CES 2012: Hands-on with the glassy HP Spectre, the ultimate ultrabook eye-candy

Spectre ports

The Spectre is HP’s own horse in the ultrabook race, boasting the portability and power that define the buzzy class of notebooks, but rather than merely trimming off the millimeters and calling that innovation, the company has opted to layer the Spectre with some pretty cool twists. Among them, the Spectre sports a mirror-like black Gorrila Glass lid, integrated experimental NFC support, and a 1600 x 900, ultra-sharp 14″ shatterproof screen (Gorilla Glass again, you guessed it).

The Spectre packs connections aplenty, including HDMI, MiniDisplay, Ethernet, and dual USB ports, and an SD card slot. And at .78″ and 3.79 lbs., the notebook might not be as “ultra-portable” as the sub 3 lb. 13″ MacBook Air, but you’re getting some seriously tough (and seriously good-looking) glass in the trade-off.

HP’s Envy 14 Spectre goes on sale February 8, and starts at $1,399 for a basic configuration with a Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. The company’s inventive departure from the waifish computing craze will certainly turn heads, and we think the Spectre is certainly among the notebooks to watch in Las Vegas this week — especially as ultrabook fever continues its spread.

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