The HP Envy Spectre XT is a thin and light laptop which HP says offers a “no compromise” experience. HP’s new 14 inch and 15.6 inch ultrabooks weigh 4 pounds or more and feature a choice of hard drive or solid state disk.
But the Spectre XT weighs just 3.07 pounds, measures less than 0.7 inches thick, and ships standard with a 128GB solid state disk. It also has a higher starting price than HP’s other ultrabooks. The Envy SpectreXT will sell for $999.99 and up when it hits the streets June 8th.
Update: You can now order the Envy SpectreXT from HP.com.
Of course, “no compromise” is in the eye of the beholder. The notebook features a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel glossy display, which might be disappointing to anyone with their eye on upcoming ultrabooks from Asus with 1920 x 1080 pixel matte screens.
The good news is that the Spectre XT is choc full of premium features including an all-metal chassis, a back-lit keyboard, and Beats Audio.
Despite the slim size, HP has included full-sized ports including an Ethernet jack and HDMI port. The notebook also has 2 USB ports, a headset jack, and an SD card slot.
HP says the Envy Spectre XT should get about 8 hours of battery life from the non-removeable battery.
The laptop will use the “latest” Intel Core processors, which means that it will likely ship with Sandy Bridge processors at launch and be upgraded with Ivy Bridge chips later this year.
HP clearly put a lot of effort into the design of this ultrabook. It’s the thinnest and lightest member of the company’s new ultrabooks — and arguably the best looking. It’s a nice upgrade to the HP Folio 13 which has been available since late 2011, and which will likely be phased out by the end of 2012.
What a disappointing, unimaginative batch of “new” notebooks. Apparently HP thinks glossier is better, the more glare the merrier. The design language is a mish-mash of 2010 HP DM-1/DM-3 and Asus concentric brushed metal rings. A family of bastard-childs, each product line bearing no relation to another like Asus’. And the marketing is just as incoherent, with poor press releases lacking comparison tables.
And apparently the largest PC manufacturer has no ambition or can’t secure better IPS LCD panels/high-gamut TNs for any product lines (the bulk of which stock is probably destined for this year’s Macbooks). The deal-breaker is run of the mill 1366×768 resolution, which HP demonstrates zero interest to improve upon. HP is now no better than Acer. During their hesitation of shedding the PC dept, they lost one too many good engineers/designers.
Sony is still hobbled by their fear of cannibalizing Z series with their crippled T series ultrabooks. Only Lenovo has any ambitions these days.
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