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And depending on how hot things get, the fan can become pretty loud, to the point that it sometimes becomes a nuisance. Because this laptop is so thin, there's room only for USB Type-C ports, which are located on the back of the system, instead of the traditional Type-A slot.
That means you'll never face the dilemma of choosing between recharging your laptop and plugging in a peripheral. All three ports can be used for charging, data transfer and video out. But if you want to hook up one or more 4K displays, you'll need to use one of the two ports that support Thunderbolt 3.
Aside from the three USB-C connectors, the only other port is a 3. The Spectre also features an HD webcam flanked on each side by a mic, providing crisp audio for video calls and voice chat.
Unfortunately, the x images that the cam captures aren't quite as sharp. Even in our brightly lit office, photos from the webcam looked grainy and made my face appear blotchy and dark. When it comes to performance, HP simply isn't willing to compromise. And on our review unit, which sports a 2. That performance advantage can really make a difference for people who need to multitask or do a bit of light video editing. On Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance, our Spectre config scored 7, This topped numbers from all of the notebook's competitors, including systems such as the Core i7-powered Dell XPS 13 7, and the Acer Swift 7 5, The Spectre also blitzed our spreadsheet test, sorting 20, names and addresses in OpenOffice in just 3 minutes and 35 seconds, faster than both the XPS 13 3: While the Spectre isn't meant for serious gaming, you can get away with some light video editing or a bit of gaming on less demanding titles such as League of Legends.
But you'll have to turn the settings down. The notebook's Intel HD graphics scored on 3DMark's Fire Strike graphics test, a showing that's higher than that of an average ultraportable and way better than the Acer Swift 7's score From the outset, the big concern with the Spectre's superthin design is that it leaves little room for batteries.
Even though HP did some innovative engineering by splitting the battery into four separate sections, the Spectre lasted a disappointing 6 hours and 6 minutes on the Laptop Battery Test, which involves continuous surfing over Wi-Fi. The average for ultraportable laptops is 2 hours longer, at 8: And that's before you get to other competitors, including the nontouch Dell XPS 13 Laptops with the Longest Battery Life. HP backs the Spectre with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
Both of Apple's systems offer significantly better battery lives, and the inch model has a sharper screen than the Spectre, but those machines offer lesser specs for the money. While the Dell system might not be as thin, its bezel-free Infinity display still looks stunning, and it has a wider variety of ports, including one Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3.
The XPS 13 also boasts significantly better battery life than the Spectre, lasting 9: With world-class good looks, boundary-pushing thinness, a brilliant display and, now, more powerful 7th generation Intel Core i performance, the HP Spectre has a lot going for it.
Unfortunately, those highlights are countered by weak battery life and a shortage of creature comforts like an SD card reader and a touch-enabled display. This makes comparisons between the Spectre and high-maintenance hypercars hard to deny. The Dell XPS 13 remains our favorite notebook overall because of its long battery life, nearly bezel-free screen and strong port selection. However, the Spectre is still the undisputed leader in cool, and a strong choice for anyone who wants the ultimate in ultraportable style.
While its battery life leaves a lot to be desired, the HP Spectre is one of the thinnest, most powerful and best looking ultraportables on the market.
A truly premium experience While the Spectre's slim, 0. The series was canceled with scripts written but not yet drawn. Several years later, these remaining chapters were penciled by Aparo, lettered and inked by others, and published in the final issue of Wrath of the Spectre , a four-issue miniseries in that reprinted the ten original Fleisher-Aparo stories in its first three issues, and three newly drawn stories in the fourth one.
However, Gerber missed the deadline for the first issue so that he could watch the last day of shooting on the Howard the Duck film, and DC cancelled the series in response. Among the many changes made to DC Comics' characters during the latter half of the s following the Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries, the Spectre fought the Anti-Monitor largely depowered.
Bissette and John Totleben. In his fourth solo series and second self-titled comic, The Spectre , under writer Doug Moench , Corrigan became the central figure in this story of an occult -oriented private detective agency.
The Spectre's powers were significantly reduced here, with even the act of emerging from Corrigan's physical body being painful to both. This run ended with issue 31 Nov. A few months after this, the Spectre has a cameo in writer Neil Gaiman 's The Books of Magic , a four-issue miniseries starring many DC occult characters. Three years after the cancellation of the Doug Moench version, the Spectre was again given his own series, this time written by writer and former theology student John Ostrander , who chose to re-examine the Spectre in his aspects as both the embodied Avenging Wrath of the Murdered Dead and as a brutal s policeman.
