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A sleek and speedy Ultrabook with a killer keyboard

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The Envy Spectre XT is a good Ultrabook on its own, and an even better one when you consider how HP improved upon the already-appealing Envy 14 Spectre. A refined, responsive touchpad, even brisker performance and a more palatable price make this a prime contender for the contents of your wallet. Unimpressive battery life and weak audio dampen our enthusiasm slightly, but ultimately the XT is one of the best Ultrabooks available right now. If you want a touch-enabled, higher-res display -- and your pockets run deep enough -- you may want to wait it out for the XT TouchSmart, but among 13-inchers, this system gets our stamp of approval.

Critic reviews

7.5
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    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Battery life
    6.5
  • Display
    6.1
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    6.1
  • Noise
    5.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.1

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7.0
Engadget Sep 13, 2012

The HP Envy Spectre XT is a solid contender, with a comfortable keyboard and touchpad, an attractive design and top-notch performance. The one downside is less-than-stellar battery life.

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8.0
CNET Sep 17, 2012

The HP Envy Spectre XT is a high-end laptop at a mainstream price, but one that blurs the line a bit too much with HP's lower-priced offerings.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 16, 2012

The HP Envy Spectre XT (13-2050 nr) is a solid ultrabook with a stylish design, but its appeal is marred by a so-so clickpad and display.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 14, 2012

The HP Envy Spectre XT is a slick Ultrabook with plenty of power and strong Beats Audio. If you're looking for an ultraportable that offers excellent performance in a sexy package, HP's Envy Spectre XT deserves your attention.

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7.0
CNET AU Sep 10, 2012

HP's Envy Spectre XT is an attractive package that has taken some shortcuts to bring the price down. While it's pretty and features an excellent keyboard, for the price we'd expect better connectivity and longer battery life.

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7.0
SlashGear Oct 5, 2012

The Spectre XT really is a good computer, and I think if you can get past the price ... you’ll have no problem loving the Spectre XT.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Sep 20, 2012

The HP Envy Spectre XT reminds us how pleasant first-generation ultrabooks were. It's just the right size and weight for take-it-anywhere productivity. While no rival can beat the Envy Spectre XT's keyboard, a few can beat its value proposition.

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8.0
T3 Jan 23, 2013

If you want a PC that resembles a MacBook Air, the HP Spectre XT is just the ticket. It actually sounds better and while the trackpad failing is disappointing, this feels like a luxurious PC out of the box.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Sep 20, 2012

All in all, the Spectre XT 13 is not a bad ultrabook. With at least two strong competitors in this market segment – the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A and the Apple MacBook Air 13 (Mid-2012) – serious flaws really are not an option for HP going forward.

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8.0
Mobile Tech Review Sep 5, 2012

Though we gave the HP Envy Spectre XT a bit of a hard time for not bringing anything new to the table, it's still a very strong Ultrabook that's good looking and well made. The Spectre XT is a fast, light, stable machine that we wouldn't mind taking on the road.

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6.0
About Sep 11, 2012

HP's Envy Spectre XT on the whole is a good overall ultrabook but the problem is that it doesn't really stand out in a very crowded market especially with the Premium Envy name.

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