HP Spectre 13 Laptop 13-v001na

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HP Were kind enough to loan me this rather beautiful device to look at for a couple of weeks and I thought I would share my thoughts on how I got on!

So the first thing I ussually do is have a quick look to see what reviews say accross the web.  I picked out a few here that rang true of my own experiences:

I also spotted this link which appears to be premium second user devices at a reduced cost:

http://compadvance.co.uk/hp-renew/en/item/463082/HP-Spectre-13-v001na

Build

As already mentioned the Spectre has a premium feel largely down to it’s design and the materials used – aluminium and carbon fibre.  Considering it’s svelte dimensions there is very little give in the body and screen and it doesn’t feel like it is going to break under normal use (and for obvious reasons I haven’t gone beyond that!)
The ‘piston hinge’ contributes to the overall sense of quality in this device although I did on occasion try to tilt it back beyond it’s clearly defined limit – so no way is this a ‘yoga style’ device which perhaps is an opportunity lost given todays expanding expectations of new laptops and tablet devices however the range does support the premium test of laptop on lap!

Expansion

3 USB Type C  ports provide the Spectre with ample opportunities for expansion. One of the ports is used for charging  and the other two for high-speed data transfer (USB 3.1 Gen 2). NB the charging port can also be used for data transfer.  While my knowledge of the latest USB spec is narrow I am aware of the increased opportunities for sharing across these ports, including high speed video, that does not exist with older style USB 1 and 2 devices.

Screen

With a Gorilla Glass coating the screen while excellent does suffer a little from reflections, though I never found this a problem indoors it perhaps might prove troublesome outdoors on a Sunny day?  Having said that the quality of the images produced is excellent reflecting the high build quality and perhaps proof that going much beyond 1080p Resolution on a screen this size really does have da diminishing return.  Being used to a touch screen I did find myself reaching for the screen on a number of occasions and personally I think my future devices will need to support touch to completely satisfy – however that is a personal preference and anyone used to using MacBooks will likely feel right at home.

Sound

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The two speakers are prominently placed either side of the keyboard and coupled with Bang and Olufsen internals this laptop really delivers great sound.  In particular I found that I was able to hear the separation in the stereo channels much more so than on other laptops with stereo sound and it is clear that a deal of thought has gone into the sound design of this laptop.

Accessories

If you are in the market for this stylish device then you probably should consider the matching accessories from HP at http://store.hp.com/UKStore/Merch/offer.aspx?p=c-Spectre-Offer

A number of bags and cases are available with the premium leather sleeve matching the premium style of the device itself:

Conclusion

Positives

  • Premium Feel
  • Powerful Specification
  • USB-C Support
  • Svelte figure (it is very thin!)

  • Desirability!

Negatives

  • No Touch Points
  • Price

If the style of this laptop is to your liking and you have the necessary funds there should be little to stop you from considering this device.  Personally the lack of touch holds me back but otherwise both my wife and I have been very happy with our respective use of the Spectre over the last couple of weeks  (my wife principally Excel and Word and myself as a developer with Visual Studio)

BT Whole Home WIFI Mesh

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History

I live in an old house, not unusually large but it began it’s life in the 18th Century as a small Cottage and has been extended many times since such that now, if I were to be cruel, it could be thought of as being a little ‘higgledy piggledy’ (maybe just ‘quaint’?).

The main issue that has prompted this purchase stems from having some very thick walls between rooms as well as wanting to have a single controllable wifi signal that doesn’t rely on a multitude of repeaters and powerline piggyback units!

The plan is to start with 3 units and cover as much of the area as is possible, if needs be then further units can be added to cover any extremities (it would be nice to have a good signal in both the garage and my own ‘man cave’ beyond it (basically a glorified shed).

SetUp

Setup is incredibly simple but does require an Android or iOS device (marks lost here).

