HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Unveiled

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HP has unveiled its first Ultrabook, the HP Envy 14 Spectre, which features a glass-clad 14in screen which has been crammed into a 13.3in body.

The HP Spectre features a black glass lid which is replicated inside with the 14in screen covered in a single piece of glass. The palmrest and touchpad are also covered with the scratch resistant glass.

The HP Spectre has been designed with video and music in mind and the Beats Audio influence is clear for all to see. As well as the Beats logo, on the left hand side you’ll find a volume dial and mute button, both of which can be used even when the laptop is closed. The final button gives you instant access to the Beat Audio equalisation settings for the Ultrabook.

The screen is a 1600×900 backlit LED panel which promises excellent viewing angles and for sound HP has located the speakers underneath the front of the laptop.

Like other Ultrabooks, it is slim (20mm) and lightweight (1.8kg) and features a rapid instant-on mode plus a long battery life of 9 hours.

Inside you’re given a choice of Core i5 or Core i7 Sandy Bridge processors paired with up to 6GB of RAM. Storage is taken care of by SSD with up to 128GB available.

In terms of connectivity, you’ll get two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Mini Displayport as well as a headphone jack. There is also a HD webcam sitting above the screen.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre will be available this March with pricing starting from €1,299 including VAT.

We’ve managed to get some hands-on time with the HP Spectre and will be bringing you our initial thoughts very soon.

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