HP introduced its newest premium laptop, the 13.3-inch Spectre, calling it the thinnest laptop in the world. It debuted alongside exclusive designs by Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah, as well as updated Envy models. Here’s an up-close look at the new offerings.
Hewlett-Packard used the occasion of The New York Times Luxury Conference in Versailles, France, April 5, to introduce a number of new devices. These included limited-edition laptops made in collaboration with designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah, and — for the CEO who likes just a bit of bling — the Spectre 13.3, now the world’s thinnest laptop, according to HP. (A spokesperson offered: “Believe me, we made sure.”)
HP just launched its new Spectre 13.3 laptop, a 10.4mm-thick, 2.45-pound carbon fiber clamshell with a Core i5 processor, 1080p screen, 8GB of RAM, and nearly ten hours of battery life. It’s the thinnest laptop on the planet. It has Bang & Olufsen audio. It has no touchscreen, it doesn’t detach. It’s a laptop, dammit.
The specs don’t really do it justice, either. (The quiet, breathless video that compares it to an Eames chair does a little better.) This is a laptop that’s also being launched in two “special editions” designed by celebrated product designer Tord Boontje and jewelry designer Jess Hannah. This is a laptop that inspired HP to make bags, mice, and fancy-ass leather sleeves to match its copper-and-black aesthetic that HP tried hard to make feel like a jewelry. This is a laptop that all but oozes champagne as the pistons of its hinge rise, spinning, from their resting place.
For HP, it’s the latest attempt to prove that it’s not your grandparents’ stodgy old PC-maker anymore. For you? It’s the perfect Windows machine to drop into your Givenchy backpack or put down on the seat of your Aston. And since it’s only $1,169, no one will ever guess the bag’s a knockoff and the car’s a rental.