HP Envy 14 Spectre Available for Pre-order

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 09 February 2012 13:38

HP Envy 14 Spectre

Remember HP's Envy 14 Spectre? It's HP's almost-ultrabook, "almost" because it's just outside of the ultrabook specifications. Well, it's available for pre-order now. Specs-wise it's not too shabby of a laptop, but its price makes it outside of perfect. Starting at $1,399.99, the HP Spectre comes with either an Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6GHz-2.3GHz, 2 physical cores, 4 logical) or an Intel Core i7-2677M (1.8GHz-2.9GHz Turbo, 2 physical cores, 4 logical); 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 memory on 1 DIMM; either a 128GB SSD or 2x128GB SSDs for a total of 256GB; 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless with bluetooth; a blacklit keyboard that lights up and dims as you approach and go away from it; a standard 4 cell Li-ion battery; and a 1600x900 14-inch display crammed inside of a 13.3-inch chassis. Oh, and did I mention that the screen, back of the lid, and the palm rest are covered with Gorilla glass (the glass that you can use as a cutting board without scratching it *don't try it if you aren't willing to scratch it*)? It's not a bad laptop, just very, very pricey. You can get a similarly spec-ed Macbook Air, which is smaller than the Spectre with its 13-inch display but extremely thin design, for $1,299. Because of the high price, I don't expect it to do very well. It will ship on February 29 if you pre-order soon, so if you want to get your hands on one go here to customize and pre-order.