CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

Summary: 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.

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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.

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  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    I wonder if persons who use glass computers also live in glass houses?

    I have to admit that the design is refreshing. For once, a PC design which does not try to copy a Jonathan Ive theme.
    kenosha77a
    • No kidding

      This looks cool.
      baggins_z
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    While it might be a "refreshing" design, I don't think it's all that practical. I used a 2010 HP laptop with a glossy plastic case. I hated how my finger prints got all over it. One would have to carry a Windex bottle to keep it looking good. A lightweight metal such as MacBook Air IS best.
    ewern
    • Fingerprints

      @ewern Perhaps they're using an oleophobic surface
      archangel9999
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      :)
      danbi
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      @ewern

      Even the Air collects dirt.

      I wonder why they omitted the Thunderbolt interface -- that is a real hit of the platform.
      danbi
      • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

        @danbi Maybe because there's been little sign of peripherals emerging for it yet?
        jgm@...
      • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

        @danbi
        The thunderbolt interface is a non player in the majority of the market. Its more an apple thing like firewire was. It will have a nich placing in art studio and music studios but usb will be the main standard for the general public and the thunderbolt interface will go as firewire did and quietly die in the distance.USb also will be cheaper to add as hardware will be in higher demand dropping costs.I havent seen any thunderbolt in the wild yet even at the studeions I use that run apple and mac equiptment.
        Fletchguy
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      @ewern
      Mac Air is made out of same metal the MacBook Pro is and the MacBook Pro get finger prints over it as well. I hate to one one my office issued me. I'm not alone either. All the other guys dont like it for its Hi-gloss screen because its causes very bad glares and having to use soap that drys out hands to prevent it from picking up the natural oil from skin before handling it. The bright side is that we're germ free. ;)

      Nice try though.
      Free Webapps
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    I wonder if Apple will sue HP since this laptop look an awful like the MacBook Pro
    ccfman2004
    • Congratulations. You've just demonstrated you don't have a clue

      about the laws covering trade dress. Hint: the glass chassis makes the HP product uniquely identifiable, thus no danger of trade dress violation. But thanks for playing anyway.
      baggins_z
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      @ccfman2004
      Apple as evil and stupid as they are may try. they think they can copy right shapes or designs that have already been out for centuries lol.Mac airbooks are ugly as sin though. this has character and personality.
      Fletchguy
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    fingerprints: yeah, that is a big problem, so obviously nobody is buying touchpads and slates. Apple lawsuit? I think their schysters are busy with other things right now. Disclaimer: I work for HP but not for the laptop unit.
    tavent
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    Ernst Stavro Blofeld's favorite laptop
    dcsos
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    I'm normally the guy looking for the refurbished "last year's model", but this thing is enough to make me consider spending that $1400-$2000 for a new machine. Finally something with a cool factor that didn't come from Apple!

    I can see our executives lusting after one of these.
    sbf95070
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      @sbf95070

      Agreed! I can see our exes drooling over it also but Apple isn't the only one making thing with the cool factor. I give them credit for packaging it better than some and they know how to market their products well. Hate to admit, but I think the Dell Streak was cool (best of both tablet and smartphone world). I say "was" due to the fact they discontinued it for the 7in ver.

      Then there's Panasonic's Toughbook & tablet series. Those are pretty cool and the flex keyboard (aka indestructible keyboard). The laser keyboard is another. Those are cool as far as concept but kinda difficult to type fast on accurately. The biggest cool factor for me currently is OLED and Samsung's transparent notebook screen. Just a few things I think are cool.
      Free Webapps
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    Well it looks like HP is trying to innovate after the TouchPad/Pre3/WebOS fiascos. What an interesting company. I thought they wanted out of the computer biz, now they come out w a glass laptop. How schizophrenic can one company get? Haldol, anyone?
    FedTotallyUp
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      @FedTotallyUp

      If you have been reading the news, the new HP CEO said that they are not going to spin off that group anymore. It's the previous CEO that was boinked in the head. :)
      empololot
  • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

    I would be curious though about the heat from this thing since glass isnt very good at dispersing it and hp is known to use a very low temp solder on the gpu chips.Hopefully its gorilla glass or better. The small harddrives kind of suck though..I love the lighted keyboard though but the price is bit too much since its just an ultarbook and not a full on laptop.
    Fletchguy
    • RE: CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass

      @Fletchguy
      I saw another review somewhere (can't find it now) that said HP uses a remarkable amount of gorilla glass in this thing.
      jreuter