New Rival Laptop Falls Short of Matching the MacBook Pro

Luke Larsen / Digital Trends

The MacBook Pro 16 stays unchallenged as the best 16-inch laptop you can purchase. From the incredible battery life to the impressive performance, the M3 Max MacBook Pro has turned into an unstoppable force.

Still, several rivals have emerged to possibly contest it, and when I encountered the revised HP Spectre x360 16, I asked myself if it might be a worthy competitor. As impressive as it is, however, it still lacks the ability to surpass the MacBook Pro.

Specifications and setups

  HP Spectre x360 16 Apple MacBook Pro 16
Size 14.05 inches by 9.67 inches by 0.78 inches 14.01 inches x 9.77 inches x 0.66 inches
Weight 4.3 pounds 4.8 pounds
Central Processing Unit Intel Core Ultra 7 155H Apple M3 Pro (12-core)
Apple M2 Max (14-core, 16-core)
Graphics Intel Arc Graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050
Apple M3 Pro (18-core)
Apple M3 Max (30-core, 40-core)
RAM 16GB DDR5
32GB DDR5
18GB (M3 Pro)
36GB (M3 Max 14/30)
48GB (M3 Max 16/40)
64GB (M3 Max 16/40)
96GB (M3 Max 14/30)
128GB (M3 Max 16/40)
Display 16-inch 16:10 WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS touch, 120Hz
16-inch 16:10 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED touch, 120Hz
16.2-inch 16:10 Liquid Retina XDR (3456 x 2234), 120Hz
Storage 512GB PCIe Gen4 SSD
1TB PCIe Gen4 SSD
2TB PCIe Gen4 SSD
512GB SSD
1TB SSD
2TB SSD
4TB SSD
8TB SSD
Touch Yes No
Ports 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1 x HDMI
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
3 x USB-C 4 with Thunderbolt 4
1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x 3.5mm audio jack
1 x SD Card reader
Wireless Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
Wi-Fi 7 and BlueTooth 5.4
Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3
Webcam 9MP with infrared camera for Windows 11 Hello 1080p
Operating system Windows 11 MacOS Monterey
Battery 83 watt-hour 100 watt-hour
Price

$1,500+

$2,499+

Rating Not reviewed 4.5 out of 5 stars

As per the HP configurator, the Spectre x360 16 begins at $1,600 for an Intel Core Ultra 155H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, Intel Arc graphics, and a 16.0-inch WQXGA IPS display. The high-end setup includes 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD, a 16.0-inch OLED panel, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 graphics for $2,320. At the time of writing this comparison, HP also has a $1,500 configuration on sale that adds a 2TB SSD to the base setup.

The MacBook Pro 16 is a far more expensive laptop, starting at $2,499 for an M3 Pro 12/28, 18GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a 16.2-inch Mini-LED display. It costs a staggering $7,199 for an M3 Max 16/40, 128GB of RAM, and an 8TB SSD.

Design

HP

The Spectre x360 16 is a 360-degree convertible 2-in-1, meaning the display swivels from a standard clamshell into tent, media, and (very large) tablet modes. That adds a significant amount of flexibility over the clamshell-only MacBook Pro 16. It also requires a larger bottom chin on the display to accommodate the hinge, with the MacBook boasting a slightly larger display and smaller bezels. They’re almost the same size in width and depth, while the Spectre is lighter and the MacBook Pro 16 is thinner.

Both laptops are constructed from CNC-machined aluminum. The MacBook Pro 16 feels incredibly robust and well-built, and while we haven’t assessed the Spectre x360 16, the Spectre x360 14 is also well-constructed. Given previous models of Spectre, the 16-inch model is expected to uphold the same excellent standards.

Aesthetically, the Spectre x360 16 presents a polished appearance compared to its prececessor, with its Nightfall chassis showcasing the same indentations in the display and the rear chassis housing a Thunderbolt 4 port and a 3.5mm audio jack. It’s a very appealing laptop. The MacBook Pro 16 comes in

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