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Now in PH: HP Envy 14 Spectre and Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix

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by Neps Firmalan | Jun 8, 2012
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The HP Envy 14 Spectre (left) and the HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix

As expected, HP has launched two devices here in the Philippines many local geeks would place in their ultimate gadget wish lists. We're talking about the glass-covered Envy 14 Spectre ultrabook and the top-notch Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix gaming rig. We've seen the couple and trust us when we say that these are truly drool-worthy pieces of tech. So, what's the fuss all about? Read on.

HP Envy 14 Spectre

We first heard of the Envy 14 Spectre back in January when it made heads turn during this year's edition of CES. And for good reason, this HP entry into the ultrabook wars comes with with a Gorilla Glass-covered touchpad, lid, display, and palm rest, making it much more resistant to physical damages than the average notebook. Of course, who would want to have something like it to have little but annoying scratches, right? And, that's not all, the Envy 14 Spectre sports some of the best hardware its kind can boast. Think Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, a 14-inch HD display, and a 256GB SSD. Add to that nifties like a backlit keyboard, Beats Audio, and an HD webcam and you've got one laptop that looks good inside and out.

However, if there's one thing we didn't really like about the Envy 14 Spectre is its relatively bulkier frame (we blame the Gorilla Glass layer on this one). It's an ultrabook, yes, which makes it a lightweight but, compared to the others in its class, it sure is a heavyweight. Still, we feel that its gorgeous looks and innards will more than make up for this.

HP Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix

From gorgeous portability, we know jump to brute desktop force. The Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix is a gaming rig any gamer would really enjoy their games on. Fact is, HP's guys told us that it's the most powerful gaming PC the company has ever created. Whoa! Now what does it have under the hood to be worthy of such claim? The Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix comes with a third-gen Intel Core i5-3570K chip that's aimed at overclocking, up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, Radeon HD 7770 graphics (2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory), a couple of USB 3.0 ports, Beats Audio, and 1TB of storage (max 3TB). With those specs, the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix will gobble up all sorts of games effortlessly.

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The tower case also deserves special mention as it packs a liquid cooling system, a sliding cover that reveals ports, and a platform on top where you can connect various gadgets to the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix easily. Lastly, it comes with a lighting system that serves the dual purpose of letting you view what's inside the rig and making the whole package look really badass.

Pricing and availability

Both the Envy 14 Spectre and Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix are now available at all HP partner stores and resellers nationwide. However, you'll be shelling out a handsome amount of cash for each, something that's to be expected given the hardware the couple packs. The Envy 14 Spectre goes for P116,990 which makes it the most expensive ultrabook to make local landfall while the Pavilion HPE h9 Phoenix will set you back for P74,990. This is one of those times we're inclined to sing Travie McCoy's Billionaire.

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