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HP's Envy 14 Spectre Sports Unique Glass Design

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HP has kicked off its week at CES with the launch of a laptop with a unique glass design.

Remember that intriguing video that HP leaked to the media last week? The one that apparently showed a super sexy and super slim Ultrabook of some kind? At the time, the device was thought to be the Envy 14, but the video itself called the device the Spectre. This week, thanks to the wonders of CES, HP has revealed a little more information about the laptop we now know to be the HP Envy 14 Spectre.

The notebook showed up on stage last night at Microsoft's keynote and was then officially announced by HP. The most notable thing about this laptop is probably its glass design. HP is touting this notebook as a 'premium Ultrabook' and it certainly looks the part. It might not be the slimmest Ultrabook around (it's 20-mm at the thickest point), but its crisp design, softly rounded corners and glossy glass finish definitely give it a premium feel.

"Sleek, midnight black glass on the outside and stark contrast silver glass on the inside make Spectre extraordinary, defying conventional notebook design," said Eric Keshin, senior vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "We chose the name for our first Envy Ultrabook to evoke mystery, and we packed it with the best in entertainment technology to satisfy those who expect the unexpected."

So, we know it looks lovely, but what's it got going on under the hood? Well, for a start, as the name would suggest, it's packing a 14-inch display, but HP claims that this is crammed inside a 13.3-inch chassis. Engadget's Dana Wollman got some alone time with the device and was able to get a more complete list of specs than what HP is dishing out via its official release. According to Wollman, this Ultrabook is running on a Core i5-2467M CPU, 4 GB of RAM, WiDi, Beats audio, and HP Wireless Audio. It also boasts HP's CoolSense technology, full copies of Photoshop and Premiere Elements, a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security, and a nine-hour battery to keep the whole show on the road. Interestingly, the Spectre apparently has support for NFC, a feature oddly absent from the press release.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is expected to be available in the United States from February 8 with a starting price of $1,399.99. Launches for additional countries, including Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Chile, and Mexico, are scheduled for sometime in March. International pricing has not yet been mentioned.


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    Anonymous , January 10, 2012 9:48 PM
    WiDi = Wireless Display
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2012 9:48 PM
    WiDi = Wireless Display
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    captaincharisma , January 10, 2012 10:09 PM
    well at least there making there fail prone computer look good now. gives the unfortunate HP customer something to tout about after there computer fails after the warranty runs out
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    _Cubase_ , January 10, 2012 10:15 PM
    I must admit, it looks pretty darn sexy.
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    supere989 , January 10, 2012 11:12 PM
    uh Doct3rPhil needs to go back to college and get his pHd again. WiDi Is Intels Wireless Display technology:

    http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/intel-wireless-display.html
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    trandoanhung1991 , January 10, 2012 11:58 PM
    It looks just like a Mac. Priced like one, too @_@
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    captaincharisma , January 11, 2012 12:08 AM
    Quote:
    Sexy
    BUT
    If the outer shell of my laptop was made of glass I'd be on to my third laptop in 2 years


    i think you need anger management then


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    joytech22 , January 11, 2012 12:14 AM
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    a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security


    Great, so now they throw in a virus with your computer for free? lol
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    willard , January 11, 2012 2:26 AM
    Doct3rPhilWiDi is wifi direct, aka no router, similar to blutooth

    So this thing connects wirelessly to devices without wireless capability? Because you kind of need a wireless router to connect things like modems that don't have wireless built in to a wireless network. Unless this runs on magic.

    Oh, and connecting two wireless devices without a router is called ad hoc mode. It's not new, and it's not called WiDi. WiDi means Wireless Diplay.

    Maybe don't make things up next time?
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2012 2:28 AM
    wait a minute!!!...
    Is that the crappy infinity display like in the dv6 models?
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2012 5:31 AM
    Design, design, design... I just don't care. my 18.4" i7 is ugly as hell, but hey, it can do anything without hurting your eyes or nerves.
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    felixenfeu , January 11, 2012 6:03 AM
    Ok, it got a great design... but what about working/playing/surfing with all this gloss everywhere? A glossy display is probably the worst thing you could get from a laptop, it reflects every source of light and you can't see anything.
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    cold fire , January 11, 2012 9:08 AM
    kensingtronhaha, yeah. Actually I need a more coordinated girlfriend. In my defense to the good people of Toms hardware I present to you Droptest That is all.


    I just need a girlfriend, it doesn't matter if it/she is coordinated or not! :\
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    archange , January 11, 2012 9:32 AM
    Sleek, midnight black glass on the outside and stark contrast silver glass on the inside make Spectre extraordinary, defying conventional notebook design

    Umm... guess I'm holding out for the droptest too. :) 
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    WR2 , January 11, 2012 11:14 AM
    Looking forward to some independent reviews. Any chance THG can snag one and give it a test run?
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    Anonymous , January 11, 2012 11:50 AM
    Fingerprint magnet inside and out. Just because matte screens and exteriors aren't as sexy, manufacturers seem to have an aversion to these more practical design features.
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    lp231 , January 11, 2012 12:21 PM
    Some need to update on themselves before correcting others so they won't look like idiots, especially the 2 comments with the lowest ratings.
    As it was mentioned WiDi stands for Wireless Display.
    For WiDi, it's mostly found on notebooks, but you can also get them on desktops like with the Galaxy GTX 460 WHDi edition.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/wireless-graphics-card-kfa2-gtx-460-wdhi-review/
    You will need a receiver on your HDTV to make WiDi work.
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    willard , January 11, 2012 12:50 PM
    __-_-_-__$1,399.99 LOL! at half price is still overpriced. reminds me apple

    I wouldn't call it overpriced, it's a niche item. If you don't care about what this has to offer (mostly aesthetics), then yeah, it's crazy overpriced for you. There are plenty of people out there who will gladly pay a premium for stuff like this.

    Personally, I don't want to even touch anything with less than a 17" screen. I care way more about what's inside a laptop than how shiny and thin it is. I'm guessing you do as well.
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    lamorpa , January 11, 2012 1:00 PM
    captaincharismawell at least there making there fail prone computer look good now. gives the unfortunate HP customer something to tout about after there computer fails after the warranty runs out

    OK. Three words:

    There: def. In, at, or to that place or position
    Their: def. Belonging to or associated with the people or things
    They're: contraction of 'they are'

    Each has a unique spelling and definition. Each is used in a unique way. This is elementary/middle school English.

    Corrections: [W]ell[,] at least [they're] making [their] fail[-]prone computer look good now.

    You used 'there' incorrectly twice within the first 6 words of your comment...
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