81
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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook review: a good deal, but with trade-offs

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.

Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Fast performance
  • Good specs for the money
  • Bright display
  • Generous warranty, Adobe Lightroom included gratis
Cons
  • Heavy for a 13-inch Ultrabook
  • Middling battery life, especially considering the heft
  • Trackpad needs a driver update
  • Shallow keys have an occasionally "sticky" feel
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
Maximum battery life
Up to9 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to9 hour

Input

Keyboard
yes
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no