The latest flavor of ultrabooks, the thin, fashionable but powerful new breed of portable computers, first scene in CES this January, is Hewlett-Packard’s HP Envy 14 Spectre. The glossy and svelte finish says it all – it is premiumly designed, therefore it should be premiumly priced. But does it live up to all these premium-ness?
Coming from HP’s line of Envy laptops, the newest baby is thin at 20mm and weighs a bit hefty for an Ultrabook, at 1.8kg and has a 13.3 inch width mounted with a 14-inch diagonal LED backlit display. The body is covered with Gorilla Glass – the same glass you see in most of the new smartphones today that claims strength despite it’s thinness. Under the hood is a 128 gigabyte solid-state drive (get 256GB for $300 more), 4 GB of memory, and an Intel i5 processor (upgradeable to faster i7 for an extra $200) and runs Windows 7. HP claims battery life to be at 9.5 hours but most tests show it only lasting at around 5 hours in minimal conditions. Other features include an Ethernet port, 2 USB ports and HDMI out port and a mini-display port. All of these, at a base price point of $1,399.99.