The HP Spectre 13t Ultrabook has an average processor, decent memory and lots of storage. Ultrabooks are ultra-portable laptops that aren’t meant for intensive users. However, if you’re constantly on the go and always need to be connected, they’re ideal computers.
First things first, the Spectre 13 looks beautiful. The two-tone finish, extremely thin design and 13.3-inch FHD backlit IPS display make any angle of the Spectre nice to look at. The professional, polished look will complement you wherever you take it. And weighing in at just 2.45 pounds, it will be easy to do so.
This laptop computer has a seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz processor. Although this is slower than the processors you’ll find in the best laptops, it works just fine for a simple Ultrabook. However, the Spectre’s 8GB of LPDD3 memory will also bolster the processor in handling light multitasking. Because the laptop is so thin, it has a unique hyperbaric cooling system, which pulls in cool air while pushing hot air out, ensuring that it doesn’t overheat and remains at peak performance.
One of the best things about the 13t is that it comes stock with 256GB of solid-state storage. That gives you plenty of room to store your favorite photos, videos, documents and other files, and ensures a rapid access time when you open them. If you order the Ultrabook through HP, you can also opt to upgrade the storage, up to a 1TB SSD, for an additional cost. If you don’t want to fork out the extra cash, you can always use an external hard drive or cloud storage if you start running out of space.
One of the downsides of the Spectre, similar to the Apple MacBook Pro, is its lack of ports. Because it’s so thin, there are only three USB 3.1 Type-C ports, one of which charges the Ultrabook. No HDMI, no memory card slot, no additional USB ports. Though it offers Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, which allows you to pair your smartphone or a compatible Bluetooth headset with it, you’ll still need to pick and choose your peripherals carefully.
The HP Spectre 13t seems to focus more on looks than being useful, although it is highly portable. With its underwhelming specs list, this computer is ideal for light users or anyone that’s constantly on the go. However, if you need high-end hardware and tons of ports, the Spectre 13t can’t help you.