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HP Spectre XT 15 / Spectre XT 15 Pro
7.5 out of 10

HP Spectre XT 15 / Spectre XT 15 Pro

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Reviews and Problems with HP Spectre XT 15 / Spectre XT 15 Pro

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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
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
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Overall 8
8.4
Performance 10
9.6
Battery performance 8
8.1
Display 9
8.7
Weight 9
8.6
Noise 8
8.0
Gaming performance 6
6.4
Connectivity 8
7.7
Keyboard 9
8.6
Temperature 9
8.6

Review HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg Ultrabook

Notebookcheck
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).
  • 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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Overall 8
8.4
Performance 10
9.6
Battery performance 8
8.1
Display 9
8.7
Weight 9
8.6
Noise 8
8.0
Gaming performance 6
6.4
Connectivity 8
7.7
Keyboard 9
8.6
Temperature 9
8.6

Review HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg Ultrabook

Notebookcheck
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).
  • 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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Overall 7
7.0

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 Review

LAPTOP Magazine
30 January 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr

PC Magazine
25 December 2012
  • 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
7.8
Design 7
7.0
Performance 8
8.0
Battery performance 7
7.0
Display 5
5.0
Keyboard 9
9.0
Software 9
9.0

HP Envy Spectre XT review

theverge.com
26 September 2012
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

HP Spectre XT PRO review – one of the best ultrabooks out there

UltrabookReview
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
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
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...
  • 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 7
7.0

HP Envy Spectre XT Review

LAPTOP Magazine
14 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

HP Spectre XT review

T3
23 January 2013
  • Summary: Can the HP Spectre XT beat a MacBook?
  • Pros: Meaty sound, Great build, Good battery life
  • Cons: Tricky touchpad, Screen could be better
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