HP Envy Spectre XT

Verge Review

Three years ago, HP introduced the Envy 13. This week, we’re reviewing its spiritual successor, the Envy Spectre XT. Oh, how times have changed. Then, as now, the Envy was accused of cribbing from Apple's MacBook playbook. Then, as now, it's a shiny silver machine, with an ultra-low-voltage processor, a single-button clickpad, no optical drive, few ports, and a 13-inch screen. So, what's new? HP's latest Envy sheds weight, girth, and adds a solid state drive to compete with the MacBook Air....

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Ultraportable
Thickness 0.57 inches
Weight 3.07 pounds
Operating system Windows 7, Windows 8
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias Spectre XT Ultrabook 13t-2100


Laptop type Ultraportable
Width 12.87 inches
Depth 8.7 inches
Thickness 0.57 inches
Weight 3.07 pounds
Color Silver / Black, Black / Red


Operating system Windows 7, Windows 8
Notable apps Premiere Elements 10, Adobe Photoshop

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px
PPI 117.83


Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No


Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i5-3317U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 1.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 2.6 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3667U
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.2 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000


Base RAM size 4 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz
RAM slots 1


Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 256 GB
Card reader Yes


Speakers 4
Audio brand Beats Audio


Video resolution 720p

Port options

USB 3.0 1
Ethernet 1
Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
Mini DisplayPort 1


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Wireless video WiDi


Size 4 cell
Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Quoted time 5 hr


PCMarkVantage 12205
3DMarkVantage (IGP) 3224
The Verge Battery Test (extended battery) 5 hours and 21 minutes

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by ihateusernames (Currently owns)

    typing this from my Spectre XT
    I bought this when it came out mid summer. I hadn’t had a computer of my own for about 3 years when my last gaming rig, which was already about 4 years old, had died. I had been using roommates crappy PCs and gaming rigs I couldn’t really mess with for those 3 PC-less years, and had been using my iphone as a primary.
    I have the 256 and “top tier” i7 model. I use this thing for web browsing, microsoft offcing, pandora, and light gaming. Of all the laptops that were available, this fit my wants, thin and macbook air-ish with windows, not a flop, didn’t have to be a monster, and “no way I’m waiting for the next round of ultrabooks in the fall (now)”
    1. The hinges are fine. I knew what the reviewer was talking about, but honestly it really doesnt matter.
    2. A nicer screen would be great, but it really doesnt matter. If you choose this laptop for similar reasons as I did, you probably aren’t looking for the greatest screen ever. I watch stuff on my TV (vizio smart, so that includes netflix and youtube marathons), and I’m not in this for top of the line gaming anyways at 4g of ram
    3. 4g of ram hasnt killed me on anything I do so far, I really wish I could add more, but not too many options out there in the ultrabook category now, let alone 4/5 months ago
    Overall, this review is spot on, I wish I had more RAM and a better screen would be nice., but I love this laptop and am very satisfied with my purchase 4ish months later.
    PS. when they rolled this out, they must have ran out of parts, because it ~1.5 months later than initially promised. To my surprise, HP customer support was very good, kept me updated, and gave me about $150 in discounts/free accessories from HP’s site.

    (xposted from Sean Holisters product review at http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/26/3386438/hp-envy-spectre-xt-review )

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    • Design 9
    • Keyboard 9
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    • Display 6
    • Performance 7
    • Heat / noise 9
    • Battery life 9
    • Software 9
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