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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. People really like the keyboard and sound. The design and screen are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size and touchpad. There are mixed comments on 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 by: SydneyC (

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


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics