As well as announcing its first Ultrabook, HP has also
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.
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.
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 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
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
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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