Review: HP Envy 14 Spectre

Published by Marc Büchel on 07.06.12
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Specifications / Chassis

CPU Intel Core i5-2467M (1.6 GHz Standard, 2.3 GHz Turbo)
Graphics card Intel HD Graphics
Chipset Intel HM65 Express Chipset
Memory DDR3 1'333MHz, 4 Gigabyte
Display 14'' TFT, 1600 x 900 Pixel, Glare-Type, LED Backlight
Hard drive / Drive 128 Gigabyte SATA-III SSD
Video Camera Webcam, 1.3 Megapixel
Keyboard backlight
Connectors 1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
Card Reader
Battery 58 Wh, 6 Cells
Dimensions 319 x 220 x 18 mm (W x D x H)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 1.81 kg

Chassis / Design / Build quality


Already the first glance at the Envy 14 Spectre reveals that HP built a high quality Ultrabook. The materials they've used - aluminium, gorillaglass and plastic in this case - have been exquisitely processed and the result is very good haptics. The gorillaglass used for the cover gives the Envy 14 Spectre a luxurious touch. The plastic, which can be found at the bottom of this ultrabook comes with a matte valvety finish, which is very comfortable and offers good grip. Going a step further and opening we had to use both our hands. There is no comfortable way to open the lid with one hand.


Looking at the connectors shows that HP hasn't been saving here. Wether or not a slim notebook where manufacturers have design ambitions should offer many connectors that's what people can argue about. But on the other hand there is the fact that a RJ45 connector, a DisplayPort, an HDMI port, one USB 2.0 as well as one USB 3.0 connector and a card reader are convinient no matter if you're at home, at work or on the go.

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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