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Hewlett-Packard XG978UA

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and design, but some have doubts about the touchpad and value for money.

screen, design, portability

value for money, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) the Hewlett-Packard XG978UA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 40 reviews)

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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


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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...

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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 designSuperb build qualityExcellent keyboardGreat audio

Expensive for its specsHeavy for its size


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Amazon review summary for Hewlett-Packard XG978UA


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Hewlett-Packard XG978UA from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Netbooks (Mini-laptops) on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Superb Value


This is the 2nd Envy 14 Beat Edition I have bought from JR.COM. This refurbished unit was as new and $500 less than I paid less than a year ago for a lesser specified Envy 14. The improvements on this updated 2160SE are excellent,the 80GB SSD really...


Short Battery Life

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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...

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Beatyful PC


Nice looking pc, great red backlit keybord, nice to touch, good speed due to the SSD drive.

Red backlit keybord


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HP ENVY 14-3010nr SPECTRE Notebook PC


While this is my first laptop ever, I am amazed by it. I love the the design and styling of the envy. I am so cautious with the shiny glass as it is one of the features that made me want it. The keyboard is perfect all around and the mouse touch pad...

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HP ENVY 14-2160se Beats Edition Notebook PC


Love the design and the start up time. Only complaint is the graphics card

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HP ENVY 14-3010nr SPECTRE Notebook PC


Nice design by HP but the fingerprints are easily left over the glass

Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WSXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Intel ® HD Graphics 3000


Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:HM65
Processor:Core™ i5
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2467M