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Cracking Open the HP Envy 14 Spectre

Cracking Open HP Envy 14 Spectre: Removing the SSD

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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bart001fr
bart001fr

Bill. A masterful teardown, as always. You did a superb job. Thank you. This one shows that HP still knows how to build solid computers. And the ex-CEO wanted the company to get out of the computer making and selling business? It's good they retired him real fast. I hope they are designing a second-gen, maybe even third-gen tablet in their labs.

bart001fr
bart001fr

Did you see that there is space for a second SSD?

sarai1313
sarai1313

i se you guys opening all this crap but not one showing you have the skills to put it back together.

pikeman666
pikeman666

and see if HP is going to chicken-out on this product. Why buy it now if it will be closed-out at 50% off in three months?

Ternarybit
Ternarybit

I'd actually like to read it. So, I'm an HP "Fan." As it were, at least so far as their enterprise hardware goes. It's not the best deal for the money, but I know when I call HP, I'm getting a solid piece of hardware, a good bios and good service. In regards to their consumer line, I've always thought the Envy was overpriced, and am in total agreement with you. The only way I can make a justification for it is based on experience with comparables. To be perfectly honest, if you're shopping in the major brand spectrum, your options are Dell or HP, and if I were to do a pound for pound and dollar for dollar comparison of their offerings I'd come to the conclusion that HP always produces better products. That being said, I'd only buy HP in a vacuum. Asus does most of its manufacturing in-house (via pegatron), less foxconn on average than anyone else so they're my first option.

GSG
GSG moderator

Bill has addressed this in the past. If I remember correctly, there's only been one device that didn't work after putting it back together. If you do a search, you can probably find it.