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    May 9, 2012

    HP shows off latest Ultrabook – the Envy Spectre XT

    The PC world has officially gotten Ultrabook fever – machines with ultra low voltage processors, solid state storage and super sleek bodies, all made in a similiar style to Apple’s Macbook Air. The first ones were not especially great, but recent offerings are indeed looking better and better. But HP‘s latest Ultrabook now ships with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge line of processors, and a more feature rich set of ports than Apple’s offering.

    Measuring in at 14.5 mm, the machine is indeed very thin – but HP also gave it a USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, HDMI port and a Kensington lock – all things the Macbook Air lacks. The new more efficient processor also enables the Envy Spectre XT to reach 8 hours of battery life, which still needs to be proved in reviews.

    The display is a 13.3 inch size, with a 1366 x 768 resolution. The US price is $999, so HP is firmly going after Apple’s new favourite notebook with this one. Like all ultrabooks the memory cannot be upgraded, so professionals who need massive amounts of RAM will still stay away.

    Here is HP’s official specs for the Envy Spectre XT:

    • Operating system: Windows 7 Premium (64-bit)
    • Display: 13.3-inches (1366 x 768 resolution)
    • CPU: Available with third-generation Intel Core processors
    • Memory: 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
    • Storage: 128GB (up to 256GB) SSD
    • Input devices: Backlit Keyboard and HP Imagepad
    • Connectivity: 802.11a/g/n, 2×2 WLAN, Bluetooth, Intel Wireless Display
    • Ports include: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 (1), HDMI
    • Dimensions: 327 x 221 x 14.5 mm
    • Weight: 3.07 lbs.
    • Battery life: up to eight hours
    • Included software: two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security, full versions of Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 10
    • Beats Audio with quad speakers
    • HP CoolSense technology
    • HP TrueVision HD Webcam

    So if you had to choose – would you go for Apple’s Macbook Air, or is the new HP Envy Spectre XT more your kind of machine?

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    • I’d go for the HP if I have to choose between the above two because of the following line: ”
       a USB 3.0 port, an Ethernet port, HDMI port and a Kensington lock 
      – all things the Macbook Air lacks  “. I love the what-ultrabook-is-best debate and recently decided to wait for the Lenovo Yoga instead of buying a Macbook Air. The Yoga has a touch screen and can be used as tablet by flipping the keyboard.

    • Alex

      I prefer anything that does not need iTunes and that does supprts connectivity.

      • AppleFanboy

        Shame…do you prefer a flit or some sticks to make fire as well?

    • @facebook-633832670:disqus I would not choose it because of this line: ”
      Operating system: Windows 7 Premium (64-bit) ” Fortunately we can change that 😉

    • @facebook-633832670:disqus PS… The new Macbooks will come with USB3, and they already have thunderbolt ports with which you can connect any HDMI device with a dongle. 

    • Um, lets compare, the Envy has pretty much the same specs as the Air with a few vital additions like the ethernet port and looks to be about 40% cheaper. I call MacRipoff!

      • The HP will fail sooner and MacOSX is A LOT more stable than Windows. The HP may be cheaper, but you will be more productive with your Mac.

    • Mike

      Not part of this trail of discussion…. but does anyone know of any company making 11.6 inch ultrabooks besides ASUS’ Zenbook?  I walk to work and meetings with my notebook in my backpack. A smaller footprint is more desirable.