HP Spectre x360 13-4196ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC

HP Spectre x360 13-4196ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC

HP Spectre x360 13-4196ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC is rated3.6 out of5 by11.
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  • 13.3-inch WQHD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i7-6500U
  • 16GB memory/512GB SSD
  • Up to 11 hours battery life


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  • 13.3-inch WQHD touchscreen
  • Intel Core i7-6500U
  • 16GB memory/512GB SSD
  • Up to 11 hours battery life




Two HP Spectre x360 13-4196ms Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC's

Transformative power

Cover every angle with the ultra-slim and flexible HP Spectre x360. This convertible PC can be used four ways—laptop, stand, tent, and tablet—thanks to a unique 360-degree hinge that flips to the perfect view. And it's as mighty as it is versatile, with a 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 512GB solid state drive, and 16GB of memory delivering blazing-fast performance. Includes sleeve.

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Super sleek

A slim, eye-catching design and razor-thin profile of 0.6 inches make the Spectre x360 a definite head-turner.

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Fully flexible

Get down to work as a laptop. Fold into a stand and watch movies. Flip to a tent and play games. Or go flat for tablet use.

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Powerful Intel Core i7 processor

Faster than ever, the 6th Gen Intel Core i7 delivers striking visuals, extended battery life, and higher data transfer rates.

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Totally touchable

A razor-sharp 13.3-inch WQHD touchscreen makes it easy to zoom, flick, or tap your way through all your content.

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Long-lasting battery

With up to 11 hours* of battery life per charge, the Spectre x360 keeps going all day at work and into the night at home.

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Tech specs


13.3 in WQHD IPS touchscreen (2560 x 1440), 10-finger multi-touch support


Intel Core i7-6500U 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10 GHz


16GB DDR3L 1600 MHz

Hard drive size


Operating system

Windows 10 Home, 64-bit

PC type

2 in 1

Optical drive


Media drive

Multi-format SD media card reader


Bang & Olufsen


Intel HD Graphics 520 with shared graphics memory


3 USB 3.0 (3 charge) • 1 HDMI • 1 Mini DisplayPort • Headphone output/Microphone input combo


3-cell 56WHr lithium-ion polymer (up to 11 hours)*


HP TrueVision Full HD WVA webcam


802.11ac/a/b/g/n (Miracast enabled)


Bluetooth 4.0


12.79 x 8.60 x 0.63 in (324.86 x 218.44 x 16.00 mm)


3.17 lbs (1.43 kg)


Ash Silver


Model number: Spectre x360 13-4196ms • Includes sleeve • Backlit keyboard • TPM 2.0 • Keyboard travel: 1.3 mm • Touchpad dimensions: 140 x 65 mm

