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The HP Envy 14 Spectre adopts a daring glass-clad design, providing a unique alternative to the current crop of MacBook Air lookalikes.Rahul Sood founded Voodoo PC in 1991 and quickly grew the boutique manufacturer into an iconic brand, producing a number of trend-setting desktop and notebook PC designs. HP acquired Voodoo — and Sood's services — in 2006, probably in the hope of combining Sood's money-is-no-object design ethos with HP's global manufacturing presence to produce boutique-style machines at mass-market prices. It never really happened.The first ultraportable to emerge from the collaboration—the Voodoo Envy 133—was a carbon-fiber beauty; unfortunately, it was widely panned for being underpowered and way too expensive. Sood and HP parted ways two years later, and HP now seems to have dropped the Voodoo brand altogether. Looking at the Envy 14 Spectre, however, we can see that some of Sood's juju lives on in at least one little corner of HP.The Envy 14 Spectre is a beautiful machine that could easily be mistaken for Apple's MacBook Pro when it's open. But you'll never confuse the Spectre for Apple's notebook when it's closed, because HP has encased the entire top of the lid in Gorilla Glass.
Each new Ultrabook seems to bring with it a new innovation, and the HP Envy 14 Spectre is no different. This stunning 14-incher is the first laptop to feature a glass lid and palm rest, making it one of the sleekest machines we've seen. However, the Spectre is much more than a pretty face. It packs a Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD, a bright 1600 x 900 display and Beats Audio for your multimedia pleasure. In another first, the Spectre comes with a built-in NFC chip that can be used with an NFC-capable smartphone. But is all this worth the $1,399 price tag?Click to EnlargeWhere the Envy 15 and 17 use a matte black aluminum on the outside, HP went a different route with the Envy 14 Spectre. The lid is made of a beautiful, high gloss midnight black glass. (Don't worry, it's scratch-resistant.) We were immediately taken with the Spectre's clean lines and soft rounded corners; a chrome backlit HP logo in the lower right corner is the lid's only flourish. Unfortunately, as with most glass surfaces, the Envy 14 Spectre picks up fingerprints very easily.Opening the lid was a bit of hassle, forcing us to slip a fingernail between the lid and the deck to slide it open. Inside, the edge-to-edge glass display and silver deck are nearly a dead ringer for the MacBook Pro, but there are some key differences.
The HP ENVY 14 Spectre was easily one of the most promising ultrabooks we saw at CES 2012, and a few months of waiting hasn't dampened our enthusiasm. The premium notebook combines high-end features and unique materials into a 14-inch body that's distinct from just about everything on the market, which is something you couldn't say for many of HP's previous entries in the ENVY line. Does this unique machine rise above the pack? Let' find out. The first thing you'll notice upon taking the Spectre out of its premium packaging (after sliding off the complimentary neoprene case) is a lid that isn't so much glossy as glassy. Gorilla Glass, to be specific: not only does it cover the screen, you'll also find it on the touchpad, palmrest and the jet-black lid of the laptop itself. While this is certainly a unique approach (and much appreciated on the screen and touchpad) it makes the lid a rather predictable magnet for fingerprints and smudges. If the Spectre catches your eye for its looks, be prepared to lug around a microfiber cloth to keep it attractive. The rest of the body is either hard or soft-touch plastic, which helps keep the weight at least comparable to 13-inch ultrabooks. Like Dell's XPS 13, the HP claims to cram a screen into a body one size smaller than otherwise possible.
There may be a reason most laptops are anonymous-looking gray boxes. When you do see a unique design, such as the Dell Adamo XPS or Acer Iconia, it's often too quirky to catch on, or else the company behind it doesn't give it enough time to find an audience before ditching the idea. The new HP Envy 14 Spectre is at least off to a strong start, having been one of the new products with the most buzz at CES 2012, and winning our Computers and Hardware category Best of CES award. It has so many built-in talking points, it's like a crib sheet for nearly every hot current gadget topic. First, it's an ultrabook--that very hot Intel designation for a new generation of thin but powerful laptops. On top of that, it's one of the very first 14-inch ultrabooks, although it's a bit thicker and heavier than the ultrabook name would lead you to expect. The design, while unique, is most notable for its use of Corning's scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass not only on the edge-to-edge display, but also covering the entire back of the lid, as well as the wrist rest. Finally, it incorporates an NFC receiver for wireless data transfer with compatible mobile phones (using a free Android app).
Introduced as a replacement for the Voodoo Envy in 2009, the Envy series originally kicked off with 13 and 15-inch models. The premium notebook line was expanded in mid-2010 with 14 and 17-inch flavors, the former of which we received for evaluation. It's been just over a year since we published that review and we've since been graced with the second-gen Envy 14. Although it looks quite similar on the outside, the 2011 iteration has revamped internals. Now, here's where I make a pause to explain the tricky timing we went through in testing and reviewing the Envy 14. This second-gen model was launched in August and we received our test system about a month later. That was around the same time HP suddenly halted their webOS business and hinted at a possible PC unit spin off. Weeks went by, HP received all kinds of good and bad press (mostly the latter), their relatively new CEO went out the door, and in late October we finally received a final answer: HP is keeping its PC business and we should see more products in the near future. Back to business as usual, HP revamped the Envy 15 and 17 models in late November, while the Envy 14 remained mostly the same, receiving a couple of speed bumps and price cuts. Our evaluation system used to cost $1,079.99 but now you can get it for $899.
