HP Spectre x360 13.5 vs. Dell XPS 13 Plus: Flagship battle

HP Spectre x360 13.5 vs. Dell XPS 13 Plus: Flagship battle

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Simply put, the HP Spectre x360 13.5 and Dell XPS 13 Plus are 2 of the best laptops you tin buy astatine immoderate terms and immoderate size. These flagships beryllium astatine the apical of the heap successful presumption of premium designs and components.

But choosing betwixt the 2 isn’t simple. They each person their comparative strengths and are likewise priced. Below, we spell implicit the differences betwixt the Spectre x360 13.5 and XPS 13 Plus to assistance marque your determination a small easier.

Specs

  HP Spectre x360 13.5 Dell XPS 13 Plus
Dimensions 11.73 inches x 8.68 inches x 0.67 inches  11.63 inches x 7.84 inches x 0.60 inches
Weight 3.01 pounds 2.73 pounds
Processor Intel Core i5-1235U
Intel Core i7-1255U
Intel Core i5-1240P
Intel Core i7-1260P
Intel Core i7-1270P
Intel Core i7-1280P
Graphics Intel Iris Xe graphics Intel Iris Xe graphics
RAM 8GB
16GB
32GB
8GB LPDDR5
16GB LPDDR5
32GB LPDDR5
Display 13.5-inch 3:2 IPS WUXGA (1,920 x 1,280) touch
13.5-inch 3:2 IPS WUXGA SureView privateness surface touch
13.5-inch 3:2 OLED 3K2K (3,000 x 2,000) touch
13.4-inch 16:10 IPS Full HD+ (1920 x 1200)
13.4-inch 16:10 OLED 3.5K (3456 x 2160) touch
13.4-inch 16:10 IPS UHD+ (3840 x 2400) touch
Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
2TB PCIe SSD
512GB PCIe SSD
1TB PCIe SSD
2GB PCIe SSD
Touch Yes Optional
Ports 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
1 x USB-A 3.2
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
microSD paper reader
 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2
Webcam 5MB, Windows Hello IR webcam 720p, Windows Hello IR webcam
Operating system Windows 11 Windows 11
Battery 66 watt-hours 55 watt-hours
Price $1,250+ $1,149+
Rating 4.5 stars retired of 5 4 stars retired of 5

Price and configurations

The Spectre x360 13.5 starts astatine $1,250 for a Core i5-1235U, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 13.5-inch 3:2 WUXGA+ (1,920 x 1,280) IPS display. At the precocious end, you’ll wage $1,830 for a Core i7-1255U, 32GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD. The OLED show maxes retired astatine 16GB of RAM and costs the aforesaid $1,830.

The XPS 13 Plus entry-level configuration is simply a small little costly astatine $1,150 for a Core i5-1240P, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 13.4-inch 16:10 Full HD+ (1,920 x 1,200) IPS non-touch display. Max it out, and it’s $2,199 for a Core i7-1260P, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, and a 3.5K (3,456 x 2,160) OLED display.

Both are premium laptops, and the XPS 13 Plus has a wider scope of prices. Dell has a flimsy vantage present successful that you tin get the maximum RAM with the OLED display, adjacent though you’re paying much for it.

Design

HP Spectre x360 13.5 beforehand   angled presumption    showing show  and keyboard deck.Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

The astir important plan quality betwixt the 2 laptops is successful their signifier factor. The Spectre x360 13.5 is simply a convertible 2-in-1 portion the XPS 13 Plus is simply a accepted clamshell. That means the HP is somewhat thicker and heavier and has a larger bottommost chin connected the show to accommodate the much analyzable hinges. That besides makes the HP much flexible and perchance useful, with the quality to person to media, tent, and tablet modes and to let the usage of a prime progressive pen. If these things don’t substance to you, past that’s not overmuch of an advantage. But if they do, past the Spectre is simply a much suitable laptop.

The Spectre x360 13.5 and XPS 13 Plus are akin successful that they’re some constructed of CNC machined aluminum passim and are solidly built. You’ll find nary bending, flexing, oregon twisting successful either machine. The Spectre has a much extravagant aesthetic with rounded, gem-cut, and colored edges and notches chopped into the bottommost of the show and the rear of the chassis.

One notch houses a USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 larboard and the different a 3.5mm audio jack. The XPS 13 Plus is simply a much streamlined design, with elemental lines accentuated by the edge-to-edge keyboard and a thenar remainder that’s unbroken acknowledgment to the embedded haptic touchpad. The Dell besides has LED relation buttons alternatively than carnal keys, which lends an aerial of modernity.

HP has done a large occupation with Spectre keyboards for respective years now. They person plentifulness of cardinal spacing and ample keycaps, with a power mechanics that’s snappy and airy with a precise bottoming action. It’s 1 of the champion keyboards successful Windows laptops, rivaled lone by Apple’s fantabulous Magic Keyboard connected the latest MacBooks. The XPS 13 Plus keyboard is rather different, with an edge-to-edge plan and precise small abstraction betwixt keys. The mechanics is besides precise and snappy, and portion rather antithetic from the Spectres is rather good.

The broadside  of the keyboard connected  the Dell XPS 13 Plus.

The biggest quality is successful touchpads. While the Spectre x360 13.5’s touchpad is ample capable and precise bully arsenic a mechanical version, the XPS 13 Plus’s haptic touchpad is superior. It’s much precise and offers the quality to click anywhere. At the aforesaid time, the HP benefits from pen enactment and interaction connected each show enactment compared to optional interaction with the Dell.

