HP’s new Spectre has a horrible case of laptop envy—specifically of Apple’s MacBook. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported HP’s (lofty) goal to out-innovate its Cupertino competitor with its new Spectre laptop. Although this ostentatiously designed laptop is an impressive piece of engineering, it’s all wrapped in gaudy aesthetics, and that could be a problem.
The 13.3-inch Spectre’s big claim to fame here is its minuscule size and the amount of power its able to pack inside that tiny frame. Normally, as computers devolve from gargantuan machines to teeny laptops, you start seeing performance trade-offs. A processor is usually first to downgrade—which is the case of the Apple’s MacBook—because a low-power processor means no heat sinks or cooling fans. The result? Maximum thinness.
With the new Spectre, HP decided to eschew traditional design and stick with the powerful Core I Skylake chips—the best Intel processors found in most high-end laptops—yet still keep that impressively small and lightweight figure. In fact, it comes in at 10.4 millimeters thick—almost 3 millimeters thinner than Apple’s MacBook, which we already called “Stupidly Thin.”