HP Envy Spectre in the flesh, priced Php116,990

HP Envy Spectre in the flesh, priced Php116,990

With the short time we had in London, the only place I was able to visit to buy some stuff was Harrod’s and was fortunately see get a good look at the HP Spectre in one of the shops there. Turns out, the HP Envy Spectre is already available and being sold in the Philippines.

The HP Spectre has that glowing effect to it because of the glossy finish and Gorilla Glass construction. At 20mm thick and 1.8kg in weight, it’s not really something that you’d think can be considered as an ultrabook but it’s pretty thin for its size. And yes, it’s got that Macbook Pro look to it.

Nevertheless, the Spectre looks really great and also comes with a Beats by Dr. Dre headphones out of the box. I wasn’t able to play a bit more or even test the sound so can’t really say much about the laptop at this point.


I guess HP intends to make the Spectre to be the high-end variant of its Envy ultrabook line-up. The extensive use of Gorilla Glass to make the body more durable and less prone to scratches is a huge selling point (breaks our heart to see our precious laptops get accidentally scratched, right?).

HP Envy 14 Spectre specs:
14″ Radiance HD+ LED Infinity Display @ 1600×900
Intel Core i7-2677M 1.8GHz
Intel HD Graphics 3000
2 x 128GB SSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GigaBit LAN
Bluetooth 2.0
HP Wireless Audio
Beats Internal Speakers
Beats Audio Playback with HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer
Beats Solo Headset
HP Radiance Backlit Keyboard with proximity sensor
HD webcam
2-in-1 card reader
1 x USB 3.0 port
1 x USB 2.0 port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Displayport
4-cell Lithium-Ion battery
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

This configuration is available and being sold in Villman for a retail price of just under Php117k. That’s almost twice the going price of most other ultrabooks in the market nowadays.

In return for the hefty price tag, you get a Core i7 processor, a pair of 128GB SSD for storage (256GB total), Beats Audio and the Gorilla Glass materials. Fair enough?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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21 Responses

  1. Jason says:

    Not worth it, since new Ivy bridge processors are out now. I like the new Zenbook with IPS Full HD Display. Definitely worth the wait.

  2. jvc says:

    -__________- should be around Php 70k less if bought outside the country with the US SRP in mind. wth HP? you planning to kill yourself in this market?? almost all your laptops are twice the the US SRP if you buy them inside the country…

    • k says:

      ummm, heard of logistics and tax?

    • yven says:

      k has a point. add those with its US price before you assume that its cheaper to purchase outside.

    • wolf says:

      even with logistics and tax this shouldnt be double the SRP in the US. they should lower the price of this one for it to be competitive.

  3. meh says:

    no ivy bridge, would be a fool to buy an outdated model

  4. richard says:

    definitely not worth enough. some specs are just specs that you wont need. just come with a laptop u will be maximizing. –for me

  5. sparsemen says:

    The specs ain’t even far ahead from standard ultrabooks seen on CES’12. and why Sandybridge?
    I guess we’re seeing HP topple Apple in the selling-overpriced-notebook category.

  6. Tolits says:

    sana nilagyan na rin ng built-in projector di ba? tsaka built-in printer mas patok sana hihi.

  7. John Carl says:

    Buy a high-end iMac or two MacBook Pros with SSD instead.

  8. showbiz says:

    Very expensive, I’d rather buy an alienware with that price.

  9. jego207 says:

    Yiiikes! What a hefty price! They really are going head to head with MBP’s.

  10. PC_Linux says:

    Not worth it. I see the purpose of gorilla display but incorporating beats into the design only increase the price. You could get a better surround speakers and a higher end headphones at 50-60% of that price. That 4-cell battery is also a big let down. Considering that Ivybridge processors which have more efficiency over sandybridge has come out, this product will sell on its looks rather than its specs.

  11. Edwin C says:

    Aba, mahal. Ayoko nga.

  12. Mikhail says:

    That surely plays Angry Birds smoothly.

  13. guyrony says:

    Two words: Too much!

  14. Bip says:

    This is too much I would rather get the MBP 2012.

  15. Kevin says:

    This ultra book isn’t so much about it’s specs but rather it’s looks. Thing machine would look stunning on top of anyone’s work desk. It just looks so much classier than anything around with the gorilla glass infused to the design.

  16. Johann Garcia says:

    It looks a lot like the macbook pro. How about some more design originality HP guys. Or if you want to be compared to MBP then you should at least have a more competitive price.

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