HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea Review:
HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 is one of the best laptops in the Laptop market.
The laptop consists of sleek chassis, swift Intel Core i7 processor along with the 1080p touch screen of the rapid transfer of data.
These laptops are having a similar design as compared to other design. It will almost cost you $1349.
Every monotony of the Spectre lead beside the black Gorilla Glass lid that attracts users with the original 14-inch model.
The laptops are having HP Logo in the bottom right corner along with the brushed aluminum lid, making the laptop more attractive.
The brushed aluminum makes the center more beautiful and gives extra eye confection, just like the separated chamber for the keyboard and trackpad.
The pair of hinges with the plastic finish is holding the long speakers between them as highlighted by the thin strip of chrome.
The flaming red B enhances the right side of the grille and looks similar to the Beats Audio Technology. There is a power button on the left side accompanied by the White status light of the LED.
It is amazing to see the downward movement of the set, as well as the thin, diamond-cut line, covers the external side of the set.
The laptop features an undercarriage which is then covered in a silver soft touch, thus making the touch feel more comfortable.
The HP Spectre XT Touch Smart 15-4000ea features a 15.6-inch screen and a listed weight of 2.25kg. These laptops models a silver over 22mm thick. So, it is much slimmer than the ASUS Zenbook and Dell Inspiron 15z.
The right side of the HP Spectre XT Touch Smart 15-4000ea is having a USB2.0, SD card reader, a secure lock slot accompanied with jacks for power and headset. On the other side of the laptop, there is a pair of USB 3.0, Ethernet along with HDMI.
The company has also introduced a Thunderbolt port, which can permit the user to transfer data at 10GB per second speed if we relate it to USB 3.0 comprises of 5GB transfer rate.
The Thunderbolt technology is still advanced as compared to the Western Digital’s MyBook Thunderbolt Duo and LaCie’s Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15-4000ea is featuring island-style keyboard and has a lot of free space for the full-size keys, having plenty of distance between them.
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The experts have typed 60 words per minute including a 1% error rate on the Ten Thumbs Typing Test. Which is even better than the normal speed of 55 words per minute with a 1% error rate.
Most of the users experienced a little bit of anxiety while using the 4.4 x 2.8-inch Synaptic trackpad. But there are few good responses against the finger scroll and rotate.
However, recalling the recent window tab or charms menu is so fluid. The bottom edges of the trackpad as strong and functioning as you may experience on Mouse. Thus delivering the same responses and actions you perform on the Mouse.
These laptops are having a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1080p is just beautiful. The laptops are delivering the brightness of 289 lux, which means you can easily surpass the 226 mainstream average, which is even greater than the ASUS Zenbook and Dell Inspiration which delivers a brightness of 277 and 146 lux respectively.
The XT’s touch screen proved responsive when navigating Windows 8’s Modern UI. We had no problem cueing up the Charms menu and swiping between open programs.
Performing a downward swipe to close apps was a quick, fluid motion. The touchscreen is very effective and efficient and the users can easily switch between the programs.
The flaming red B on the speaker intimate that the 15t-4000 mob Beats Audio technology. Utilizing the Beats Audio Control Panel, the users toggled within treble monitor soundscapes such as Music, Voice and 3D Movies.
The users affirmed that 3D Movies gave the best practice ass they listened to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,”. There are a clean and clear saxophone, integrated keyboard tracks and cool trick.
The voice steering has made the soundtrack good, however, the Music was shrill and tinny. According to the users, they didn’t feel bass even in settings but it is great for the smaller dimension rooms.
These laptops heated up to 83 degrees Fahrenheit after the continuous hard work on the Notebooks. The temperature at the mid of the keyboard is measured 94 and 87 degrees.
The laptop is featuring an HP CoolSense, which is an accelerometer-based technology and operates to improve the temperature of the laptops, especially when using a laptop on flat surfaces or when using them in your lap.
The HP Spectre XT Touch Smart Ultrabook 15t-4000 has been introduced with few built-in apps. One of which is sMedia 369 suite, which further breaks into two programs such as TrueSync and TrueLink+.
