HP announced the 13 inch Envy Spectre XT ultrabook, the premium model which gives the impression that it focuses more on appearance, and less on substance. This seems even more evident when keeping in mind HP’s Folio 13, the company’s first ultrabook, which was highly appreciated in the business environment.
Design – the new HP Spectre XT line managed to impress through the modern design, inspiring durability and quality. The brushed Aluminum emphasizes the modern look.
Construction – even if the ultrabook is not built completely from aluminum, the sides, the edge of the screen and the area underneath the laptop being made of a rubberized plastic, the screen lit, the keyboard and the support area for your hands is made out of aluminum.
Weight and thickness – HP Spectre XT PRO is not the lightest and thinnest ultrabook, but at 14.5 mm thickness and 1.42 kg I don’t think we can complain.
Ventilation – most ultrabooks evacuate the hot air either on the side of the laptop or to the screen, in which case discoloration may occur, HP instead turned to the classical method to evacuate hot air through the back of the laptop.
Keyboard – The keys are well spaced and offers a good feedback. The backlight is another plus of the keyboard, even if you can’t adjust the lighting. Directional keys up / down are cramped and the FN functionality is reversed, these issues are a bit confusing.
Hardware – although we are dealing with a classic ULV platform (ultra low voltage) with an Intel Core i5 processor, the presence of a SSD of 128 GB can be felt, ultrabook being able to start and launch programs fast. 3G/4G connectivity – for a business ultrabook an internet connection is very useful, but HP Spectre XT PRO can’t offer this option. You can use a USB dongle for this.
Battery – the 4-cell battery and the 45 Whr should offer a range of 8 hours. But, with the screen at 60%, while running everyday applications, the laptop functioned about four and a half hour away from the socket.