Indeed, in terms of features and appearance, the glass-clad HP Envy 14 Spectre exudes an air of exclusivity and prestige that’s uncommon even in today’s ultrabook standards. It is the Apple iPhone 4S of smartphones. Too bad it doesn’t come cheap, as its P116,990 retail value will have you digging deep into your pockets. That makes it the most expensive ultrabook in the Philippines thus far.
Then again, a lid and a wrist rest wrapped in sheets of Gorilla Glass aren’t cheap. A Core i7 CPU and a 256GB solid-state drive aren’t cheap. Keyboard backlighting isn’t cheap. Sounds with Beats Audio branding isn’t cheap. And as far as we know, squeezing in a 14-inch screen into a 13.3-incher’s frame isn’t cheap either.
Now, let’s take a look at the HP Envy 14 Spectre’s specs:
- 14-inch LED display (1,600 x 900 resolution)
- Intel’s second-generation Core i7 CPU
- 4GB DDR3 RAM
- Intel HD 3000 graphics chip
- 256GB SSD
- 4-cell battery with up to 9 hours battery life
- multimedia card reader
- USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, HDMI, LAN, mini-display ports
- Beats Audio enhancement and HP Wireless Audio
The right side of the HP Envy 14 Spectre houses a charging port, a shortcut key for mute, and a Beats Audio switch. There’s also a very useful jogger dial here for on-the-fly volume controls.
On the left, you get a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card slot. There’s also an arsenal of pedestrian connection ports for LAN, HDMI, mini-Display, and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
For those concerned with performance metrics, we were able to take a quick look at the laptop’s Windows Experience Index and found that it notched a decent score of 4.7.
With an SRP well above a hundred grand and way beyond our pay grade, it will be interesting to see how well HP’s top-end configuration fares in the local market.
With what you know so far, tell us, are willing to pay P116,990 for the HP Envy 14 Spectre?
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