Apr 20, 2016

The World’s Thinnest Laptop is HP’s Spectre

HP has unveiled the HP Spectre, the world's thinnest laptop.

With the world fixated on the thinnest gadgets money can buy, HP has decided to one-up Apple and their MacBook Air by releasing the all new HP Spectre, a razor-thin laptop that's only 10.4mm thick.

The new Spectre was introduced at The New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles, and is a solid take on a MacBook Air killer. Apple's MacBook Air is the gold standard for a thin, ultra-portable work laptop, and spawned a whole category of ultrabooks trying to cash in on the market the Air created.

The HP Spectre represents the latest soldier in the battle, with HP creating a laptop that measures 10.4mm and weighs just 2.45 pounds. It has a Full HD 13.3-inch IPS display and is made out of aluminum and carbon fibre, making it strong but light. The finish is a warm two tone copper on black, exuding a sense of class and warmth that is associated with the ultrabook market segment.

Some neat tricks make it even more interesting, such as the piston-powered hinges that are recessed, which pop out when you open the laptop. For those to whom money is no object, HP worked with London-based industrial designer, Tord Boontje, to create a limited edition Spectre with 14k gold and 800 crystals encrusted into the chassis.

There's also a full-bling 18k gold version designed by Jess Hannah, which has keycaps sporting a cursive font, and diamonds inlaid on the Power LED.

There will also be matching peripherals to go with the beautiful black and copper motif, including a wireless mouse, a laptop handbag, and a laptop sleeve. The added accessories will cost extra, but people who are interested in this unit are probably more into it for the aesthetics and will want a matching set

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The actual specifications of the Spectre are variable but starts with an Intel Core i5 processor, Up to 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD at USD 1,170 while the more expensive i7 model will come in at USD 1,250. The new Spectre is to hit stores on May 22 in the US.