I recognize that this isn't the first review about HP ENVY 14 SPECTRE. However, I intend to have my own habit to know things that I use, deeper, to know better about it for my daily use. Pretty much like a boy when he gets a new toy. He's gonna play with it all day. I'm sure so is everybody.
I've been using HP Mobile Workstation for years, since my very own nw8240, to the current 8760w. Yes, they are not slim, but they bring me the performance I need for my daily work, and its stability are so amazing.
Now, I'm having my hands on the HP ENVY 14 SPECTRE, which has earned few fascinating awards at some shows around the globe.
As for BEATS Audio, there are plenty of HP mobile computing products come with BEATS Audio. And yeah, it gives another plus for me, to my own listening experience.
The Engine (Well, not a V12 though)
Intel Core i5-2467M doesn't come out with huge muscles. However, it has powerful sidekick as well to accommodate all the computing tasks I have: 128GB SSD. We all know SSD performs a lot better, I mean a lot, than a spinning hard drive. Even the SAS one (serial SCSI). Though, after using it for a while, some friends of mine asked me that "popular question": is 128GB enough for your work? After you install some applications, it may have eaten your storage capacity.
That may be true on one side. But on the other side, it's also equipped with Super Speed USB 3.0. And with it, I could attach my 1TB USB 3.0 7200 rpm portable HDD on it, and voila! 1TB of high performance storage for my data, which I could share also with my mobile workstations.
My personal experience with my ENVY 14 Spectre has been great, even with its Intel Core i5-2467M only. On my next words, I will share some scores I tested using some of common benchmark tests.
Frankly speaking, I didn't do much with DRAFTSIGHT on this test, other than creating objects, opening a sample file and also interacting with the sample file to know how far it can smoothly interact with several complexities. I use DRAFTSIGHT's sample file as shown in the pictures below. All test, brought me a smooth feeling and telling me that the ENVY 14 Spectre I use is quite fast. No jittering panning process or even zoom-in and zoom-out. Everything was so smooth.
Blender 3D Benchmark
I'm using the Blender 3D Benchmark file, obtained from http://www.eofw.org/bench. It's a standard bench file which contains some of primitive objects. I was comparing the ENVY 14 Spectre to my HP 8530w Mobile Workstation, which I use for daily purpose notebook. The result is quite fascinating. The ENVY 14 Spectre is slightly faster than the 8530w, when completing the rendering task.
For me, the HP ENVY 14 Spectre is another landmark by HP, for the fine tuned design of its Ultrabook Series. It's lightweight and quite convenient to bring it anywhere for my mobile tasks.
The balance between the components (processor, memory, SSD and other attached devices) surely fit the needs to most premium mobile users.
Another thing is its battery lifetime. One charge can bring you almost 6 hours of uninterrupted mobile usage. That should be enough for me to cover 2-3 meetings in a day.
I recommend this to most premium gadget enthusiasts, as well as professionals in engineering and multimedia, such as CAD managers and business executives, who are in daily use of doing drawing mark-ups, reviewing and business presentations. And when it comes to the time you're using it in front of the people or clients or customers, one thing for sure, their eyes will suddenly be attracted by the ENVY 14 Spectre. This happened to me when having some meetings with some CEOs and CTOs of other companies.
Updates: Dec 4, 2012
I'm attaching the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000, as a perfect companion for me to go with the ENVY 14 Spectre. Lifetime? Still enough for me for my daily meetings without power plug.
Bimo Adi Prakoso, founder of Sentra Grafika Kompumedia, is an engineering-animation-broadcast industry professional and workstation evangelist. He's been in the Workstation industry since 1996, the era of SGI.