Reviews and Problems with HP Spectre XT 15 / Spectre XT 15 Pro
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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...
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
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.
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 Review
30 January 2013
Summary: Although it has a lower-res screen, you can pick up the touch-enabled Dell Inspiron 15z with a similar processor and discrete Nvidia GPU for $250 less than the HP. If you have more money to burn, the $1,899 ASUS Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 crams Nvidia graphics and a 1080p display (minus touch) into a...
Excerpt: Three years ago, HP introduced the Envy 13 . This week, we’re reviewing its spiritual successor, the Envy Spectre XT. Oh, how times have changed. Then, as now, the Envy was accused of cribbing from Apple's MacBook playbook.
Pros: Excellent keyboard and trackpad, Solid lower chassis, Full-size HDMI, Ethernet, and SD card slot
Cons: Sub-par display, Weak upper chassis, Relatively poor battery life
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...
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...
Excerpt: We've been enamored with HP's Envy Spectre series notebooks, so it should come as no surprise that we were eager to get our hands on the company's latest Envy Spectre XT. This slick, 13.3-inch $999 Ultrabook features an Intel Core i5 processor and a super quick 128GB SSD.
HP Envy Spectre XT – should we look forward to it?
10 May 2012
Conclusion: The future isn’t looking good for HP Envy Spectre XT. A starting price of $1000 means it faces serious competition, particularly Asus Zenbook UX32VD which has the same 13.3-inch screen but with full HD resolution. It’s a good option, but not great enough to stand out.
Excerpt: HP attempted something radical with the original Envy Spectre Ultrabook. Completely enclosed in scratch-resistant glass, it was one of the best looking laptops we've had pass through our labs.