I used a friends Android device which presented me with the following steps:

1. Connect the first device to your router using the supplied ethernet cable:

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Here it is in place:

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2. Use the app to determine a suitable location for the second and third units (the app gives you a strength meter to assist you)

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3. Once you have your Mesh there are various queries you can run within the App:

“Click on a disc”

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“Disc Details”

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“See connected Devices”

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Meanwhile the menu along the top gives the following options:

“LAN Icon”

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“Tools”

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“HELP”

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(I think those last two sets of menus are pretty self explanatory but feel free to ask any questions)

Results

So perhaps the most important question – How is it and is it better than the hotch potch of relays and repeaters I had before?

I haven’t attempted to do a scientific test comparison but signal strength is both available and stronger in the same locations before and after.  I also feel that over time there will be less maintainence involved (How may times have I done the “powerline runaround”?) as well as more control and a simpler way of managing a single WIFI signal (so I am less likely to drop signals as I roam around the house!)

As I suspected I need another 1 or 2 units to cover the garage and my ‘man cave’ – I will update this post if I go down that road!

How to get Vauxhaul / Opel Engine Diagnostic Codes (without a computer!)

Thanks to a post from the Vauxhaul owners club these instructions allow you to diagnose an engine fault when you are presented with the following engine diagnostic warning light on your dashboard;

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Works for Corsa, Astras, Zafiras be they Vauxhaul or Opel derivitives:

NB If you are lucky your diagnostic code will also be shown on the screen (see video below – I didn’t notice this until I watched it back!!)

 

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Getting the diagnostic “The pedal trick”:

So no need for Tech 2 or any sort of code readers ….

  1. When you get into the car you know the key has 3 clicks first on for aftermarket cd player and whatever else and the second one the dash comes on third the starter kicks in
  2. Before you put the key into the ignition Make sure that you Press the Break and the Throttle to the Floor ( max )
  3. Turn the key on until The dash board come on and DONT START THE CAR
  4. Wait 2 seconds and keep the pedals Down to the floor
  5. The service light under the management light should start flashing!!!

Reading the diagnostic:

it will flash 4 times leaving 2 second space representing each number
Zero gets 10 flashes
for exampleP0110
the light will flash ten times Break (2sec Or 1 not sure) then once, (2sec) once again, then ten
if you have more than one code it will stop for a break then gives the next code
however if you don’t have any code stored it will start Flashing and keeps on flashing until you release the paddle.

Interpreting the diagnostic:

Read through the following list of codes until you find a match to the 4 digits you have “read”:

