Review: HP Envy Spectre XT 13''

Published by Marc Büchel on 03.10.12
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Specifications / Chassis

CPU Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7 GHz Standard, 2.3 GHz Turbo)
Graphics card Intel HD Graphics 4000
Chipset Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
Memory DDR3 1'600 MHz, 4 Gigabyte
Display 13.3 Zoll TFT, 1366 x 768 Pixel, Glare-Type, LED Backlight
Hard drive / Drive Samsung MZMPC128HBFU, 128 GB
Video Camera HP TrueVision HD-Webcam, 720p
Keyboard backlight
Connectors 1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Kensington Lock
Card Reader SD
RJ 45
Battery 45 Wh 2950 mAh
Dimensions 316 x 224 x 14.5 - 17.5 mm (W x D x H)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Weight 1.415 kg

Chassis / Design / Build quality


Already the first glance at the Spectre XT reveals that HP built a high quality Ultrabook. The materials they've used have been exquisitely processed and the result is very good haptics. The hairline brushed aluminium cover gives the Spectre XT a luxurious touch and makes it very appealing. The plastic, which can be found at the bottom of this ultrabook comes with a matte velvety finish, which is very comfortable and offers good grip once your going to lift the device. Going a step further and opening we had to use both hands. There is no comfortable way to open the lid with one hand, since it keeps sliding off because of its low weigtht. Talking about weight: the Spectre XT only weighs only 1.415 Kilogram and is therefore a perfect companion.


Looking at the connectors shows that HP hasn't been saving here. Wether or not a slim notebook where manufacturers have design ambitions should offer many connectors that's what people can argue about. But on the other hand there is the fact that a RJ45 connector, an HDMI port, one USB 2.0 as well as one USB 3.0 connector and a card reader are convinient no matter if you're at home, at work or on the go.

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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