Digital Life: The new Spectre XT is as light as air
Published 21/12/2012 | 18:00
More than two years after Apple carved out a niche with the ultra-light MacBook Air laptop, the world of Windows is still trying to catch up. Few manufacturers have had much success even by cloning the Air's look and specs.
HP is trying again with the Spectre XT, an evolution of its previous 13-inch machine that could easily be mistaken for an Air if you squint. Like all in this Windows category known as Ultrabooks, you get a feather-light machine with plenty of power but no DVD drive.
It feels good and works well while, at €1,000, it actually costs less than HP's previous Ultrabook.
Sadly, it doesn't have that machine's standout feature: stamina. Battery life clocks in at about four hours – three hours less than that of its predecessor.
The Spectre XT's screen is fairly average, with poor viewing angles, and the small trackpad will win it few friends. But as Ultrabooks go, the HP is a solid entry with a good keyboard and attractive, robust design.
Otherwise, the Razr i stands as a decent, speedy mid-range phone, with long battery life and a resilient body that can take a beating. It costs €350 on pre-pay or about €100 on the cheapest contract from Meteor or eMobile.
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