Look, my parents taught me not to judge a book by its cover, but damn. The HP Spectre 13 ($1,299.99 to start; $1,409.99 as tested) is a beautifully designed piece of technology. It’s smaller than ever, with a new white finish that makes the computer look like you’d buy it from Coach, not Best Buy. But while you’ll get speedy performance from an 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, the HP Spectre 13’s stunted battery life and dim display will make you look elsewhere..
The Spectre 13, in its new, ceramic-white color, looks extremely fancy. I feel like I should be washing my hands before touching it, or wearing white gloves and doing my best Vanna White impression on it. (If you prefer it in last year’s more utilitarian charcoal-and-copper model, don’t fret; that’s still available.) The white paint surrounds HP’s logo in gold, and the laptop’s hinge is a sandblasted, matte gold. Unlike the ash-silver model, this one barely picks up any fingerprints.
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