HP has introduced a new line of touch-based all-in-one PCs for the entry-level and mid-range markets under their Envy, but this particular product is, by far, the most interesting. Called the Spectre One, this PC is the first model for the brand’s Spectre line of premium desktops. Designed to run on Windows 8, the Spectre One definitely looks the business. It really looks familiar though, with an aluminum build and wireless keyboard and trackpad that makes it look like an iMac clone.
Regardless of where they pulled the design, this handsome (or ‘gorgeous’, as HP describes it) all-in-one comes with a nice spec to match. The 23.6-inch screen features a 1080p resolution, and is covered by a flush glass panel. Unlike HP’s new Envy TouchSmart line that features multitouch panels, the Spectre One doesn’t come with a touchscreen. Like Apple’s iMacs, the Spectre One offers touch input by way of a separate touchpad.
Behind the screen, the Spectre One runs on Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge Core processors, paired with an NVIDIA GPU with 1GB of dedicated VRAM for graphics and performance, Beats Audio tech for… well, audio, and options to pack it with solid state drives for storage. Connectivity features include NFC, which HP calls ‘TouchZone’ for hooking up with mobile devices, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, two more USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI-in.
The HP Spectre One will start shipping on November 14, starting from $1,299. The PC will also come pre-loaded with full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements software for photo and video editing. It’s not exactly like the iLife site that comes with Apple’s computers, but again, it sounds familiar.