HP Envy 14 Spectre review; a premium Ultrabook


    At CES 2012, Hewlett-Packard unveiled its premium Ultrabook, the HP Envy 14 Spectre. The Windows 7-based ultra-thin notebook is originally designed for consumer market; however, it has some business friendly features as well. The Spectre highlights lots of flashy and entertainment features at the same time. HP used a sheer amount of glass to design the Spectre, which shines with an iPhone 4 design. See, even the Spectre’s touchpad is covered with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass technology. Here we preview the HP Ultrabook to provide an insight to the key features and specs of the Spectre.

    HP Envy 14 Spectre tech specs
    Form factor: The Spectre will be one of the glossiest Ultrabooks we have on market. The notebook measures in at 12.88 x 8.7 x 0.79 and has a weight under 4lbs. As mentioned above, the material used to design the Spectre is predominantly glass. HP has applied the Gorilla Glass technology even on the body of the device to keep it scratch-free.

    Display: The HP Ultrabook sports a 14-inch diagonal HD+ Radiance LED backlit display with a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Well, it is one of few Ultrabooks with a large display. So lots of customers will fall in attraction of the Spectre.

    Processor & RAM: The entry-level Spectre will come up with an Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, which is expandable up to 8GB. The top tier version will certainly get an Intel i7 processor. and better RAM.

    Storage: The notebook is expected to have 128GB SSD for storage. It can be upgraded to 256GB, however. The higher model may have better built-in storage options.

    Operating System: Windows 7 Premium.

    Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

    Ports: The notebook sports DisplayPort, one USB 3.0, microphone in/headphone and stereo-out jack combo.

    Battery: HP claims the Spectre will work 9.5 hours on battery.

    Others: The list of additional features include Beats Audio system with 2 high-performance speakers and subwoofer, external jogger dial and integrated HP Wireless Audio.

    What makes it special?
    9.5-hour battery: It is certainly one notable thing with the HP Envy 14 Spectre. You can use the notebook up to 9.5 hours without recharging. Of course, it is a much coveted feature on an Ultrabook notebook.

    14-inch display in a 13-inch body: It may sound impossible. But it is a thing that HP has brought into reality. HP has stretched the display of Spectre so users can stretch their creativity, says the company.

    HD video and webcam: The notebook mounts an HD webcam. It helps you chat with friends seeing them in real-life like images. The notebook’s display features HP Radiance HD+ Infinity LED-backlit display technology.

    Beats Audio+Jogger Dial: The Envy Spectre comes with Dr. Dre’s Beats Audio hardware and software tweaks. It means you can enjoy music in great quality on the notebook. Moreover, it has an external jogger dial, a feature to help you control volume at your fingertips.

    Price and availability
    HP plans to sell the Envy 14 Spectre for $1,399. The price is a hundred dollars better than a comparable 13-inch MacBook Air from Apple. HP will start shipping the device on February 8 in the U.S.  In markets like Canada, the UK, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Chile and Mexico, the notebook will be available in March this year.

    What HP says?
    On its official website, HP says the Spectre has been “designed like no other PC on the planet.”

    This is a “premium Ultrabook that defies conventional design with an unparalleled use of glass inside and out. Tough, scratch resistant, 20 millimeters thin and under 4 pounds, it never weighs you down,” adds HP.

    What others say?
    Jane McEntegart of Tom’s Hardware lists down the notable features of the Spectre.

    “The most notable thing about this laptop is probably its glass design. HP is touting this notebook as a ‘premium Ultrabook’ and it certainly looks the part. It might not be the slimmest Ultrabook around (it’s 20-mm at the thickest point), but its crisp design, softly rounded corners and glossy glass finish definitely give it a premium feel.”

    HP Envy 14 Spectre is yet another high performance Ultrabook the market is soon to receive. HP, though started talking about Ultrabooks some earlier, could bring up a high-end model after most of its competitors had made an influence on market. Indeed, HP has now successfully managed to produce a great Ultrabook through the Spectre.