HP's Envy 14 Spectre Sports 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.

  • what is WiDi, typo.
  • WiDi = Wireless Display
  • captaincharisma
    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
  • _Cubase_
    I must admit, it looks pretty darn sexy.
  • doct3rphil
    WiDi is wifi direct, aka no router, similar to blutooth

    I was wrong about the abbreviation. My mistake. Thought it was referring to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi_Direct
  • supere989
    uh Doct3rPhil needs to go back to college and get his pHd again. WiDi Is Intels Wireless Display technology:

  • trandoanhung1991
    It looks just like a Mac. Priced like one, too @_@
  • captaincharisma
    BUTIf 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

  • joytech22
    a two-year subscription to Norton Internet Security

    Great, so now they throw in a virus with your computer for free? lol
  • willard
    Doct3rPhilWiDi is wifi direct, aka no router, similar to blutoothSo 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?