HP Spectre XT Pro, thorough review
The HP Spectre XT Pro is a professional ultrabook with a sleek design that attempts to combine the robustness and reliability to a professional environment with a slim and light ultrabooks design. With a screen size of 13.3 “, HP’s laptop is ready to offer good mobility to the professional who wants to use it outside the office with a range of up to 8 hours. It also provides good power thanks to its Intel Core i5 third generation and has some added feature like Beats Audio sound system or the presence of a TPM chip to increase the security of the stored data.
Although betting on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, HP will offer users who purchase this equipment before the end of the year the possibility of updating the system Windows 8 Pro for free. The HP Spectre XT Pro is now available in at a price of $1,100.
Design and Display
The Spectre Pro XT is designed for a professional, but that does not mean it has given up its looks. With a sleek aluminum cover, this is a laptop featuring elegant classic lines but leaves the robust appearance of other professional notebooks. HP wanted to stress on mobility, thanks to a size of 31.6 x 22.4 x 1.75 inches and weighs 1.42 kilos to facilitate its transport out of the office.
The screen size is the standard for much of the ultrabooks that have hit the market, with dimensions of 13.3 “. The panel will be a backlit LED HD BrightView with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, perhaps one of the few places where it could have improved as in other recent ultrabooks is in offering higher resolutions.
Power and memory
How could it be otherwise, the HP Spectre XT Pro incorporates the third generation of Intel Core chips called Ivy Bridge. This generation was launched in April this year and although not a very noticeable improvement in power level compared to previous chips, they do offer a better energy efficiency due to being designed with 22-nanometer technology. On a practical level, this translates into an average of about 20% energy savings.
In the case of HP business notebooks, the model incorporates Intel Core i5 dual-core 3317U and a power of 1.7 GHz per core. With Hyper-Threading technology, it works with four simultaneous process threads (as actually we counted with four processing cores). Moreover, with Turbo Boost 2.0 technology reaches an output of up to 2.6 GHz without overheating the processor. The notebooks graphics performance is provided by the integrated graphics in the Intel HD 4000 Graphics card, which offers a good response in most common tasks and Intel as high as twice the performance of the previous generation in some processes.
The RAM that incorporates the ultrabook is 4 GB, a standard in most laptops currently on the market. On the other hand, if you look at the internal memory we have the option of adding a 128 GB SSD or 256 GB drive. SSD cards represent a marked improvement compared to hard drives, both in reliability (no wear occurs both by not having physical parts that can finish marring friction) and especially in disk access speed and startup systems. However, his handicap is still in its price, which is considerably above the hard drives.
Systems and Applications
In principle, the HP Spectre XT Pro laptop has committed to Windows 7 Professional as the base system. This version of the Windows operating system offers good performance and added security features such as data encryption and disk virtualization enhancements. However, HP has wanted to add value to the ultrabook with the free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for all users who purchase the laptop until the end of the year (the promotion applies until 31 December 2012). To carry out this process, you must be registered with the Windows upgrade offer and then send the information to HP. At the end of the article we provide a link to access this information from HP offer.
Windows 8 Pro is a system that has long extolled its virtues oriented to the consumer field, but has had less relevance when extolling its use in the professional field. However, Microsoft has added a number of improvements that can be very helpful to the user who decides to upgrade to this system, such as the new task manager or improved management of file transfers, as well as improvements in computer security (for example, with AppLocker we can manage access to certain applications) and in the mobile work territory.
In short, it is an option to consider (and being a free upgrade process). Probably the biggest headache may be found in the lack of the start menu on the desktop, but users who do not want to get used to the new environment may choose to install an application that returns the Windows button on the interface.
In addition, HP has included a number of additions to the professional world. Mainly emphasizes the presence of a TPM chip, which adds an additional layer of security to our data at the hardware level. Also note the inclusion of free photo editing suites and video with Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements. Indeed, HP has refused to abandon the entire media field in this notebook and this has strengthened the system performance with HP Beats Audio sound, which achieves good sound quality.
Connections and peripherals
As for equipment connections, will have a single USB 3.0 port (which provides file transfer speeds ten times faster than the previous generation), a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port and an Ethernet port (the connection lacking many ultrabooks). It also features WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. In computer peripherals, especially highlights the presence of a HP TrueVision HD Webcam with which you can perform high quality videoconferencing.
Battery and prices
The battery of this ultrabok achieves a good number of eight hours in operation (more intensive use can lower this figure to 5 hours). This battery will allow us to use the equipment on a regular basis outside the office without having to be constantly looking for an outlet. This ultrabook is now available at price of around $1,100.