Equipped with a 5 million pixel web camera with “beauty mode”, Japanese HP “Specter x360 14” review

A convertible 2in1 personal computer “Spectre x360 14” has appeared from Japanese HP. I would like to review this premium model that was just released on September 2, 2022.

Premium body
It is a premium model that is said to be “HP’s masterpiece (masterpiece)”. This time we tried “Performance Plus Model S4” equipped with a 3000 x 2000 3K organic EL display. Price.com The lowest price is 214,800 yen, which is a slightly higher price for a Japanese HP model. This may be due to the recent depreciation of the yen.

The main body is a calm coloring called “Ash Black”. The finely cut edges are gold, giving it a premium feel. The weight is about 1.39 kg, which is not light, but it is light enough to carry around. The aluminum body has a very high rigidity and seems to be safe to carry around.
The display rotates 360° and can be used in various styles such as tablet style and tent style. It comes with an active pen, so you can draw pictures, take notes by hand, and use it as a notebook or sketchbook.
Online communication looks good with 5 million pixel web camera and “GlamCam”
It is a web camera that has evolved the features of the new model. The number of pixels has increased from 920,000 pixels to 5 million pixels, and an image quality adjustment function called “GlamCam” has been added. Due to the increase in online communication, the number of PCs that focus on web cameras is increasing, but this model is also one that focuses on web cameras.
“GlamCam” has three functions: “Auto Frame”, “Lighting Correction” and “Appearance Filter”. “Auto frame” is a function that recognizes people and frames them so that they fit within the camera. Instead of moving the camera or lens, it is a function that adjusts the image and puts the person in the image. It will be useful when participating in a video conference at a distance from the PC. Even if you are absorbed in the story and your body moves, it will not protrude from the screen.

“Lighting correction” is a function that adjusts the brightness of the image. This function is useful when the face is dark and it is difficult to make out the facial expression. “Appearance Filter” is a function similar to “Beauty Mode” in the smartphone camera app. It has the effect of smoothing people’s skin, and if it’s a little stretched, it will disappear, so it’s great for days when you forget to shave your beard. “Appearance filter” can adjust the effect in 3 stages. If you maximize the effect, your skin will be too smooth, so be careful.
Premium usability
The 13.5-inch display has an aspect ratio of 3:2 and is vertically wide. It works well with vertically long web pages and business applications that often use vertical scrolling. In addition to the high resolution of 3000 x 2000, it covers a color gamut of 100% of the DCI-P3 ratio. It also supports DisplayHDR 400, making it a very high-quality display suitable for a premium model.

The keyboard is a full size keyboard with a key pitch of 19mm. It is a modern keyboard with a clear feeling of keystrokes. Fingerprint sensors are mounted to the left of the cursor keys and to the right of the right Alt key. I thought it was in a delicate position, but since I don’t use the lower right key very often, it didn’t particularly interfere with key operation.
The unique point of this model is the position where the external interface is installed. It has a Thunderbolt 4 port (USB Type-C) in the back right corner and a microphone input/headphone output port in the opposite left back corner. It is easy to use because it does not interfere with other ports and is easy to insert and remove. Mounting seems to be difficult, such as the layout of the internal board and ensuring strength, but it is a particular specification that considers usability.

The external interface has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB 3.1 port, a microSD memory card slot, and a microphone input/headphone output port. The USB 3.1 port is retractable, so you’ll need a USB hub to connect peripherals or cables with larger connectors.

The wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) supports Wi-Fi 6E, but at present it is difficult to use in Japan. According to some reports, it is difficult to communicate using the 6GHz band with just a firmware update, and there may be situations where you can’t use Wi-Fi 6E even if you bought it. People who want to use Wi-Fi 6E should be careful.

The CPU is the 12th generation “Core i7-1255U”, the memory is 16GB (LPDDR4), and the storage is 1TB, which is a high-performance specification. As expected, high scores were recorded in various benchmark programs. In addition, since the operation mode can be selected in “HP Command Center”, “Performance” is selected this time.

Finally, I would like to say a few words about the app. A new application called “HP Palette”, which is a collection of creative applications and convenient applications, is installed. Drawing tool “Concepts”, “Duet Display” that turns smartphones and tablets into external displays, photo management application “PHOTO MATCH” that can search faces with AI, and “HP QuickDrop” that can quickly transfer photos from smartphones to PCs etc. It’s not just the “Specter x360 14” app, but each one is a useful app, so I want to actively use it.

summary
“Specter x360 14” is a highly complete 2in1 computer packed with the functions required for today’s hybrid work, where you carry a laptop and frequently hold online meetings. It packs excellent portability, a high-definition webcam, and high performance into a premium design body. Price.com The lowest price is 214,800 yen.

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