Conclusion: The HP Spectre 13t x2 is very similar to the standard HP Spectre 13t ultrabook. Though the latter offers slightly better performance, the difference isn’t noticeable in day-to-day use, and battery life is almost identical.
Conclusion: Performance is the Spectre 13t’s only problem. Though its specifications look fine on paper, they translated to below-average figures in both our compute and 3D benchmarks. Day-to-day use isn’t a problem, but you’ll notice the lack of grunt when editing video or playing games.
Excerpt: HP's 13-inch Spectre packs a number of premium ultrabook features in an attractive package and an even more attractive price point. For a starting price of about $1,000 you get an attractive aluminum case, 13-inch touchscreen running at 1920x1080, 4th generation i5 processor and fast SSD storage.
Conclusion: The Spectre 13 has a touch screen, and a very nice one, but its innovative touch pad makes a strong play for users with a traditional bent. They want to use gestures to accomplish some tasks, but they don't want to be poking their notebook's screen to do them.
Pros: Control Zone touch pad reduces need to poke screen, High-quality, distinctively colored aluminum case, Gorgeous 1080p display, Quick recovery from sleep, hibernation, Good battery life
Cons: Not the quickest multimedia machine, Cramped palm rest, Tactile distinction between touch-pad zones too subtle, F functions are two-key combinations by default
Summary: The HP Spectre 13 is an excellent all-around ultrabook, with a great keyboard, display, and battery life. The unique Control Zone touch pad is interesting, but I wish it were a little more useful and intuitive.
Pros: The HP Spectre 13 has a sharp, thin, ultrabook design, high-end upgrade options, a great keyboard, and an extra-wide touch pad.
Cons: A handful of other premium ultrabooks offer better value. The extra "control zone" spaces on the touch pad don't feel like a fully realized concept.
Excerpt: One of the chief complaints users have about Windows 8 is that its gesture controls aren't intuitive enough for first-time users. HP addresses that gripe head-on with the new Spectre 13t-3000 Ultrabook.
Conclusion: The HP Spectre 13 is a great-looking laptop with a good screen and some genuinely useful software on board for a pretty reasonable price. But it's let down by its sluggish performance, which really doesn't match its appearance.
Pros: Gorgeous looks, solid build, good battery life
Summary: It won't break any speed records, but the HP Spectre 13 is a smart, attractive Ultrabook that can give Apple's MacBook Air a run for its money. The HP's slimline design, high-quality display and reasonable battery life help ensure that it earns its keep when you're out and about.