HP Spectre x360 14 vs. MacBook Professional 14: HP nonetheless struggles

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Mark Coppock / Digital Tendencies
HP simply launched an up to date model of its premier shopper laptop computer, the wonderful Spectre x360 14, probably the greatest 2-in-1s you should purchase. It’s well-made, gives a ton of flexibility, and is one among my favourite laptops I’ve reviewed lately.
Nevertheless it’s going up in opposition to the Apple MacBook Professional 14, which sits alongside the HP on our checklist of greatest laptops. With regards to laptops which might be each moveable and highly effective, although, the Spectre x360 nonetheless falls behind the MacBook Professional in some vital methods.
Specs and configurations

 
HP Spectre x360 14
Apple MacBook Professional 14

Dimensions
12.35 inches x 8.68 inches x 0.67 inches
12.31 inches x 8.71 inches x 0.60 inches

Weight
3.19 kilos
3.5 kilos

Processor
Intel Core Extremely 5 125HIntel Core Extremely 7 155H
Apple M3 (8-core)Apple M3 Professional (11-core, 12-core)Apple M2 Max (14-core, 16-core)

Graphics
Intel Arc graphics
M3: 10-coreM3 Professional: 14-core, 18-coreM3 Max: 30-core, 40-core

RAM
16GB32GB
M3: 8GB to 24GBM3 Professional: 18GB to 128GBM3 Max: 36GB to 128GB

Show
14.0-inch 16:10 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED, 120Hz
14.2-inch 16:10 Liquid Retina XDR (3024 x 1964), 120Hz

Storage
512GB SSD1TB SSD2TB SSD
512GB SSD1TB SSD2TB SSD4TB SSD8TB SSD

Contact
Sure
No

Ports
2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 41 x USB-A1 x 3.5mm audio jack
3 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 41 x HDMI 2.01 x 3.5mm audio jackSD card reader

Wi-fi
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3

Webcam
9MP with infrared digicam for Home windows 11 Good day
1080p

Working system
Home windows 11
MacOS Monterey

Battery
68 watt-hour
70 watt-hour

Worth
$1,650+
$1,599+

Score
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

We don’t have full pricing but on the Spectre x360 14, however to date, we all know that it begins at $1,650 for an Intel Core Extremely 5 125H, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. With a Core Extremely 7 155H, 32GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD, the Spectre prices $1,970.
The MacBook Professional 14 begins at a bit much less — $1,599 for a base M3 and 512GB of storage, however solely 8GB of RAM. Apple fees $200 to get to 16GB of RAM, making it $150 greater than an analogous configuration of the Spectre x360 14.
You may get a MacBook Professional 14 with an M3 Professional 11/14, 18GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for $1,999, which can present higher efficiency than the high-end Spectre. Absolutely configured with an M3 Max 16/40, 128GB of RAM, and an 8TB SSD, the MacBook prices a whopping $6,899.
Design
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The Spectre x360 14 is a redesign of the Spectre x360 13.5, upping the show dimension by half an inch and smoothing the sides. It retains the notches minimize into the underside of the show and the rear chassis, which home a Thunderbolt 4 port and the three.5mm audio jack. It’s a extra elegant and streamlined design, accessible in Dusk, Black, Slate Blue, or Sahara Silver — all of which make it extra enticing than its predecessor.
The MacBook Professional 14 possesses the blockier and extra minimalist aesthetic shared by all fashionable MacBooks. It’s accessible in House Grey, Silver, and House Black, and boasts an class that few laptops can match. The MacBook has thinner bezels and a notch within the show to accommodate the webcam, whereas the HP’s bezels are slim sufficient aside from the thick backside chin that accommodates the 360-degree hinge.
As a 2-in-in laptop computer, the Spectre x360 14 gives a couple of benefits over the MacBook Professional 14. First, it has a pen-enabled contact show, whereas the MacBook has no contact choices. Second, the show swivels round to work in clamshell, tent, media, and pill modes. That gives much more flexibility than the clamshell-only MacBook Professional 14.
Each laptops are constructed from CNC-machined aluminum, and each are solidly constructed. The MacBook Professional 14’s hinge is smoother and permits opening of the laptop computer with one hand, whereas the Spectre’s is stiffer to accommodate the 2-in-1 performance.
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The MacBook Professional 14 sports activities the perfect keyboard on a laptop computer, the Magic Keyboard, with giant keycaps, loads of key spacing, and switches which might be mild, snappy, and exact. The Spectre’s keyboard additionally has giant keycaps and glorious key spacing, however its deeper switches aren’t fairly as exact attributable to a much less snug bottoming motion with much less suggestions.
The Spectre x360 14 has a wonderful haptic touchpad with digital clicks that really feel pure and responsive, and it’s even bigger than the MacBook’s equally glorious Pressure Contact touchpad. The MacBook Professional 14’s touchpad has the Pressure Click on function that gives extra performance with extra forceful clicks, which the Spectre x360 14 doesn’t supply.
The Spectre x360 14 gives the higher videoconferencing expertise.

