HP Goes Through the Looking Glass With New Laptop

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Hewlett-Packard is anxious to put 2011 in the past, after seeing a significant management shake-up and losing nearly half of its stock value on the New York Stock Exchange. In fact, HP would like 2012 to be a bit more transparent.

On Monday, Hewlett-Packard unveiled a new glass-encased laptop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Last Vegas. The Envy 14 Spectre features light-weight, scratch-resistant glass on its lid. The notebook will start at $1,399, offers a 14-inch screen and includes built-in wireless links to speakers.. It weighs less than four pounds and includes up to 256 GB of storage. It's expected to hit the marketplace next month.

PC sales were down in 2011 as consumers turned increasingly to mobile devices, from smartphones to tablets. But a number of companies, including HP, Acer, Asus and Toshiba, are all expected to unveil so-called ultrabooks at this week's CES.