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We have collected 3 reviews of the HP Envy 14 Spectre. Experts rate HP Envy 14 Spectre 8/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the HP Envy 14 Spectre and HP Ultrabook.
First impressions are important, and the HP Envy 14 Spectre makes a great one. The glossy, glass-topped display bezel and keyboard tray look elegant and understated, and the uniform, thin chassis gives the laptop a sleek appearance. Second impressions are a little less positive, though: When you pick up the Spectre, it seems heftier than you'd expect. That's because HP covered it in impact-resistant glass, similar to what you might see on a high-end smartphone. That pretty glass top is a fingerprint magnet, too. Encapsulating the monitor bezel in glass, however, allowed HP to build a 14-inch display into tight quarters--the Specre offers essentially the same width and length as most 13.3-inch Ultrabooks do. HP took advantage of the bigger display area, packing in a 1600-by-900-pixel native-resolution LED-backlit IPS panel. It looks great, and it offers superb video playback fidelity. Rather than matching the tapered shape of many competitors, the Spectre is just under 0.9 inch thin (barely meeting the Ultrabook specs that Intel set) throughout, which makes the system seem somehow larger than other laptops in its class.
Can you believe that just six months ago, HP was thinking of ditching the PC business? It seems far fetched today, now that we know the company had laptops like the lightweight, long-lasting Folio 13 and the powerful yet relatively inexpensive Envy series up its sleeves. And of course, that's before we consider the HP Envy 14 Spectre, too. First revealed to us in an FCC filing and then again in a video tease, the Spectre turned out to be a 14-inch ultrabook practically bathed in Gorilla Glass, with a lovely high-res screen... but also a $1,399 price tag to go along with its fairly standard internal specifications. When it comes to ultrabooks, the user experience is paramount, but that's a lot to spend on a Core i5 chip with integrated graphics and 4GB of RAM. Is the Envy 14 Spectre worth $500 more than HP's own Folio 13? Is it worth $100 more than a 13-inch MacBook Air? If you're looking for a head-turning design, it's definitely worth a look. Where the Folio 13 looked like a humdrum business machine and most other ultrabooks on the market feel like clones of the MacBook Air, the Spectre lives up to its name: It's like the slim, sexy shadow of an Envy 15, and without all the Apple references.
The HP Envy 14 Spectre is the latest and best-named Ultrabook to hit the shelves, and with the combined draw of HP's premium Envy range, and Dr Dre's urban cool Beats brand, it's going to be very hard to ignore. We're well into the Ultrabook race by now and we've already been impressed by the Asus Zenbook UX31, Acer Aspire S3 and most recently by the Dell XPS 13, perhaps the toughest rival that the HP Envy 14 Spectre faces in the battle for our hard-earned pennies. And HP's newest baby is taking an interesting approach to the competition by being less concerned with a size zero frame. The HP Envy 14 Spectre is 20mm thin, and weighs 1.8kg - hefty for an Ultrabook.But the slight bulk enables it to throw around some extra connectivity and features that other Ultrabooks, perhaps save the Toshiba Satellite Z830, can't match.Of course, before we start dreamily idolising this shiny new offering, there are a couple of points that need to be looked at. Firstly, the fact that the HP is built around an Intel Core i5-2467M processor, rather than the Core i7 CPUs on offer inside the likes of the Dell and Acer mean that for all its bulk, the Spectre lacks power.You might also be forgiven for thinking that this lower-spec processor will have a pleasing effect on the price of the computer.
|HP Envy 14-3010NR Spectre 14.0 Ultrabook, Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6GHz up to 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost), 4GB DDR3 Memory, 128GB Solid State Drive, Intel HD Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit||$823.95||See it|
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