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HP Debuts a Handful of Ultrabooks and an AMD Sleekbook

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An entry-level Spectre and a handful of new ultrabooks. Oh, and 'sleekbook' is a thing now.

Hewelett Packard today unveiled a slew of new laptops, including a new version of the super-slim Spectre, which we first saw at CES this past January. Dubbed the Envy Spectre XT, the 13.3-inch laptop boasts an HD display, 128GB SSD, and Intel's third generation Ivy Bridge CPUs. Of course, the specs are only one aspect of an ultrabook, with size and weight being almost as important. The Spectre XT boasts a weight of just three pounds and is just over half an inch thick (14.5mm). Set for launch on June 8, the notebook will set you back $1000 at launch. Most notably, HP's release specifically mentions an "all-metal design," which means this smaller version of the Spectre is going to miss out on the unique glass design its bigger brother is sporting. Then again, it's also roughly four hundred dollars cheaper. The original Envy 14 Spectre is 20mm at its thickest point and boasts Intel's Sandy Bridge, 4GB of RAM, WiDi, Beats audio, HP Wireless Audio, and a nine-hour battery to keep the whole show on the road.

HP also took the time today to unveil a few other laptops of the superslim variety. The Envy ultrabooks come in 14- and 15.6-inch flavors and boast Intel's latest Core series of CPUs, SSD storage and Intel Rapid Start. The Envy ultrabooks are joined by the Envy sleekbooks (really), which also come in two sizes. The 14-inch model is a regular Intel-powered offering while the 15.6-inch model is based on one of AMD's APUs.

The Envy Spectre XT is launching next month and starts at $1000. The Envy ultrabook systems are available in the United States today with starting prices of $749.99 (14-inch) and $799.99 (15.6-inch), respectively. As far as the sleekbooks are concerned, the Intel-powered 14-inch model is available starting today at $699.99, and the 15.6-inch AMD model is expected on June 20 with a price tag that reads $599.99.

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    TheBigTroll , May 9, 2012 5:37 PM
    beats audio isnt all that great
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    kylecates , May 9, 2012 5:08 PM
    chomleeSorry, I had to do a doubletake. I thought they said SkeetBook.


    Yes, the successor to the FapTop.
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 4:47 PM
    $599 for AMD sleekbook in late June and $699 for a sleekbook with Ivy today. Interesting... the actual ultrabooks go up to $1k (but have all the ultrabook parts like hybrid drives or SSD caches, thinner, lighter, thunderbolt??).
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    chomlee , May 9, 2012 4:47 PM
    Sorry, I had to do a doubletake. I thought they said SkeetBook.
  • 15 Hide
    kylecates , May 9, 2012 5:08 PM
    chomleeSorry, I had to do a doubletake. I thought they said SkeetBook.


    Yes, the successor to the FapTop.
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 5:28 PM
    How is HP's record with Graphics drivers updates? Do they use OEM customizied graphics drivers that have to be downloaded from HP, or do they use the GPU manufacturer's genaric graphics drivers, which can be downloaded from the GPU manufacturer's website?
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    JohnnyLucky , May 9, 2012 5:30 PM
    I wonder which manufacturer is supplying the ssd.
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    TheBigTroll , May 9, 2012 5:37 PM
    beats audio isnt all that great
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    Anonymous , May 9, 2012 5:40 PM
    Troll, is beats audio the same as Dre' Beats?
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    tntom , May 9, 2012 5:48 PM
    LikeToKnowHow is HP's record with Graphics drivers updates? Do they use OEM customizied graphics drivers that have to be downloaded from HP, or do they use the GPU manufacturer's genaric graphics drivers, which can be downloaded from the GPU manufacturer's website?


    I have always upgraded my gpu driver from Nvidia's website. My laptop has Nforce 300 with a Geforce 7200. And that is without reinstalling. And I just did a clean install with Win7 and did not need a single driver from HP for everything to work.
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    cknobman , May 9, 2012 5:58 PM
    NoviceFoolTroll, is beats audio the same as Dre' Beats?

    Yes it is, beats is the brand and it was developed in partnership with Dr. Dre.
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    CaedenV , May 9, 2012 6:20 PM
    LikeToKnowHow is HP's record with Graphics drivers updates? Do they use OEM customizied graphics drivers that have to be downloaded from HP, or do they use the GPU manufacturer's genaric graphics drivers, which can be downloaded from the GPU manufacturer's website?

    HP does not make graphics drivers (and God help hemanity if they ever did). They provide a release driver when the product launches, but you can always replace it with the driver from the GPU manufacturer's website.
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    djscribbles , May 9, 2012 6:34 PM
    Happy to hear ivyBridge ultra books and amd 'sleek' books are coming; but I have never seen anything good come from HP (other than cheap printers)...
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    guardianangel42 , May 9, 2012 6:58 PM
    NoviceFoolTroll, is beats audio the same as Dre' Beats?


    I totally thought you were insulting the guy but the question didn't fit the insult. Then I read his username and it all makes sense.
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    zippyzion , May 9, 2012 7:33 PM
    Sleekbook? Horrible name. Good news is that it's AMD, it costs less, and probably has better graphics. As long as the benchmarks on the Trinity APU'S are respectable I'll go with whatever they want to call it. If it performs well they could call it a Potatobook and I'd probably buy it. After all, what is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.I
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    swimomatic , May 9, 2012 7:40 PM
    Where is the 1080p screen? I'm tired of these Ultrabooks releasing with specs that my 2 year old netbook have for screen resolution. It's ridiculous to even try and release a screen that size that isn't at least 1600x900.
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    amdfangirl , May 9, 2012 9:17 PM
    zippyzionSleekbook? Horrible name. Good news is that it's AMD, it costs less, and probably has better graphics. As long as the benchmarks on the Trinity APU'S are respectable I'll go with whatever they want to call it. If it performs well they could call it a Potatobook and I'd probably buy it. After all, what is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.I


    If it's powered by a potato, wouldn't you assume it can run GLaDOS?
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    qhoa1385 , May 10, 2012 12:19 AM
    TheBigTrollbeats audio isnt all that great

    +1
    My Envy 14 Beats can't even match my brother's $300 Toshiba
    Beats Audio is just another "$100 brand sticker"
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    K2N hater , May 10, 2012 3:21 AM
    TheBigTrollbeats audio isnt all that great

    I feel your pain. Reviewers are totally obsessed with super slim and light notebooks so manufacturers end up neglecting the audio experience in order to stay in game. No matter how expensive the notebook is - good audio output is still restricted to loudspeakers and external audio cards.
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    Anonymous , May 10, 2012 5:32 AM
    Suddenly the potato namebrand sound just fine....
    yum...crunchy and salty.....
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    __-_-_-__ , May 10, 2012 9:00 AM
    no specs for AMD. nice. worthless article.
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    A Bad Day , May 10, 2012 12:21 PM
    CaedenVHP does not make graphics drivers (and God help hemanity if they ever did). They provide a release driver when the product launches, but you can always replace it with the driver from the GPU manufacturer's website.


    What could the worst happen if they did make their own drivers? It's so much fun reinventing the wheel, maybe they could outdo AMD's driver department!
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