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HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15 Series

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000EFProcessor: Intel Core i5 3317U, Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch
Weight: 2.15kg, 2.2kg
Price: 1200, 1300, 1400, 1600 euro
Average Score: 72.72% - average
Average of 18 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 81%, features: 73%, display: 85%
mobility: 69%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 77%

 

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg

Specifications

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000egNotebook: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.15kg
Price: 1600 euro
Links: HP homepage
 Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg (Model)

Average Score: 78.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)

 

85% Review HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eg Ultrabook | Notebookcheck
High-priced Ultrabook. HP integrates Thunderbolt technology, a FullHD touchscreen, and a fast solid state disk into a premium Ultrabook made from aluminum, magnesium, and glass. The latest in technology doesn't come cheap though: the Spectre XT TouchSmart retails for 1600 Euros (~$2150). Is the high price really justified?
70% HP Spectre XT Touchsmart review
Source: CNet English
So you've been enticed by the colourful tiles of Windows 8 and want to dive into it on a touchscreen laptop? The HP Spectre XT Touchsmart boasts a slim, metal body, a decent serving of power and a Full HD touch-enabled screen for swiping around Windows 8. It's let down by its high price, but you still get quite a bit for the money.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/26/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Hands on: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook review
Source: Techradar English
Overall, the HP Spectre XT is a beautiful laptop, which would look great in your home or workplace. It's packed with great features, and the touchscreen means you can get the most from Windows 8 and its interface - making it one of the best 15-inch Windows 8 machines out there. However, you can get more powerful alternatives for much less, and the dreadful trackpad comes close to ruining the premium allure. A high-quality laptop, but at this price, it should be nigh on perfect.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% HP Envy Spectre XT TouchSmart Review
Source: Digital Trends English
The Spectre XT TouchSmart is representative of HP’s current strategy. It is a safe, solid system that takes no design risks. Every element is as adequate as it needs to be – and no more. What results is a laptop that looks nice but is less than the sum of its parts. Competitors offer more intriguing designs, better keyboard quality, and more endurance. Some even offer all three.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/31/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
85% HP Spectre XT Touchsmart im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 85% features: 84% display: 84% mobility: 73% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 70%
Feinsilber – Notebook mit 15,6-Zoll-Touchscreen und Thunderbolt
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/04/2013
Rating: performance: 90% features: 50% display: 80% mobility: 50% workmanship: 50% ergonomy: 50%

 

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15t-4000

Specifications

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15t-4000Notebook: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15t-4000
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: HP homepage
 Spectre XT TouchSmart 15t-4000 (Model)

Average Score: 65% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

60% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000
Source: Techreview Source English
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000, besides having a long name, has a sleek design, a comfortable keyboard and a Thunderbolt peripheral port. It also has speedy performance thanks to its Intel Core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM, but battery life is lacking.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review: all that, minus the battery life
Source: Engadget English
Overall, HP did a great job with the Spectre XT TouchSmart, releasing a notebook with a sleek, comfortable design and a top-notch touch display. While we want to give this Ultrabook high marks, we can't overlook that the poor battery life and high price could be dealbreakers for some. If you can live with those compromises and your pockets are deep enough, by all means splurge.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2013
70% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The $1,349 HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 is a good-looking machine with solid performance, a beautiful 1080p touch- screen display and fairly loud and clean Beats Audio. However, for this price, we would like to see either a full solid state drive or integrated graphics. Although it has a lower-res screen, you can pick up the touch-enabled Dell Inspiron 15z with a similar processor and discrete Nvidia GPU for $250 less than the HP.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/30/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%

 

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea

Specifications

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000eaNotebook: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 1200 euro
Links: HP homepage
 Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea (Model)

Average Score: 75% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

80% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart review
Source: Techradar English
We'll say this, though: The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook is a milestone. Watch the ultrabook market over the next year. Watch as heavyweight chips join incredible screens as the norm rather than the exception. If you pick up an HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook now in full knowledge of its piffling flaws, you won't be disappointed - you'll just be ahead of the curve.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/11/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea review
Source: PC Advisor English
HP’s Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea is certainly an attractive and well-built laptop. However, it does stretch even Intel's vague definition of the term ‘Ultrabook’ to the limit. And beyond. The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea does have other features that stand out, though. Its touch-sensitive screen feels smooth and responsive when using the Metro interface of Windows 8 – although we still feel that touch-screens are a bit of a gimmick on laptop PCs.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/14/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart
Source: Reg Hardware English
In terms of thickness and weight, this is unquestionably an Ultrabook. But once you open up the Spectre XT TouchSmart and switch it on, it feels like you're working with a larger, beefier notebook that suffers few of the obvious Ultrabook compromises. Connectivity is good, avant-garde even, and the combination of quality keyboard, large trackpad and ultra-responsive touchscreen display makes for very flexible handling. Sure, it's expensive, but quality costs.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/11/2013

 

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr

HP has launched a new premium Ultrabook model, named Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr. The Spectre XT is the perfect combination of lightness, performance, and exclusive features of HP laptops. Its sleek and slim design looks somewhat sexy. This premium Ultrabook features a 15.6-inch touchscreen display, weighs 4.9 pounds, and is 0.87-inch thick. It has an all-metal body, with a brushed design on the lid and keyboard tray. This ultrabook has a native screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and is powered by Beats Audio, the audio technology with high-performance. Inevitably, the resulting multimedia performance is really great. As an added value, it has a high-end Intel Core i7 processor and 8 GB RAM. Hence, Spectre XT performs well both in work and entertainment. Something noticeable is the Thunderbolt port which sets it apart from its competitors.

