HP just announced the Envy Spectre XT, a very nice ultra-thin 13.3” laptop that takes the high-quality build of the Envy Spectre to a new level of thinness. In addition to its looks, the main added-value of the Envy Spectre is that it does not sacrifice having ports such as Ethernet and full-size HDMI. There are also two USB 3.0 ports that are directly accessible.

I’m using a laptop that require a dongle for Ethernet and external video connectivity and I can tell you that most of the time, I don’t have those dongles with me when I need them, so these full-size are no gimickery. While the average user may not care all that much, business customers will probably pay attention to the presence of Ethernet and HDMI ports, even if for many, a VGA port would have been ideal, but ultimately too thick to accomodater this design.

HP has also been aggressive with the battery life and predicts that its computer can stay on for 8hrs during a standard battery depletion test (the computer stays on, with display on, doing nothing). Additionally, HP also throws in full versions of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 10, and the company even has a “concierge”phone line that is dedicated “exclusively” to HP Envy users.

In terms of specifications, the Envy Spectre XT comes with the latest (3rd) generation of Intel processors, 4GB of RAM and 128GB to 256GB of SSD storage. The keyboard is backlit and the clickpad is large and comfortable. Despite its small size, the Envy Spectre XT is equiped with four speakers powered by a Beats Audio chip and software.

Specifications highlights

13.3” diagonal display with 1366 x 768 resolution
Available with 3rd generation Intel Core processors
Memory: 4GB 1600MHz DDR3
Storage: 128GB (up to 256GB) Solid State Drive Flash Module
Backlit Keyboard + HP Imagepad
802.11a/g/n 2×2 WLAN + BT + WiDi
Ports include: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI
Dimensions: 327 x 221 x 14.5-mm
Weight: 3.07 lbs.
Up to 8 hours of battery life
Beats Audio™ with quad speakers
From $999.99

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