|Screen Size||13 inches|
|RAM||4 GB ddr3|
|Hard Drive||128 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel Integrated Graphics|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
HP Spectre 13t-3000 Ultrabook, Core i5-4200U, HD Touchscreen, 128GB SSD. 1920x1080.
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- 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor + Intel® QHD Graphics (optional)
- 13.3-inch diagonal Vivid HD LED-backlit Display (choose resolution, optional QHD)
- Beats Audio
- Ultrabook - slim - less than 4lbs
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* Windows 8.1 64bit * 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor + Intel® HD Graphics(For 4 GB Memory) * Onboard 4GB DDR3 System Memory * 13.3-inch diagonal Vivid HD Infinity LED-backlit Display * 128GB Flash Solid State Drive * Beats Audio * No Office Software * 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery * No Internal DVD or CD Drive * Backlit Keyboard * Included 2 Year Warranty * Webcam and Microphone * 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth® [2x2]
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Initial review - Dec 2013:
First of all, I have owned this ultrabook for less than a week. That is not a lot of time. But here are my first impressions. Then I have a recommendation on the configuration.
My initial configuration: Base Configuration with upgrades from 128GB to 256GB SSD, 1920x1080 to 2560x1440 Display, and Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro. Paid little over $1000 for it. (I didn't buy it from Amazon.com)
- Weight: Feels light, in fact is lighter than MacBook Pro Retina which was my other option.
- Price: It was $400-500 lesser than the Macbook Pro Retina 8GB/256GB Configuration on the day of purchase.
- Finish: KB, outer chassis is excellent. Display is bright. Feels a high quality device
- Connectivity: USB, HDMI, mini-DP, SDHC, all that you need. I needed it to work with an external 2560x1440 QNIX 2710 LED Monitor over HDMI or mini-DP. It supported 2560x1440 + 2560x1440 Extended Desktop Configuration effortlessly over HDMI.
- Audio Quality is excellent (Beats audio) & stereo.
- Trackpad: I have been often wary of the trackpad quality of non-Apple devices. But this device has had no issues whatsoever, till now.
- I did a 1080p media playback battery life test on it, playing H.264 HD content in Windows media player (HW Decoded), and the battery lasted 7 hours. Lower than the claimed 9 hours, but won't disappoint a lot. My configuration was very conservative at brightness less than 30%, airplane mode, all USB peripherals disconnected. 2560x1440 Display may have negatively impacted it, but I do not expect it to hit the claimed 9 hours, even with 19x10 Panel.
- The panel color is good but feels little too whitish (think of the 'daylight lamp color'). It may be a matter of getting used to a new device, or this may be specific to 25x14 Panel, but it does look little too white.
- The KB looks nice, but the keys are little shallow. The feel is not close to as good as on Mac Pro.
- 2560x1440 looks very nice and crisp, but I recommend on a 13.3" Display, 1920x1080 is good and in fact just right. 2560x1440 panel will give you ultra-small fonts, and it will need 120-130% Windows OS scaling to get the fonts to a viewable size. I strongly recommend saving those 50-70$ and staying with 1920x1080. I had read this recommendation from another user review, and completely understood the technicalities before buying, but I ended up getting 25x14 anyway.
- 128GB to 256GB upgrade is what I feel good about, but with just 1 OS (unlike Mac, where you may end up with 2 OS), even 128GB may be ok. You will still get 80+GB Free after OS and other things with a 128GB SSD.
The panel is little too glossy (shiny). In office or at home, light bulbs end up shining (reflecting) in the panel. This may be specific to the 2560x1440 panel I am using. The 1920x1080 panel could very well be different vendor's panel, or have different characteristics. The behavior is a little annoying. Hard to avoid reflections. I have been trying to play with the contrast and gamma of the panel through Graphics Properties, but it is not avoidable.
- As I use it more and more, the KB appears more and more shallow. More mis-typed characters than expected. Some of the better Keyboards I have used are ThinkPad and Mac Keyboards.
I returned my customized Spectre and ordered a new one with default display resolution of 1920x1080 (down from 2560x1440). Though 2560x1440 13" panel looks very crisp, it creates issues in Windows. At 100% scaling, fonts are too small, and >100% scaling, some applications like Chrome and fonts across applications start acting weird at times.