Why mess with a winner? The HP Envy 14 returns with the same stylish looks and solid Beats Audio as in the original model, but it adds a second-gen Core i5 processor and automated switchable graphics for improved performance and power management. At $1,079, this notebook is more affordable, too. Read on to find out how the Envy 14 stacks up to other premium portables.Like its predecessors, the Envy 14 focuses on elegant rounded corners and clean lines. As before, the beige-gray aluminum lid has an interesting paisley design comprised of different-sized squares, which is more than enough to distinguish it from the MacBook Pro. This motif continues on the interior deck, the exception being the keyboard well, which is pattern-free. The bottom of the deck, which houses the large black clickpad, features more of the textured paisley design. Also like its predecessors, the Envy 14 sports a magnesium body.At 5.6 pounds, the Envy is on the chunkier side compared to the 13-inch MacBook Pro (4.6 pounds) and the waifish Sony VAIO S (3.8 pounds). However, the 14 x 9.3 x 1.2-inch laptop can still fit comfortably in a messenger bag or a large purse despite being noticably larger than the MacBook Pro (12.8 x 8.9 x 1 inches) and the VAIO S (13.0 x 8.8 x 0.9 inches).
HP has consistently filled the models in its Envy line of premium laptops with top-notch features and components. With the new HP Envy 14 (Sandy Bridge) ($1,079.99 direct), the Envy line receives Intel's second-generation Core ("Sandy Bridge") processors and the benefits that come with them. This Envy 14 provides solid performance and a full feature set, but it isn't the best we've seen. The HP Envy 14's lid and frame are constructed of cool, sturdy aluminum. The lid and palm rest feature the same laser-etched pattern used on previous models of the Envy, such as the HP Envy 14-1210NR ($999.99 list, 4 stars). Up close, the decorative imprint appears random, but step back and it takes on a paisley-like swirling pattern. The Envy 14 measures 1.18 by 14.01 by 9.33 inches (HWD), but it's surprisingly heavier than most 14-inch laptops, weighing 5.52 pounds - even more than the Samsung QX411-W01 ($799.99 list, 4 stars), which weighs 5.1 pounds and is one of the heaviest out there. There's a 14.5-inch widescreen on the Envy 14, which is larger than the 14-inch displays found on the Samsung QX411-W01 and Asus U46E-BAL5 ($699.99 list, 4.5 stars). Its 1,366-by-768 resolution is no different from theirs, but the glass-covered display offers rich colors and wide viewing angles.
The ENVY is HP's answer to the Apple MacBook. Our 14-inch model features a beautiful metal chassis and a backlit keyboard. Is it the perfect Apple alternative? Read our review to find out.BUY the HP Envy 14-1260SE Beats Edition Notebook (Black)Sears.com $1,008.79Buydig.com $975.99TheNerds.net $995.99see all pricing for the HP Envy 14-1260SE Beats Edition Notebook (Black)Our HP ENVY 14 review unit is configured with the following specifications: The ENVY 14 is well-equipped and includes the above standard save for the fast 750GB 7200RPM hard drive, which is an $80 option over the standard 500GB drive. These are robust if not enthusiast-level specifications. As configured, the ENVY 14 can handle nearly any task including gaming thanks to its dedicated AMD Radeon graphics card. The one disappointment is the low-resolution 14.5-inch screen; the previous-generation ENVY 14 was available with an excellent high-gamut 1600x900 screen, which provided far more space to work with. Build and DesignHP ENVY notebooks are all about design. The ENVY 14 bears a close resemblance to the Apple MacBook, which isn't a bad thing though does not leave a whole lot of room for originality.
Earlier this summer HP expanded their popular Envy notebook line with the introduction of the Envy 14 and Envy 17 models. The two new releases build on the success of last year's Envy offerings and bring several new hardware options to the table as well as a lower introductory price point. Today we will look at the smaller 14-inch version. The Envy 14 starts at $999.99 with an Intel Core i3 processor and scales up to the Core i7. The configuration of our review system costs $1,390 with an upgraded Intel Core i5 450M processor operating at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz, 4GB DDR3 system memory (two modules), a Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics, a 14.5" HP Radiance display running at 1600 x 900 resolution, SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support, Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth and an 8-cell Lithium Ion battery. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit comes pre-installed. Other notable perks include a full-size island-style backlit keyboard and Beats Audio. The Envy 14 arrives in an elegant black box with silver lettering and the Beats Audio logo prominently displayed on the front.
