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CES: HP's Spectre is top-glass Ultrabook

by Steven Mostyn - Jan 10 2012, 15:43

Image: HP.

Clearly looking to trade upon the same aesthetic appeal that helped draw gadget lovers to the iPhone 4, hardware maker HP has this week used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to debut its new glass-covered Envy 14 Spectre computer.

Sporting a svelte chassis that’s positively smothered in robust and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass (on the display, lid, palm rest and touchpad), the Spectre arrives as the latest entrant into the rapidly expanding Ultrabook sector.

Tearing our gaze from HP’s “premium Ultrabook” for just a moment, we can tell you the Spectre is suitably portable thanks to a 14-inch display, a 20mm profile, and a shoulder weight of 3.79 pounds, which makes it thinner and lighter than the iconic 13-inch MacBook Pro. 

In terms of specification-based muscle, the Spectre makes a solid fist of things with an Intel Core i5 processor as standard (2467M), 4GBs of RAM (expandable to 8GBs), a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD), a screen resolution of 1600x900, and support for WiDi, Bluetooth and NFC.

Other aspects include, built-in Beats Audio technology, HP wireless audio, an LED-lit HP Radiance keyboard, space for a second optional 128GB SSD, pre-installed Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements (full versions), a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security, and port support for USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, and Mini DisplayPort.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre will arrive on February 8 attached to a starting price of $1,399 USD, which is a somewhat lofty retail tag that makes it even more expensive than the aforementioned MacBook Pro ($1,199 USD).

Then again, while there are also other Ultrabook options presently hitting the market for less than $1,000 USD, the Spectre certainly does pack quite a punch in the hardware and software departments. Plus, don’t forget it looks absolutely stunning.

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