TrueSync confirms the synchronization of the shared files and folder over the network. TrueLink+ allows multimedia content to be shared or viewed on another PC or television using the same network.
One of the interesting apps was Meridian-powered HP Connected Music, which allows users to integrate their all music to one intuitive program.
The laptops are also having Adobe photoshop elements along with Premiere Elements 10. The laptop also features third-party applications such as Skype, I Heart Radio, Amazon Kindle, Netflix, eBay and much more.
The laptop is featuring a 1-megapixel webcam which is capable of capturing the images and stills in 720p.
And, the camera satisfies the needs of video conferencing, however, the images were inferior.
Colors are somewhat good, but there is a lot of visual noise when having video conferencing.
These laptops feature a 1.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3517U CPU and 8GB of RAM, which appears to be based for them to stay in the competition.
The notebook remains under good conditions even when the users streamed video on it along the open tabs in different web browsers.
On Geekbench, the laptop manages to score 6,982 which is just above the average mainstream of 6,539.
However, the Dell Inspiron 15z featuring a 1.7-GHz Intel Core i5-3317 managed to score 6,147. On the other hand, the ASUS Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 having 2.1-GHz i7-3612QM had scored almost 9,970 points.
These laptops are also featuring 500GB hard drive accompanied with the 32GB mSATA SSD which is capable of transferring the data at the rate of 32MBps which is just below the average transfer rate of 40MBps but it is still better than the transfer rate of the Dell Inspiron 15z, which is having the transfer rate of 31MBps. However, the ASUS Zenbook is still at top of the competition.
The laptops are having Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip due to which the users can be able to play the HD videos and also have the ability to play some of the demanding games such as “World of Warcraft”.
While in 3DMark11, the laptop managed to score 644 points which are far less than the average of 1125.
The Dell Inspiron 15z having the Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU has been able to make 641 points. The ASUS Zenbook UX51V2-DH71 with its Nvidia GeForce GT650M GPU and 2GB of VRAM scored 2,289 points.
However, the laptop does not support some mainstream games at full HD resolution. At 1080p the laptop has 24 fps which are far less than the average of 69fps and at 780p the laptop has an average rate of 31fps which is slightly less than the Dell Inspiron 15z has the average of 33fps. However, the ASUS Zenbook is still on top with an average of 103 fps at 1080p.
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15t-4000 last for 4 hours and 22 minutes when played 720p video on loop at 120cd/m screen brightness.
Which is almost 1 hour and 19 mins less than the average case. While The Dell Inspiron 15z. And, the ASUS Zenbook lasts for 5 hours and 56 minutes.
Configurations and Support
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 containing a 1.9-GHz Intel Core i7-3517U CPU accompanied with 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and 32GB mSATA SSD with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.
The $1,274 model featuring the same specs but having 4GB RAM. However, the company is also offering 128GB and 256GB SSDs for $170 and $370, respectively.
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart 15t-4000 comes with 2 years of warranty. The company also delivers few premium perks, consisting of 90 days of complimentary HP smart friend setup service along with the HP SmartFriend complete.
The SmartFriend setup will provide the expert phone support, however, HP SmartFriend complete will guide you about the problems
- 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U
- Windows 8 (64-bit)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- 500GB HDD + 32GB SSD
- 15.6in (1920 x 1080) glossy TN LCD
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- gigabit ethernet
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 1x USB 2.0
- 2x USB 3.0
- Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort
- SD card slot
- Beats Audio quad speakers
- HD webcam
- 65W lithium-ion battery
- 377 x 254 x 22.2mm
The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000 is one of the best and good looking machines having a solid performance. It is featuring a 1080p touch screen display and also having the loud and clear Beats Audio. But, it does not feature a solid state hard drive or integrated graphics.
However, it is having a lower resolution screen you can also select Dell Inspiron 15z with similar specs but with less cost almost $250 less than the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook 15t-4000. However, if you can afford to buy the ASUS Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 featuring Nvidia graphics and a 1080p display. However, the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook having specs between both ASUS Zenbook and Dell Inspiron 15z has the beautiful design and HD touch. But, it doesn’t have good graphics and battery life.