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Even though it has the same .68-inch thin body as the previous two models, the mid-2012 MacBook Air adds in Intel's 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors, two USB 3.0 ports, and the option to double its RAM to 8GB and up its SSD storage capacity to 512GB.

Description

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is an ultrabook with a 14-inch display. Its base configuration features an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and an backlit keyboard.

Samsung's newest foray into the ultrabook market, the 2012 version of the Series 9 features Ivy Bridge processors, a 128GB SSD, and a 13-inch SuperBright Plus 1600x900 display.

The Dell XPS 14 is a notebook with an aluminum chassis and a 14-inch display covered by Gorilla Glass and features WWAN options including an HSPA modem and WiMAX.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,199.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 8, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: June 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,299.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,099.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: Spectre Ultrabook 14t-3200
  • Alias: NP900X3C-A02US, NP900X3C-A01US
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.8 inches
  • Depth: 8.94 inches
  • Thickness: .68 inches
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Hardware

  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.88 inches
  • Depth: 8.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.79 inches
  • Weight: 3.98 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black
  • Laptop type: Ultraportable
  • Width: 12.3 inches
  • Depth: 8.6 inches
  • Thickness: .5 inches
  • Weight: 2.55 pounds
  • Color: Gray
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 13.2 inches
  • Depth: 9.2 inches
  • Thickness: 0.91 inches
  • Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Color: Silver
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1440 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px

Display (base)

  • Screen size (diagonal): 14 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • PPI: 131.13
  • Screen size (diagonal): 13.3 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Screen size (diagonal): 14 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Backlight: WLED
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3427U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.8 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.8 GHz

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Sandy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-2467M
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.6 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.3 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i5-3317U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 2.6 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3517U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.9 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3 GHz
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 3000
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000

GPU (max)

  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 630M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1600 MHz
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD

Storage

  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 128 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, MMC
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity: 500 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 512 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: Other, SD
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Beats Audio
  • Speakers: 2
  • Speakers: 2
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Effective pixels: 1.3 megapixels
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Proximity : Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1

Port options

  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB: 1
  • USB 3.0: 1
  • Micro HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 1
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0 + HS
  • NFC: Yes
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wireless video: WiDi
  • 3G: Optional
  • 4G: Optional
  • WiMAX: Optional
  • WWAN data standards supported: UMTS, WiMAX, EDGE, HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, GPRS
  • Size: 50 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 7 hr

Battery

  • Size: 54 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 9 hr
  • Size: 5800 mAh, 4 cell
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted time: 9 hr
  • Size: 8 cell, 69 Wh
  • Chemistry: Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
  • Removable: No

Bundled Accessories

Ethernet dongle (proprietary connection)
  • GeekBench: 6736
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 34 minutes

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 9121
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 1526
  • 3DMark06 (IGP): 3462
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 14 minutes
  • PCMarkVantage: 10227
  • 3DMarkVantage (GPU): 4373
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours and 59 minutes
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