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HP Spectre XT 15 / Spectre XT 15 Pro

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Overall 8

Expert Review

8 March 2013
  • Conclusion: Forgetting the applicability of Intel's ultrabook branding, the Spectre XT TouchSmart is a great deal. We no longer miss having an internal optical drive, and even if the hard drive/mSATA flash combo doesn't always live up to SSD-class expectations, you're still getting 500GB of storage in an era when more and more data is getting stored in the cloud, leaving your Internet connection as a far tighter bottleneck than even the slowest hard drive.
  • Pros: Aggressive price for a Core i7 ultrabook, Gorgeous and spacious IPS 1080p touch screen, 32GB mSATA caching drive, Thunderbolt port
  • Cons: A little heavy for an ultrabook, Lagging battery runtime, Conventional clamshell rather than hybrid design
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Overall 7

Can HP's Spectre XT cure your 15-inch MacBook envy?

5 March 2013
  • Summary: The HP Spectre TouchSmart XT is a rare superslim 15-inch laptop with a touch screen, but for the premium price, it should include more high-end extras.
  • Pros: Slim, sharp design, a high-quality keyboard, touch pad, and speakers, and a Thunderbolt port all help the Spectre XT stand out from the Windows 8 crowd.
  • Cons: For well over $1,000, one might expect discrete graphics or better battery life.
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Overall 8

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr

PC Magazine
1 March 2013
  • Conclusion: If you share your household with Mac users, the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr is a good buy if you absolutely need Windows 8 and need to trade files. It's a decent large-screen performance ultrabook made better with the addition of a Thunderbolt port.
  • Pros: One of the first Windows PCs with Thunderbolt. Has more storage space than SSD-only units. Full size HDMI and Ethernet. Good multimedia benchmark scores. Comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Two years of Norton Internet Security.
  • Cons: USB 3.0 ports are black. Middling battery life.
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Overall 8
Performance 10
Battery performance 8
Display 9
Weight 9
Noise 8
Gaming performance 6
Connectivity 8
Keyboard 9
Temperature 9

Review HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg Ultrabook

15 February 2013
  • Summary: High-priced Ultrabook. HP integrates Thunderbolt technology, a FullHD touchscreen, and a fast solid state disk into a premium Ultrabook made from aluminum, magnesium, and glass. The latest in technology doesn't come cheap though: the Spectre XT TouchSmart retails for 1600 Euros (~$2150). Is the high price really justified?
  • Pros: IPS display with high contrast ratio, Good keyboard, Fast SSD, Solid chassis, Appealing loooks, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, The great display with excellent contrast, the pleasing design.
  • Cons: Mediocre battery life, Only 4 GB RAM standard, Installed RAM operates in single-channel memory mode, A much better battery life.
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HP Spectre XT Pro Ultrabook Ideal for the Road

Network Computing
5 February 2013
  • Excerpt: HP's Spectre XT Pro ultrabook is a versatile, compact computer that's light enough to take on the road but can also serve as a day-to-day desk machine. It offers a long battery life, a fast startup, and high-quality sound and video.
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Overall 8

HP Spectre XT Review

25 December 2012
  • Summary: The HP Spectre XT is a decent Ultrabook. It’s pretty light and is very attractive. In terms of performance, it isn’t sluggish and the battery life is pretty impressive. Priced at Rs 64,990 in India, it’s not the most affordable Ultrabook out there, but is surely worth its price if you’re travelling a lot and need a portable notebook as company.
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New soul? Or a ghost of laptops past?

Gear Patrol
28 September 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 7

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
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Overall 8

Expert Review

20 September 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Excellent backlit keyboard, Notable software bundle, Perky performance
  • Cons: Relatively low resolution for the screen size, No VGA, Noisy fan
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Overall 6

HP ENVY 14 Spectre XT

5 September 2012
  • 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.
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