P0030 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1 Sensor 1) C-29
P0036 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 1 Sensor 2) C-31
P0100 Mass or volume air flow circuit high input C-10
P0100 Mass or volume air flow circuit low input C-10
P0110 Intake Air Temperature Circuit High Input C-12
P0110 Intake Air Temperature Circuit Low Input C-12
P0115 Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit High Input C-11
P0115 Engine Coolant Temperature Circuit Low Input C-11
P0115 Engine coolant temperature circuit malfunction C-11
P0120 Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Circuit 1 Voltage High C-09
P0120 Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Circuit 1 Voltage Low C-09
P0120 Throttle Position Sensor 1-2 Correlation C-09
P0130 O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 1) C-30
P0130 O2 Sensor 1 Circuit Voltage Low C-30
P0130 O2 Sensor 1 Open Circuit C-30
P0130 O2 Sensor 1 Incorrect Signal C-30
P0134 O2 Sensor Circuit Open (Bank 1 Sensor 1) C-30
P0135 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 1) C-29
P0135 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Low Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 1) C-29
P0135 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Open (Bank 1 Sensor 1) C-29
P0136 O2 Sensor Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 2) C-32
P0136 O2 Sensor 2 Circuit Voltage Low C-32
P0136 O2 Sensor 2 Open Circuit C-32
P0139 O2 Sensor 1 Incorrect Signal C-30
P0140 O2 Sensor 2 Incorrect Signal C-32
P0141 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit High Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 2) C-31
P0141 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Low Voltage (Bank 1 Sensor 2) C-31
P0141 O2 Sensor Heater Circuit Open (Bank 1 Sensor 2) C-31
P0170 Rich Exhaust C-30
P0170 Lean Exhaust C-30
P0201 Cylinder 1 injector circuit high C-23
P0201 Cylinder 1 injector circuit low C-23
P0201 Cylinder 1 Injector Circuit Open C-23
P0202 Cylinder 2 injector circuit high C-24
P0202 Cylinder 2 injector circuit low C-24
P0202 Cylinder 2 Injector Circuit Open C-24
P0203 Cylinder 3 injector circuit high C-25
P0203 Cylinder 3 injector circuit low C-25
P0203 Cylinder 3 Injector Circuit Open C-25
P0204 Cylinder 4 injector circuit high C-26
P0204 Cylinder 4 injector circuit low C-26
P0204 Cylinder 4 Injector Circuit Open C-26
P0219 Engine over speed condition C-43
P0220 Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Circuit 2 Voltage High C-09
P0220 Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Circuit 2 Voltage Low C-09
P0220 Throttle Position Sensor 1-2 Correlation C-09
P0230 Fuel pump secondary circuit high C-07
P0230 Fuel Pump Relay Open Circuit C-07
P0300 Misfire Unidentified Cylinder Detected B-21
P0301 Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected B-22
P0301 Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected B-22
P0301 Cylinder 1 Misfire Detected B-22
P0302 Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected B-22
P0302 Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected B-22
P0302 Cylinder 2 Misfire Detected B-22
P0303 Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected B-22
P0303 Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected B-22
P0303 Cylinder 3 Misfire Detected B-22
P0304 Cylinder 4 Misfire Detected B-22
P0304 Cylinder 4 Misfire Detected B-22
P0304 Cylinder 4 Misfire Detected B-22
P0325 Knock Sensor 1 Circuit no Signal C-27
P0335 Crankshaft Sensor Incorrect Signal C-06
P0335 Crankshaft Sensor Open Circuit C-06
P0335 Crankshaft Sensor Incorrect Signal C-06
P0340 Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit No Signal C-13
P0340 Camshaft Sensor Incorrect Signal C-13
P0351 Ignition Coil 1 High Input B-23
P0351 Ignition Coil 1 Incorrect Signal B-23
P0352 Ignition Coil 2 High Input B-23
P0352 Ignition Coil 2 Incorrect Signal B-23
P0353 Ignition Coil 3 High Input B-23
P0353 Ignition Coil 3 Incorrect Signal B-23
P0354 Ignition Coil 4 High Input B-23
P0354 Ignition Coil 4 Incorrect Signal B-23
P0420 Catalyst Efficiency Above Threshold C-31
P0443 Evaporative emission control system purge control valve circuit shorted C-28
P0443 Evaporative emission control system purge control valve circuit shorted C-28
P0443 Evaporative emission control system purge control valve circuit open C-28
P0460 Fuel Level Sensor Circuit High Input C-14
P0460 Fuel Level Sensor Circuit Low Input C-14
P0460 Purge flow sensor circuit malfunction C-14
P0500 Vehicle speed sensor malfunction B-10
