3. HP Envy Spectre XT
People may very well do a double-take when they see the Envy Spectre XP, the brand-new Ultrabook device from Hewlett-Packard. This sleek and literally cool-feeling unit comes out of the box ensconced in a suede-like pouch to keep its metallic shell free from scratches. Even its AC adapter and power cord are tucked safely in a heavy cloth pouch for protection. At just over 3 pounds, it's one of the lighter Ultrabooks we've covered, yet it delivers a bright and beautiful 1,366-x-768-pixel 13-inch display, stereo speakers from Beats Audio, a multicard reader, an HD webcam and full-size outputs for HDMI, Gbit Ethernet and multiple USB ports. With an Intel Core i5 processor and up to 256-GB SSD, the Spectre XT is rated to deliver eight hours of battery life on a single charge.