HP adds new budget-friendly Windows 8 laptops – Envy m4 and two Sleekbooks

HP has announce a trio of new Windows 8 laptops, all aimed at the more affordable end of the market. The HP Envy m4 and the Pavillion Sleekbook 14 and 15 won’t skimp on the style or the features, though,

The HP Envy m4 is a 14-inch (1366 x 768) notebook with a slick brushed aluminium chassis. It’ll come with either Intel i3 or i5 CPUs and up to 8GB of RAM – but there’s no discrete graphics option, which makes it a no-no for gamers.

For storage there’ll be a choice of either a 32GB solid state drive or up to a 1GB hard drive. Continuing HP’s Beats Audio partnership, the Envy m4 will come with a decent set of speakers and a subwoofer.

The Envy m4 will set you back $899 when it’s launched “in select markets” from October 26 – that’s the Windows 8 launch date, in case you were wondering.

Even more affordable will be the HP Sleekbook 14 and Sleekbook 15. What’s a Sleekbook? Well, it’s HP’s own term used to describe a very thin and light laptop that doesn’t quite have the guts of an ultrabook – but can be had for a great deal less money.


Rather predictably, the Sleekbook 14 comes with a 14-inch HD display while the Sleekbook 15 comes with a 15-inch HD display. Well, 15.6-inch actually.

The Sleekbook 14 uses an AMD CPU and GPU combo, while the Sleekbook 15 stretches its legs with Intel hardware. Both offer the option of discrete graphics cards and similar storage options to the Envy.

As you’d expect from the name, the Sleekbooks are rather svelte, and come in a choice of black or red.

The Sleekbook 14 will cost $499 and the Sleekbook 15 $559. Once again, they’ll be available from October 26, when Windows 8 launches.

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