HP jumped into the Ultrabook game with its business-focused Folio 13, but the company's first foray into the consumer field is the product that caught all the buzz at CES. Like every Ultrabook, the super-sleek Envy 14 Spectre sports a Sandy Bridge processor and an SSD, but it also packs a higher display resolution than most of its competitors and Gorilla Glass on, well, pretty much everything. Why are we talking about it a month after CES? Because the Spectre just became available for preorder.
It isn't cheap, though; the Ultrabook targets the 1 percent of laptop users with its $1,400 price tag. For the cash, you'll get an Intel Core i5-2467M processor running at 1.6GHz, 4GB of RAM, a backlit keyboard and a 128GB SSD. The aforementioned HD+ Radiance Infinity display clocks in at 1600x900 resolution. (Most Ultrabooks and other laptops sport 1366x768, with the Asus Zenbook UX31E and the MacBook Air being two notable exceptions.) The screen is coated with a layer of tough as nails Gorilla Glass -- as is the top of the lid, the palmrest and the touchpad.
Upgrading to a 256 GB SSD and a Core i7 processor will jack the price up to $1,900. You can
pre-order the Spectre now
and expect it to ship on the 17th.