Positioned by HP to replace the original Envy 14, the Envy 14 Spectre is a premium product. the ultra-book with its sleek look and gorgeous design is sure to raise many eyebrows. Let us see how it measures up to its credentials.
HP Envy 14 Spectre Features
Design And Display
A lot lighter than the older Envy, the machine weighs just around 4 and half pounds and thickness is measured at 0.9 inches. For the initial shockers, the laptop is covered with a Gorilla Glass cover which is usually seen on high end smartphones. The glass covered keyboard tray and display gives it an elegant under defined look apart from making it sturdier.
However fingerprint stains will continue to create niggles. . The keyboard has well-spaced comfortable keys which are matched by few ultra-portables. The LED lighting underneath the keys does make a good effect in dark. The touchpad is also made from two different kinds of glass offering good performance. The laptop is larger than most ultra-portables and that has its advantages as well as disadvantages.
The 14 inch display has a LED backlit panel with a native resolution count of 1600*900 pixels which makes photo editing fun. The screen has wide viewing angles and the colours are more vibrant with fewer niggles than the Envy 15. The audio performance is brilliant with excellent features like the built in HP wireless audio.
The Envy 14 is powered by an Intel Core i5 2467M processor running at 1.66 GHz which is bundled with 4GB DDR3 RAM. The Hard Disk Drive is a somewhat average 256GB. The graphics department is headed by a somewhat disappointing Intel HD Graphics 3000 which are just enough to play some basic games. Playing the heavy duty games like Crysis and Call of Duty is something you would not enjoy.
The Envy holds its own among the performance benchmarks when pitted against some other Ultra-portables although it is not the best. Everyday stuff and web browsing is easy on the Spectre and HP’s CoolSense technology ensures minimal heating.
Connectivity And Softwares
Ultraportable nature ensures that you get a meagre 2 USB ports one of which is a USB 3.0. These are coupled with an Ethernet jack, SD card slot, HDMI and Mini Display outputs. There is also the standard WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity options available. HP has loaded the Envy 14 quite a few softwares like Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premier Elements 10 along with MS Office 2010. The Envy Spectre comes loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Battery And Price
The Envy 14 Spectre gives a generous battery backup of around six and a half hours. However it is almost the same as that of its competitors. The laptop is priced at $1400 which is a bit steep for its configuration. The good screen is one plus point that might make you cough up that kind of money. It is simply the best in Ultra notebook category. Also keep in mind that you get a 2 years warranty with the product.
It is still however a tough question whether all that glass coating and screen resolution is worth some extra $300 dollars.
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