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HP ENVY Spectre XT Hands On Video

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Building on the HP ENVY Spectre brand announced at CES 2012, the new HP ENVY Spectre XT is a smaller ENVY Ultrabook with a friendlier $999 price.

Like the rest of the HP ENVY notebooks, the ENVY Spectre XT, focuses on the look and feel of the notebook. HP focuses on the aesthetics, but doesn’t forget about power, including third generation Intel processors.

HP ENVY Spectre XT

The Spectre XT has an all-metal chassis with a slim bezel that helps keep the size of the notebook in check. The Spectre XT is 14.5 mm thick and weighs in at 3.07 pounds.

HP ENVY Spectre XT Hands On Video

Check out our hands on with the ENVY Spectre XT for a closer look at the Spectre XT features.

HP ENVY Spectre XT Specs

The ENVY Spectre XT will ship with third generation Intel Core i processor options and the latest integrated Intel HD graphics options. The XT has a 13.3-inch display.

The HP ENVY Spectre XT includes a 128GB SSD drive for speedy access to apps and startup. The size seems small for users coming from a standard hard drive, but the speed is a good tradeoff for most users.

When it comes to ports, the XT includes Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI for connectivity.

HP ENVY Spectre XT Features

HP ENVY SPectre XT

The ENVY Spectre XT includes a number of consumer friendly features designed to enhance the user experience.

  • Beats Audio – HP boasts that Beats Audio allows users to hear music the way the artist intended thanks to a collaboration with Dr. Dre.
  • CoolSense – With CoolSense, the Spectre XT knows when to adjust performance and fan settings to keep the XT cool.
  • HP ImagePad – The mousepad on the Spectre XT supports multifinger gesture navigation, which HP claims is precise.
  • HP TrueVision Webcam – The XT delivers an HD video chat experience thanks to this HD webcam which should deliver sharp images in Google+ Hangouts and Skype.
  • Backlit Keyboard – Oddly an option and not a standard, the backlit keyboard simplifies working in dimly lit situations.
  • Software – Included with the XT are full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements.
  • Anti-Theft – The Spectre XT includes a year of Absolute Data Protect.

ENVY Spectre XT Battery Life

HP rates the ENVY Spectre XT battery life at 8 hours. PC manufacturers are better at measuring real world battery life, but the Spectre XT will likely clock in shorter under real world conditions.

ENVY Spectre XT Price and Release Date

HP is releasing the ENVY Spectre XT on June 3rd with a $999.99 starting price.

HP Envy Spectre XT Specs

  • Windows 7 Premium 64-bit
  • 13.3” diagonal display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Available with 3rd generation Intel Core processors
  • Memory: 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
  • Storage: 128GB (up to 256GB) Solid State Drive Flash Module
  • Backlit Keyboard + HP Imagepad
  • 802.11a/g/n 2×2 WLAN + BT + WiDi
  • Ports include: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI
  • Dimensions: 327 x 221 x 14.5-mm
  • Weight: 3.07 lbs.
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • 2-Year Norton Internet Security
  • Beats AudioTM with quad speakers
  • HP CoolSense technology
  • HP TrueVision HD Webcam
  • Full versions of Adobe Photoshop® and Premiere Elements 10
  • 1-Year Absolute Data Protect
  •  Concierge phone line dedicated exclusively to HP ENVY Spectre users

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Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

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