In the crop of ultrabooks – Intel laptops less than 18mm thick that feature solid-state drives – the HP Envy Spectre 14 stands alone, thanks in part to its Gorilla Glass–swathed lid. It's a design meant for more than looks: The glass weighs less than aluminum, allows for heightened antenna performance, and doesn't dent or scratch. Under the lid is equally impressive, with an Intel Core i5 processor, Beats audio, and an NFC chip that allows you to sync it up with smartphones via a simple tap. [$1,400; shopping.hp.com]
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