HP Spectre One: Not very all-in-one

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HP’s Spectre One is within big element, a lucrative all-in-one shape. However unlike a few of the similarly-priced competition, it lacks a touchscreen along with a TV tuner. The latter is a common choice for all-in-ones, which double because entertainment centers inside space-challenged abodes. That mentioned, you are able to add TV through USB, plus there’s an HDMI input, thus when you’re not addicted about fingerprints all over the show, it might very potentially fit a needs

Display plus Input Ergonomics

The Spectre One’s 23.1-inch show isn’t ideal inside class, however, it’s miles much better than the 24-inch device included with all the lately reviewed Vizio C24T-A4. Videos plus games look advantageous, though the thick glossy overlay (that may trick we into thinking it’s a touchscreen, plus create we question why it’s not) does result certain glare.

Input-wise, the Spectre One ships with style-matched peripherals inside the shape of the wireless keyboard, touchpad, plus mouse. The mouse with its sharp angles is a bit of styling stretch, however, at smallest it’s the same color. Edges about mice tend to dig into the hand over time, thus call which device lower than optimum.

The keyboard has a somewhat undersized design as well as the keys are short-travel. Said keys are sculpted, thus when the fingers are oriented correctly, it’s type-able, when delicately thus. The touchpad snuggles about the keyboard to appear virtually because 1 with it, plus was decently sensitive. All in every, wireless is good, however HP could’ve performed a bit better with all the peripherals.

Connectivity, Performance, plus Features

Two of the Spectre One’s USB ports are 3.0 plus handily situated found on the side of the base. There are furthermore USB 2.0 ports are found on the back of the base as well as the 3rd underneath, filled with a USB wireless dongle for the input peripherals. There’s furthermore gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth four.0, along with a NFC radio. A good range of wireless, yet currently there’s not much that you can do with all the Near Field Communications.

Our Spectre One 23-e010se shipped with an Intel Core i7 3770T, that has a considerably lower clock frequency (2.5GHz/3.7GHz turbo) than many other 3770 components. But it also offers a considerably lower 45 watt TDP (Thermal Design Power) which translates into less heat plus small heat dissipation components–ideal for an AIO. But, it does give the Spectre One slower than you could anticipate in the event you only saw “3770″. The device scored 62 about PCWorld’s WorldBench 8 test suite–low for a Core i7.

Much of which low WorldBench score, still, was due to a slow-ish 5400 rpm, 1GB Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB difficult drive. It absolutely wasn’t the mistake of the 10GB of DDR3 memory (1 8GB component, 1 2GB module). There’s moreover an nVidia GeForce GT 610M about board, that makes for good game play, though at nowhere close to the display’s native1920 by 1080 resolution. 1280 by 768 is about because far because you’ll like to drive many contemporary games about this device.

Price plus Options

You will slip into a Spectre One for considerably lower than the $ 1699 the test configuration might set we back. Indeed, when you’re ready to settle for “only” 6GB of memory, the plain variation of Windows 8, along with a Core i5-3470T CPU, you are able to grab 1 for $ 1299. You are able to have the Core i7 device with 16GB for a somewhat daunting $ 1920. Or, we might purchase 2 8GB DDR3 SODIMM modules for about $ 80, eliminate 1 fuck, pop off the back of the stand plus upgrade the memory oneself. Unfortunately, there are no quicker difficult drive or SSD choices.

While the Spectre One’s Beats Audio emanating within the speakers inside the front of the stand is well-defined plus tonally pleasing, it lacks bass. The Spectre One, because many computers, may utilize a subwoofer à la Visio’s CA24T-A4. Through ear buds or headphones, the sound is top notch. However I might choose the headset jack found on the front of the device, not found on the back.

The Bottom Line

Other than the deficiency of the touchscreen plus integrated TV (qualities various might willingly do without), the Spectre One is a good way inside an all-in-one PC. Should you do purchase 1, stick to the low-end Core i5 model that is fast enough, plus in the event you require more memory, add it oneself.

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