HP Spectre 13
Not sure if you want a hybrid or a regular laptop? Well, HP decided to offer both solutions for the HP Spectre 13. Both versions have an aluminum case, a 1,920x1,080-pixel-resolution IPS screen, Beats Audio speakers, and dual USB 2.0 ports and a full-size HDMI port.
The Spectre 13 X2 (starting at $1,099.99) is a hybrid, though, so its keyboard and display can be separated and used as a tablet. The Spectre Ultrabook, which starts at $999.99, is a regular touch-screen clamshell design.
If those are too pricey for you, HP will also have new hybrids in its Pavilion lineup.
The good: The HP Spectre 13 has a sharp, thin, ultrabook design, high-end upgrade options, a great keyboard, and an extra-wide touch pad.
The bad: A handful of other premium ultrabooks offer better value. The extra "control zone" spaces on the touch pad don't feel like a fully realized concept.
The bottom line: The HP Spectre 13 is an excellent all-around ultrabook, with a great keyboard, display, and battery life. The unique Control Zone touch pad is interesting, but I wish it were a little more useful and intuitive.
October 16, 2013 2:31 PM PDT
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