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HP Envy 14 Spectre

HP Envy 14 Spectre
alaScore 86

85 reviews

Jan, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 reviews of HP Envy 14 Spectre. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and screen. The design and portability also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the usability. Some have doubts about the price.

performance, portability, design, screen, durability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP Envy 14 Spectre is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre review


The Spectre looks the part of a premium Ultrabook, but its average performance and stiff touchpad don't justify the high price.

Striking glass-and-metal designVibrant 1600 x 900 displayStellar audio qualityTwo-year warrantyGenerous software package

Stiff clickpadExpensive compared to similarly performing Ultrabooks

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Loyd Case (

HP Envy 14 Spectre Review: 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...

Superb, color-accurate, high-res display ; Very good keyboard and excellent touchpad

Heavier than similar Ultrabooks in its class ; Not quite as thin and light as it could be

Gorgeous looks plus a great interface and display overcome the Envy 14 Spectre's slightly higher weight.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Christopher Null (

Review: HP Envy 14 Spectre


With the Envy 14 Spectre, HP takes an already out-there idea to its barely sane terminus by making a little more than half of this...

Soft-touch magnesium alloy base gives grip to the underside. Stable, with solid performance. Outstanding audio quality. Love the approach to bundling. Slim power brick includes a USB charging port

Weak on the specs: Slow CPU and no graphics card. Design is difficult to open and even pick up single-handedly. Feels awfully heavy in the MacBook Air era

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (

HP Envy 14 Spectre review


Can you believe that just six months ago, HP was thinking of ditching the PC business? It seems far fetched today, now that we know the company had laptops like the lightweight, long-lasting Folio...

Original, attractive design ; Crisp, clear display ; Responsive trackpad ; Good allotment of ports

Crummy speakers ; Battery life doesn't match girth ; Lid hard to open ; Pricier than most

HP paints a lovely picture in bold strokes, but lacks Apple's attention to detail

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (

HP Envy 14 Spectre review: HP Envy 14 Spectre


HP Envy 14 Spectre

The ; has a unique glass-covered design and packs a lot of features into a slim 14-inch ultrabook body, plus its multitouch response is great for a Windows laptop.

It's expensive, especially considering the standard components, and feels heavier than it should. The glass wrist rest can be awkward.

The first big high-design laptop of 2012, the HP Envy 14 Spectre is a bold experiment that largely succeeds, if you're willing to pay a premium for it.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (

HP Envy 14 Spectre


With its sexy glass casing, fine keyboard, and great battery life, the HP Envy 14 Spectre is a slick premium package.

Sexy back, and front and palm rest, thanks to glass casing. Sunny screen and backlit keyboard. Great audio and battery life.

A little heavy and costly for an ultrabook.

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Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Dustin Sklavos (

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Review: Something More Than Envy


It's interesting, we recently met up with HP in San Francisco to see what they have planned for the future (and they do have some very compelling stuff in the pipeline), but one of the quirkier things I noticed was a shift in branding. For a while now,...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Marcel Büttner (

Review HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook


A Beautiful Accessory or Cutting-Edge Technology? The HP Envy 14

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

ASUS Zenbook UX31 Ultrabook (from 999 Euros), HP Folio 13-2000 Ultrabook (999 Euros), Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook (1499 Euros) or the Apple Macbook Air 13 (1400 Euros) and MacBook Pro 13.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Michael Crider (

HP Envy 14 Spectre Review


The HP ENVY 14 Spectre was easily one of the most promising ultrabooks we saw at CES 2012, and a few months of waiting hasn't dampened our enthusiasm. The premium notebook combines high-end features and unique materials into a 14-inch body that's...

Without a doubt, the HP Envy 14 Spectre is one of the best ultrabooks we’ve ever tested. Solid performance, unique style, plenty of inputs and a gorgeous high-resolution screen make it a joy to use. This is the first ultrabook that’s seriously tempted...

Mar, 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

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