updated 09:00 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012
HP officially outs Envy 14 Spectre with glass lid
HP at CES officially unveiled the recently leaked Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook, which was expected thanks to the multiple hints. The ultrabook reserved online now, and promises a 14-inch HD screen in a 13.3-inch sized body. Its screen is covered by Corning's Gorilla Glass, as is the top of the lid and the touchpad. This is a first in the industry. There are also Beats by Dr. Dre-certified speakers onboard, and the ultrabook weighs 3.79lbs. To go with the audio theme, users adjust volume through an aluminum analog dial. HP Wireless Audio lets users stream wireless music up to four external devices or a KleerNet-supporting device.
The keyboard is backlit, and a presence sensor saves battery life by dimming it once a user leaves. Battery life is promised at up to nine hours.
The ultrabook uses Intel Core processors, with a 1.6GHz Core i5 standard, and gets a 256GB SSD is an option. Preloaded software includes Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10, along with two years of preinstalled Norton Internet Security and a concierge phone line for technical support.
Connections include Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort. The Spectre will cost $1,400 when it ships on February 8, placing it on the very high end of the class.