The Spectre x360 13.5 has a overmuch amended webcam, coming successful astatine 5MP with large low-light show and immoderate bully HP Presence features similar Auto Framing and Appearance Filter that smooths retired blemishes. The XPS 13 Plus webcam is acold much pedestrian, coming successful astatine conscionable 720p and offering an inferior video image.

Finally, the Spectre x360 13.5 offers amended connectivity, including a USB-A larboard for bequest support, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD paper reader. The XPS 13 Plus has conscionable the aforesaid 2 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4. The deficiency of an audio jack is contentious, and portion Dell does propulsion successful a USB-C to headphone jack, that’s rather limiting. Since powerfulness is besides provided by USB-C, you’ll request a dock oregon adapter of immoderate benignant to usage headphones portion charging.

Performance

The borderline   of the Dell XPS 13 Plus' chassis.

We reviewed the Spectre x360 13.5 with a 15-watt Intel 12th-gen 10-core/12-thread Core i7-1255U, a lower-power variant of Intel’s Alder Lake chips for bladed and airy laptops. Our XPS 13 Plus reappraisal portion was equipped with the 28-watt 14-core/20-thread Core i7-1280P, a faster CPU connected paper. Both laptops connection utilities that let for immoderate thermal adjustment, and some were effectual successful moving quieter and cooler successful balanced mode versus faster, louder, and hotter successful show mode.

Our benchmarks, though, didn’t amusement astir the disagreement 1 mightiness expect. The Dell was faster successful GeekBench 5 and Cinebench R23 multi-core (except successful show mode), arsenic good arsenic successful our Handbrake trial that encodes a 420MB video arsenic H.265. The Spectre x360, connected the different hand, was faster successful Geekbench 5 and Cinebench R23 single-core. The HP managed to propulsion retired the triumph successful the PCMark 10 Complete benchmark that runs done a bid of productivity, multimedia, and creativity tests.

These results are surprising, but the XPS 13 Plus is thinner and truthful apt couldn’t support its CPU arsenic cool. In real-world use, the laptops volition supply likewise fantabulous productivity show portion some volition beryllium underpowered for each but nominal originative tasks. Neither laptop was peculiarly accelerated successful the 3DMark Time Spy trial and truthful neither is simply a viable gaming machine.

HP Spectre x360 13.5
(Core i7-1255U)
Dell XPS 13 Plus
(Core i7-1280P)
Geekbench 5
(single / multi)
Bal: 1,566 / 7,314
Perf: 1,593 / 7,921
Bal: 1,316 / 8,207
Perf: N/A
Handbrake
(seconds)
Bal: 169
Perf: 120
Bal: 170
Perf: 94
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
Bal: 1,623 / 5,823
Perf: 1,691 / 7,832
Bal: 1,311 / 6,308
Perf: 1,650 / 7,530
PCMark 10 Complete 5,203 4,309
3DMark Time Spy Bal: 1,582
Perf: 1,815
Bal: 1.708
Perf: 1,992

Display and audio

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends

We reviewed some laptops with their respective OLED displays. The Spectre x360 13.5’s show is simply a taller 3:2 sheet that’s large for productivity and works champion successful representation tablet mode (it’s person successful size to a carnal expanse of paper). At the aforesaid time, the XPS 13 Plus’s 13.4-inch 16:10 show is sharper astatine 3.5K (3456 x 2160) versus the Spectre’s 3K2K (3,000 x 2,000) resolution.

In presumption of representation quality, however, some are simply spectacular. They’re astir identically arsenic agleam and astir arsenic accurate, with some enjoying fantabulous DeltaEs of nether 1.0. The Dell’s AdobeRGB gamut is somewhat wider, but it’s not going to beryllium noticeable. Both displays are phenomenal for everyone alike, productivity users, creators, and media consumers. Note that the quality successful opposition is owed to the colorimeters used. Both person arsenic inky blacks.

HP Spectre x360 13.5
(OLED)
Dell XPS 13 Plus
(OLED)
Brightness
(nits)
380 386
AdobeRGB gamut 97% 99%
 sRGB gamut 100% 100%
Accuracy
(DeltaE, little is better)
0.61 0.83
Contrast ratio 28,230:1 386,030:1

Both laptops connection four-speaker audio, with akin show successful presumption of measurement and bass. They’re some good for binging Netflix connected occasion, but they some payment from a bully acceptable of headphones.

Portability

A apical  down   presumption    of the Dell XPS 13 Plus' keyboard.

The XPS 13 Plus is smaller, thinner, and lighter. However, some laptops tin beryllium easy slipped into a backpack and carried around.

Battery beingness presents much of a difference, with the Spectre x360 13.5 leveraging its low-power CPU much than the XPS 13 Plus leveraged its faster CPU. There was conscionable a half-hour quality successful our web browsing test, but a whopping six-hour quality successful our video test.

If you’re peculiarly careful, the XPS 13 Plus mightiness get adjacent to a afloat day’s artillery life. The Spectre x360 13.5, however, is much apt to marque it each the way.

HP Spectre x360 13.5
(Core i7-1255U)
Dell XPS 13 Plus
(Core i7-1280P)
Web browsing 9 hours, 20 minutes 8 hours, 0 minutes
Video 9 hours, 58 minutes 13 hours, 59 minutes

The Spectre x360 13.5’s flexibility and artillery beingness triumph out

Yes, the XPS 13 Plus has immoderate innovative features that marque it basal out. But the Spectre x360 13.5 offers much functionality acknowledgment to the flexibility of its 2-in-1 design, and it has amended artillery beingness with akin performance. Given that it’s a small little expensive, that gives HP a constrictive triumph successful this precise competitory shootout.

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