HP SPECTRE XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr 15.6-Inch Ultrabook (Silver) Reviews

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  1. Bill Wood "Bill" says:
    69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the top Windows 8 Ultrabooks, December 19, 2012
    Bill Wood “Bill” (Philadelphia, PA USA) –

    This review is from: HP SPECTRE XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr 15.6-Inch Ultrabook (Silver) (Personal Computers)

    HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook Review

    Highlights: Stylish with a full HD 15.6″ IPS touchscreen display, Core i7 ultra low voltage cpu, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive with 32GB SSD cache.

    The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart is HP’s top of the line Windows 8 ultrabook. Like all ultrabooks it has a dual-core ultra low voltage Core i-series cpu with HD4000 graphics; in this case HP has chosen to pair a Core i7 with 8gb RAM, which adds a 15-20% speed boost over the Core i5’s with 4gb RAM often seen in ultrabooks. The screen is a 15.6″ wide-angle IPS touchscreen. A 5400rpm disk with a 32GB SSD Intel Smart Response cache provides storage. The HP is powered on the go by a 4 cell 48wh battery.

    The HP comes nicely presented in a black cardboard case. A soft beige cloth bag encloses the laptop, and a black nylon bag stores the power accessories.

    On the outside the HP is a stylish and thin brushed aluminum wedge which calls to mind a largish MacBook Air. Weight is just under 5 lbs, about 1/2 lb heavier than the 15.4″ MacBook Pro Retina. It feels very sturdy, if a bit unwieldy when held by the side with one hand due to the width, which is 14.87 inches. The bottom is a nice soft-touch material with a vent in the back for the fan, and vents on the sides for two speakers (two more speakers are under the screen behind the keyboard). Inside is a wide palm rest with a large trackpad. The trackpad is set in a depression, and is made of glass. The spacious keyboard eschews the common practice of adding a numeric keyboard to 15.6″ laptops. The hinges are sturdy and a bit stiff – the display can be opened without holding down the base of the laptop, until a certain point when the base starts to lift.

    Connectivity is good. The HP is one of the few Windows laptops to have a Thunderbolt port. Unlike many other laptops, the two USB 3.0 ports on the left are not blue colored. The USB 2.0 port on the right can be used a charging port when the laptop is off. Rounding out the ports are an HDMI port, Ethernet RJ-45, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and an SD/MMC card slot. A Kensington MicroSaver lock slot is also included.

    The 2×2 a/b/g/n WLAN is provided by Intel and supports wireless display (WiDi) for connecting the laptop to compatible TV’s or adapters. Intel Smart Connect Technology can be configured to wake the laptop from sleep periodically and download email, etc. This could be useful if you need to just pick the laptop up and go with all your email already downloaded. Bluetooth 4 and an HD webcam are also included.

    The HP comes pre-installed with Windows 8 64-bit. A recovery partition is included to reset the laptop to factory settings. Windows 8 makes this easy via the settings menu.

    It is not easy to get inside this laptop. Fourteen Philips screws protect the underside. More await inside. However, once opened up the 6Gb/sec SATA hard drive and 6Gb/sec mSATA cache drive can be replaced, although the cache will need to be disabled first via the included Intel Rapid Storage Technology console. The single memory slot is populated with 4gb RAM, and another 4gb is wired on.

    The warranty for the non-customizable model 15-4010nr is standard at 1 year. However, the customizable 15t-4000 (not always available on the HP web site) comes with a 2 year warranty. This model can be customized with Windows 8 Pro, a faster 7200rpm hard drive, or an SSD.

    The black keyboard is wide and spacious. Unlike most 15.6″ laptops, the HP does not have a numeric keypad which means the keyboard is centered, and combined with the spacious palm rest provides a decent typing experience; although it is no match for the Thinkpad keyboards of old. The arrow keys skimp on the size of the up and down arrows; it would be better if the 4 arrow keys extended below the rest of the keyboard slightly (as in some Lenovo’s) to make them easier to find and allow for full size up and down keys. The Windows function keys are tied to brightness, loudness, screen, wireless on/off, etc, which means that you must press the “Fn” key to activate the regular Windows F1 – F12 function keys. This is particularly annoying when having to refresh web pages with Fn-F5. In a nice touch, Alt-F4 works as usual to exit a program (Alt-Fn-F4 would be a bit much). In contrast, the Lenovo Yoga does this better by dedicating the F5 key to refresh and the F4 key to the exit function (particularly important with Windows 8 Metro style apps which often have no other way to force an exit). The caps lock and wireless on/off keys have a small LED to indicate when they are on. The keyboard backlight can be turned on and off by the F5 function key. This key always remains lit itself so it can be found in the dark.

