HP Spectre TouchSmart 15-4010nr Slim, sharp design, a high-quality keyboard, touch pad, and speakers, and a Thunderbolt port all help the Spectre XT stand out from the Windows 8 crowd.
But, For well over $1,000, one might expect discrete graphics or better battery life.
The bottom line: The HP Spectre TouchSmart XT is a rare superslim 15-inch laptop with a touch screen, but for the premium price, it should include more high-end extras.
System configurations: Windows 8 (64-bit) w/SP1; 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-3517U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Shared) Intel HD 400, 500GB HD + 32GB SSD Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i7 3517U / 3 GHz
Hard Drive500 GB - 5400 rpm
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type15.6 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD 4000
Weight4.96 lbs Price; $1,199.00 to $1,399.99 VS
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Incredibly light for a 14-inch laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is ruggedly built, and has a better keyboard than any ultrabook-style laptop, even Apple's MacBook Air.
But, For such an expensive laptop, battery life is just so-so. Consumer-friendly options such as HDMI are missing.
The bottom line: The business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has a few quirks, but is otherwise a very impressive business-oriented ultrabook with strong crossover potential.
System configurations: Windows 8 (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 4000; 180GB Intel SSD Specifications
Processor3rd Gen Core i5 1.8 GHzIntel i5-3427U ( 2.8 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory4 GB/ 4 GB (max)
Hard Drive128 GB- Serial ATA-600
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Professional
Display Type14 in
Max Resolution1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNone Price;$1,424.05 to $1,684.00