P0530 A/C Refrigerant Pressure Sensor Circuit High Input Air Conditioning System B-05
P0530 A/C Refrigerant Pressure Sensor Circuit Open Air Conditioning System B-05
P0560 System Voltage High Input C-04
P0560 System Voltage Low Input C-04
P0565 Cruise Control SET and RESUME active C-17
P0566 Cruise Control Off Signal Circuit no or Incorrect Signal C-17
P0567 Cruise Control Resume Signal High Input C-17
P0568 Cruise Control Set Signal Circuit High Input C-17
P0571 Brake Switch Circuit Low Input C-15
P0602 Powertrain Control Module Not Programmed C-02
P0602 Security Code Not Programmed C-02
P0602 Vehicle Identification Number Not Programmed C-02
P0602 Variant-Coding Not Programmed C-02
P0606 Control Unit Re-Initialisation C-02
P0650 Malfunction Indicator (MI) Control Circuit High C-36
P0650 Malfunction Indicator (MI) Control Circuit Open C-36
P0700 EOBD Error stored by Transmission Control (TC) Modul B-06
P0700 MIL request from Transmission Control (TC) Modul B-06
P0704 Clutch Switch Input Circuit High Input C-16
P1110 Variable Intake Manifold Signal High C-33
P1110 Variable Intake Manifold Signal Low C-33
P1110 Variable Intake Manifold Open Circuit C-33
P1120 Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor 1 High Input C-08
P1120 Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor 1 Low Input C-08
P1120 Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor 1-2 Correlation C-08
P1122 Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor 2 High Input C-08
P1122 Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor 2 Low Input C-08
P1130 O2 Sensor 1 Signal Out of Range C-30
P1130 O2 Sensor 1 Signal no Activity detected C-30
P1130 O2 Sensor 1 Signal Switching Time Error C-30
P1170 System too rich (Bank 1) C-30
P1170 System too lean (Bank 1) C-30
P1230 Main Relay Circuit Voltage High C-03
P1230 Main Relay Open Circuit C-03
P1326 Knock Control Maximum Spark Limit Cylinder 1 C-27
P1327 Knock Control Maximum Spark Limit Cylinder 2 C-27
P1328 Knock Control Maximum Spark Limit Cylinder 3 C-27
P1329 Knock Control Maximum Spark Limit Cylinder 4 C-27
P1372 Crankshaft Sensor Segment Error C-06
P1372 Crankshaft Sensor Adaption Error C-06
P1481 Fan Relay 1 Circuit High C-34
P1481 Fan Relay 1 Signal Low / Open Circuit C-34
P1482 Fan Relay 2 Circuit High C-34
P1482 Fan Relay 2 Signal Low / Open Circuit C-34
P1500 Electronic Throttle Control Motor Failure C-09
P1500 Electronic Throttle Control Motor Failure C-09
P1520 Powerstage Currentless C-02
P1525 Limp Home Position Error C-09
P1526 Throttle Position Adaption Error C-09
P1526 Throttle Position no Adaption C-09
P1526 Limp Home Adaption Error C-09
P1526 Lower Limit Adaption Error C-09
P1530 A/C Relay Voltage High Air Conditioning System B-10
P1530 A/C Relay Circuit Open Air Conditioning System B-10
P1540 Air Conditioning Pressure Invalid Signal Air Conditioning System B-10
P1540 Air Conditioning Pressure Signal High Input Air Conditioning System B-05
P1540 Air Conditioning Pressure Signal Low Input Air Conditioning System B-10
P1540 Air Conditioning Pressure Open Circuit Air Conditioning System B-05
P1540 Air Conditioning Pressure Invalid Signal Air Conditioning System B-10
P1550 Electronic Throttle Control Reduced Power C-09
P1550 Electronic Throttle Control Forced Idle C-09
P1550 Electronic Throttle Control Power Management C-09
P1550 Electronic Throttle Control Engine Stop C-09
P1551 Engine Torque Always Higher Than Expected C-02
P1555 Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Load Signal not Plausible with Engine Load C-09
P1600 Reprogram or Replace Electronic Control Unit (ECU) C-02
P1606 Replace Electronic Control Unit (ECU) C-02
P1606 Replace Electronic Control Unit (ECU) C-02
P1606 Replace Electronic Control Unit (ECU) C-02
P1610 Security Code Not Programmed Immobiliser B-07
P1611 Wrong Security Code Entered Immobiliser C-02
P1612 Immobiliser No Or Wrong Signal Immobiliser C-05
P1613 Immobiliser No Or Wrong Signal Immobiliser C-05
P1614 Wrong Security Code received Immobiliser C-06
P1614 Wrong Security Code received Immobiliser C-06
P1615 Wrong Vehicle ID from Body Control Module C-40
P1616 Wrong Vehicle ID from Instrument Control Module C-40
P1650 Service Vehicle Soon Light Voltage High C-37
P1650 Service Vehicle Soon Light Voltage Low C-37
P1700 SVS request via CAN B-06
U2100 CAN-BUS Malfunction C-05
U2101 CAN-BUS Maximum Configuration List not Programmed C-05
U2104 CAN-BUS reset counter overrun C-05
U2106 CAN-BUS no Communication with TCM B-05
U2108 CAN-BUS no Communication with ABS/TC B-08