backlighting is very even. Thus, we don’t really have anything to criticize in terms of display quality. At best, the HP-Convertible doesn’t succeed in displaying flat white perfectly. We always recognize a slight veil of gray.

In times when even low end laptops can score with thin screen edges, the HP Spectre X360’s thick display edges look a bit antiquated. They are about 0.5 centimeters thick at the sides, 1.7 centimeters at the top and a whopping 2.5 centimeters thick at the bottom.

Keyboard and Touchpad

HP Spectre x360 pen keyboard

We liked the HP Spectre X360’s keyboard very much in the test. An acclimatization period is hardly necessary. Merely the narrow return key is annoying. The stroke turns out medium long, the pressure point very precise. All keys can be illuminated in two steps. The illumination is very even, which underlines the high-quality overall impression of this convertible.

The touchpad presents itself unusually wide. With dimensions of 12.1 x 6.0 centimeters and a diagonal of 13.5 centimeters, it offers the fingers more than enough room to let off steam with multi-touch gestures. The gliding properties are excellent, so that you only need to connect a mouse in exceptional cases.

Performance and Battery

Our well-equipped test device with the quad-core CPU Intel Core i7-8565U is hardly impressed in everyday use by opening large tables, heavy multitasking or 20 open browser tabs. Long waiting times never actually occur. What doesn’t work with the HP Convertible are elaborate gaming blockbusters. The internal Intel graphics (UHD 620) isn’t sufficient for this. There is no option for a dedicated graphic.

The test device needs about 15 seconds for a cold start until it reacts to input. The benchmark tests carried out confirm the felt high work rate. The test configuration achieves an average of 577 CB points (multicore) under Cinebench R15. The HP notebook concludes the OpenGL test with 55.47 frame repetitions per second.

HP promises a very long battery life, which we can confirm in the test. With medium screen brightness and a mix of surfing the net, writing emails and word processing, the lights went out after eleven and a half to twelve hours on average and the Convertible demanded the very chic original power supply.

Noise and Heating

HP Spectre x360 back test review

We were initially concerned that the HP Spectre X360 13 had a fan problem. After the initial setup and on the day of setup, the fan was running for several hours without interruption. This problem no longer exists since the third day of testing (and a Windows update).

Most of the time, the fan is inactive, but then turns on audibly under load with a hissing sound, which fortunately isn’t accompanied by a high-frequency whistling sound. We also couldn’t detect the dreaded coil whistling in the HP notebook. The case heats up to a maximum of 43 degrees Celsius under stress.

Speakers and Webcam

A Bang & Olufsen logo adorns the loudspeaker arrangement placed below the display, which consists of four individual speakers. The expectations are accordingly high; we won’t be disappointed. The speakers sound quite mature and powerful by laptop standards. There is no overdrive. Connecting headphones is therefore not absolutely necessary.

The webcam installed in the usual place gives good results in the test, as long as sufficient brightness is available. During a test video call via Skype, our conversation partner also praised the good audio quality of the built-in microphones.

Verdict

With the HP Spectre X360 13, you can be seen at meetings or on campus. The Convertible is powerful, offers a good display, a long battery life and a good keyboard including a comfortable touchpad. The weaknesses are within limits. Which brings the HP Spectre x360 on the second Rank versus the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. If you are on a budget though, we would advise you to buy the HP Spectre x360, since it is still a well performing Laptop for a great price !


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2 thoughts on “HP Spectre x360 Vs Surface Pro in 2020”

  1. Between the HP Spectre 360 13″ iris plus, 10th gen i5, 256 8 gig ram, with 4K display and the Surface Pro 7 iris pus, 10th gen i5, 128, 8 gig ram,
    Which has the better color accuracy?
    Which has the best font contrast?
    Which works best for drawing?
    THANKS!

    Reply
    • Hey,
      definitely the HP Spectre 360, the touch screen is amazing in color accuracy / contrast with the better touch feedback!

      Greets,
      Sarah Petrova

      Reply

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