Reviews and Problems with HP Spectre XT 15 / Spectre XT 15 Pro
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HP Spectre XT Review
3 February 2014
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.
Summary: 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. Then, as now, it's a shiny silver machine, with an ultra-low-voltage processor, a single-button clickpad, no optical drive, few ports, and a 13-inch screen. So, what's new?
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
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
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.
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.
Summary: The $1,349 HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 is a good-looking machine with solid performance, a beautiful 1080p touch- screen display and fairly loud and clean Beats Audio. However, for this price, we would like to see either a full solid state drive or integrated graphics.
Pros: Sleek design, Full HD touch screen, Snappy performance, Spacious comfortable keyboard, Thunderbolt port on board
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
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