How would you change HP's Envy Spectre XT?
I'm not sure how they can increase battery life without changing everything else. Other than that it's pretty good. USB3 check. SSD check. Windows7 Check! Backlit keyboard (now we're talkin!) check!
This thing is so thin and light that it gets lost my my computer backpack.
I'm retired now, so I seldom need to use it all day long. I generally plug it in at night, and run it until it needs charging. I don't remember the last time I needed to top it off during the day. The battery is starting to show it's age, and does not last as long as it did when new. A new battery will be on the shopping list later this year. Changing the battery does not look like a big deal according to the service manual.
I would have liked a high-res IPS screen, but there's nothing I can't do with the current panel. The sound is just OK, but if I'm listening to something important I generally grab headphones.
The fan can get noisy if it needs to wind up to high speed, but that doesn't happen very much for me. If you are doing lots of CPU intensive tasks it might become an issue.
I upgraded to Windows 8.1, and am still learning to deal with it. It is fast and reliable. The touch panel enables some of Windows' touch features. The keyboard layout is different enough from standard to require some concentration.
My biggest gripe: the non-standard power connector. The metal coaxial plug is standard, but it is recessed deeply into the chassis, and requires a long, thin plastic body to make contact. I ended up buying a second power adapter from HP, cutting off the connector, and splicing the connector onto my automobile adapter.
All in all, I'm very happy with my Spectre XT.
My previous laptop had a 1hr battery life so the 4hr I get from this is fine but I can see why it bothers people.
My biggest problem with this laptop so far is the quality control. Maybe they were rushing it off the production line (I got it a few weeks upon release) and the laptop consistently overheated and would crash frequently (while doing mediocre tasks such as youtubing) but once I got my laptop back to be serviced, it worked just fine.
Another problem is the screen assembly/housing which I find as a slightly stupid design. The hinge the connects the keyboard to the screen is attached to the black plastic bit which is glued to the metal laptop cover which means that after a while, the force that you apply to open the laptop cover will pull the screen assembly apart. Nothing a bit of super-glue can't fix but at first it was a very sscary sight and not something I'd expect seeing from such a premium device.
But otherwise I am completely satisfied. I can do the odd gaming on it, photo/video editing works completely fine even when I connect the laptop to a full HD monitor/screen, the cooling-fans create relatively low noise and the device itself is a thing of beauty.