Hewlett Packard has today announced it’ll launch its latest ultrabook in the Australian market at the end of this month, in a bid to gain a foothold in the rapidly increasing light-weight and thin profile laptop market.The so-called 20mm thin Ultrabook, dubbed the Envy14 Spectre, will launch in Australian Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi stores in just over 9 days, with a price tag of $1899. HP says it will also offer the device through its online store from the same date.
Features of the device includes a 14″ display, an Intel Core i5 Processor, 128GB of solid state storage, HD webcam, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort functionality. The battery is said to last up to nine and a half hours, and the device as a whole weighs under 1.8kg in total.
Technical features aside, the Spectre comes with support for high-quality audio system Beats Audio, as well as full copies of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe Premiere Elements 10, two years worth of protection with Norton Internet Security and dedicated support for this product.
It also supports Near-Field Communications (NFC) technology, allowing the Spectre to utilise HP’s new Touch to Share tool that can instantly share data by simply tapping the phone to the laptop beween a number of NFC-capable phones and other devices (however NFC is only slowly making it’s way into the Australian market, meaning for now options are extremely limited).
Ultrabooks have come around as manufacturers look to combat the sleekness and slim-line prowess of Apple’s Macbook Air range, filling the void left by the rapidly declining sales of netbooks and proving popular as an alternative choice to a heavier, often thicker traditional laptop.
In the United States where the Spectre is already available, reviews suggest the Spectre is only just an ultrabook in terms of width – it’s far from being the thinnest device on the market today, but offers amongst the most comprehensive array of ports and connectivity options.