Review: HP Envy Spectre XT 13''

Published by Marc Büchel on 03.10.12
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General   + -
An elegant case, good battery life and decent design. Those are the three things the HP Envy Spectre XT excels. Furthermore there is a very low noise level. On the contra side there is a display that simply should have made it's way into the chassis of this product. We highly recommend HP to consider using another display, since the competition manges to equip similarly priced devices with much better panels.   - Case - Design
- Display
Display / Input devices   + -
HP equipped its 13 inch Spectre XT with a disappointing display. There is standard resolution panel that doens't offer enough brightness to use the device outside when the sun is shining. There isn't even good viewing angle stability and furthermore the contrast as well as the black are bad.
Luckily HP decided to go for a very good keayboard. Writing longer texts is very comfortable and not exhausting. Also for the touchpad HP made a good choice. It isn't on the same level as the keyboard but it still, it is accurate and the multitouch gestures work fine.
  - Keyboard
- Touchpad
- Display Brightness - Display contrast - Display viewing angle - Display black value
Performance / Battery Life   + -
Equipped with a Core i5-3317U dual core CPU that has four threads, clocked at 1.7 GHz and Intels integrated graphics chip, the Spectre XT isn't the fastest notebook we've ever tested. But that's also not what it's been built for. Thanks to a quick SSD it feels very responsive.
Looking at battery life shows that the Spectre XT really has shows stamina. It takes way more than five hours until the device is going to shut down when you browse the web via using the integrated WiFi module.
  - Desktop-Performance
- Battery Life
Recommendation   + -
Writing a recommendation for the Spectre XT is quite difficult, since the display, one of the very most important components with an Ultrabook is simply not suitable. For about 1'280 Swiss Francs (est. 1'067 Euro) you can get products from competitors, which do not have such an issue. Nevertheless, if you looking for a very nice design and if you don't care about image quality, then you might consider the Spectre XT from HP.   - Ultra portable  
We give the Spectre XT from HP sufficient three out of five stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Cinebench / WinRAR
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Noise Level / Temperature
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion

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