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.
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
Excerpt: The race for the classiest ultrabook was fought by Asus , Acer and HP last year and, with HP coming out of it very well indeed. Why? The price tag for the 13-inch HP Spectre XT isn't ridiculous and the design and build is as close to a MacBook Pro as a PC manufacturer has ever ventured. Everything from the screen bezel to the speaker grill says quality.
Excerpt: The Spectre XT is uniquely good looking, with its propped up profile accentuated by conforming brushed aluminium lines. This brushed finished contrasts with it shaved steel edging—similar to Samsung's series 9—and gives the notebook a premium look. While balancing the needs of the businessman—who demands little weight and size— has resorted to using a lightweight lid that is flimsy in design.
Pros: Excellent connections; Great audio; Great keyboard and trackpad;
Summary: HP's Envy Spectre XT is an attractive package that has taken some shortcuts to bring the price down. While it's pretty and features an excellent keyboard, for the price we'd expect better connectivity and longer battery life.
Pros: Great keyboard that's backlit, Good touch pad, Attractive design
Cons: Below HP's usual battery life standard, Speakers aren't great, Only one USB 3.0 port, Average 1366x768 screen