In the spring of 2011 I bought my first laptop, the ASUS Slate. It was pretty spiffy for its time, with a 64GB solid-state drive, 4GB of RAM, and an Intel Core i5 CPU. The whole thing was in a 12-inch tablet of sorts, but it could run a full OS and all of my applications. I upgraded it to Windows 8 when it came out, and now it’s on Windows 10. It’s a perfectly decent laptop, but it’s not speedy. It’s also pretty heavy and it only has three hours of battery life.
I know I didn’t need a new laptop… not really. But I wanted one. I’ve been stalking laptops for the last two years or so, and one caught my eye about a month ago. When Black Friday hit, I took advantage of $200 off and bought it. I got the top-of-the-line HP Spectre x360.
It has an i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. The spiffy part about it is that it is a 2-in-1 laptop, or one that converts to a tablet, sort of. The whole thing flips around so you can stand it up like a TV (great for watching Netflix), use it like a tablet (I ordered an active stylus), or use it like a laptop.
I set up my mom’s new laptop and then her desktop through a remote connection, and then I set up my old laptop and my desktop for Windows 10. A fifth computer set up is a piece of cake, and I’m almost done. My first impressions of the 2-in-1 are really good. It’s well constructed and feels very sturdy, and the hinges are tight enough to hold it in any position. I think I like the keyboard the most, and the trackpad is extra wide. No buyer’s remorse yet. But I wanted it!