CES 2012 Preview – HP ENVY 14 Spectre Laptop

Hardcore Mac user meets non Mac laptop, and tech romance ensues.

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HP Spectre Laptop

As a hardcore Mac user, I can honestly say, HP has finally come out with a laptop that I can scream and shout about. (That’s really saying A LOT!) My beef with HP used to be that their products weren’t user friendly – there was too much pesky right-clicking/left-clicking involved when trying to navigate around their computer screens.

But a new era has erupted. And that era goes by the name: HP ENVY 14 Spectre. It seems that HP conceived the Spectre in the same way Richard Branson facilitated Virgin Airlines: with the consumer’s likes and needs in mind.

So let me start with what sets off my bells-and whistles. Do you know when you’re working on your laptop and after a while your lap starts getting hot? (In the past I’ve developed weird rashes over this issue.) Well, the Spectre comes loaded with HP CoolSense technology that can detect if the device is resting on your lap; in turn it sets off an internal fan to cool down the lap area. Genius! No one likes working with an overly hot lap. HP has finally evolved their annoying touchpad with the HP ImagePad that provides precise multifinger touch navigation. No longer is it like solving a Rubik’s Cube in order to navigate around the screen. Plus, there’s built the built in HP Wireless Audio to sync with your wireless speakers so you no longer have to stick that idiotic device into your USB port – which you always have to unplug when using your printer or an external hard drive. Besides having the quality of Dr. Dre’s Beats audio, a cool minor design touch that I love is an old-school analog radio volume control on the side of the laptop; it’s a retro touch that’s both funny and comforting. On top of all that, the Spectre comes with 9 – count them 9 –hours of battery life. You can take an international flight to London and watch an entire season of Breaking Bad on that kind of juice power.

The look of the Spectre is also something to high-five about. It’s much lighter than the previous version of the Envy, and is a very handsome looking piece of equipment; with sleek, midnight black glass on the outside and stark contrast silver glass on the inside. Plus each key is not only individually backlight, but there’s also a sensor that can detect when your fingers are in proximity to determine when the user’ presence to either light up or dim down accordingly.

HP Envy Spectre 14

How can this very sharp-looking, very reasonably-priced laptop get any better? It comes with FULL Photoshop! (Note exclamation points of excitement.)

HP you’ve done- you’ve finally come up with a laptop to give Mac fans a run for their money.

Full Spectre Skinny:

  • Premium Ultrabook that commands attention with its stunning use of glass
  • Fits a full 14-inch high-definition HP Radiance Display inside a 13.3-inch body
  • Features lightweight, scratch-resistant glass on the lid, display, palmrest and HP
  • ImagePad – an industry first
  • Equipped with Beats AudioTM aluminum analog volume dial to precisely adjust audio levels
  • Boasts an intelligent HP Radiance Backlit keyboard providing outstanding
  • llumination with an advanced proximity sensor to intelligently sense a user’s presence
  • Weighs less than 4 pounds and offers up to 9 hours of battery life
  • Loaded with HP CoolSense, HP Wireless Audio, HP TrueVision HD Webcam and full versions of Adobe Photoshop® and Premiere Elements
  • Support for near field communication (NFC)
  • Expected to be available on Feb. 8

Price: $1,399.99