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HP Envy 14 Spectre review

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In a previous life, the HP Envy 14 was a laptop’s laptop: a 5.69-pound slugger with an optical drive, discrete AMD graphics and a battery that couldn’t last four hours in our battery rundown test. That notebook — one of our favorites in the 2010-2011 year — met its fate last fall when HP redesigned its high-end Envy line, but instead of going wherever it is gadgets go to die it was reincarnated as an Ultrabook. The new Envy 14, dubbed the Spectre, has shed almost two pounds, along with its discrete graphics and outmoded optical drive. It’s also one of the first 14-inch Ultrabooks to hit the market, but even if it weren’t so oddly sized we’d have no trouble remembering it: after all, how many laptops have a built-in NFC chip, or a glass palm rest?

There’s no doubt about it: the Spectre is a premium machine, and it’s not just that HP needed something high-end to take the place of the last-gen Envy 14. This also happens to be the company’s first consumer-grade Ultrabook, and it arrives at a time when there are many to choose from. Enter HP’s marketing department: the outfit’s touting this thing as a “premium Ultrabook” — the kind of machine you’d choose if you wanted a 1600 x 900 IPS-quality display or an unorthodox design. For that kind of beauty, though, you’re looking at $1,400 and up — a princely cost of entry when you consider lots of similarly specced models go for $1,100 or less. But perhaps that splurge comes with more than just a head-turning design? There’s only one way to find out: follow past the break for our in-depth review.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre review originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily Desired: Airplay Speakers Dressed Better Than You [Desired]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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How would you change Microsoft’s Zune HD?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

For the anti-iPod crowd out there (you know who you are), Microsoft’s Zune HD has been a long time comin’. As of September 17th, your excuses for not owning one vanished completely, and for those diehards willing to splurge on Redmond’s swankest PMP yet, we know you’ve been toying with it ever since. Still, the Zune HD hasn’t thrived without its fair share of hangups, and we get the impression that at least a smattering of users are still frustrated by this or that. If we just rang your bell, you’re in the right place. We’re curious to hear what actual, honest-to-goodness Zune HD users have to say about their new toy, and better still, how you would’ve done things differently if you had any power whatsoever over Sir Ballmer. Drop your rant off in comments below, would you?

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How would you change Microsoft’s Zune HD? originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Oct 2009 23:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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