WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Hewlett-Packard has just released the perfect Windows laptop, the mid-range Envy lineup.
- Envy PCs are in between HP’s most advanced Spectre PC line and the focused entry-level Pavilion line.
- Despite having an air of luxury, Envy PCs are still reasonably priced.
The Envy lineup is for people who like thin all-metal designs, higher quality components, and extra features.
According to CNet, HP has slimmed the bezels around the screens on the Envys and two-in-one x360 models. When opened, what you can see is basically all-screen. Audio has been tuned by Bang & Olufsen, support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and new HP Command Center software. Depending on your preference, it allows you to prioritize performance, fan noise, and system temperatures.
Sure View technology, which first appeared in HP’s Spectre lineup, has been incorporated into the Envy lineup, too. This feature makes your display almost “unreadable to anyone off-angle,” allowing privacy. Additional features include IR cameras for facial recognition and side-mounted fingerprint readers.
The Envy laptops have full-HD displays and come in two sizes: 13.3- and 17.3-inch. They have lift-up hinges that angle the keyboard up at the back for a more comfortable typing angle. HP also made a drop-jaw USB port for the 13-inch model to make it as thin as possible while still keeping the larger USB-A port, CNet reported.
Starting at $1,000, the Envy 13 will be available in May. Its features include an eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor, PCIe NVMe SSDs, and integrated graphics. The Envy 17 starts at $1,050 and adds options for Intel Optane memory and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics.
HP’s Envy Curved AiO desktop was also updated with a new 34-inch model. According to HP, the AiO desktop is the world’s widest all-in-one PC with Amazon Alexa integration, another first.
Lined at the front is a row of Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers angled up 45 degrees. A touch scroll wheel in the base controls the volume. There’s a high-speed wireless charger and a pop-up webcam.
The Curved AiO 27-inch desktop, with starting price of $1,400, “features an eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8700T processor, 16GB of memory and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card.” The Curved AiO 34-inch model has no available pricing and specs yet.