Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook is an eye-catching device that comes with an aluminum covered body. The sides and back of the Spectre XT feature a rubberized aluminum material that keeps it from slipping when in use.

The 15.6-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution is highly impressive and at full brightness, the device produces a nice amount of light which makes viewing easier. The viewing angles were also excellent when viewed from multiple angles.

HP Spectre-XT-Touchsmart

The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart’s keyboard features smooth keys that offer a slight spongy feel at the end of a keypress. The Ultrabook’s palm rest feature allows you to move your wrists freely without any limitations.

The Spectre XT TouchSmart is one of the first HP devices with Thunderbolt port. The laptop also features an Ethernet jack, HDMI, AC adapter port, USB 2.0 port, audio out / microphone and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports.

The Ultrabook is equipped with a 0.9-megapixel camera that provides some nice color tones to its images while using natural light. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7 1.90 GHz processor with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU which makes it one of the most powerful Ultrabooks currently available on market.

The main drawback of the system is its poor battery life that offers just 4 hours of runtime.


The Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook promises impressive display quality and performance. But the poor battery life disappoints .


  • 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD IPS display
  • 1920×1080 Pixel Resolution
  • Intel Core i7-3517U Processor 1.90GHz + Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • Windows 8
  • 500GB SATA HD (5400RPM)
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, Thunderbolt, HDMI, headphone
  • 377.69mm x 254.25mm x 22.09mm (14.87 x 10.01 x 0.87 in)
  • 2.24kg (4.96lbs)
  • 4-cell (48WHr) Li-Ion

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