HP Spectre Laptop

HP’s premium flagship laptop with a craftsmanship focus. It embodies industry-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: development lead
Awards: iF Design Award, Red Dot 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.




Physical mock-ups to iterate on every design element


Filling every crevasse to minimize size, even using HP’s first step-cell batttery

Innovative hidden vents with hyperbolic airflow to maximize performance


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





A drive for premium craftsmanship

The new Spectre Laptop needed to make a premium statement. One of the first questions we asked was, “is it possible to create a white-colored metal?” Traditionally, white has been applied to metal through spray painting, which has poor durability and tactile feeling. With this new laptop, we treated the metal surfaces with industry-first AED coating to improve its longevity and texture. It was rigorously tuned to feel ceramic-like. 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 opening were laser-etched through the bottom carbon-fiber cover to create a clean visual texture over the thermal vent.