Many supporters of HP’s line of laptops couldn’t wait to get their hands on the company’s Spectre XT TouchSmart notebook. We included. However, as soon as we began analyzing this model, we couldn’t help but become disappointed in its lost potential. Here’s more on that in today’s article.
The $1,350 HP Spectre XT TouchSmart is a notebook that doesn’t look shabby at all; in fact, you’ll fall under its spell right away. During tests we admired its solid body and the fact that we could hold it without our legs starting to hurt after a while. But we do have one small complaint about its dimensions: the weight of this model is noticeable. But not by much, although if you have a kid we wouldn’t recommend letting him carry it in his schoolbag every day.
The design of the device is not the only great thing about it. There’s another aspect which is an advantage to this particular model: its touchscreen. The TouchSmart packs 15.6″, an IPS panel and a resolution of 1080p. We loved the responsiveness it delivered, the richness of the colors and the overall brightness. Also, the notebook retained its great image quality no matter how extreme the viewing angles were. If you dislike unnecessary programs with a passion, then you should consider other notebooks. That’s because this one ships with a huge load of such bloatware.
Before moving on to other elements, we must say here that the battery of the Spectre XT TouchSmart didn’t last that long; we counted a total of only 3 hours and 45 minutes. The processor that powers this device is a 1.9GHz Core i7-3517U. The performance it delivers won’t be great unless you use its SSD version. But on the whole, we didn’t experience freezing or such, no matter what we make it do.
This products uses a keyboard which comes with backlight and there’s a touchpad, too. You can even disable the trackpad if you feel like. When using the keyboard we enjoyed the generous space it came with and the responsive buttons.
The TouchSmart has 8GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive in terms of memory and space. The GPU is Intel HD Graphics 4000. We had some issues while playing a game; more specifically: the fan heated up pretty badly and it didn’t cool off that quickly after we finished playing. So it’s not such a good idea to consider this notebook if you are into serious gaming.
Connectivity on this model has to do with the following options: a charging connector, one SD card slot, one full-size HDMI port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 USB 3.0 connections and many more.
For sound matters, HP included Beats Audio technology in this model. We recommend keeping your favorite pair of headphones close if you plan on enjoying your favorite tunes; and if you wish to watch a movie or two. That way, the quality of the sound you’ll hear will be loads better than without them.
The Spectre XT TouchSmart by HP is a mighty expensive notebook if you ask us (and many other reviewers). It offers notable pros, but they can’t erase the fact that this device puts on an uninspired show in the battery and GPU department. But if you don’t mind that, then you should totally give it a try if it entices you.