HP Envy 14 Spectre - Classy Glass Ultrabook Coming End of February


HP Envy 14 Spectre - Classy Glass Ultrabook Landing in Singapore End of February

This year, a wide array of Ultrabooks have been revealed to us by the manufacturers at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show 2012. However there is one particular Ultrabook that caught our attention, with its unique, innovative (and also expensive) use of materials. That particular notebook, was the HP Envy 14 Spectre, and it's liberally covered with Corning Gorilla Glass. If you don't know what Gorilla Glass is, no problem. All you have to do is look at your latest smartphone, and it will stare right back at you. Several of the premium smartphones these days feature this durable, high strength glass to prevent cracking and chipping of the displays from accidental incidents. The new HP Envy 14 Spectre is the first to be fully protected by this same material:-

The HP Envy 14 Spectre features a 14-inch screen at a 1600 x 900 pixels resolution, but in a 13-inch form factor.

That's right. Gorilla Glass. It's supposed to be scratch-proof, and tough (or tougher) as nails. Not that we're asking you to try though. It makes perfect sense on a smartphone but how about a notebook? How practical would using it on an Ultrabook be? Well after handling it ourselves, it actually makes pretty good sense.

Corning Gorilla Glass is tough, but it isn't fingerprint-proof. You can however, use it as a vanity mirror while you're waiting for your clients to show up.

The glass lends some additional heft and hardness to the overall build of the machine. As you'd expect, there is hardly any flex on the screen of the machine. Even the palm rest area of the machine was finished with glass, which we presume could also help reduce flex. In any case, it does lend a premium feel to the the machine. Meanwhile, parts that aren't covered with glass will bare its usual aluminum build  underneath. For example, the area supporting the chiclet keyboard is made from aluminum which helps eliminate the usual keyboard flex from most keyboard wells.

For the audiophile, there is the "Beats" branded retro jog dial to turn up the volume, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

Big clickable trackpads is one of our favorite features on a premium Ultrabook. Especially if they are surrounded by Gorilla Glass.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre's retail price will start from S$1999 for an Intel Core i5 based machine with a 128GB SSD configuration, and will be available towards the tail end of February. If you wish to err on the side of caution before you part your hard earned money, you could always stay tuned to our full review of the machine.

It's got most of the necessary ports to meet your connectivity needs, including a full-sized HDMI port, as well as a USB 3.0 port.  

The HP Spectre boasts of extraordinary battery life, which we've yet to test, but a plus point is that the aluminum base hides a removable battery so that you can bring a spare along for all-day productivity when the need arises.

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