HP Spectre Laptop

HP’s premium flagship laptop with breakthrough craftsmanship. It embodies industry’s-first processes, including ceramic-like AED finish, hidden piano hinge, 3D diamond-cut edge, and carbon-fiber chassis with laser-etched venting.

Credits: HP & Native, 2017  / Role: design development lead
Awards: iF Design Award, Red Dot Award, Good Design Award, Good Design Australia, G-Mark Award, IDEA Bronze Award


Unibody aluminum and carbon fiber chassis crafted to be lightweight and robust

Designing the world’s thinnest touch laptop

HP’s first Spectre Laptop claimed the title of the world’s thinnest laptop. Instead of chasing for thinner, this second generation flagship laptop was redesigned inside and out – we scoured user feedback and addressed each pain-point. User productivity is key. The thickness remains at 10.4mm, but its footprint was reduced 15% while adding narrow-border touchscreen and a row of navigation keys. Performance has been enhanced with an additional thermal fan.

Filling every crevasse to minimize size, such as HP’s first step-cell batttery

Innovative hidden vents with hyperbolic airflow to maximize performance

Pushing boundaries on craftsmanship

Spectre Laptop is a flagship statement product. This time, we progressed beyond silver and grey metal finishes. We treated the metal surface with industry-first white AED coating to improve its longevity and texture. Traditionally, white has been applied to metal through spray painting, which has poor durability and tactile feeling. The rear tail is also a focal point of the design. Its top is a smooth satin surface, while the rear is textured with beautiful vertical hairline. We’ve added a touch of polished chamfer in the front – a seemingly simple element which required a new technique to cut a consistent width on a 3D surface. To further show our uncompromising drive for premium quality, perhaps the most challenging process was also the least visible. Over 2000 micro-square openings were etched through the bottom carbon-fiber cover to create a clean visual texture over the thermal vent.

Mock-ups in various material fidelities to iterate on each design element

Industry-first Advanced Electro Deposition coating rigorously tuned to fuse paint and metal