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My HP Spectre Is The Best Laptop I’ve Ever Used

hp spectre 360

As you might remember, last year, Intel sent me a small Asus tablet that also worked as a mini laptop on the go – it was the miracle I needed, allowing me to easily work from anywhere without lugging around my heavy 17 inch laptop.

This year, they leveled me up even more. They sent me the HP Spectre 360 convertible laptop in order to try an Intel 2in1 device and give feedback on it. 

This is easily one of the coolest laptops ever, and of course, it is also a pretty great tablet. In the past I’ve worked from a variety of laptops: Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, an HP Envy, a Samsung laptop and the Asus tablet I mentioned above.

As a Windows user since I first touched a computer, the HP was always my favourite. When its hinge broke, I was very upset.

So when they offered this laptop to me I was ecstatic. My current main laptop – the heavy Samsung – had recently took a fall to the ground and was badly damaged.

HP Spectre 360 review

The greatest thing about the Spectre is that it’s about as light and thin as a Macbook Air, and as proficient as I found the Pro to be for my (mostly writing) needs. The biggest bonus of course is 360 hinge that lets you use it as a tablet. When I’m reading scripts or eBooks, being able to completely flip the screen around and hold it in my hand like a tablet makes the process so much faster and more convenient.

It’s also as gorgeous as a Mac. Typing on it is a dream, it actually makes me want to write more.

Upon receiving, I quickly downloaded Windows 10, eager to get rid of the awful Windows 8 startup app page that was forced on us years back, and return to the start button we all grew up knowing and loving.

There are some new features I’m loving from Windows 10: Cortana – which is basically Microsoft’s version of Siri – is fun and makes life a little easier when you want to quickly know a sports score, currency conversion, or what the weather forecast is for tomorrow.

HP spectre review

I also dig the virtual desktop feature, which, as I’m working more and more on screenwriting, is very helpful when writing my treatment and spec scripts. My blog life very much requires me being online, with a bunch of browsers open to all the social media feeds, but when I want to spend a couple hours on screenwriting, now I can easily switch to desktop 2 to completely escape that world for a while and solely focus on getting my writing work done without the constant distractions. It’s a miracle way of separating the different writing worlds I live in, and it allows me to prioritize just writing when I really need to get the important work done.

One annoying thing about changing computers though, was that this one didn’t come with Microsoft Office, and because I can’t find the paper with my key to Office, I have to pay for it again, which is very, very, uncool. You’d think that since Microsoft and Windows make you sign into your Outlook account to run the computer, you’d be able to sync to programs you purchased that you had on your old laptop – but no such luck.

Intel provided me with this product for review, but all opinions are my own!


Today’s Quote – Be Your Own Story

toni morrison

The plot you choose may change or even elude you, but being your own story means you can control the theme. 


Today’s Quote – Imagination

J.K. Rowling 2

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation.

In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity – it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.


Today’s Quote – It Is Not A Choice


 I am motivated to write because it is what I am meant to do. It is not a choice — it is what I am. I did not choose writing — it chose me. And I believe it is necessarily that way. Anyone doing this for some other reason should not be.

The world does not care if you write or not, so to be successful you have to be so good that your work is better than all the other available distractions. 


Today’s Quote – Decide Not To


You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.