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Pricey Spectre oozes cool; performance is lukewarm

By Hiawatha Bray
Globe Staff / April 12, 2012
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The new Envy 14 Spectre from Hewlett-Packard Co. is most definitely cool, maybe the coolest Ultrabook yet. The Spectre’s sleek design and solid performance come at a gasp-inducing price-$1,399. That’s a lot of money for a computer that’s hardly more capable than my pedestrian little Dell laptop. Then again the Spectre is much more attractive; a dazzling visual confection constructed largely out of tempered glass.

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