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alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of HP XG978UA. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the keyboard and sound are on the whole positive. The design and screen also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the size and touchpad, and there are some mixed comments about the performance and portability.

durability, screen, design, sound, keyboard

price, touchpad, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP XG978UA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Marcel B?ttner (

Review HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook


A Beautiful Accessory or Cutting-Edge Technology? The HP Envy 14 Spectre is a beautiful laptop with a price tag of $1200 USD. Many buyers will be enticed by the model's looks, but is the laptop really worth the money? We find out in the following...

Very high quality workmanship ; Nearly perfect keyboard ; Good battery life ; Easily accessible ports ; The SSD has great access times ; Very quiet (during normal use) ; High-quality speakers ("beats-audio")

The surface of the touchpad is too smooth ; Glare display ; No Kensington Lock ; Heavy weight

The Envy is not much different from a 13 inch Ultrabook (aside from its larger display). The price: thicker case, higher weight

May, 2012


Expert review by : Nick Rego (

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Review


A premium Ultrabook that needs a few more tweaks.

Stellar looks and finishing, NFC, strong audio

Can be hard to open, glossy surface needs frequent cleaning, slightly heavy for an Ultrabook, acceptable battery life, high price point

Like most Ultrabooks, the Envy 14 Spectre is designed to strike the balance between performance and portability, and hence sports a fairly acceptable system configuration. For its price tag you get a decent amount of beef under the hood to run through...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : James Lu (

HP Envy 14 Spectre - Unbreakable


HP's Envy 14 Spectre wowed us at CES 2012, but looks can be deceiving. In this full review we find out if this 'premium Ultrabook' is worth the extra price, or if it's just a big, shiny, fingerprint magnet. Read on for the finer details.

Durable Gorilla Glass covered design ; Superb build quality ; Excellent keyboard ; Great audio

Expensive for its specs ; Heavy for its size

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

HP Envy 14-3010TU Spectre Ultrabook


HP Envy 14 Spectre review: A premium Ultrabook designed to appeal to style-conscious users

Screen ; Feels good to use ; Good sound

Intermittent touchpad problem ; Uninspiring performance

It's expensive for what it is, but the HP Envy 14 Spectre has plenty of appeal thanks to an excellent screen and good input peripherals. It's a very comfortable notebook to use and its performance is good, but not spectacular. It's one of the first...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

HP Envy 14 Spectre: Beefing Up the Ultrabook


First impressions are important, and the HP Envy 14 Spectre makes a great one. The glossy, glass-topped display bezel and keyboard tray look elegant and understated, and the uniform, thin chassis gives the laptop a sleek appearance. Second impressions...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : SKYMTL (

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Review


Not all that long ago, many were predicting the downfall of the once venerable Hewett Packard. Their Touchpad was an abysmal failure from a sales

For a company that was prematurely judged to be standing upon its last leg a short time ago, the Spectre is a resounding success. In

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Alistair Dabbs (

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook


Review The test unit I reviewed was forwarded on to me from the Harrods press office. That alone should tell you a lot about the HP Envy 14 Spectre. For you, Harrods may conjure images of oil sheiks browsing bling, affectatious middle classes buying...

Despite my concern that the HP Envy 14 Spectre is perhaps a little chunky compared with other Ultrabooks on the market, it compares very favourably with the competition in terms of what you get within those two centimetres: connectivity, performance,...

May, 2012

Expert review by : John Gillooly (

HP Envy 14 Beats Edition, gorgeous and tempting


Gorgeous looks and great sound, which make up for a lack of portability.

Mar, 2011

PC&TECH AUTHORITY - Recommended!

Expert review by : John Gillooly (

HP Envy 14 Beats Edition, gorgeous and tempting


The HP Envy 14 Beats Edition has gorgeous looks and great sound, which make up for a lack of portability

Mar, 2011

Consumer review (

HP ENVY 14-2160se Beats Edition Notebook PC


I really love this new laptop. It's great for it's Entertainment features, however when I downloaded my antivirus software it kept freezing. I ended up having to recover the laptop (thank God I hadn't put much on it), but otherwise I'm really happy...

Jun, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio system:Beats Audio
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery Capacity:58 / 59
Battery capacity (Watt hours):58 / 59
Battery life (max):9.5
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 8


Front camera:Y


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver


Color of product:Black, Silver / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:14 / 14.5
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
HD type:HD+
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:65 / 90


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5650 / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.696
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other Features

Audio system:Beats Audio
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:ATI, Intel
Infrared data port: No
Weight (imperial):5.2
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:65 / 90


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):16 / 19
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I5-2467M / I5-460M
Processor boost frequency:2.3 / 2.8
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5-2xxx
Processor frequency:1.6 / 2.53
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-2467M / I5-460M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1288
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5 / 5
System bus rate:2.5 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor ARK ID:50179 / 56858
Processor code:SLC22 / SR0D6
Processor package size:31 / 34
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS, HDD / Power on
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD / Power on


Bundled software:- HP Setup Manager\n- HP Recovery Manager\n- Cyberlink YouCam DE\n- Cyberlink Power DVD\n- Adobe Photoshop Elements\n- Adobe Premiere Elements\n- Proximity Sensor Software\n- HP Touch to Share\n- HP Wireless Audio\n- HP CoolSense\n- Windows Live Essentials\n- Adobe Reader\n- Microsoft Office Starter
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:640
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:128 / 640

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.7 / 9.33
Depth (imperial):9.33
Height (front):1.16
Height (front) (imperial):1.16
Height (rear):1.18
Height (rear) (imperial):1.18
Weight:3.97 / 5.2
Width:12.9 / 14
Width (imperial):14