Ratings and reviews

Rated 5 out of5 by fromAlmost perfect!In less than a year, I've purchased from the Microsoft Store, a Surface laptop (horrible laptop, still too much auto-rotating/freezing even with a replacement) and an Alienware laptop (horrible laptop, bluetooth routinely "disappears" every day or so--tech experts can't explain why or fix it even with a replacement), and now this HP laptop. The screen isn't quite as bright as the other two laptops and the bottom gets hot, but it's a great laptop because I'm not experiencing problems--bluetooth hasn't disappeared, the laptop hasn't frozen, and I haven't had to contact tech services PLUS this laptop has a larger SSD drive and cost LESS!
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of5 by fromBEST.DEVICE.EVER.This is my second HP Spectre computer. I had the Silver one first then traded up to the beautiful bronze&gold! I had no real problems with the silver. Little things like the fan being a little loud and the device getting hot, but nothing that couldn't be corrected with changing how I used it. But when I got the bronze/gold...WOW! 16gb hard drive blows everything away. Not to mention a less that 7sec startup from off to login! This laptop is my entire office. There is absolutely NOTHING that this computer cannot handle. Money well spent!!!
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 1 out of5 by fromTouch Screen FailedI bought this computer 2 months ago. Worked great for 3 weeks. Really liked the features, great speed. Intuitive design. Really enjoyed using the touch screen and Active pen stylus.Problem came when touch screen stopped working. I called HP first, big mistake, they asked me to send the computer to them and I have not seen it in over a month. HP has not updated me directly, I have to call them each time and I usually get hung up on several times before speaking to a human being. They tell me it will be another 4 weeks before it is repaired.Microsoft store refuses to get involved in the problem. If you have a problem with one of these computers, call Microsoft first because once you take it up with HP, Microsoft will not help you and will leave you to fend for yourself, and HP has horrible customer service.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of5 by fromGreat 2-in-1, Gorgeous DesignFirst Impressions:Purchased the Spectre x360 recently and I couldn't be happier! Very sleek and sexy design with the ash silver body and copper accents, and I even love the quality of the box itself and the tight fit of neoprene sleeve included. Delivery was in a matter of days, and set-up right out of the box was very simple as far as setting my personal info and getting acquainted with Windows 10, and the new Edge browser is a great alternative to the old Internet Explorer browser. I've included a short Pro/Con list as well as an extensive review.In short:Pros: Love the look and feel of the Spectre x360, and the touchscreen as well as 360 feature is a bonus. Very powerful device for an average user, good speakers, and plenty of ports as well, especially with the slim design. Large trackpad and great keyboard too. Battery life is great for light usage and HD video watching throughout the whole day, but heavy gaming impacts battery life greatly. Fan isn't very loud at all either. No bloatware as far as annoying pop-ups telling me to "check for harmful viruses" or "buy the full version of our anti-virus security." Windows Defender comes installed and not as annoying.Cons: Trackpad is almost too wide as right-clicking can be tricky to get used to. The upper-left side of the keyboard can get very hot at times while running games. On rare occasions, the touchscreen registers my finger when I'm not touching it which is annoying and inconvenient, but a quick clean clears the issue almost immediately. Slightly disappointed about the two down-facing speakers. Camera quality isn't the best, but good enough for video-calling.Full Review:The design of the device works well in tent, entertainment, and tablet mode (hence "x360"), while I wish the speed of the screen rotation and keyboard disabling was faster. That's personal preference of course, but felt necessary to include in my review. Important to mention this is a laptop first and a tablet second, as the design and weight aren't quite suited as a primary tablet. Nevertheless, it's convenient to watch videos and play games while flipping the keyboard back at any angle. Also the camera isn't terrible, but it isn't the best either. Lighting is decent, but photos aren't particularly clear when using the camera.The touchscreen is vivid in color and sensitive to all touch strokes. That can be good and bad; your strokes will almost always register when touching the screen, but it's slightly difficult cleaning the screen while the device is on. I'm a little concerned with losing my current work or exiting my app/browser as I clean the screen with the included microfiber cloth, but the screen does a decent job telling the difference between touch from my finger and the cloth. But like many laptops, especially a 2-in-1, the Spectre x360 is prone to fingerprint smudges that requires plenty of cleaning to maintain the sleek look.On the keyboard, the keys are naturally spaced as well as being relatively quiet when typing. Albeit a little shallow when pressed, the feeling is not a deal-breaker and it's very easy to get used to. The backlighting on the keys are at a single level, with the f5 backlight button continuously on even when the keyboard lighting is off (see Tips and Help below).The battery life is good but not great, as it will last you throughout a normal day, but if you're anticipating heavy use with light gaming or constant school-work, I'd advise keeping the charger close by. I say "light gaming" because while the device is powerful, the video card isn't the best and the battery will drain faster. I can run plenty of games like Minecraft and Civ V at medium-high settings, but I wouldn't expect to play triple-a titles like GTAV or Fallout at high