HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Now Available to Order

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News Posted: Wed, Feb 8 2012 4:32 PM
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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zybch replied on Thu, Feb 9 2012 6:26 AM

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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