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HP Spectre XT: The deluxe Ultrabook

The Spectre XT is a 13in Ultrabook made from aluminium. It weighs 1.41kg and features a very sleek design. The design is a combination of brushed aluminium with a dark border around the screen and a shiny finish around the edges. The underside is made in plastic, but has a nice feel to it with its rubbery soft-touch design. HP has managed to create its own feel and identity with this build, and you can clearly see its relation to the more affordable Envy 4 and 6 Ultrabooks.

The keyboard has a nice touch, and features backlit keys. The touchpad is one of the best we've seen recently, and it's extremely accurate and responsive. The Spectre XT has a number of HP features, including CoolSense, that manages the temperature and automatically adjusts the cooling when you have the notebook in your lap. Beats Audio is another feature, but the integrated speakers are not particularly convincing. HP added extras in the form of complete versions of Adobe PhotoShop Elements and Premiere 10.

The hardware is what you'd expect to see in an Ultrabook of this type. It has an Intel Core i5-3317U, a dual-core processor and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. It's nothing to write home about, but enough to comfortably run your typical software. The processor also provides the graphical performance. The 128GB of storage is provided by a Samsung PM830 mSATA SSD.

A DVD burner is not included. The Spectre XT has two USB ports, one of which is USB 3.0. You also get HDMI and a gigabit network port. HP has picked a quality chip for the wireless connection, the Intel Centrino 6235. It's a dual-band adapter, compatible with both 2.4 and 5GHz and is able to achieve 300 Mbit/s thanks to the two aerials. This chip also provides Bluetooth and WiDi (Wireless Display). You can read the rest of HP Spectre XT: Deluxe Ultrabook on