HP Folio13 Ultrabook, HP ENVY 14 Spectre @ the HP Consumer Product Launch 2012

It has been a busy year for the tech brands, especially with the recent wave of tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks. One tech brand after another launched their respective models, each competing for today’s finicky consumers’ favour and dollar.
One particular tech product that I followed closely is the ultrabooks. I have an ultrabook obsession and bought almost every single ultrabook there is in the market especially if there’s one offered with a media discount.

Here is moi with my Toshiba Protege Z830.

Toshiba Protege Z830

The first to launch was the Acer Aspire S3, of which I was an evangelist (“was” because the contract has ended since Jan) and I’m still a faithful user until today.
For RM2599, I thought the Acer S3 is superb value for money; even taking into account the annoying keyboard and the lack of SSD.


I have ordered my Asus Zenbook, the limited edition Rose Gold coloured one, i7 of which I’m expecting it next month. Other than the Dell ultrabook, I have fiddled with almost all ultrabook models on the market.

Last week, I finally got my grubby hands on the HP Folio 13 (which at 1.5kg, IMHO is heavy for an ultrabook). However, the build is undoubtedly solid, as with all HP products.

HP Folio 13-003

HP Folio 13-001

Below: HP Folio 13 (left) and HP ENVY 14 Spectre (right).


HP Folio 13

HP first business Ultrabook™
Thin and light design
Strong security options and a responsive 128G SSD drive
9.0 hours of battery life, the highest performance available among Ultrabook™ devices currently on the market.

<0.75-inch thin and ultra slim 13.3- inch diagonal high-definition (HD) BrightView display
Weights 1.50-kg.

Includes Intel® Rapid Start technology

Backlit keyboard for mobile users who work in low-light conditions.
Full array of ports including RJ-45 and USB 3.0

HP CoolSense technology, which uses advanced hardware and intelligent software for a noticeably cooler notebook.
HP Imagepad for highly accurate, advanced multitouch gesture support.
HP TrueVision HD Webcam for brighter, cleaner HD images and Dolby® Advanced Audio.

Starting price of RM2,999 for the i5 model.


HP Spectre

HP ENVY 14 Spectre, a premium consumer Ultrabook PC.

The stunning HP ENVY 14 Spectre uses lightweight, scratch-resistant (Gorilla Corning) glass on the lid, display, palmrest and HP ImagePad – an industry first.

HP Envy 14 Spectre-008

HP Envy 14 Spectre-001

A full 14-inch screen inside a 13.3-inch body plus the HP Spectre’s high-definition (HD) HP Radiance Display offers some of the industry’s highest resolution and richest color for better brightness and wider viewing angles than traditional notebook displays.

HP Envy 14 Spectre-010

Since it’s a CONSUMER Ultrabook (vs the Folio which is a business ultrabook), it comes equipped with rich entertainment features like matching audio-grade speaker mesh and Beats Audio, an exclusive, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre.

Built-in HP Wireless Audio turns any home into a concert hall, allowing users to stream uncompressed audio to up to four external devices or directly to any KleerNet -compatible device.

An HP Radiance Backlit keyboard provides outstanding illumination using individual LEDs dedicated to each keycap. The keyboard works with an advanced proximity sensor to intelligently sense a user’s presence, lighting up when a user approaches and dimming down after he or she leaves.

HP Folio 13

The HP ENVY14 Spectre is available at a starting price of RM 3,999 in Malaysia.

HP Envy 14 Spectre-009

HP Envy 14 Spectre-002

HP Envy 14 Spectre-003

HP Envy 14 Spectre-004

HP Envy 14 Spectre-005


Thanks to HP Malaysia and H&K for the kind opportunity to be at the launch! I’m looking forward to getting my first HP product! 😀

HP Spectre

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Adam

    looks quite bulky for an ultrabook eh ? or is it just in the pictures?

    1. rebeccasaw

      U got it right Adam!
      I thought 1.5kg and the thickness an overkill too, considering Toshiba, Lenovo and Acer a re just tipping the scales at 1.3 or less…

  2. Sean

    gosh, i gotta admit, i’m so techno-idiotic, if someone asked me to describe or define an ultrabook, i probably wouldn’t really be able to! 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      Ahh.. most people can’t actually so no worries on that one 😛

  3. Akulah Pak Lan

    Kenipisan laptop adalah berkadar terus dengan kenipisan wallet (expensive =p)

  4. Allison W

    I’m waiting for Acer S5 to launch probably in summer… the review seems quite impressive… but still thinking whether I should wait for Windows 8 to launch or just go ahead and buy one ultrabook with Windows 7…. in dilemma now….

    1. rebeccasaw

      Oh… tech moves so fast, it’s alws better to buy the latest..but still, Win7 is fine enough if youre not to techie. On top of that, Wn8 might have instabilities and patches and etc.
      So Win7 is already stable now

  5. Zi Sheng

    Hello! may i know where can i purchase the hp spectre in malaysia?

    1. rebeccasaw

      I think it’s out on the market already. could you find it in Low Yat? Let me if you can’t.

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