HP Spectre X360

Sculpted from a block of aluminum, this is HP’s most popular convertible laptop. Its chiseled design is a result of our relentless drive for watchmaking-precision. The Gen 4 X360 is thoroughly crafted to be beautiful and functional in all four usage modes.

Credits: HP & Native, 2017-2018
Role: design development lead
Awards: iF Design Award, Red Dot Award, Good Design Award, Good Design Australia


Chiseled from a block of aluminum with a focus on watchmaking-precision

Packaged in portable 13” and performance-driven 15” form factors

Designed for transformation

The X360 demands holistic design in all usage modes: clamshell, tent, presentation, and tablet.  Every element of the design was considered with restraint and quality in mind. The laptop is sculpted from a block of aluminum with undercut to minimize parting lines. Its subtle curvature on the palm-rest to add comfort, while flush hinge caps in closed and tablet mode to avoid sharp edges. The most challenging task of designing a convertible laptop is in its hinge rotation. Its difficulty is magnified by the X360’s triangular rear profile. For a smooth, steady motion from mode to mode, we used geared cam design to achieve perfect synchronization. The result is a sturdy hinge with exceptionally fluid movement. This hinge is encased within a 0.3mm stainless-steel cap, which is polished and plated like luxury watchbands.

Triangular-rear design rotates around a 0.8mm minute clearance

Various new finishing process studied to achieve jewelry-level aesthetics

Meticulous attention to every detail

For the fourth generation of the bestselling convertible laptop, we set out to achieve watchmaking precision. No details were too small. The material properties and machining processes were pushed to the limit, as some of the most stringent specs in the industry. The rectangular housings are reduced to minimal outer shapes— efficiently packaging the technology inside and keeping overall footprint to a minimum. The design language and focal point is placed at the chiseled rear of the laptop, with polished stainless-steel caps to elevate the premium appeal.

Mock up iterations on triangular rear profile and keyboard-deck details

0.5mm machined inner edges, 0.3mm stainless steel caps, and 0.1mm laser-etched inner corners

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