Friday, August 20, 2010
Hewlett Packwards new laptop line: The Envy 14 and 17
Sleek and sexy is as important today as performance. Well, almost, but with its new Envy line, HP is hoping to cash in with a laptop that is both beautiful and substantial.
Let us focus on the appearance first. Both Envy's have a metal casing with subtle machined designs on the casing. The screens for both laptops are glass. The Envy 14 has a 14.5 inch screen, while the Envy 17 boasts a 17.3 inch screen. Both also incorporate backlit keyboards for those late nights. They both are around 1.5mm in size, and while not paper thin, the size is essential for the power these machines are packing.
The basic specs are as follows-
HP Envy 14. 14.5-inch screen, 5.25 pounds, Intel Core i3, i5, i7 CPUs, ATI Mobility Radeon 5650 GPU with 1GB GDDR3 RAM and BEATS audio.
HP Envy 17. 17.3-inch screen, 7.25 pounds, VGA, HDMI & Mini DisplayPort video outs, Intel Core i3, i5, i7 CPUs, ATI Mobility Radeon 5850 GPU with 1GB GDDR5 RAM and BEATS audio.
BEATS audio is an upgrade from previous models, and the Envy's also include a subwoofer, so with these machines there is no reason to worry about sub-par sound. If you need internet on the go, the Envy 14 has the option for built in wireless 3G, making connecting anywhere a breeze. Another new feature that comes with the Envy 17 is the ability to connect to multiple screens for gaming or applications. This feature is incredibly hard to find on laptops, but the Envy 17 pulls it off wonderfully, making it possible to have up to three screens connected! This is a must have for serious gamers. Both laptops incorporate optical drives, which their predecessor, the Envy 13, lacked. The USB and other ports are neatly spaced out, not cluttered in one area. Both models also offer the HP TrueVision HD webcam built it. With these new machines HP also improves their clickpad to recognize gestures such as finger scrolling and pinch-to-zoom.
Overall with its powerful hardware and improved visage, the HP Envy's are top of the line machines offering everything that a laptop user could ask for. The Envy 14 starts out at $999.00, and the Envy 17 at $1399.00. Take a look for yourself here.
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