HP Envy Spectre XT ultrabook in haunting hands-on video

Brace yourself for our whistle-stop tour of the latest ultrabook on the scene -- HP's Envy Spectre XT.

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You've already ogled our  hands-on photos of HP's new Spectre XT ultrabook, but how about seeing thousands of pictures strung together to create the impression of movement! Yes, I've gone hands-on at an HP event to give you a one-minute video tour of the company's new skinny laptop.

Click play on the clip above to check it out, and let me know whether you'd pay nigh-on £900 for this hunk of metal in the comments below.

The Spectre XT is the follow-up to HP's earlier effort, the Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook. This new model ditches the glass back in favour of a metal casing -- a smart move because it means this laptop is a lot lighter and thinner than its predecessor.

To be specific, the XT measures 15.5mm thick and weighs 1.39kg. The drawback to that portable shape is that there aren't many ports on the XT -- a couple of USB ports, Ethernet, headphone socket, an SD card slot and an HDMI port are all you get.

There's a backlit keyboard and a spacious trackpad to go with the sloping wedge design, while Beats audio tech is on hand to provide thumping sound tinny laptop noise.

You get 128GB of solid state storage, which you can bump up to a more spacious 256GB. Expect doing so to drive the price up though -- with the Spectre XT starting at £899, I reckon the higher-capacity version will cost over a grand.

As for all-important battery life, HP wagers you'll get eight hours of juice from the XT. Whether that's true or not will be determined when we pound this gadget with battery benchmarks. It'll need jolly decent battery life if it wants to compete with rival ultrabooks, or of course Apple's MacBook Air , which may just have inspired the XT's aluminium look.

There's loads more info in our hands-on preview , so be sure to check it out. Watch the video, and let me know whether you're impressed in the comments below or on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.

 

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