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HP announces limited edition 18K gold and diamond laptops

The technology company partners with prominent jewellery and luxury designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah to create signature PCs for charity

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06 April 2016

HP recently claimed the “world’s thinnest” notebook title with the launch of its ultra-thin Spectre laptop. Sporting a Full HD 13.3-inch edge-to-edge IPS screen protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 barrier, the device measures just 10.4mm thick and weighs 2.45 pounds.

The technology company has gone one step further with its latest release, announcing at the New York Time International Luxury Conference that it has collaborated with LA-based jewellery designer Jess Hannah, designer of eponymous line J. Hannah, to create the HP Spectre by J. Hannah with opulent 18K gold. This laptop has the same design of the 13.3″ HP Spectre.

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LUXOS SE-Spectre-1HP Spectre by J. Hannah

The notebook top and rear is completely plated in 18K gold with a highly polished finish. HP's logo is encrusted with diamonds, each carefully placed by a diamond setter. Even the keyboard deck is plated in 18K gold to match the top cover and the power button is covered with diamonds for sparkling brilliance. The all over gold accented with a hint of sparkling diamonds displays Hannah's minimalistic design philosophy.

Also announced was a collaboration with Dutch-born, London-based designer Tord Boontje, who created the HP Spectre by Tord Boontje that exhibits delicate, intricate and dreamlike patterns across the laptop. The ornate graphic pattern integrates cherry blossoms, graceful florals, a peacock and an exquisite butterfly. The 18K gold plated accents provide rich contrast with the patterns that gently intertwine with embedded Swarovski crystals set in a floral pattern against a deep Midnight Blue.

LUXOS SE-Spectre-Tord 1HP Spectre by Tord Boontje

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Speaking at the conference in Versailles yesterday Vice President of HP, Stacy Wolff, explained 'We have brought in the designers to create an extraordinary experience on our thinnest laptop ever, reinventing how luxury design and powerful laptop technology can come together to create spectacular works of art. We are showcasing the possibilities of marrying technology with glitz and glamour, allowing the PC to become an expression of style.'

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The PCs will be auctioned with the proceeds supporting the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work, founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. They are the custodian of his life and times, and are a committed facilitator of his living legacy. The organisation promotes Mandela's lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all. www.hp.com/spectre