Connectivity is combined. The MacBook gives a further Thunderbolt 4 port and an HDMI connection, with the Spectre having a legacy USB-A port. The MacBook Professional 14 has a full-sized SD card reader, whereas the Spectre omits an SD reader completely. That favors the MacBook. Alternatively, the Spectre helps Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4, whereas the MacBook is caught on Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.
The Spectre x360 14 has a 9MP webcam that helps as much as 2160p video, which is a better decision than the MacBook’s 1080p webcam. The Spectre’s webcam additionally has hardware-based lowlight correction and gives a wide range of AI-enhanced options. HP additionally contains consumer presence-sensing know-how that leverages an infrared digicam to lock the laptop computer and put it to sleep when the consumer steps away, and wake it up and log again in when the consumer returns.
The MacBook Professional 14 has the Contact ID fingerprint reader within the energy button, and that’s it. Be aware that the Spectre additionally has a fingerprint reader within the energy button to go along with Home windows 11 Good day facial recognition.
Efficiency
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The Spectre x360 14 makes use of Intel’s newest Meteor Lake chipsets, particularly the 28-watt Core Extremely 125H (14 cores, 18 threads) and Core Extremely 7 155H (16 cores, 22 threads). We examined it with the latter and located it performs higher than Intel’s earlier 28-watt chips, however not remarkably so. The Core Extremely chipsets are notable for his or her new neural processing items (NPUs) and doubtlessly improved effectivity. The Spectre is restricted to Intel Arc built-in graphics, that are quicker than the earlier Intel Iris Xe graphics, however not as quick as entry-level Nvidia discrete GPUs. In contrast to another 14-inch laptops, no discrete graphics choices can be found, which limits its efficiency in comparison with the MacBook Professional.
Apple’s MacBook Professional 14 is offered with varied M3 chipsets, together with the bottom M3, M3 Professional, and M3 Max with differing CPU and GPU core counts. We examined the highest-end M3 Max with 16 CPU cores and 40 GPU cores. That’s a really quick chipset in each CPU- and GPU-intensive duties.
The MacBook Professional 14 with the M3 Max is considerably quicker than the Spectre x360 14. It’s additionally far more costly. We haven’t examined the MacBook with the bottom M3 processor, however the Apple iMac with that chip performs equally to the Core Extremely 7 155H. The M3 is probably going to offer related efficiency within the MacBook Professional 14.

Geekbench(single/multi)
Handbrake(seconds)
Cinebench R23(single/multi)

HP Spectre x360 14(Core Extremely 7 155H)
2,210 / 11,841
111
1,750/ 9,832

MacBook Professional 14 M3(M3 Max 16/40)
3,174/ 21,137
53
1881/ 22,028

iMac M3(M3 8/10)
3,075 / 11,994
112
1,905 / 9,754

Show and audio
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The Spectre x360 14 is offered with a 14-inch 2.8K OLED show operating at as much as 120Hz. That’s roughly the identical sharpness because the Liquid Retina XDR Mini-LED panel on the MacBook Professional 14. Each shows run at as much as 120Hz.
The Spectre’s colours are wider and extra correct than the MacBook’s, though each are ok for critical artistic work. Each shows have near-perfect black ranges in unimaginable distinction, whereas the MacBook’s Mini-LED show has extra commonplace dynamic vary (SDR) brightness by default whereas offering a searing 1,600 nits for top dynamic vary (HDR) video.
Each shows are glorious for productiveness customers, creators, and media customers. The latter group will probably be a lot happier with the class-leading HDR efficiency on the MacBook Professional 14.

HP Spectre x360 14(OLED)
Apple MacBook Professional 14(Mini-LED)

Brightness(nits)
391
511

AdobeRGB gamut
96%
89%

 sRGB gamut
100%
100%

Accuracy(DeltaE, decrease is best)
0.68
1.13

The MacBook Professional 14 has six audio system and force-canceling woofers that pump out the loudest and highest-quality audio you’ll discover on a 14-inch laptop computer. Mids and highs are crystal clear, whereas there’s additionally loads of bass.
The Spectre x360 14 has 4 audio system, together with two woofers that fireplace out the entrance, and it gives a few of the greatest audio wanting the MacBook. It, too, produces loads of quantity, with clear mids and highs. The most important distinction is within the quantity of bass to intensify music and motion TV present and flicks. The Spectre is excellent, however the MacBook is great.
Portability
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The Spectre x360 14 and MacBook Professional 14 are related in width and depth, with the previous being barely thicker and the latter barely heavier. Each are extremely moveable machines.
The most important distinction is available in battery life. The Spectre x360 14 has a mean battery lifetime of round eight hours of net searching and 14 hours of video. The MacBook Professional 14 will hit round 18 hours of net searching and sure barely extra when looping video. If working a full day is vital to you, then the MacBook Professional will final that and much more. Evaluating these two laptops straight makes that distinction painfully apparent.
Each are glorious laptops, and it comes right down to funds and workflow
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The Spectre x360 14 is the perfect convertible 2-in-1 accessible right this moment. It’s quick, well-built, has a good looking OLED show, and will get good battery life. The MacBook Professional 14 may be configured to be a lot quicker (particularly within the graphics division), and it has equally good construct high quality, a shocking mini-LED show, and the perfect battery life on a 14-inch laptop computer.
The distinction comes down as to whether you need the pliability of a 2-in-1 or a conventional clamshell. In fact, value is vital as effectively, as a result of to get the quickest MacBook Professional 14, you’ll want to spend so much extra money. Ultimately, you possibly can’t beat it on battery life, although — and that’s one thing no Home windows laptop computer has been in a position to compete with.

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