HP Envy 14 Spectre hands on

Jan 9, 2012
HP Envy 14 Spectre hands on

HP showed off its latest ultrabook and entry into the ENVY model at CES tonight. The ENVY 14 is a high-end style machine, ready for a night on the town or a low-key LAN party. The laptop features an i5 processor upgradable to an i7, 4GB of RAM and Beats Audio, with an ENVY 15-style analog audio dial.

The laptop is a little heftier than the other ultrabooks we're trying out at CES - considerably more so than our road test HP Folio 13, for example. But there's a lot of solid build for your buck. The glossy black LCD cover feels luxurious, but the piano finish (also seen on the palm rest) is a fingerprint magnet. Inside you get HP's standard touchpad and a backlit keyboard, plus a light-up beats logo.

Output includes an HDMI and Mini Display, along with USB 3.0. SSDs come standard at the $1399 starting price, tougfh of course you can upgrade most of the usual components. It's a stylish laptop with the solid feeling we've come to expect from the ENVY line, and we can't wait to send that pretty chassis through the ringer in a full review session.

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