Apple may be the king when it comes to ultra-slim laptops, thanks to its 13-inch MacBook Air, but HP is gearing up to give its chief rival a run for its money with the unveiling of the new 13.3-inch Spectre.
Here is a quick rundown of the specifications and features of both the MacBook Air and the HP Spectre 13 to help you choose which of the two laptops suits your personal style and needs.
The Apple MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch widescreen display that is LED-backlit glossy and capable of presenting images using millions of colors. Its native resolution is 1440 x 900 pixels, but it can also support 1280 x 800, 1152 x 720, and 1024 x 640 pixels at an aspect ratio of 16:10, as well as 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 pixels at an aspect ratio of 4:3.
The HP Spectre 13, on the other hand, sports a 13-inch Corning Gorilla Glass IPS display that supports 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution.
Under the hood, the MacBook Air comes equipped with either a 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or a 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. It also has a Turbo Boost feature, which can bring its processing speed up to 3.2GHz.
Some of its other onboard features include an Intel HD Graphics 6000 card and a 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM. It can also be configured to have 8 GB worth of memory.
HP has also gone out of its way to give the Spectre 13 better processing power by fitting it with Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 chips, instead of the low-voltage yet slower Core M CPU, which was used for the 12-inch MacBook as well as for other ultra-slim notebooks.
It also has an Intel HD Graphics 520 card and up to 8 GB of RAM.
Size and Weight
As far as dimensions go, the Spectre 13 is slimmer and lighter compared to the MacBook Air. HP's laptop measures at about 10.4 millimeters (0.4 inch) thick and weighs only 2.45 pounds, while Apple's device is 17.2 millimeters (0.68 inch) thick and weighs 2.96 pounds.
The HP Spectre is also thinner than the 12-inch MacBook, which measures at 13.1 millimeters (0.52 inch) thick. However, it is considerably heavier compared to the MacBook, which weighs only 2.03 pounds.
You can get your very own 13-inch MacBook Air from Apple's online store starting at $999, while a 13-inch HP Spectre can cost you around $1,169.