HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Now Available to Order

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Now Available to Order

You can only tease so long before it's time to put up or shut up, and after creating a bit of buzz over its glass-covered Envy 14 Spectre laptop with sneak peeks dating back to before CES, Hewlett-Packard has made its newest Ultrabook available to purchase online starting at $1,400.

That's well above the sub-$1,000 price point Intel would like to see Ultrabook models check in at, though not grossly overpriced for a higher end model. A base configuration comes with:
  • Intel Core i5 2467M processor
  • 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • 4-cell battery
  • 14-inch diagonal display shoved into a 13.3-inch form factor
  • Webcam
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth

The Envy 14 Spectre also features a USB 3.0 port, 2-in-1 memory card reader, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI port, and HP's Beats Audio technology, which made a world of difference on the HP TouchSmart 520 all-in-one (AIO) PC we recently reviewed.

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That's a very nice looking Ultrabook, and I especially like the fact that it has a backlit keyboard. I also like that it's an HP, as they are my favorite manufacturer. But $1,400 is beyond my budget - and I wouldn't buy an Intel laptop unless it had a discrete GPU anyway (Intel graphics suck, IMO). So I guess I'll just hang-out, save my money, and wait for HP to manufacture some stylish AMD Ultrathins!

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That looks sweet, but the price is too high for the specs, even if it is about 1/3rd what my current notebook weighs.

I'm also a bit wary of HP's build quality after seeing too many of their 15" and 17" units all die with the same power supply problems.

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Its absolutely beautiful, but the cost is way out of my range. Drop in a Trinity and cut the price by 600$ and we'll talk.

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