Ostrander placed the Spectre in complex, morally-ambiguous situations that posed certain ethical questions, one example being: What vengeance should be wrought upon a woman who killed her abusive husband in his sleep?
Other notable dilemmas included:. Ostrander also added several new concepts into the Spectre's history: He revealed that the Spectre was meant to exist as the embodiment of the Wrath of God, and Jim Corrigan was but the latest human spirit assigned to guide him while he existed on Earth. It was also shown that the Spectre was a fallen angel named Aztar who had participated in Lucifer 's rebellion, but then repented, and that serving as the embodiment of God's anger was its penance.
Furthermore, the Spectre was not the first embodiment of God's anger, but was the replacement for the previously-minor DC character Eclipso. Ostrander chose to portray this as a distinction between the Spectre's pursuit of vengeance and Eclipso's pursuit of revenge. In a historical context, Eclipso was responsible for the biblical Flood , while the Spectre was the Angel of Death who slew the firstborn Egyptian children.
Spectre and Eclipso have battled numerous times through history but neither entity can be fully destroyed.
Crisis in Time storylines. In both cases, in the final struggle against the main villain the Anti-Monitor and Parallax , respectively the Spectre is the only hero capable of standing against the villains directly, allowing the other heroes time to put a plan into action that would destroy the villains once and for all.
Eventually, Corrigan's soul finds peace. He relinquishes the Spectre and goes on to the afterlife. The role of the Spectre is later assumed by Hal Jordan, the spirit of the former Green Lantern , during the " Day of Judgment " storyline written by Geoff Johns , when a fallen angel attempts to gain the Spectre's power.
Corrigan is asked to come back, but refuses, as he has found peace. The Spectre chooses Jordan as his new host because Jordan seeks to atone for his universe-threatening actions as the villainous Parallax. His next appearance was in a four-part story arc in Legends of the DC Universe 33— In the series The Spectre vol. DeMatteis , Jordan bends the Spectre's mission from one of vengeance to one of redemption, and making appearances elsewhere in the DC Universe , such as advising Superman during the "Emperor Joker" storyline or helping Wally West keep his family safe by erasing public knowledge of his true identity.
He is one of the few DC Universe characters with this knowledge. After The Spectre vol. Rebirth , written by Johns, the Spectre's decision of choosing Jordan as his host was retconned into being not because of Jordan's worthiness, but as an effort to destroy the Parallax entity, which was infecting Jordan's soul.
After the Spectre was able to purge Parallax from Jordan, he departed in order to move onto the next recipient of the spirit. With no human host, the Spectre becomes unstable and goes on a vengeance-fueled rampage. Not only is he killing murderers, he also kills people for minor crimes, such as petty theft. His lack of a human host deprives him of the ability to effectively judge the sins in their appropriate context.
She goes after the Spectre and seduces him into removing all magic in the DC Universe. Eclipso explains to the Spectre that all things that follow the rules of the physical universe follow God's law.
Anything that breaks those rules also breaks God's law and is therefore evil. Consequently, as magic breaks the rules of the physical universe, it is an originating source of tremendous evil this line of logic makes sense to the unstable Spectre. The Spectre destroys magical constructs, institutions that teach magic, and magical dimensions. In one such dimension, his acts include the mass murder of over battle-hardened magicians.
His actions cause havoc to other very powerful magic-based characters:. The Spectre also destroys the magic-fueled kingdom of Atlantis the home of Aquaman during his rampage. In the Day of Vengeance: The Spectre is once again forced into a human host, stopping his mad rampage. Nabu reveals before dying that originally he and the other Lords had been working towards forming the perfect host for the Spectre, but those plans are cut short.
The text of the story is unclear on who the Great Lords were. Nabu introduced in as the powerful entity responsible for Kent Nelson becoming Doctor Fate was one of the Lords of Order. The Spectre had apparently killed the others, along with their counterparts the Lords of Chaos, with the exception of Mordru and Amethyst whom he battled on Gemworld. Amethyst is among those gathered by the Phantom Stranger to aid in rebuilding the Rock of Eternity, and survives into the Tenth Age.
