HP SPEC­TRE 13

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HP’s Spec­tre range has im­pressed us over the years with beau­ti­ful aes­thet­ics and pre­mium build ma­te­ri­als and the lat­est ad­di­tion to the lineup, the 13.3-inch Spec­tre 13, is cer­tainly no ex­cep­tion. Sport­ing a ma­chined alu­minum uni­body chas­sis with a stylish, brushed ‘truf­fle brown’ lid and base, com­ple­mented by a ‘cham­pagne gold’ in­te­rior, the Spec­tre 13 just oozes class – don’t worry, de­spite their ex­trav­a­gant names, the brown and gold col­ors are ac­tu­ally fairly muted and taste­ful.

On the in­side, HP has fit­ted the Spec­tre 13 with a nicely­sized chi­clet key­board with a firm re­sponse and fairly gen­er­ous travel dis­tance. The key­board also sports one of the bright­est back­lights we’ve seen on an Ul­tra­book, which makes typ­ing in the dark a real plea­sure. Be­low the key­board, you’ll find HP’s unique ‘con­trol zone’ click­pad, one of the widest track pads we’ve ever seen. The click­pad con­sists of a reg­u­lar size mid­dle sec­tion, which feels like a nor­mal track pad, and two sec­tions on the left and right side with a gritty, darker gray fin­ish. Th­ese side sec­tions are de­signed to be used with Win­dows 8.1 - click­ing any­where in the right area will open the Win­dows 8.1 charms menu, while click­ing the left area will dis­play the las­tused apps menu, sav­ing you from con­stantly open­ing un­wanted menus with that awk­ward edgeswipe ges­ture. Dou­ble click­ing ei­ther area will take you to the tiled Mod­ern UI screen.

The Spec­tre 13 is avail­able with ei­ther a Full HD 1920 x 1080 res­o­lu­tion dis­play or a QHD+ 2560 x 1440 res­o­lu­tion dis­play, which ri­vals the dis­play found on ASUS’ Zen­book UX301. As ex­pected, clar­ity on the QHD model is su­perb, and the dis­play it­self is also bright with ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles. Price-wise, you pay quite a bit for the QHD dis­play, which re­tails with an In­tel Core i7-4500U 1.8GHz pro­ces­sor for $2,499, while the Full HD op­tion (with the same pro­ces­sor, but a 128GB SSD) is avail­able for $1,999.

“BE­LOW THE KEY­BOARD, YOU’LL FIND HP’S UNIQUE ‘CON­TROL

ZONE’ CLICK­PAD, ONE OF THEWIDEST TRACK PADS WE’VE EVER

SEEN.”

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