The fastest ever made?
Microsoft claims to have the fastest 13-inch laptop on the market with its first-ever Surface Book. Well, not so fast, Microsoft.
On paper, HP's 13-inch Spectre x360 convertible 2-in-1 laptop (13-4195dx) is faster when compared with the identically priced Surface Book laptop configured with 128 GB storage and Intel's sixth-generation Skylake Core i5-6300U mobile processor.
Earlier this month, during Microsoft's launch of the Surface Book, Microsoft devices boss Panos Panay called the Surface Book "the ultimate laptop," "ounce for ounce the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made" and "the thinnest, most powerful PC ever created."
While the Spectre x360 13-4195dx was not listed on HP's Australian web site at the time of writing, other models were. This match-up gives you a look at what's to come.
This head-to-head is a battle of laptop equals, pitting the US$1,500 HP Spectre x360 against the AU$2,299 Surface Book. To be clear, for this challenge, instead of focusing on a more expensive Microsoft Surface Book with discrete Nvidia graphics and Intel's top performing i7-6600U CPU, we are focusing on how well Microsoft holds up to the competition as you move down its Surface Book lineup.
Here is how HP's Spectre x360 compares to Microsoft's entry-level Surface Book.