Switching from a MacBook to HP Spectre

I’ve been using a mid 2013 MacBookPro for the last 3 years now and it was time to do a personal tech refresh sort of thing.

After latest macbooks being kind of a disappointment and also the dongle life being a factor (at least for now, in 2017), I decided to do something kind of radical and buy a windows laptop.

I have owned couple of non-Apple laptops in the past and they were awful. But nowadays the situation seems to be changing rapidly and there are quite a few reasonable choices on the market.

For me, the main contestants were:

  • Surface book
  • Dell XPS 13
  • HP Spectre x360

After some research and watching review videos I decided to go with HP Spectre x360.


Surface book, is expensive and lacks USB-C ports, which is a non-issue today but might become important a year or two from now.

Dell XPS 13 has a really weird camera placement.

So anyways, HP it was.

It’s certainly a change. To move from unix to windows OS is one thing.

But to move from Apple’s perfectionist obsession over every minor detail in the hardware to HP’s wannabe copying of Apple is something you just have to live with I guess.

After using this machine for half a month or so I must say that the hardware and the “feel” is what I dislike the most. Windows itself nowadays is quite usable and has all the tools I need.

More on the topic in the future.

Surface 3

So I recently bought a Surface 3. Yes, I know. My home network has been a mix of OSX, iOS, Linux and FreeBSD devices but now it will also have one Windows machine.

Surface 3
This is also my first time buying a computer that runs Windows.
The device itself is quite awesome, I really do like it and especially at that price point where it competes with an iPad. It’s a very capable device if you can live with Windows running on it.
In fact I’m writing this post on it. I also owned the first Surface RT and that was garbage. But with Surface 3 things have changed.

The form factor is good, the screen is great and battery life is decent. It has no trouble playing videos, browsing web, editing office docs and of course, you can run putty and manage your unix boxes. It can do anything, it’s just not super fast when it does it.

This Surface uses an Intel Atom quad core SoC. It has 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB storage (not and SSD though but some other, slower kind of flash). You can expand the storage using a microSD card (yes it will be a bit slow) and you can plug in any USB device you want.

But most importantly for me – you can charge it using micro USB. Yes, you need a capable charger, with a 1A charger it does take quite a while but if you have a 2A charger then it is much better.
And of course micro usb means – charge it from your battery pack, which means use it on the long flights/trips which is great.

Overall quite happy with it.