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HP Spectre 13 to come in 18K gold limited edition SKUs

HP Spectre 13 to come in 18K gold limited edition SKUs
HP Spectre 13 to come in 18K gold limited edition SKUs
Professional designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah unveil luxury editions of HP's thinnest notebook ever created for charity auctions.

One way to improve public perception of an already high-end consumer gadget is to embellish it with gold and gems designed by renowned artists and designers. Thus, we shouldn't be too surprised to learn that the recently announced Spectre 13 has been made even more luxurious with special edition SKUs adorned in diamonds and 18-karat gold.

Designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah have taken HP's "thinnest laptop in the world" and worked closely with the manufacturer to create two luxurious skins for the already sleek notebook. VP of Design and Personal Systems at HP Stacy Wolff believes that spectacular art can be created from combining luxurious designs with high-performance notebooks.

HP Spectre by Tord Boontje

Boontje's vision of the Spectre 13 has dressed the notebook in cherry blossoms and flowers and even peacocks and butterflies around the outer lid. The final Midnight Blue design is coated with 18-karat gold accents to contrast the pattern and Swarovski crystals in the shape of a flower.

HP Spectre by J. Hannah

Jewelry designer Hannah has a comparatively brighter strategy for approaching the Spectre 13. Instead of the gingerly etched features of the Boontje design, her unit is instead coated from top to bottom with 18-karat gold. The Power button and HP logo are decorated with diamonds for an added level of luxuriousness.

HP Auction

The two designs will be auctioned in limited quantities starting next month at the Cannes festival. All proceeds  will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which is a non-commercial organization promoting the vision and legacy of the South African President.

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HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
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HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
HP Spectre by Tord Boontje
HP Spectre by J. Hannah
HP Spectre by J. Hannah
HP Spectre by J. Hannah
HP Spectre by J. Hannah
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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-04- 6 (Update: 2016-04- 7)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.