expired HP Spectre x360 13-ae045tu i5-8250U 8GB RAM 360GB NVMe SSD 13.3" FHD IPS Screen $1387 ($1237 with Amex $150 offer) @ HP Online

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Intel® Core™ i5-8250U (1.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3.4 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
8 GB LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM (onboard)
360 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
13.3" diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ (1920 x 1080)
Windows 10 Home 64
Intel® UHD Graphics 620

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  • +2 votes

    I really prefer the form factor of HP Spectre over my Dell XPS13, but am concerned about the heating and fan noise issues that plagued many HP laptops in the past.

    Could someone who owns one of these HP Spectre x360 please comment whether my concerns are valid?

    I never heard any fan noise on my XPS13 and I am grateful for that.

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      Wait a min, do these have fans? There's no gpu so arent they passive for only a 620?

      • +1 vote

        There are actually 2 fans in this model which helps with heat, however the device will still throttle at max load.

    • +1 vote

      The fan doesn't kick in too often in my daily use but when it does it is quite noisy. Also gets very warm around the exhaust port under load.

      Definitely not passively cooled. This is the previous gen model with an i7 kaby lake proc

      • +2 votes

        Thanks for sharing.

        My wife has an HP Envy, very thin and beautiful design…but has the exact same issue you just described :(

    • +2 votes

      I have this exact model, got it for a similar price 3 or 4 months ago. Mine gets warm, but nothing too concerning, about the same as my macbook air did, I was really concerned when I saw the reviews saying they got really hot, but mine has been fine.

    • +1 vote

      I've got the EliteBook x360 1030 G2, which looks identical but newer components so I'm not sure exactly how comparable…. but overheating is not an issue even when I'm playing games in bed with the laptop not ventilated (sitting right on top of quilt). During normal business use the fan can't be heard, and when it is it isn't very loud. I've had a spectre and other HPs about 5 years ago and from those experiences I decided never to purchase HPs personally given their terrible reputation in heat management. But this one looks beautiful and doesn't overheat :)

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    hmmm … this one or the spectre x2 deal from yesterday ?

    x2 has a better screen / lighter
    this one has better processor / bigger SSD

    any thoughts?

    • +2 votes

      Go with better processor. This device is still light and small with a great keyboard. We have a small fleet of X360s and they work well in a business environment. With the better processor our view is you get an overall better experience. In a highly portable device you then get speed in ever aspect. It also becomes more versatile and you get longer asset usability without user frustration.

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        thanks for the advice
        the x2 is no longer available - I like it when I dont have to make decisions!

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    I think this deal is finished unfortunately. It's currently being listed for $1,849.00 instead of $1387. I can't seem to find the Amex deal either.

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    I tried to look up the differences between this variant and the one sold at JB Hifi:

    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/tablets/hp/hp-sp...

    Are there any differences besides model number and price match? I have giftcards from JB Hifi I would like to use to purchase a new laptop.

    Thanks

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      Probably not.

      HP typically have different model numbers for retail and wholesale variants. My understanding is that HP uses this system as a way of being able to manipulate their pricing without getting sued by retailers (JB HiFi in this case). Generally speaking, you will never find a good priced laptop at a retail store. And of course you can't price match due to the model number disparity.

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