Inside HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw2000) – disassembly and upgrade options

Most of the ultrabooks out there don’t offer much in terms of upgradability. Unfortunately, the Spectre x360 13 (13-aw2000) is not an exclusion.

Check out all HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw2000) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate and battery

To take this laptop apart, you need to remove the bottom panel. However, four of the screws are hidden beneath the back rubber foot, so you will need to carefully remove it with a plastic pry tool. Then, undo the rest of the screws, and pry the panel itself.


2. Battery

What keeps the laptop running when it’s away from the plug is a 60.7Wh battery pack.


3. Мemory and storage

Unfortunately, the memory here is soldered to the motherboard, and there are two possible configurations. One has 8GB, while the other has 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. On the bright side, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot for storage upgrades.


4. Cooling system

When you look at the cooling solution, you will see two heat pipes cooling the CPU and the GPU, and one dedicated to the VRMs, and perhaps the memory modules.

Check out all HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw2000) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw2000) in-depth review

Usually, when a manufacturer releases a laptop, there is something in its name, that reveals the purpose of the device. For example, the Creator-dubbed devices from MSI are meant for professional content creators, while others are a bit more obvious - the 2-in-1 moniker on Dell's convertibles. HP, in this case, is equally self-contained here, as their convertible indicator is "x360". Today, we are taking a look at the HP Spectre x360 13 (13-aw2000), which is an evolution of last year's Spectre x360 13 (13-aw0000). In fact, the notebook, HP produced the year before was one of the best 13-in[...]

Pros

  • Comfortable to use input devices and an optional stylus inside the box
  • Great performance output
  • Very high maximum brightness
  • Covers 92% of sRGB and has accurate colors, especially with our Gaming and Web design profile installed (IVO M133NVFD R2 (IVO8584))
  • Has two Thunderbolt 4 connectors
  • Supports PCIe x4 SSDs, WiFi 6 standards
  • Premium aluminum build
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Sure View doesn't work as promised (IVO M133NVFD R2 (IVO8584))
  • Uses harmful PWM to adjust brightness at all levels (IVO M133NVFD R2 (IVO8584))
  • Prominent unevenness in the luminance across the screen (IVO M133NVFD R2 (IVO8584))
  • No RAM upgradability post-purchase
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