Amid a sea of lower-priced Ultrabooks that Intel hopes will turn the laptop platform into a mainstream success floats HP's new Envy 14 Spectre, which is certainly not a run-of-the-mill anything. Its most notable feature is a glass-based chassis, -- yes, glass -- that is scratch-resistant and lightweight enough to still weigh under 4 pounds.
The Envy 14 Spectre also manages to squeeze a 14-inch display into the 13.3-inch chassis, and includes such amenities as a multi-touch-enabled touchpad, Beats Audio, and a HP Radiance backlit keyboard that lights up when you approach it. According to Engadget, it evens comes with a built-in NFC chip that can be paired with an Android phone for very close-range communication.
Inside the Spectre, HP promises Intel Core i5 and i7 processor options, either 4GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB solid state storage, though no Thunderbolt port like on the Acer Aspire S5. The company claims up to 9 hours of battery life, though expect less in the real world.
As you might guess, anything this striking will not come cheap. HP plans to sell the Envy 14 Spectre starting at a hefty $1,400 on February 8 (though you can reserve one now on the HP website). You do get a dedicated tech support line for Envy customers, at least.