The Envy 14 Spectre features several lightweight glass components, Intel Core processors and HP wireless audio.
Hewlett-Packard is bringing
a new level of manufacturing sophistication to the increasingly competitive
ultrabook space with the release of its Envy 14 Spectre, which the
company is showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
The ultrabook features
lightweight, scratch-resistant glass on the lid, display, palm rest and HP
ImagePad. The notebook, which starts at $1,399, offers a 14-inch screen inside
a 13.3-inch body, the company's high-definition Radiance display and the latest
Intel Core processors.
The 20-mm-thin Spectre
weighs less than 4 pounds and includes up to 256GB of storage. Intel Rapid
Start Technology and support for two mSATA solid-state drives also allow for
quick boot and resume times, the company said. The notebook also comes with HP
technology such as CoolSense, which automatically adjusts performance and
internal fan settings for a cooler PC. In addition, the ImagePad provides
precise multi-finger touch navigation and the company's TrueVision HD Webcam
provides high-quality high-definition images.
The Spectre also features an
array of input and output options, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, High-Definition
Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Mini DisplayPort. Additionally, the Spectre
offers a performance-tuned software image, full versions of Adobe Photoshop and
Premiere Elements, two years of preinstalled Norton Internet Security and a
concierge phone line for technical support that is dedicated exclusively to
Equipped with a matching
audio-grade speaker mesh and Beats Audio, a technology developed by HP and
Beats by Dr. Dre, the Spectre boasts an aluminum analog volume dial that acts
as a visual design cue and works with Beats Audio Manager to more precisely
adjust audio levels. Built-in HP Wireless Audio allows users to stream
uncompressed audio to up to four external devices or directly to any
KleerNet-compatible device. An HP Radiance Backlit keyboard provides improved
illumination, using individual LEDs dedicated to each keycap. The keyboard
works with a proximity sensor to intelligently sense a user's presence,
lighting up when a user approaches and dimming down after the user leaves.
"Sleek, midnight black
glass on the outside and stark contrast silver glass on the inside make Spectre
extraordinary, defying conventional notebook design," Eric Keshin, senior
vice president of strategy and marketing for HP's Personal Systems Group, said
in a statement. "We chose the name for our first Envy Ultrabook to evoke
mystery, and we packed it with the best in entertainment technology to satisfy
those who expect the unexpected."
At this year's CES, a
significant number of companies will unveil ultrabooks, all of which are
super-thin and boast more powerful specs than netbooks. At several events
throughout the fall, companies ranging from Asus and Acer to Toshiba and HP
have all demonstrated ultrabooks either in development or already on store
shelves. Last week, a report from IT analytics firm Canalys predicted Intel's
ultrabook category would capture most of the mobile product announcements, with
up to 50 new devices expected.