Review: HP Envy 14 Spectre


Published by Marc Büchel on 07.06.12
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Conclusion

General   + -
An elegant case, good battery life and decent design. Those are the three things the HP Envy 14 excels. Furthermore there is a very low noise level. On the contra side there is a touchpad which has a left and right button that need way too much force until they release. Another thing that could be improved is the displays brightness. In fact you'll struggle to read text when you're using the device outside when the sun is shining. Furhtermore there is the price: at 1'400 Euro (est. CHF 1'599.-) it isn't exactly cheap.   - Case - Design
- SSD
- Touchpad keys
       
Display / Input devices   + -
HP equipped its 14 inch Ultrabook with a display that isn't above average. Although there is a high resolution the TN panel doens't offer enough brightness to use the device outside when the sun is shining. Fortunately there is good stability concerning the viewing angle: almost 180 degree.
Another thing that could be improved concerns the touchpads keys. You need way too much force until they release, which really is a pity. Furthermore there is a very slippery surface which makes you miss icons or menu entries quite often.
  - Keyboard - Display Brightness - Touchpad click - Touchpad precision
       
Performance / Battery Life   + -
Equipped with a Core i5-2467M dual core CPU that has four threads, clocked at 1.6 GHz and Intels integrated graphics chip, the Envy 14 Spectre isn't the fastest notebook we've ever tested. But that's also not what it's been built for. Thanks to a quick SSD it feels very responsive.
Looking at battery life shows that the Envy 14 Spectre really has shows stamina. It takes more than four hours and fourty minutes until the device is going to shut down when you browse the web via using the integrated WiFi module.
  - Desktop-Performance
- SSD
- Battery Life
 
       
Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a luxurious Ultrabook and you're willing to spend about 1'400 Euros (est. CHF 1'599.-), the HP Envy 14 Spectre is a good choice, whereas you shouldn't be looking for the lightest Ultrabook.   - Ultra portable  
 
Rating
We give the Envy 14 Spectre from HP good four out of five stars.
 





Page 1 - Introduction Page 7 - DirectX 9 / Image Manipulation / Importing Pictures
Page 2 - Preview Page 8 - Web browsing / Data decryption / Windows Defender
Page 3 - Specifications / Chassis Page 9 - Cinebench / WinRAR
Page 4 - Display / Keyboard Page 10 - Battery Eater / Power Consumption
Page 5 - Test Setup Page 11 - Noise Level / Temperature
Page 6 - Video Playback / Downscaling Transcoding / Storage Page 12 - Conclusion


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