Icon – HP Envy 14 Spectre

HP’s stunning new 14in laptop gets a serious makeover, courtesy of Lucius Fox


“Dark and powerful” is how HP puts it. But yes, we’ll give you moody. Or dusky. Or downright sexy. The flat glass top panel on HP’s gorgeous HP Envy 14 Spectre has a glowing corner-set logo, while that glossy glass finish extends to the wrist-rest where a transparent plate wraps around the oversized multitouch trackpad.

Ah, but the fingerprints

Having fondled the Envy 14 Spectre ourselves, we can confirm that you’ll need to order screen cloths in bulk if you choose to go to HP’s dark side. At 20mm thin, you’ll find your attempts to pick it up by the sides are made in vain. But what price beauty, eh?

Does it switch on?

Yes, and then some. Among the Spectre’s supernatural powers are a proximity sensor that fades up the backlit keys when you approach your laptop and Beats Audio for blistering, bassy tunesmanship. Although the stunning LED-backlit screen is 14 inches, the laptop occupies the same footprint as most 13in laptops, so you won’t even have to supersize your manbag.

Beauty on the outside, but…

Yes, it’s got chops on the inside, too. There’s Intel ULV processing, accelerated boot time, a 128GB SSD and a nine-hour battery squeezed into the HP Envy 14 Spectre’s glassy shell. It’s impossible not to want one, in fact, but we’ll all have to wait until March when the Envy 14 Spectre will go on sale for €1300 (about £850). Don’t forget to budget for those screen cloths, mind.

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