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...to read the de­tailed re­view of the HP Spec­tre XT.

The HP Envy 14 Spec­tre was an amaz­ing de­vice with a never be­fore seen glass body that could ac­tu­ally make heads turn. But this flag­ship Ul­tra­book never re­ally made it to In­dian stores. Now, HP is try­ing to make amends by bring­ing to In­dia the 13-inch HP Envy Spec­tre XT, a mid-level Ul­tra­book.

The Spec­tre XT is also a stun­ner in the de­sign depart­ment with an all-metal body with an an­gled rear that re­minded us of Ital­ian cars. This one is also slim like an Ul­tra­book should be with a max­i­mum girth of 0.69 inch. The all-metal body means there is also a lot of chrome all over the place, es­pe­cially above the key­board where the speak­ers are nes­tled. In fact, the only non-metal colour on the body is tbe Beats au­dio logo on this grill.

The back­lit key­board is well spaced out and easy to use, though we found the ar­row keys in a tight spot. The track­pad is smooth and has pinch and squeeze. Plus, this Ul­tra­book has a lot of con­nec­tiv­ity op­tion which are rare in other mid-range mod­els. So along with the two cus­tom­ary USB ports, you have an HDMI and Eth­er­net port as well as a card reader.

The 13-inch di­ag­o­nal HD BrightView LED back­lit dis­play is crisp, though we found that it has cer­tain an­gles where the view­ing is not such a com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence. Like in other HP de­vices the sound gets big fil­lip due to the Beats Au­dio brand­ing and this one has four in­ter­nal speak­ers that pro­duce amaz­ing sound.

Run­ning on In­tel’s 3rd Gen­er­a­tion Core i5-3317U pro­ces­sor, per­for­mance is pretty much a given for this de­vice. So we were pleas­antly sur­prised by the im­pres­sive PC Mark score of 4713 that this de­vice clocked. Also HP’s CoolSense tech­nol­ogy seemed to be at play when dur­ing the PC Mark test, the de­vice did not heat up like many other Ul­tra­books we tested re­cently. The Spec­tre XT woke up from sleep in just two sec­onds while a full start took just 32 sec­onds to the lo­gin screen, among the fastest we have seen. Hi-res pic­tures, Full HD video, noth­ing could ruf­fle the feath­ers of this mean ma­chine.

From what we have seen, the HP Spec­tre XT is de­fen­itely among the best Ul­tra­books avail­able in In­dia at the mo­ment. To add to the su­perb per­for­mance and style is the fact that this de­vice costs a very com­pet­i­tive 64,990, all the in­gre­di­ents for a

` suc­ces­ful prod­uct.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Great power and style in an af­ford­able Ul­tra­book

—TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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HP SPEC­TRE XT Price:

` 64,990 Specs:

Win­dows 7 Home Pre­mium 64-bit; 13-inch di­ag­o­nal HD BrightView LED back­lit dis­play; In­tel Core i5-3317U; 4GB RAM; 128GB SSD; In­tel HD Graph­ics 4000; USB x 2, HDMI, Eth­er­net, 1.4 kg.

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