However, as the Spectre XT also has some disadvantages, it is not a perfect Ultrabook. The short battery life of this ultrabook isn’t on par with what is typically expected from an ultrabook. While most ultrabooks managed to give at least 5 hours comfortably, this ultrabook is a tad disappointing. A short battery life means that you can’t use it all day at work without plugging in. Besides, the absence of a dedicated graphics card is something weird considering the price tag and the specs. While it’s never intended to be a gaming laptop, a discrete graphics is still needed to run photo and video editing software better. In short, Spectre XT Touchsmart 15-4010nr is a robust ultrabook with a touchscreen. If you’re looking for an ultrabook with the impression of luxury, it is an excellent choice.

Specifications

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nrNotebook: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr
Processor: Intel Core i7 3517U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: HP homepage
 Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr (Model)

Average Score: 69.86% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 10 reviews)

 

70% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart
Source: Maximum PC English
Granted, as far as “premium” notebooks go, $1,400 isn’t that high a price. The fancy-schmancy Toshiba Kirabook that we reviewed last month was two grand. And like that one, the Spectre XT comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, two years of Norton AV, and dedicated support service.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/25/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart
Source: AnandTech English
My esteemed colleague Brian Klug tweeted recently that PC manufacturers can't seem to produce anything that doesn't have some horrible flaw. Everything could be perfect except for one thing that was cheaped out on, and it threatens to bring the whole thing down, and unfortunately his assertion holds water here. The Spectre XT TouchSmart has the makings of a solid ultrabook, but it's let down by miserly decisions on HP's part.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2013
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Notebook Review
Source: Slashgear English
Aside from the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart’s battery life, the overall experience was rather pleasant and comfortable. Not only did the notebook perform well, but it did so looking really nice — both in terms of the exterior casing and the quality of the display. While we wouldn’t hesitate to offer a recommendation, we could see the price being an issue for some. That is not to say the Spectre XT TouchSmart isn’t worth what HP is asking, but just that there are plenty of less expensive options to choose from.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/26/2013
50% HP SpectreXT TouchSmart 15-4010nr review - good-looking laptop lacks true Ultrabook power
Source: PC Advisor English
With a large and lovely touchscreen display and eye-catching, brushed-aluminum design, we really wanted to love the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart 15-4010nr. Unfortunately the terrible battery life and poor audio let it down. And because the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart 15-4010nr is heavy for its size, we're not fans.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/10/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
50% Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart is a sweet-looking, underpowered laptop in an Ultrabook’s clothing
Source: PC World English
HP is clearly marketing the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart to the Ultrabook-cool crowd, but it doesn’t quite fit. It looks great when it’s sitting here on my desk—hooked up to external speakers and a power block—but it’s hardly something I’d want to tote around with me on a regular basis. And it would definitely need to have better battery life, speaker quality, and weight before it could really be called an Ultrabook.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 50%
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Review
Source: Ubergizmo English
In terms of what an ultrabook can deliver, you can’t go wrong with the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart. Its display still impresses me even after using it for several hours and its Intel Core i7 CPU made multitasking a complete breeze. There are only two things you should consider if you’re on the fence about this laptop: its weight and its battery life. As long as those two points don’t bother you, and you welcome the additional processing power, then we think the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart would make a fine addition to your life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/28/2013
80% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr
Source: Computer Shopper English
Fitting the words "15.6-inch screen" and "ultrabook" into the same sentence takes some doing. A month ago, we saw Asus manage the feat with the Zenbook UX51VZ-DH71$1,999.00 at Sears. HP delivers a 15-inch, high-resolution, touch-screen ultrabook—well, if you allow 5 pounds to qualify as an ultrabook—with Core i7 power at a reasonable price. There's even a Thunderbolt port. What's not to like?
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/08/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr review
Source: IT Reviews English
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr has something most Windows PCs lack: a Thunderbolt port.If you share your household with Mac users, the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr is a good buy if you absolutely need Windows 8 and need to trade files. It's a decent large-screen performance ultrabook made better with the addition of a Thunderbolt port.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/07/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%
79% A slim 15-inch Win 8 laptop with Thunderbolt
Source: CNet English
The long-awaited (we first saw it summer 2012) HP Spectre XT TouchSmart is a great all-around 15-inch ultrabook. It has the requisite touch screen, as well as HP's usual combo of decent keyboard and touch pad, and the Beats audio sound system, plus a hard-to-find Thunderbolt port. Still, for $1,299, it's not unreasonable to look for better battery life or even some graphics muscle.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 79% performance: 70% mobility: 60%
80% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4010nr
Source: PC Mag English
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr is a good choice if you need multimedia creation power with a relatively large screen. The packed-in video software boosts the system's overall score, since the hobbyist won't have to worry about photo or video editing software. The two-year subscription to Internet Security is also a huge plus. Unfortunately, the extra hours of battery life and performance boost from its SSD give the Asus Zenbook Prime Touch UX31A-BHI5T the extra points to let it hold on to its crown as out high-end ultrabook Editors' Choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000EF

Specifications

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000EFNotebook: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000EF
Processor: Intel Core i5 3317U
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: HP homepage

Average Score: 70% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

60% Prise en main Hp Spectrext Touchsmart 15-4000ef
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/05/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15-4000ew
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/06/2013
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80%

 

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HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

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Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Core i5:

3317U: Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.7 - 2.6 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1050 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

3517U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q2 2012. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 3.0 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1150 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.


15.6: 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.15 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 13 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2.2 kg:


72.72%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2013-02- 6 (Update: 2013-02- 6)