Today, I got my new HP Spectre 13t-3000 Ultrabook with 'default' configuration. Display = 1920x1080, and SSD = 128GB. As I mentioned above, the 1920x1080 display looks much better and practical on this machine as compared to the ultra-crisp 2560x1440 display. The 1920x1080 panel on 13.3" is not close to being a retina display but as long as you are running Windows 8/8.1, this DPI is good enough and I think sufficient. Also the extra-glossy panel issue I reported on the 2560x1440 panel doesn't seem to affect the 1920x1080 panel. It is not that super-white and super-glossy. It just looks right to me. So, I stay with my earlier recommendation that going with 1920x1080 is the better thing to do, saving around $50-70, very likely saving on battery life too, and avoiding the glossy panel issue.
Talking of 128 Vs. 256GB SSD, the 128GB SSD came with 80GB free and a 13GB recovery image partition. Office, Windows Update, Metro apps will reduce that a little further. You can use that to calculate if 128GB is good enough for you. Keep in mind that you can use a 64GB or a higher capacity (much cheaper) micro/full size SDXC card to store that music, and other offline content. 128GB Vs. 256GB is a 120-150$ Difference.
I work for Intel, but my comments on this forum are personal.
My first one was a dud. The screen randomly cracked. The customer service was very good and they ended up sending me a new one.
I've now been using the new one for a couple months and I can't get the touchpad dialed in. Every time I type the cursor jumps all over the place. I've adjusted all of the settings. minimized the sensitivity. minimized the area on the touchpad that is sensitive. nothing works. The worst part of when I minimize the sensitive area of the touch pad is that there's no tactile way to tell if I'm in the right spot, so I have to look.
Other than that I like the machine. It's nearly identical to a mac book air in terms of the chassis. The screen is nice. I like the touch screen and won't go back to a screen that is not touch enabled. The keyboard works well, except for the touchpad issues. This is a bit nitpicky but the edges of the computer are a bit sharp and could be smoothed off a bit more. Overall, it's a good computer with a flawed touchpad. If you type a lot like me, you will have problems.
This would have been 5 stars were it not for the touchpad.
HP has constant coupon specials that take 15-20% off the MSRP, which is already competitive with the other makes. Fatwallet drops another 3-5%, and an AMEX Business credit card, 5-10% more. This system was $800 for quite awhile.
A brick. Near Macbook-quality. Same one-piece aluminum chassis, same sharp edges, same stiffness. The build impression is well beyond Acer's S7, slightly better than the Asus UX302, on par with the UX301, and a bit behind Samsung's wafer-thin Series 9 Book. The internals are easy to access: 8 exposed pentalobe screws take off the bottom. No glue in the case. Not that there's any point unless you're replacing the battery; everything else save the NIC card is soldered.
The keyboard is good for an Ultrabook. Slightly less key travel than a Macbook, but I haven't had many misses attributable to the layout. Very little flex. Thicker systems like my Dell and Lenovo's T-series tend to have more satisfying keyboards.
The lid is well-damped for touch use, which is more than I could say for some competitors. HP's brown color is lovely. Better-looking, I think, than the standard silver that everyone has emulated, as is the gunmetal HP logo.
Both the QHD and 1080p options are excellent IPS panels. Viewing angles are standard for IPS, so quite good, as is color gamut (though short of sRGB). Contrast is 1000:1, also the class standard for IPS. Brightness is higher for the 1080p and adequate for almost any environment. Screen glare is typical touchscreen: don't have anything bright behind you if you're doing serious color work.
Should you choose the QHD panel? If you're keeping the system for five or six years, sure. Microsoft and others will have most of the scaling problems resolved within two or three years (they already are in the 'Modern' side of the UI) and then you'll be left with that magazine-quality text and stunning 1440p video.
Everyone else? No. 1080p at 13.3" is right at the top of Windows 8.1 scaling curve. 125% font scaling works for most everything. The stuff that isn't scaled is small, but usable. 1440p requires 175% scaling or better; 1800p as in Lenovo's Yoga 2 Pro needs 200%. Most third party programs will have text problems. Almost nothing in Adobe's Creative Suite scales. Photoshop at 1440p is barely usable; at 1800p, it's unusable. Office is fine. Chrome isn't; HiDPI is broken as of Chrome 32, so you have to disable DPI scaling, bump the standard zoom, and deal with tiny tabs.
I chose 1440p because I'm endlessly patient, but if you want the best experience right now, opt for 1080p and don't look back.
Pretty good. The SSD is a SanDisk unit (probably Sandforce-based) that tests out at 400/400 sequential and something like 20/40 4K write for the 256GB version. Write speeds are probably down by a quarter at 128GB. It's acceptably snappy in general use. My main system is an overclocked i7-3770K, so the fact I'm not pulling my hair out is a good sign.
