Review: HP Envy 14 Spectre

Published by Marc Büchel on 07.06.12
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Display / Input Devices



For its Envy 14 Spectre HP uses a panel from AU Optronics which offers a resolution of  1600 x 900 pixels. Furthermore the dispaly comes with an edge-to-edge design and it has been perfectly integrated into the lid. In our tests we measured a brightness level of 234 Candela per squaremeter, which really isn't ver much. For Ultrabooks the likelihood, that they're being use outside is very high and therefore maximum brightness should be at least 250 Candela per squaremeter. Luckily the dispaly offers good stability when you look at the viewing angle. The result is almost 180 degree.


Input Devices


The keyboard has been placed in an aluminium bed which also fits perfectly into the decent design of the entire notebook. As soon as you place your hands and start typing you'll be surprised what a good keyboard HP used for this Ultrabook. Writing even longer articles (such as this review) is very comfortable. Even after hours your wrists wont start to hurt. The only thing which might need some time to get used to the arrow keys with their custom layout.

Unfortunately there are quite a few things which are not brilliant about the touchpad. Once you're looking for the buttons you'll get right to the issue. The left as well as the right button need quite a substantial amount of force until they release. For the left click this can be solved by tapping the touchpad, which results in the same gesture but for a right click you'll have to use the button in the bottom right corner. Furthermore the touchpad could be more precise. The surface is too slippery and it is quite often that we missed the icons on the desktop or the menues in programs.

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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