Because I'm the editor in charge of laptop coverage here at PC World, I'm quite often asked, "Which notebook should I buy?" Only slightly less often am I asked, "Which model would you buy?" This is it. The HP Envy 14 is the laptop I would buy for myself, were I in the market for one right now. That doesn't necessarily mean it's the right laptop for you, because everyone has different needs, but I get my hands on a lot of laptops, so it's high praise indeed. The HP Envy 14 starts at $999 in its base configuration, with a Core i3-370M CPU at 2.4 GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. My test model came upgraded to a Core i5-450M, also a dual-core CPU with hyperthreading at 2.4GHz, but supporting Intel's Turbo Boost technology. It also has a 500GB hard drive and HP's Radiance display, a $200 option that gives you a higher-resolution screen (1600 by 900) and better brightness, contrast, and color. All Envy 14 models have a slot-loading 8X DVD-RW drive and ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics card. To save battery life, you can switch graphics between the Radeon card and Intel's integrated high-def video chip. Cosmetically, the Envy 14 is a real winner.
HP's high-end Envy line of laptops is one of the few bright spots for laptop design in an industry currently filled with midprice plastic boxes. With a solidly built (but slightly too heavy) aluminum and magnesium chassis and a capable collection of components, we liked the original 13- and 15-inch versions of the Envy, but they were priced out of reach for most. The new 14-inch Envy 14 (we always love logical product names) adds discrete graphics to last year's 13-inch Envy 13, while dropping the starting price by about one third to $999. That gets you an Intel Core i3 CPU, but upgrading to a more powerful Core i5, as in our review unit, only bumps the price up to $1,049 (Core i7 and quad-core options are also available, at prices up to $1,600). The Envy 14 looks great and generally runs great, but there are also a handful of minor frustrating issues that seem out of place on a high-end laptop. Using the volume control buttons automatically brings up an on-screen volume bar that bumps you out of full-screen games; the multitouch touch pad still has trouble with its two-finger scroll functions; and this laptop had occasional trouble waking up out of a sleep state--more so than we've seen in a Windows 7 laptop in some time.
Despite mixed reviews of the HP Envy 15 ($1,800 direct, ) laptop, HP spiritedly charged forward and launched new additions to the Envy line. The HP Envy 14 ($1,286 direct), as its name suggests, is the 14-inch version, lavished with a high-end audio system, a backlit keyboard, and a high-resolution glass screen - features you won't find in an HP Pavilion laptop. Performance can be tuned beyond any other laptop in its class. There are some lingering issues with the gesture-enabled touchpad, and the system is a little on the heavy side. Otherwise, the Envy 14 is a pretty fast laptop that lives up to its name. Anodized aluminum is the recurring theme in HP laptops. The Envy 14 is covered in it, whereas laptops like the Asus U30Jc-1A ($899 street, ) and HP Pavilion dm4 ($905 direct, ) only use it on the cover and palm rest area. The design is similar to the Apple MacBook Pros, basically a single slab of metal with the center carved out for the components. This creates a thin and extravagant-looking laptop. Decorative etchings spruce up the lid, which are both eye-catching and resistant to fingerprints and smudges.
About a year has passed since HP released its Envy 13 and 15, high-style notebooks aimed directly at Apple's MacBook Pros. We generally liked the designs of these metal-bodied machines, but their high prices and mediocre ergonomics dampened our enthusiasm. Now here comes the Envy 14, which starts at $999 ($1,289 as configured). HP has tweaked the design by adding an optical drive and a backlit keyboard, but the most intriguing change is the new display size of 14.5 inches. This screen puts the Envy 14 smack dab in between the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook, and its Core i5 processor and ATI switchable graphics offer comparable performance to Apple's premium portables. More imporantly, HP has updated its touchpad so that it's much easier to use. The brilliant Radiance display is ideal for movies and games, and the notebook's Beats Audio is a pleasure for the ears. So is the Envy 14 the complete package we want it to be?Stylistically, the Envy 14 looks the same as its predecessors: it has a taupe aluminum and magnesium body with a paisley-esque etched pattern on the lid and deck.
The baby of HP's second-generation ENVY premium notebook range has arrived on the SlashGear test bench, and we have to admit it's a pretty appealing machine. Packing a 14.5-inch display, Intel Core i5 CPU and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 graphics, it may look a little like a MacBook Pro but happily HP has also carried over the solid build quality. Still, are good looks enough to ween users off their Apple addiction? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. While the ENVY 14 range kicks off with Core i3 CPUs, our particular review unit gets Intel's Core i5-450M dual-core paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard-drive. Graphics include both the integrated Intel HD chipset and a dedicated ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5650 with 1GB of its own GDDR3 memory, driving the 14.5-inch 1600 x 900 display. Connectivity, meanwhile, includes WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, HDMI and a trio of USB 2.0 ports (one of which doubles as an eSATA). There's also Mini DisplayPort, gigabit ethernet, a multi-format memory card reader and slot-loading DVD burner (no Blu-ray option, sadly).
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