Battery life is 9 hours indicated with Wifi browsing and 50% screen brightness, 5 hours with intensive use and constant program installations, and 2 hours or less with Prime95 running.
With Photoshop in particular, performance is a little lower because of the extra pixels on the screen. If you reduce the resolution to, say, 1280x720, slider changes in ACR are immediate with large raw files. Run at native resolution and it's more like 10 FPS. Workable, but not as fluid as I'm used to on my desktop system. The MacBook Retina 13 performs similarly (although that chip is about 20% faster by most benchmarks).
HP equipped a Synaptics touchpad. It's probably the best available, and it still sucks compared to a Macbook. The leading crown of my finger doesn't register as well as the base. Two-finger scrolling in webpages requires methodical movements and the cursor has to be in the right position. The loosey-goosey gestures you can get away with on a Mac, for the most part, aren't consistent enough to rely on here. The thing is, it's not bad for Windows. Not at all. It's actually quite good. But it's not so good that you can forget about it and get on with your work. My Dell has a trackpoint and I miss it.
HP 'Control Zones' are mostly a gimmick. The right side zone is useful for the charms bar. I haven't managed to make the left side do anything. You're really just getting a bigger touchpad. Which isn't always great, because right-clicking requires that your hand is actually on the right side of the touchpad. Fortunately there's a convenient keyboard button to pull up context menus, or you can tap with both fingers.
The touchscreen is excellent. You rapidly stop bothering with the touchpad and just grab the screen, fingerprints be damned. It's just as fluid and physics-based as any Android or iOS device. The Windows 8 touch UI is actually excellent, particularly with multitasking. It's easy to dock the 'standard' desktop to one side and a 'modern' app to another, and rapidly switch between them as if they were multiple desktops. It's worth spending a half-hour learning the permutations.
Is it better than a really well-implemented (read: Macbook) touchpad? In my opinion, no. There's too much lag moving your hand to the screen and it's not as precise. Nor does Windows have anything like the variety of touchscreen gestures that the Macbooks implement. In a convertible PC, it'd be a much larger asset. In this conventional laptop form factor, I wouldn't use it much if not for the generally lackluster touchpad. Windows users who rely on keyboard shortcuts for everything won't be as affected.
Annoying. Initial configuration is a pain because Microsoft seems to have created an entirely separate set of settings and options for the 'Modern' side, and all of them pull up in the new start menu. So if you want to uninstall something on the desktop side, good luck, you'll probably make some missteps.
Make your life easier:
StartIsBack -- Install this. It restores the Windows 7 start functionality. Absolutely no quirks, it's exactly like Windows 7 (because it's using Windows code).
Win + D -- pulls up Desktop from any screen
Win + X -- pulls up a quick menu of all the Administrator functions
* CPU throttling. The only time you'll ever see 2.6 GHz is with a single core maxed out on AC power. Two cores, 2.4 Ghz, again on AC. On battery, 1.6 GHz is as high as it'll go with any load. You can disable this with third-party utilities (Throttlestop), uninstalling HP's Cool Sense, and potentially with Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility. Throttling is even more severe with older BIOS revisions; install HP's most recent as soon as you get the system.
* Fan noise. The system fan has three settings: off (1/3 of the time), on and with a subtle, though ignorable, high-pitched overtone (most of the time), and very loud with an irritating high-pitched tone (whenever the system is pushed for more than thirty seconds). This is the most obvious 'not a Macbook' thing about this system. It will be a dealbreaker for some. The Asus UX302 in particular is quieter.
* Power and Wifi LEDs are always lit and quite bright at night. You can disable the F5 LED with [fn]-A, though this resets coming back from Standby.
* Function key control setting is reversed in the F9 BIOS. If you wonder why mashing F2 changes the brightness instead of renaming a file, this is why. Flip the switch on boot. (Press Escape until you see a boot menu, then F10.)
* Drivers. You'll want to update these. It may require uninstalling the hardware in Device Manager and HP's software and letting the system pull from Windows update. Or you may have to go find the software on the manufacturer's website.
The closest competitor to this system is the Asus UX302LA. That one has a similar build and the same beautiful IPS 1080p panel, but the stock configuration is 4GB RAM and a hard disk. They give and take on price depending on the discounts you can find. The Asus has smoother fan noise when it's pushed. Try them both if you can; it not, order either. You'll be impressed.
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