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HP Outs MacBook Influenced Envy Laptops

The unibody MacBook design is already iconic, and clearly HP is a fan...

The company has today confirmed the 'Envy 15' (top) and Envy 13' (bottom), 15.6in and 13.1in laptops which bear more than a passing resemblance to Cupertino's creations and sport similarly premium price tags.

A full breakdown of specs hasn't been revealed, but what we do have are proper Core 2 Duo powered machines with sub 1in thick bodies and weights of just 1.7Kg (Envy 13) and 2.35Kg (Envy 15). Showing yet more love for Jonathan Ive are the single button trackpads with multi-touch gesture control (pinch to zoom, etc), but I have to wonder about how convenient the lack of a physical right click button will be.

On the plus side, HP has gone to town with the duo's displays with the Envy 13 in particular impressing with 82 per cent colour gamut reproduction and a high brightness rating of 410 nits. The Envy 15 isn't quite so good with 300 nits of brightness and colour gamut isn't mentioned. Discrete graphics are on offer with Radeon HD 4330 and HD 4830 GPUs with up to 1GB of VRAM and battery life is quoted as up to an impressive seven hours.

The HP Envy 13 and Envy 15 will land in mid October with Windows 7 pre-installed and prices starting from $1,699 and $1,799 respectively. Yep, style comes at a price...


via Engadget

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September 15, 2009, 4:53 pm

Looks nice but unless it's cheaper than a MacBook why would you not just get the real thing?

And why can't they just have two mouse buttons?!!! You don't have to copy Apple's rubbish (IMHO) ideas along with the good ones.


September 15, 2009, 5:55 pm

ravmaina wrote "Looks nice but unless it's cheaper than a MacBook why would you not just get the real thing?"

well if you require a PC that can run windows out of box then you might need it... But I have very (Very very) much doubt on how a windows pc will work without a proper physical right mouse button.. its a deal breaker for many.. (and the price for me .. :))


September 15, 2009, 7:03 pm

It's about time someone offered a 15" laptop to rival the MBP 15" in terms of thickness, weight and build quality so this looks promising but does look too much of an obvious copy.

I have to agree with ravmania, Apple have stuck to the single/no button design for too long just to be different and IMO lose potential switchers because of it, it works well once you get used to it but having 2 buttons is just easier and more obvious to use - no need for HP to copy Apple's approach.


September 15, 2009, 7:10 pm

How can you envy something you own?


September 15, 2009, 7:12 pm

Spectacularly pointless. It's not even as if it's much cheaper than a proper Mac. What is the market for this - people who can't get on with OS X but still desperately want to be seen as Mac owners?

Calling it the Envy at least shows they have a sense of humour. Why not call just call it the Obvious Knock-Off?


September 15, 2009, 8:12 pm

"Looks nice but unless it's cheaper than a MacBook why would you not just get the real thing?"

Because you probably get better connectivity (ports) for the same or slightly less cheaper?


September 15, 2009, 9:16 pm

@ravmania & MrGodfrey: Eh? For the same reason you'd buy any better product in the style you like? It'd be like not buying a netbook from a manufacturer other than Asus because it's clearly a copy of the eee. From the specs given, HP's offerings are better than the ones from Apple as they're lighter and the 13" has a brighter screen. Obviously you do have to look at the whole package and OS X or Apple's cheaper starting prices may sway a few people back in that direction.

I shan't be getting one since I don't like the mismatched body and screen and the thick bezel but it's good to see some choice, at least in this particular style.


September 15, 2009, 10:11 pm

I checked out the video on Engaget, and i've got three things to say about the 13" machine.

1. I am loving the battery life extender option - i'll gladly give away 3-5mm for double battery life so well done HP.s

2. Not liking the lack of optical drive - i'll always buy the machine with one rather than without

3. Having used a properly-implemented single-button mouse on my macbook pro in windows, i can say that it takes all of a few hours to become second nature. Change is good sometimes :)


September 15, 2009, 11:03 pm

Just thought I'd clarify that my notebook is a HP!!


I know you said "out of the box" but surely bootcamp isn't too hard to use.


I think the Macbooks are overpriced but apart from the Air I'm sure their connectivity is fairly decent.


Who needs connectivity when you can have a Macbook Air!

Tony Walker

September 16, 2009, 3:29 am

@those decrying the second mouse button on multitouch Macbooks/Pros

You just use two fingers to tap on the pad. Easy peasy lemon squuezy. I'm the resident keyboard and touchpad facist and I find it dead easy.

And before you accuse me of bias <grin>, I am predominantly a Windows/PC user.


September 16, 2009, 5:34 am

You know a debate has gone down the toilet when someone feels the need to say:

"And before you accuse me of bias <grin>, I am predominantly a Windows/PC user."

Because apparently you can't say anything good about Macs without being branded a fanboy.

And concerning the notebook, I'd rather have a Mac than this wannabe. How's that for fanboysim? :)


September 16, 2009, 2:10 pm

Xiphias: Yes, but when other manufacturers copied the Eee, they didn't go to the extent of taking away basic features (like a right mouse button) JUST so their machine could look as much like an Eee as possible.


September 16, 2009, 3:59 pm

The keen eyed may note a small vertical line at the centre and to the bottom of the mouse pad. It would seem that HP intend this to be a divider between a left and right mouse button click area on the pad. I imagine the implementation won't be perfect, although I'll reserve judgement on that one until HP have refined the pad and its accompanying software. I'm pretty sure it won't be a complete disaster though, HP aren't that dumb.

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