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The next-generation iteration of Apple's MacBook Pro takes inspiration from the MacBook Air and iPad, coming in at .71-inches thin and weighing under 4.5-pounds — yet still managing to fit in a 15.4-inch "Retina display" with a 2880x1800 resolution and 220 PPI.

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.

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is an ultraportable notebook with a 14-inch display featuring a carbon fiber chassis, included 3G connectivity, and Intel's Ivy Bridge generation of processors. It has Dolby Home Theater audio and a 720p webcam.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 11, 2012
  • Price at launch: $2,199.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 8, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,399.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Aug. 21, 2012
  • Price at launch: $1,299.00

Also Known As...

  • Alias: Spectre Ultrabook 14t-3200
  • Laptop type: Mainstream
  • Width: 14.13 inches
  • Depth: 9.73 inches
  • Thickness: .71 inches
  • Weight: 4.46 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: 13.03 inches
  • Depth: 8.9 inches
  • Thickness: .71 inches
  • Weight: 3 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Operating system: Mac OS X

Software

  • Operating system: Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Screen size (diagonal): 15.4 inches
  • Display surface: Glossy
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Backlight: LED
  • Resolution (X): 2880 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1800 px
  • PPI: 220

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): 14 inches
  • Display surface: Matte
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 900 px
  • PPI: 131
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No

Keyboard

  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Type: Chiclet
  • Backlit: Yes
  • Number pad: No
  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Multitouch points: 4

Mouse

  • Type(s): Trackpad
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Type(s): Trackpad, Pointing stick
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • CPU family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3615QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.3 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.3 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
  • Brand: Intel
  • Family: Ivy Bridge
  • Model: Core i7-3820QM
  • Cores: 4
  • Clockspeed: 2.7 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.7 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 i7-3667U
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 2 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed: 3.2 GHz
  • Graphics type: Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: GeForce GT 650M
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 1 GB

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

GPU (max)

  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: HD Graphics 4000
  • Base RAM size: 8 GB
  • Max. config RAM size: 16 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
  • Max. config RAM size: 8 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1333 MHz
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type: Flash (SSD)
  • Base drive capacity: 256 GB
  • Max. config SSD: 768 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
  • Max. config SSD: 256 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD
  • Speakers: 2

Audio

  • Speakers: 2
  • Audio brand: Beats Audio
  • Audio brand: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Video resolution: 720p

Webcam

  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Ambient light: Yes

Sensors

  • Proximity : Yes
  • Biometric scanner: Yes
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • Thunderbolt: 2
  • HDMI: 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
  • Mini DisplayPort: 1
  • 3.5mm mic / headphone combo: 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
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • 3G: Yes
  • GSM: Yes
  • WWAN data standards supported: HSPA+
  • Size: 95 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
  • GeekBench: 13014

Benchmarks

  • PCMarkVantage: 9121
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 1526
  • 3DMark06 (IGP): 3462
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hours and 14 minutes
  • PCMarkVantage: 10913
  • 3DMarkVantage (IGP): 2820
  • The Verge Battery Test: 4 hours and 44 minutes
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