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Below is a list of some of the latest reviews.

Dell XPS 13 20th June

Toshiba Satellite Z830 31st May

Samsung Series 9 900X3B 18th May

HP Envy 14 Spectre 2nd May

Asus G74SX Gaming Laptop 26th April

Samsung Chromebook 19th April

HP Folio 13 4th April

HP Pavilion dv6-6b50sa 14th Mar

Acer Aspire S3 7th Mar

Sony S Tablet 28th Feb

Dell Inspiron Duo 17th Feb

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  • HP Envy 14 Spectre Review

    02 May 2012

    HP Envy 14 Spectre is the new top of the range Ultrabook from HP. It is one of the most expensive Ultrabooks available but it does have a very stylish design and quite high specifications. Below are a few customer reviews and videos from across the internet to help give you an idea if this new Ultrabook form HP is value for money.

    5.0 out of 5 stars From a Mac owner's perspective. March 26, 2012

    By 

    H. Dinh "shooter" (OKUSA) -

    This laptop is simply gorgeous. Everything about it spells workmanship, from the shiny, glassy top cover to the bright and clear screen and Chiclet keyboard. Oh, the keyboard is lighted, so you can find your way in the dark. I would say there is a lot of Apple laptop designs here, but it looks more high tech and beautiful. And it is thin, thinner than my 13" MBP. Still can't beat the MacBook Air, but it certainly looks better.

    The laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits, and it is fast! Setting up take a total of 4 minutes, from pushing the power button to ready to use. Just like the advertisement, music and video sound awesome! Guess the only complain I had was the hard drive. Mine came with 120GB hard drive and 20 of that taken by start-up and restore disk. Not sure if I can replace the disk, but that's something definitely look into.

    Oh, a major plus: the power supply is TINY!! Smaller than a pack of cigarette. This laptop definitely was designed with travelers in mind. I never seen a power supply that small. The laptop came with a nice sleeve to keep it in.

    I am a Mac owner (several Macs as a matter of fact), but I love this machine!!

     

    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Laptop - Watch Out Apple, March 29, 2012

    By 

    J. White

    This laptop is just flat out wonderful. I am both a Mac and PC fan. Better watch out Apple. For testing purposes I compared this side by side to my current model 13 inch MacBook Air. Both have i5 processors and 4 GB of RAM.

    Here are some Pros over MacBook Air:

    Larger display with higher resolution. This notebooks display is excellent. It offers a 1600x900 resolution versus a 1440x900 on the MacBook Air. Although the Airs display is quite good this one significantly exceeds it with fine detail and beautiful color accuracy.

    More ports including USB3. Although the laptop has no Thunderbolt port it does offer an Ethernet, and HDMI port. With MacBook Air you have to spend money for an Ethernet Adapter that is only rated for 10/100 Ethernet and uses up one of the two USB2 ports. And Air has no USB3 which is about the only standard you can get reasonably priced fast drives for today. This laptop provides full Gigabit Ethernet support. The trade-off with expanded port capability is that the unit is a bit thicker than MacBook Air but in my opinion that is OK in order to get the expanded capability.

    More attractive. This is one stylish machine. In my opinion it is "prettier" than MacBook Air.

    Here are the Cons I observed:

    The laptop has only a 128 GB solid state drive and HP wastes 15 GB of it on a recovery partition. Out of the box the laptop has only 71 GB of free space. And remember that 10% of that is reserved for Win 7 recovery feature. HP should have included a recovery thumb drive rather than wasted limited space. With MacBook Air recovery can be initiated via network connection so it comes with about 25 GB more space out of the box. HP failed to think this through. Such a shame.

    The glass panel may make this laptop more susceptible to breakage than MacBook Air. Gorilla glass is reputed to be quite tough however.

    Boot time at 20 seconds is about double that of the MacBook Air running 10.7.3. That is still far faster than virtually any Windows laptop out there that uses a hard disk.

    Conclusion:

    An outstanding 5 star machine that should make any Windows fan proud. (Or Mac owner). The drive space issue although quite serious is still not bad enough for me to deduct any stars because of the units finer qualities. Because of its limited disk space the unit is really not for those that want to install a lot of space hogging games, videos, or music. I installed a lot of software on it like Adobe Creative Suite, Office 2010 Professional, and many other titles and still only used 30 GB of the space

     

    5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb, April 6, 2012

    By 

    Jorts

    I spent a good bit of time going through the top laptops from CES and this one definitely caught my eye. It fits well into my briefcase, while heavy for your average ultrabook, still incredibly light. With the SSD it starts up very quickly and the battery lasts a long time, obviously less than advertized when operating under load which is to be expected.

    The design is sleek, looks very cool and back lit keyboard adds a little flair. For someone who wants a truly portable put powerful laptop for everyday use, I would highly recommend it. Still getting used to the keyboard though being a lifetime PC user. Macbook style keys threw me a little.

     

    Matt Brighton

    8 out of 10

    Good Points

    Great looks, battery life & performance.

    Bad Points

    Expensive. Lots of bloatware. No recovery media.
    HP (in their infinite wisdom) have chosen to use all 4 primary partitions (for WIndows, Recovery, and 2 random other things), thus making it very difficult to install Linux alongside the supplied Windows installation.

    Overall the HP Envy 14 Spectre scores pretty well on the customer reviews. As it hasn't been out that long there hasn't been that many but most people gave it 4 or 5 stars on Amazon and the one review on Reevoo gave it 8 out of 10. The main positives seem to be its stylish design and screen, it has all the latest ports, quality sound system and speed of boot up. Although there aren't many negatives a lot of people have complained about the lack of storage space. This is because with the Windows operating system and recovery partition installed it only leaves about 70GB, which is quite a lot less than the 128GB advertised when you buy the laptop.  It is an expensive laptop but you paying for the quality design and workmanship that has gone into it and sure to be the envy of many people with it sat on your lap.

    Below are some video reviews to help you appreciate the style of the HP Envy 14 Spectre and help you decide whether it is worth you splashing your cash.

     

     

     

    If you click HERE you can see the prices available from Laptops House from two retailers who are currently selling the HP Envy 14 Spectre!

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