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HP Updates Envy Laptop Line-Up

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HP Envy 17

As well as announcing its first Ultrabook, HP has also revamped its Envy range of notebooks with refreshed Envy 15 and Envy 17 and as well as updating the Envy 17 3D.

The three new laptops will feature a new backlit keyboard with individual LEDs dedicated to each key and a proximity sensor which will light up or dim the keyboard as someone approaches or leaves.

The laptops will also feature six speakers and a subwoofer as well as using the Beats Audio technology seen in a lot of HP’s laptops these days. There is even an aluminium volume dial included in the design to highlight the laptops’ audio credentials.

HP Envy 17 Envy 15

The 15.6in and 17.3in screens of the Envy 15 and Envy 17 will feature the Radiance Infinity technology promising up to 50 per cent more brightness than standard as well as richer colours and better viewing angles. The laptops comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution panel as standard, but the option to upgrade to 1920 x 1080 is available.

Both laptops will be powered by a variety of Sandy Bridge processors from Core i5 up to dual- or quad-core Core i7 chips combined with AMD’s Radeon GPUs. Both laptops will support up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM.

HP Envy 17 Envy 15

The Envy 17 supports up to two 1TB hard drives and a 128GB mSATA SSD, as well as an optional slot-loading Blu-ray drive. Connectivity is taken car of with 2x Display Ports, 1x HDMI port, 3x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB port, a 2-in-1 card reader, 2x headphone jacks and 1x microphone jack. Its battery life is purported to be 9.5 hours.

The new Envy 15 will come with 1x Display Port, 1x HDMI port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB port, a 2-in-1 card reader, 2x headphone jacks and 1x microphone jack. It battery life is claimed to be nine hours.

HP Envy 17 Envy 15

HP has also announced an updated Envy 17 3D which as the smarter among you may have guessed, is a 3D capable version of the Envy 17. The base model of the Envy 17 3D will come with a Full Radiance 3D, 120Hz panel, one pair of active shutter glasses, a Blu-ray drive, Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and AMD Radeon GPU with 1GB of VRAM and will set you back $1,599.

The base models of the Envy 15 and Envy 17 with the same specs as the Envy 17 3D minus the Blu-ray drive and 3D technology, and will set you back $1,100 and $1,250 respectively.

HP Envy 17 Envy 15

Like the HP Folio 13 Ultrabook, the new Envy range will be shipping in the US on 7 December with pricing and availability to be announced for the UK.

The new Envy’s are certainly attractive looking machines with their brushed aluminium core, new black lids and red livery to highlight the Beats Audio technology inside.

Are the new HP laptops' good looks making you envious or are the prices enough to put you off? Let us know in the comments.

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