Spectre XT 15-4011nr is a premium ultrabook from HP which is powered by Intel core i7-3517U processor. Integrated with cutting edge technology like Thunderbolt interface, this system is available at $749 (on sale at Microsoft Store), whereas the original price is quite high. At $749, this 15.6” touch screen device offers features like 32 GB SSD, along with 500GB 5400 rpm HDD. It comes with 8 GB memory. Though HP Spectre XT 15-4011nr is meant for business purpose, still home users and students can use it to enhance their productivity. Just .87 in thickness this laptop weighs around 4.97 lbs. Here is a brief review of the ultrabook :
Spectre XT 15-4011nr features and performance
As expected, HP Spectre XT 15 4011nr features premium materials throughout the body. Brushed Aluminum metal finish on most part of the ultrabook, including Keyboard deck, gives it an elegant look. Bottom of the body is made up of magnesium. Keyboard features HP’s typical island-style with flat keys, and rounded keys placed at four outer corners. Up and down arrow keys are of usual half size in this backlit keyboard.
Spectre XT 15 4011nr Touchsmart is powered by Intel core i7-3517U quad core processor. The processor operates with 1.9 GHz clock speed and boost up to 3 GHz due to Turbocore technology. As this processor is Hyperthreading enabled, 4 cores can handle 8 threads at a time. It comes with HD 4000 integrated processor which is the only option for the system. HP Spectre XT 15-4011nr comes with 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM. Overall, it increases productivity wherever it is used – everyday office tasks like typing documents, working with spreadsheet, creating presentation and printing pdfs, zipping/ upzipping large files. Users can work occasionally with photo and video editing software like Adobe CS6 suite. As the processor is ULV processor, it will not be able to take load of high end application for hours. The i7 ULV processors are slower than main stream core i7 mobile processors and come with low TDP rating so that user will get better battery life. Though it is meant for office use still users can play lot of games like call of duty Black ops, Crysis 3, NFS The Run, Dota 2, Skyrim in low to medium details. However, you need to adjust setting and details.
The 15.6” Full HD BrightView LED-backlit IPS display offers 1920×1080 HD resolution with multitouch-enabled touchscreen. HP Spectre XT 15 4011nr comes with decent viewing angle.
Audio is supported by beats audio and there are 4 speakers so the sound will be loud.
Ports include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 Thunderbolt , HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo, RJ-45 (10/100/1000). Thunderbolt supports many devices and data transfer rate is higher than USB 3.0. It is not common in Windows based PCs.
4-cell 48WHr 3.27 Ah lithium-ion battery of Spectre XT 15 4011nr offers up to 5 hours of battery life.
Pros of HP Spectre XT 15 4011nr
32 GB SSD
Cons of HP Spectre XT 15 4011nr
No dedicated graphics