Inside HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea1000) – disassembly and upgrade options
Premium devices are known for their scarcity of upgrade options. This laptop is no different in this aspect, but it has other fantastic features.
HP Spectre x360 14
- Intel Core i7-1165G7
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EU)
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To open this notebook’s bottom panel, you need to undo two Torx-head screws. Then, remove the back rubber foot, and undo the four Phillips-head screws you see underneath it. After that, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool.
Inside, you will find a 66Wh battery pack. The unit equipped with an OLED display lasted us for about 7 hours of either Web browsing or video playback. To take the battery out, you need to undo 6 Phillips-head screws and unplug the battery connector. Then, you can lift it away from the chassis.
3. Memory and storage
Unfortunately, the memory here is soldered to the motherboard. It comes in configurations with 8 or 16GB of LPDDR4 RAM, working at 3733 MHz in quad-channel mode. On the storage side, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot.
4. Cooling system
Interestingly, the cooling solution on this laptop looks quite capable. There are two heat pipes cooling the CPU, and one, managing the temperature of the VRMs. Additionally, you get two separate heat sinks and two tiny fans.
HP Spectre x360 14 (14-ea0000, ea1000) in-depth review
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- Pen and sleeve inside the box
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