Excerpt: The Ultrabook market has quickly gained speed over the past few months and it’s only going to get faster now that Windows 8 is already here. We can expect many more models to come in the next few weeks. But, just before Windows 8 was launched, HP launched its Spectre XT Ultrabook. It’s priced in the range of the newly-launched MacBook Air models.
Conclusion: The Spectre XT is quite a capable Ultrabook, and certainly does exude that ‘pick me up and caress me’ feeling. Having said that, it unfortunately doesn’t wow with its screen, which should have been much better to keep up with the overall premium look and feel of the XT. Battery life on the XT is also up for debate – with consumers spending more time on the go, you’d not want to be caught out trying to get something important done when your laptop dies on you.
Excerpt: We’re not ones to embrace hyperbole, but the new HP Envy Spectre XT ($1,000+) may actually live up to its category — and humility-bending title of Ultrabook. Weighing a fairly svelte 3.07 pounds with 14.5mm-thick profile, HP’s newest offering features an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, a four-speaker Beats Audio sound system, a 13” high-definition LED screen, 8 hour battery life and an upgradeable 128GB solid state hard drive that will shatter your previous personal best start-up...
HP Spectre XT PRO review – one of the best ultrabooks out there
21 September 2012
Summary: The HP Spectre XT Pro is one of the best 13 inch ultrabooks you could buy right now and has plenty of strong-points on its side, but the few noticeable quirks, including the average screen and battery life, plus the rather hefty price tag, only make it one of the few to consider, and not the one you must buy no matter what.
Pros: looks good and feels sturdy; the keyboard and trackpad are excellent; it's fast; the speakers are quite good; packs good connectivity options and a wide array of ports
Cons: rather poor screen; fells a bit short when it comes to battery life; quite pricey
Conclusion: Our only hesitation is that a $999 sticker marks it as something of a premium machine nowadays, and while it has plenty of premium features such as its software bundle and Smart Connect Technology, a 1,366x768 screen is starting to look a little lackluster against higher-res units from the likes of Asus and Vizio. In other words, while no rival can beat the Envy Spectre XT's keyboard, a few can beat its value proposition.
Summary: The HP Envy Spectre XT is a slick Ultrabook with plenty of power and strong Beats Audio. We like the fast SSD, accurate clickpad, good battery life, and cool-running temperatures. What holds this system back from a higher rating is itsho-hum 1366 x 768 screen.
Pros: Sleek design, Fast SSD, Rich Beats Audio, Good battery life, Photoshop and Premiere Elements included
Conclusion: Though we gave the HP Envy Spectre XT a bit of a hard time for not bringing anything new to the table, it's still a very strong Ultrabook that's good looking and well made. The metal casing gives it a premium look and the internals don't skimp: fast SSD drives, dual band Intel wireless with WiDi and Bluetooth 4.0 are top notch. The display is better than average for clarity and viewing angles, though the resolution is commonplace.
Pros: Good quality, metal casing, fast and pleasant keyboard.
Cons: Average features and specs don't set it apart from the Ultrabook crowd.
HP Envy Spectre XT – should we look forward to it?
10 May 2012
Excerpt: HP has a new line of Intel-powered Ultrabooks for 2012. Leading the way is the 13.3-inch Envy Spectre XT. While it doesn’t have the same screen size as Envy 14, it makes you wonder if it’s worth looking forward to considering that it’s from the same line. Here’s our first impressions on HP Envy Spectre XT from CTIA 2012.