HP makes a number of the most attractive laptops you should buy, and its Spectre line is probably the most lovely of all of them. However the brand new Spectre x360 16, a 16-inch 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop computer, will flip that dynamic round. Not solely is that this laptop computer lovely — this laptop computer needs to make you lovely.

That’s the thought, at the very least. The Spectre x360 16, beginning at $1,639, is the primary 16-inch laptop computer to incorporate an “integrated, intelligent” 5MP webcam, HP claims. However that’s not all. It additionally comes with a program referred to as — and I really like this identify — HP GlamCam. It’s not solely clear what GlamCam will do, however HP claims that one among its important options, Magnificence Mode, will “touch up skin, teeth, and eyes” throughout video calls. The aim, HP says, is to “keep your focus on what you’re saying, not your looks.”

There are additionally, in fact, very legitimate reasons to object to widespread use of magnificence filters, which can be found on many social media apps and have been in style for many years (although their use in real-time video is a current advance). Some consultants have warned that their prevalence on social media may contribute to unrealistic magnificence requirements amongst youngsters and youngsters. Alternatively, this can be a characteristic that Zoom itself has supplied for over a year, and one which loads of grown-up workers have heralded as a savior throughout a disturbing time period when it was tough for a lot of to make primping a precedence. (The Spectre x360 16, as a premium workstation, additionally isn’t the kind of laptop computer I’d anticipate to see too many youngsters utilizing.) It’s going to actually be an attention-grabbing characteristic to check.

A user participates in a video call on the HP Spectre x360 16, pointing to the right. The laptop sits on a white desk. To its left are a book and a smartphone. To its right are a small potted plant, an earbuds case, a pencil case, and a full bookcase.

Don’t you wish to be like these blissful individuals?
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A user participates in a video call on the HP Spectre x360 16. The laptop is seen from the side and sits on a marble table. A hydroflask is to its right, as is a shelf populated with two potted plants, a stack of books, a number of glass cups and jars, a pencil pot, and a speaker.

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GlamCam consists of another options to simplify your video calls, like Auto Body (which is able to preserve the digicam’s concentrate on you when you rise up and transfer round) and Lighting Correction (which is able to regulate your feed to maintain lighting constant when you’re transferring from indoors to outdoor). The laptop computer can auto-lock when the digicam sees you permit your desk and unlock itself whenever you return, dim its display screen whenever you’re wanting away, and add blur by itself if somebody is behind you.

Software program apart, it’s value noting that HP has been placing 5MP webcams on a few of its different high-end gadgets. I simply tried one out on the $2,600 Elite Dragonfly Max, and whereas it delivered a greater image than you possibly can usually anticipate from laptop computer webcams, I didn’t see a mind-blowing soar in high quality. This one does assist Home windows Hey facial recognition, although, and has a bodily privateness shutter.

The HP Spectre x360 16 on a white background, half open, angled away from the camera.

It’s a magnificence.
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Webcam apart, the brand new Spectre can are available both “nocturne blue with celestial blue accents” or “nightfall black with pale brass accents.” It has a 16:10 facet ratio and a 91 % screen-to-body ratio, with as much as a UHD+ OLED panel. It’s HP’s first client pocket book created from recycled CNC aluminum, as a part of a broader sustainability focus that HP has dropped at a lot of its current premium fashions. Inside, it comes with as much as an eleventh Gen Intel Core i7 processor, a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card, and assist for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2. It will likely be obtainable in October on HP’s web site.


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