settings.Cortana is another feature similar to Siri or Google Now that works great on my device for all my dumb questions and news/weather/calendar updates.Tips and Help:If you're still unsure about purchasing a Spextre x360, I highly advise looking up other reviews, Windows 10 tips, and even unboxing videos. Do your research. Every user has different needs, but this device is what I needed and more.As far as the f5 constant backlighting, I discovered a video on YouTube explaining how to disable it. It involves downloading the BIOS update from the official HP Software and Driver site, but that's as far as I'll explain. The video is easy to find and goes step-by-step in solving this if it's an issue for you.The Edge browser has the ability to download bookmarks/favorites from other browsers, and it's optimized to run with Windows 10 to save battery. Before my purchase, I was an avid Chrome user, but I bit the bullet in learning the new (yet very similar) interface which didn't take long at all. Edge is also compatible with OneNote to take screenshots and apply any hand-written notes you'd like as well as working with Cortana to give you a better experience.I also advise looking into TouchMe Gesture Studio which is a program in the Microsoft Store that easily customizes a wide variety of touch gestures that makes tablet mode so much easier to use. Fair warning, it's a free app but requires a $4.99 purchase (before tax) to have unlimited gestures. I say it's worth it to buy the full version and have a better tablet experience.Closing Thoughts:I absolutely love my purchase, with no buyer's remorse whatsoever. I plan on using the HP Spectre x360 for as long as I can for school, and I'm more than willing to post updates for anyone interested. I wanted a powerful PC for my specific needs, and the gorgeous design is icing on the cake. Once again, I love the product inside and out, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a powerful 2-in-1.
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 1 out of5 by fromCracked screenAny person considering purchasing this product shopuld first review the HP support forum "cracked screen on spectre x 360" regarding cracks appearing spontanuously on the screen.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of5 by fromCompact and powerfulI just bought this today after researching a few options. I had a Vaio for years and love it but unfortunately with the intensive media programs. such as video editing I needed more ram and with 4K content I needed more storage. I was rather surprised how fast the battery charges and the battery life is rather impressive. Although I am comparing this with an older Sony with the original battery.The reviews for this unit have somewhat been mixed and I decided to bite the bullet. I compared the comparable units with the I7 and the 16gb of ram. The Spectre came in at a better price, almost half in one case. Obviously its a very stylish machine that is very pleasing to the eye. the only downfall to that is, finger prints. I can see wiping this down often. The touch pad is fairly large, I can see why some take issue with this because of the real estate it takes up and not wanting to drag your fingers across that distance when you're quickly navigating. I appreciate it because of editing software, I can scroll down farther than before without breaking. I would like to add that you can disable the pad by double clicking the top left corner. This makes it great for typing.It can get a little warm on the carbon fiber bottom, its not a hot that I am concerned with. It seems a little better than my last machine which is huge. I am not in the most sound proof environment but I cannot hear the fan going in this. Its really quiet and I know that's a big concern for some.The keys feel good to the touch, they require just the right pressure so that you don't have to ware yourself out to type but has the pressure to cut down on fat fingering. I will say I miss having a 10 key to the side but with this size I can't complain.The touchscreen is something I have to get used to. Its very responsive and I don't have any issues with it not lining up with my fingers. I am not really a fan of folding it over on the back leaving the keyboard facing down. It's not a deal breaker but I prefer it not touching keys against whatever you set it on.The speakers are okay, they are louder than what I'm used to but its rather flat sounding. I honestly don't think I would use this for a sound system anyway, I have nice headphones for what I need.This doesn't have anything to do with the units function but the packaging that it comes in is really nice. It is really securely packaged is a nice display box. I doubt that there will be much issues with shipping damage.This is a pricey unit for HP but with all the hardware inside its really competitive with comparable models by other brands.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of5 by fromGreat LaptopMy husband bought this last year and he is very happy with it. Buying one for my son now with 16 GB
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 2 out of5 by fromDisappointing QCI really wish I could recommend this machine because it has lots of very nice features and on paper is very desirable. However, I'm on my third one in about 30 days. The first one came out of the box with a dent in the case. Immediately swapped that one for one which worked well for about two weeks, then started showing ghost touches about twice a week to the extent that it was impossible to continue using the machine without hitting the power button (couldn't use the cursor, the touchpad, or the touchscreen while the ghost touches were rapidly blinking and disabling all input methods). Brought it back to Microsoft two days ago looking for a fix and they said it was a hardware issue and swapped it. Machine number 3 started with ghost touches 24 hours later. Goodbye HP. Will likey settle for a Dell or Lenovo instead.
Date published: 2016-11-10
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