This year in June HP expanded its Envy family of ultrabooks with several brand new models including the Spectre XT one. This small wonder impresses with its stylish look, fast performance and long-lasting battery, making it your right hand in office and at home.
The HP Envy Spectre XT review looks gorgeous and smart with its paper-thin all-metal body. Measuring just 14.5 mm thick, its slim chassis with brushed-aluminum lid and interior weighs only 1.39 kg. With such a premium design, the machine can now go toe to toe with Dell XPS 13 and ASUS Zenbook UX31.
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard, which is slightly sunken into the chassis, uses backlit chiclet-style keys and delivers an impressively comfortable typing experience. The XT’s spacious touchpad supports multi-touch gestures and feels accurate and responsive.
Display and sound
The Spectre XT is available with a 13-inch HD BrightView LED backlit display with a screen resolution of 1,366×768 pixels. Unfortunately, there is no option to upgrade to a 1,600×900 or Full HD 1,920×1,080 screen. The acoustics are powered by built-in Beats Audio technology and four speakers delivering rich surround sound.
In terms of connectivity, the Spectre makes room for USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a gigabit Ethernet jack and an SD card slot. Among the wireless connectivity standards, it sports Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth and Wi-Di. In addition, it supports the Intel Wireless Display technology, which allows connecting the laptop to TV and watching movies, photos or online shows in full HD.
When it comes to technicalities, the machine under review is configured with an Intel 3rd Generation Core (Ivy Bridge) CPU and 4GB DDR3 RAM; data storage is handled by an mSATA SSD drive, with models of up to 256GB available, and a battery rated for eight hours of runtime.
With these specifications, the general system performance on the Spectre XT is excellent, however, graphics isn’t one of its strengths leaving something to be desired – the machine uses integrated graphics, which is only good enough for casual gaming.
Supporting the latest Intel technologies, the Spectre XT boasts amazingly fast boot and resume times (from even the deepest sleep), thanks to the IntelRapid Start technology. Another premium feature here includes the Intel Smart Connect technology, which lets the laptop come out of sleep automatically to check for new emails.
As seen from the above, this Intel-based model is a home to various Intel-branded technologies. It is worth noting that the CoolSense technology is no exception. It automatically adjusts your notebook’s temperature based on usage intensity and conditions.
Depending on the configuration, prices for the HP Envy Spectre XT start at $1,025. Naturally, more advanced components used to configure the laptop make the latter more expensive (up to $1,325).
In terms of software, HP has bundled several useful applications in its Spectre XT: it comes with full copies of Adobe Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements, along with a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security. There’s also a free 1 year subscription to Absolute Data Protect, an anti-theft service.