2017 HP Spectre x360 15″ Review for Artists

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In this video Lisa Gade focuses on the early 2017 HP Spectre x360 15.6” Windows 10 convertible as a tool for artists. She compares it to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 / Surface Book and brings in several other competitors like the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, iPad Pro and Wacom MobileStudio Pro in terms of pen and PC performance. Programs include Photoshop CC, Sketchbook Pro and Corel Painter 2017.

The Spectre x360 15” has a 7th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 16 gigs of DDR4 RAM, a 512 gig PCIe…


  1. Lisa, thanks for your fantastic content. I just ordered a Spectre x360 15 and I'm wanting to annotate on pdf s and powerpoints for work. Do you recommend a screen protector before using an active stylus? I've noticed that the Surface Pen has what looks like a softer, felt-like tip. I really don't want to scratch up my new laptops nice 4k screen. What are your suggestions?

  2. Thank you so much for this video. I just bought the 15 inch Spectre and am chomping at the bit to learn how to use it with photoshop. Is there any chance for a basic how to start video on this? Please? My I ply you with honest compliments that of the zillions of tech videos Ilve watched, yours are the best. No kidding!

  3. can you please do hp envy x360 ryzen artist review? PLEASE! I WANT TO BUY IT if it works good for digital artists 🙂 and please tell how will it work with other pens like wacom bambo and surface pen.

  4. Is this a good laptop for college? And does the stylus support the sensor that detects erasing? (My dad had a VERY old HP tablet with a stylus that would write with the tip, but erase if flipped around.)

  5. Maybe you can help; I have the 4k 15" HP Spectre x360 15-blxxx and bought the Bamboo Ink pen with it, and I can't get the pen pressure to work. I've just been told by Wacom it "may not". I need to use this computer I just bought for art, and I need the pen pressure. What pen can I use?

  6. Great review! I'm choosing between these pens and laptops and this helps a lot. Btw, does Surface Pen work well with the latest 13" Spectre?

  7. Hello, should I get this or the envy model? What makes the line's x360s different (if they had the same specs)? Would like to know as I can't find any articles on it at all.

  8. Hi, Lisa! Amazing review, as usual, and great for us artists. I was wondering if u could configure the buttons on the pen and give us your opinion on the drawing experience between this, the Lenovo 15 and the iPad pro.

  9. So, Surface Pen is compatible with HP Spectre x360 15" – correct? Lisa, can You explain (because of big confusion in Internet) – Surface Pen is working (with eraser function) on HP Spectre x360 15" 2016 version (silver)? I will be very grateful for confirmation… In fact, HP Spectre x360 15" 2016 has Synaptics PEN. My question is can I use Surface Pen (I like it) with Spectre x360 older a little model? BTW – your videos watch milions people, not only American or Canadian, so please talk a little slowly… 🙂

  10. You guys probably won't see this but I was wondering if you could get the tilt option if you buy a different pen? I'm still new to the touchscreen tech (besides phones lol.)

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