September 19th 2013 8:32 am

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A good deal, but with trade-offs

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It's easy for us to give the Spectre 13 a good review, but that's partly because the price is so reasonable. Were this priced in line with its peers, we'd have a harder time forgiving its flaky trackpad, sticky keyboard and relatively heavy weight. As it stands, though, it offers an attractive design, fast performance, a bright display and a generous two-year warranty, all for a relatively low $1,000. For the money, you can get used to the keyboard, and the slightly heavy design won't kill you, either (though we still think there should be a bigger battery inside). Assuming HP can come through with a much-needed touchpad update, the Spectre 13 is a solid, if imperfect, choice.

Critic reviews

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    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    8.4
  • Battery life
    7.9
  • Display
    8.4
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    7.4
  • Noise
    6.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
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9.0
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8.0
Engadget Mar 11, 2014

There's lots to like about the Spectre 13 -- especially given the low price. For the money, you can expect an attractive design, bright display, fast performance and a generous warranty. But you should also prepare yourself for middling battery life and one frustrating trackpad.

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8.0
CNET Dec 17, 2013

The HP Spectre 13 is an excellent all-around ultrabook, with a great keyboard, display, and battery life. The unique Control Zone touch pad is interesting, but I wish it were a little more useful and intuitive.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Dec 13, 2013

HP's Spectre 13t-3000 has everything you want in an Ultrabook: a sleek design, fast performance and long battery life. And while you can always use the full HD touchscreen to navigate Windows 8.1, HP gives you an excellent alternative with its Control Zone touchpad.

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8.0
PC Mag Jan 28, 2014

The HP Spectre 13T-3000 is a premium ultrabook without the premium price tag. This reasonably priced alternative offers great battery life and an extra-wide trackpad, along with all the other bells and whistles.

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7.0
Technology Review Jan 27, 2014

The HP Spectre 13 has the looks, it has the feel, and it even has a killer app in Adobe Lightroom 5, but still can't compete with ultra-portable laptops from Apple and Samsung. Why? Performance.

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7.0
PC Mag Mar 18, 2014

The HP Spectre 13t-h200 x2 is a detachable hybrid ultrabook/tablet with an elegant design, but it doesn't compare well to ultrabook competitors.

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7.0
CNET AU Feb 5, 2014

We can't deny the excellent construction quality of the Spectre 13, which is as sturdy as it is attractive. However, overall system performance wasn't quite as fast as the price would suggest, especially when it comes to games.

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8.0
Computer Shopper Jan 21, 2014

It isn't the fastest 13.3-inch ultrabook, but the Spectre 13 is a sleek, solidly built contender with an innovative touch pad that reduces the need to swipe and tap its 1080p touch screen. Add nine-hour battery life, and it's a good value at $999.

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9.0
Digital Trends Dec 10, 2013

The display is wonderful, the speakers are loud, the chassis is sold and reasonably attractive, the touchpad works well, and the battery provides plenty of juice.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 19, 2013

Under the hood, the Spectre 13 has pretty much all the components you'd expect in a high-end Ultrabook: Haswell Core i5 / i7 processors, a nine-hour battery and up to 512GB of solid-state storage. HP didn't skimp on the display either: the base option is a 1080p panel.

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CNET Sep 19, 2013

In my demo time with the X2 -- HP had the ultrabook version at our meeting, but the prototype unit was not working at the time -- the tablet felt like a well-designed, surprisingly light high-quality device with a fairly thin slate and a large comfortable keyboard with tactile metal keys.

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Laptop Magazine Sep 19, 2013

In addition to this novel touchpad, the Spectre 13 has all the trappings of a premium Ultrabook. Weighing just over 3 pounds, its lid, deck, and underside are all an attractive brushed aluminum.

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PC World Sep 20, 2013

The Spectre 13 Ultrabook has a fixed display, but it features a new trackpad design that HP has dubbed the HP Control Zone and it’s optimized for navigating Windows 8. You stroke your finger in from the right edge of the trackpad to bring up the charm bar.

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9.0
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Pros: Form-factor, display, battery life (>7hours with average use), weight, processing power. Cons: Slow processing at times, display lags, display blanking when coming back online from sleep-mode, display font size at highest resolution is too small.

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