    The highly configurable Synaptics touchpad works well and the glass surface is smooth to the touch. It is set in a depression and there is no…

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  2. Christian Stella "author" says:
    81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Complete Lemon, HP Left Me Out to Dry, December 12, 2012
    Christian Stella “author” (Orlando, Florida) –

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    This review is from: HP SPECTRE XT TouchSmart 15-4010nr 15.6-Inch Ultrabook (Silver) (Personal Computers)

    Update: 5/29/13 – HP will not help me get this broken laptop replaced in time for the business trip that I bought it for. Even though it was already sent in for repair (under warranty) and they were unable to repair it, they are telling me that they have to try to repair it two more times before they can give me a replacement. It’s been a month without a laptop now and I need it for my trip, so I had no choice but to purchase ANOTHER laptop just 5 months after spending $1300 on this one. I purchased a Samsung Series 7 and couldn’t be happier with it so far. Sharper screen (even though they are both 1080p), HOURS more battery life, USB 3.0 ports that actually work as USB 3.0 ports without having to search for strange drivers that I never actually found, much more accurate color out of the box, less fan noise, and an amazing trackpad that does not register my palm and move the cursor every time I type a sentence. Most of all, it’s not broken as this HP Spectre STILL is. Go with a Samsung or Sony, or switch to Mac… HP is only pretending to sell high-end devices that they can’t back up with the customer service a high-end consumer device deserves. Full story of my problems are below in my last update:

    It’s 5/24/13 and I’ve been trying to get this laptop fixed for weeks. My laptop is a total lemon.

    4 months after purchasing this laptop for my work in photography and filmmaking, the screen began to go absolutely haywire. It flickers, flashes, then gets stuck on screens of random lines and colors. I’d barely used the laptop prior to this starting, as I own much more powerful PCs at home. This is basically my business trip machine and I’ve only had to use it on one trip. From my experience, it looks as if the graphics card is fried, however it works fine when attached to an external monitor, which leads me to believe that there is faulty wiring going to the display.

    2 weeks ago I began the warranty process with HP, sent the laptop to them for repair. It came back with the note that all they did was reinstall Windows. Now, with a fresh Windows install it is still unusable… absolutely nothing has changed. Even before I installed a single program. This is, and always was, a problem with the hardware.

    I called HP support again and they started a new warranty repair, but I am going on the exact business trip that I bought this laptop for next Sunday. I will not even get the label to ship it to them until Tuesday. They would get it Wednesday. Then they’d have to ship it back, fixed, Thursday for me to get the laptop back in time. Considering it took them 5 business days to reinstall Windows the last service call, I seriously doubt they will repair a hardware problem in one day.

    I’m at a loss of what to do at this point. I was escalated to HP Corporate on the phone today and explained my situation. I’ve been entirely polite, as I find that to be the best way to get things resolved with customer service. I asked to ship the computer to them myself, today, without their label to make this go faster and they can’t let me do that. I asked for a loaner laptop while it is getting fixed and they can’t do that. I asked for an exchange for a refurbished unit and they can’t do that. I feel I am being completely reasonable here for a $1300 laptop that hasn’t even survived 4 months of light use. I bought this mostly for video editing on the road, but had not even done any video editing on it yet, so I am definitely not pushing the system yet. I’m not asking for a refund, I’m just asking for my SECOND repair in a row to come with a loaner that I can use on my business trip! I mean, it’s been 19 days now without a laptop and we’re just now starting the whole repair process over again.

    Corporate told me that they could send me a loaner if I had purchased a business laptop. That basically they don’t care that I need this laptop for business because it’s a consumer laptop. The problem is, I did plenty of research before purchasing this laptop and, at the time, they did not offer business laptops with 1080p IPS monitors, something I absolutely need so that I can color calibrate the screen and work on 1080p video. This laptop has professional specs (that outclass their business machines) and a professional price (that is more expensive than most of their business machines) but needing it for business doesn’t concern them.

    I own two HP desktop machines, each one costing over $2,000… an absurd amount for Windows PCs, but I really do need this stuff for business. I am a designer, photographer, writer, and filmmaker. Search my name on Amazon and you will find some of my cookbooks. I have done the design and food photography for cookbooks with over 1 million copies in print. Last year, I co-authored, designed, and photographed Great Food Fast, the 5th bestselling cookbook of the year. I am also a filmmaker. On June 4th, an…

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  3. Soopur Jeenyus says:
    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great system, assembly quality questionable., December 22, 2012
    Soopur Jeenyus (Seattle) –

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    I didn’t order this exact one off of Amazon, but rather ordered directly from HP. Generally speaking, I really enjoy the laptop. Everything seems to work great and it has all the bells and whistles you would expect from a unit at this price point. Screen resolution is bright and sharp, the keyboard has a really nice feel to it, all the peripheral connections are really nice. Loaded it with Win8 Pro and it’s running great.

    My only concern is the build quality. As I was swiping to change screens (from the left edge of the screen) I noticed that the screen was actually sticking out and above the case creating a little lip. It’s not really consistent with the rest of the edges, so I’m pretty sure it’s not a design ‘feature.’ When you press on it in the lower left corner, it seems to stick down into place, but come on… for a $1300+ laptop, you shouldn’t have to squeeze the display back together because it isn’t assembled properly. I’m a little surprised that this made it through QA/QC. Now to decide if all the positives outweigh the shoddy workmanship.

    Edit 12/28 – So I went ahead and got a RMA for the system I ordered directly from HP. In the meantime, I went ahead and ordered one directly from Amazon just to see if it was a consistent manufacturing defect, or if I had just gotten a bad unit. Well, in traditional Amazon fashion, the system arrived in 1 day and it doesn’t have the same problem at all! Very excited to have received a good unit.


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