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Lenovo Ideapad 305

Yes, it’s that time again! Time to source a replacement for my now-ancient ‘Lenovo Ideapad 305‘ Laptop. It’s served me well for well over four years, accompanying me around the world helping me to keep in touch with the mother ship! 😁 It’s going to a good home – a TA friend of mine becomes its new keeper! 👍👍

As you might expect, me being me, choosing the Lenovo’s replacement wasn’t a quick decision! After a few intensive weeks narrowing down the options (more of that later!) I chose an HP device – which wasn’t how I thought things would play out.

So, say hello to my (deep breath!)…

“HP Spectre x360 15-eb0001na 4K OLED
Convertible Laptop with Pen (2020 Edition)”

Phew! Quite a mouthful! 😁 And quite a wallet-buster too, at £1949.99!! (best price).

The Shortlist

Samsung Galaxy Pro 360

Well, there nearly wasn’t a shortlist at all – I thought I knew what I wanted – the rather clever and just launched Samsung Galaxy Book 360 Pro. was the front-runner. But, as they say, ‘the devil is in the detail’. I’ve already got a Samsung mobile phone, so what could possibly go wrong?

On closer inspection of the laptop specs, the storage was a bit small for me at (just) 512Gb and more crucially, the display was ‘only’ HD. For the money I planned on spending, I was really looking for a 4K display.

Further reading online by those ahead of me in the buying queue for the Samsung flagship, revealed a disappointing webcam and a distinct lack of sockets (not even a USB3 port!). In fact, the more I read, the more disappointed I became. OK, it had the latest 11th gen Intel chip, the device was super-light to carry and it had a gorgeous AMOLED screen, but there seemed to be some confusion in the marketing materials about its storage expansion capability.

I posted a question to Samsung Support who confirmed that I couldn’t add an additional SSD (even though the online marketing blurb suggested this was possible). When I challenged Support’s reply, I got a vague response – that just added to my confusion! 😒

Enough already! Time to go looking elsewhere. There were only two others that came close to the spec I was after…

The ASUS Zenbook Flip S

The ASUS Zenbook Flip S (but it only came with a 13-inch screen and I wanted a 15-incher at least!!!and the aforementioned HP.

In the end, the screen size was the deal-breaker for me and I plumped for the HP.

The Winner

HP Spectre x360

What’s so special about the Spectre? If you want a detailed specification, take a look here, but for now, here are the headlines…

A gorgeous 4k screen
OLED screen technology
Touch screen technology
A stylus
1Tb of M2 SSD storage
16Gb of RAM
Gorilla glass screen
(Almost) the latest Intel chip

It’s also a ‘2-in-1’, which means it can function as a Tablet too (albeit a very large tablet!). Best of all though is that it sports a special hinge mechanism which allows it to be set up in a tent fashion (as in the photo above) which combined with the touch screen and stylus, makes it easy to use creatively.

Now, all I needed to do was to transfer over all my data! That’s always the boring bit – but it’s necessary!

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