Alexander Luthor also revealed that he was indirectly responsible for the Spectre's actions in Day of Vengeance. Under Alexander Luthor's orders, Psycho-Pirate gave Eclipso's diamond to Jean Loring making her manipulate the Spectre so that magic could be undone and used as fuel for Luthor's Multiverse tower.
In Gotham Central 38, Crispus Allen is killed by a corrupt policeman coincidentally named Jim Corrigan not the same Corrigan formerly associated with the Spectre. While Allen's body is in the morgue, the Spectre is forced against his will to enter Crispus Allen, taking Allen as his new host.
During the — Blackest Night storyline, Black Hand reveals that the Spectre must be moved out of the way in order for the universe to be at peace. For that he uses the Black Lantern Pariah , who unleashes more black rings which latch themselves onto Crispus' body who was killed by Eclipso , turning him into a Black Lantern and sealing the Spectre inside its host. The Phantom Stranger manages to temporarily free the real Spectre, only for the Black Lantern to repress it again and, discarding the Stranger and Blue Devil, leaves to carry out its intention to cast vengeance on Hal Jordan.
Using the real Spectre's power to protect itself, it is rendered immune to the combination of emotional lights that usually destroy Black Lanterns.
Knowing that the Spectre is afraid of Parallax, Jordan allows himself to be possessed by the fear entity once more in order to stop him. The powers of the Spectre also become of interest to the Red Lantern Corps leader Atrocitus , as he senses the Spectre's real nature despite being influenced by the black ring: Atrocitus desires to harness the spirit's power for his corps and his own vengeance against the Guardians of the Universe. Atrocitus attempts to turn the Spectre into his own rage entity but fails, the Spectre telling him that "he is God's rage" and of the true rage entity, and warning him not to trifle with it.
Parallax then attempts to destroy the Spectre, who uses his own fear of the entity coupled with the love Carol Ferris feels for Hal, to separate Parallax from its host. The Spectre then confronts Nekron , the master of the Black Lanterns, but discovers that Nekron is without a soul and is thus immune to his powers.
The Spectre is then removed from the battlefield by Nekron to parts unknown. In the Brightest Day storyline, the Spectre resurfaces, again with Crispus Allen as its host, in the hills of Montana on the trail of the Butcher, the Red Lantern entity. Despite the Spectre's attempts to stop it, the Butcher succeeds, killing the criminal. The Butcher then attempts to possess Atrocitus, revealing that Atrocitus had a wife and children who were killed in the Manhunters' attack.
With the Spectre's help, Atrocitus wards off the Butcher and imprisons it within his power battery. The Spectre attempts to judge the man that the Butcher possessed, but Atrocitus argues that his method of judgment is flawed. The Spectre calls off his judgment and is unable to judge Atrocitus, discovering that his mission is a "holy" one, although he warns Atrocitus that this will not last forever.
In the story, Eclipso captures the angel Zauriel and begins to torture him in order to draw the attention of the Spectre. The plan succeeds, with the Spectre traveling to the moon to rescue Zauriel, only to be ambushed by Jade and the members of the Justice League's reserve roster, all of whom had been brainwashed by Eclipso. Once the heroes wear the Spectre down, Eclipso confronts his old nemesis and seemingly kills him by cleaving the Spectre in two.
Eclipso then absorbs the Spectre's immense powers, which he then uses to shatter the moon with a single blow from his sword before attempting to use them to fulfill his sinister agenda. He is guided by the Phantom Stranger on the instructions of the Voice. He leads Jim Corrigan to the abandoned warehouse where Jim's girlfriend is being kept, but this turns out to be a trap.
Jim Corrigan and his girlfriend are killed by the kidnappers and he is then transformed into the Spectre who accuses the Phantom Stranger of betraying him. As the Spectre is about to attack the Phantom Stranger, the Voice intervenes and sends the Spectre off to inflict his wrath on those who are more deserving of the Spectre's wrath.
It is revealed that the Voice chose Corrigan to be "the mirror of his desire for justice" though Corrigan believes in vengeance and imbued him with divine powers. Jim returns to work as a police detective in Gotham City but his rage causes him to practice vengeance rather than justice in his alter ego as the Spectre.