HP Spectre x2 12t-a000 12″ 2-in-1 (Detachable Keyboard, Intel Core M, 8GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD)

The HP Spectre x2 12t-a000 is a high-end 12″ 2-in-1 tablet / laptop hybrid, inspired by the famous Microsoft Surface series. As same as the Surface, the Spectre x2 12t-a000 has an adjustable kickstand on the back to keep the tablet part at an angle during its use in laptop mode with an accompanying detachable keyboard.

Since it’s a premium-class device, a sharp display resolution and IPS technology for wide viewing angles are present. The panel features a pixel count of 1920-by-1280 pixels, productivity-centric 3:2 aspect ratio, and support for active digitizer pen input besides finger touches.

HP Spectre x2 12t-a000 2The active digitizer pen is sold separately. It’s pressure-sensitive. The detachable keyboard is included in the package. It is a major advantage over the comparable Surface Pro 4, which starts at around $100 more and doesn’t include a keyboard ($130+). The keyboard of the HP’s model sports key backlight and is accompanied by a spacious touchpad. The keyboard deck can be raised at an angle for a more comfortable typing experience, just like with the Surface series.

For computing, HP has included the Intel Core M-series mid-range processors with a great power efficiency, while still maintaining good performance. The offered CPUs are the Core M5-6Y54 and M7-6Y75, from the latest “Skylake” processor family. They are not as fast as their 15-Watt Core i5 and i7 counterparts you can find in the Surface Pro and mainstream notebook series, but still an excellent choice for the day-to-day home and office tasks and much better than the low-end Atom and Celeron chips. 8GB of system memory is standard across the whole Spectre x2 12t-a000 series. Data storage choices include 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB solid state drives.

HP Spectre x2 12t-a000 3The 2-in-1 has two pairs of stereo speakers, one in the tablet and one in the keyboard dock, enhanced by Bang & Olufsen technology. as well as dual cameras. The rear camera supports Intel RealSense 3D technology. When it comes to networking and connectivity, the device doesn’t offer as many features as normal laptops, but it still meets needs of the average user. There are no standard full-size USB ports. Instead, HP has opted for dual USB-C type connectors, which can be converted to standard USBs or video output jacks via adapters. For getting you online, the Spectre x2 has 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless connection and optional 4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity provided via Verizon. Other built-in features are Bluetooth, an SD memory card reader, and combo microphone / headphones audio jack.

The included battery has a capacity of 42 WHr, which is a great one considering small dimensions of the device with a 0.5″ thin profile, its light 2.6 pounds, and included power-saving processors. HP estimates the battery life can last “up to 10 hours”.

HP offers both Home and Pro versions of Windows 10 on the Spectre x2 12t-a000.

Specifications of the HP Spectre x2 12t-a000

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Screen Size


Screen Resolution

1920×1280 pixels



Other Display Specs

Glossy coating
IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor (CPU)

Intel Core M5-6Y54 “Skylake” Dual-Core 1.1-2.7GHz 4MB Cache (~3,250 PassMark benchmark points)
Intel Core M7-6Y75 “Skylake” Dual-Core 1.2-3.1GHz 4MB Cache (~3,300 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics (GPU)

Intel HD 515 Integrated Graphics

System Memory (RAM)




DVD Optical Drive



Backlit keyboard without numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Active digitizer pen input

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers


Front + Rear



Ethernet LAN


3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

Yes (Optional)




2 x USB-C

Video Ports

Video out via USB-C

Media Card Reader

Yes (SD card reader)

Other Features

Detachable keyboard included
RealSense 3D Camera


“up to 10 hours” of battery life


2.6 pounds







Windows Version

Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro



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