HP Envy Spectre 14z 14-inch Notebook Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
Hardware Canucks have reviewed the ultra portable HP Envy Spectre 14z notebook, which features a 14-inch 1600 x 900 display, dual-core/four-thread 1.6-2.3Ghz processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and Intel integrated HD 3000 GPU.
Let's see what they had to say:
"In instead of marching to the beat of the same drummer as other Ultrabook manufacturers, HP has taken a huge risk by introducing a premium device in the hope of exploiting a market segment that has been overlooked. The result is a highly portable, feature rich and unique notebook that mostly justifies its price.
In many ways the Envy 14 Spectre is being used as a test platform to judge the publics reaction to some of its more forward looking features. Naturally, some of these features work, some dont and others should be improved upon within future generations.
The most obvious addition here is the incorporation of Gorilla Glass into quite a few surfaces. While the Spectres magnesium, aluminum and hybrid plastic chassis is already quite durable, the Gorilla Glass gives it a sense of solidity that isnt normally found in the slim and light category."
While it certainly is not the lightest ultrabook available, the 4lb. HP Envy Spectre does offer an excellent balance of performance and portability at a fairly reasonable price.
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