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HP uses glass on the Envy 14 Spectre

The new HP ultrabook makes use of glass in an unusual design.

HP has announced an industry first with its latest Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook PC - the use of glass.

Glass is not used on PCs or laptops for a number of reasons: it's expensive, it's heavy, it scratches and, most importantly, it breaks far more easily than plastic.

However, HP claims to have overcome all these problems with the Envy, adding lightweight, scratch-resistant glass on the lid, display, palm-rest and HP ImagePad.

"Sleek, midnight black glass on the outside and stark contrast silver glass on the inside make Spectre extraordinary, defying conventional notebook design," said Eric Keshin, senior vice-president for strategy and marketing for the personal systems group at HP.

Even the name of the ultrabook serves to make this a seemingly other-worldly device, as Mr Keshin explains: "We chose the Spectre name to evoke mystery, and we packed it with the best in entertainment technology to satisfy those who expect the unexpected."

Aside from the glass addition, the Envy 14 Spectre fits neatly with the recently introduced Envy 15 and Envy 17.

HP claims that the ultrabook's Radiance Display offers some of the highest-resolution HD images, with richer colours and wider viewing angles than those offered by most other devices.

The Spectre benefits from high-performance sound, courtesy of the Beats Audio system developed by HP and rap legend Dr Dre. This includes the use of the wireless audio system, allowing users to stream uncompressed audio to up to four external devices or directly to any KleerNet-compatible device.

To add that extra touch of class, it even utilises an aluminium analogue dial to adjust the volume.

Processing is taken care of by the latest Intel Core chips, while storage space of up to 256GB is available.

HP is to launch the Envy 14 Spectre in the US on February 8th, with a release in the UK slated for early March.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801261948-ADNFCR