Remember the HP Envy Spectre? It’s HP’s most premium Ultrabook, a gleaming ultraportable with a unique glass lid and palm-rests. However, perhaps realising that fingerprint-loving glass isn’t for everyone who wants a high-end slim and sleek laptop, the company has now outed the Envy Spectre XT, an aluminium-clad member of the family that’s slightly cheaper too.
Rather than the ‘14in screen in a 13in chassis’ and 1,600 x 900 resolution of the original Spectre, the Spectre XT falls back to the 13.3in 1,366 x 768 we’re so used to seeing in Ultrabooks.
Specifications are also a little toned down, with the usual Intel Ivy Bridge Core i processor selection backed by 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Connectivity, meanwhile, is on the good side, with USB 3, a full-size HDMI port and Gigabit Ethernet being particular highlights.
All this is stuffed inside a brushed aluminium chassis that’s 14.5mm thick and weighing just under 1.4kg, in other words well within the original ‘guidelines’ Intel set for a 13in Ultrabook. A slightly different to the norm design and chromed edges help the Spectre XT to stand out from its metal-clad competition, while battery life is quoted at eight hours – not quite as impressive as HP’s thicker and heavier Folio 13, but still better than most if it holds up.
A white-backlit keyboard and raised touchpad, Beats Audio, and HP’s impressive CoolSense (which keeps your lap nice and cool when the laptop is parked there) join full versions of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10 in making this Envy Ultrabook just a little bit special, though whether it’s enough to top the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A with its 1080p IPS screen, we’ll have to wait and see.
The HP Envy Spectre will be available on June 8th for £899.