Thursday, September 17th 2009

HP Redefines the Premium Notebook PC with ENVY

HP today redefines the premium notebook PC experience with the introduction of the HP ENVY sub-brand, which offers customers precision-crafted, high-performance models featuring HP Metal Etching and concierge service and support.

The new HP ENVY 13 boasts the brightest display in its class, and the HP ENVY 15 is the company’s fastest consumer notebook PC ever.

“HP ENVY includes the latest in materials and technology inside and out and pushes the technological and performance boundaries of what can be done in sleek, powerful and lightweight notebook PCs,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Discerning consumers will get a premium experience and performance.”
With HP ENVY, the focus is on designing an entire premium experience to satisfy the most demanding customers – from the products to the packaging to the service and support.

Breakthrough HP Metal Etching on the lid and palmrest of the ENVY 15, and on the palmrest of the ENVY 13, subtly signals luxury. The combination of materials provides exceptional mobility and a compelling metal look and feel, while using energy-responsible manufacturing methods.

The HP ENVY line – building upon the Voodoo ENVY legacy – includes leading-edge components optimized to yield power and performance. To offer consumers the best audio experience available on a notebook PC, HP partnered with Beats by Dr. Dre to develop a unique, high-performance audio software solution. Available exclusively on the HP Envy, Beats Audio offers users playing music or audio through headphones or external speakers the optimal sound experience – the way the artist intended it.

The lightweight heavyweight: ENVY 13

The ENVY 13 balances style and substance. Carefully crafted details inside and out will satisfy the cravings of demanding mobile customers.

The HP Radiance display is twice as bright as other notebook displays in its class – 410 nit (a measurement of display brightness) – and provides an exceptional movie and photo experience, even in high ambient light conditions. With 82 percent color gamut (versus standard 45-60 percent), photos appear richer with amazing color depth. Additionally, with fast 8-millisecond response time, customers can view movies with TV-like performance.

The ENVY 13’s strong performance is delivered in a small frame – less than an inch thin and weighing 3.74 pounds. The exterior’s aluminum and magnesium construction provides durability in a sleek design. An etched-metal palmrest further sets the PC apart from others, and a VGA webcam optimized for low light also is included.

HP placed the same focus on design into its optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery. Taking the form of a “slice,” it preserves the sleek look of the ENVY 13 while giving users up to 18 hours of battery life with the extended-life battery.(2) The standard battery is user-replaceable.

ATI Switchable Graphics technology dynamically switches between ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 discrete graphics and the Intel integrated graphics processor for either high-powered graphics processing or low power consumption for long battery life without booting the notebook. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor provides the power of dual processor cores while delivering extended battery life when the notebook is unplugged.

Designed with the most demanding mobile user in mind, the ENVY 13 notebook’s premium AC adapter is small and light. It draws minimal power, has built-in surge protection and includes a rubberized strap that keeps the cables organized and the adapter from slipping off a slick surface. An optional HP USB Ethernet Adapter also is available.

The performance powerhouse: ENVY 15

This lean, mean, dream machine is HP’s fastest consumer notebook. The full metal case features a sleek, subtly crafted, laser-etched metal design on the lid that is repeated on the palmrest. The magnesium alloy casing provides lightweight durability in a 1-inch thin, 5.18-pound package.

Customers have maximum speed and mobility with the future Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 1,066-MHz system memory in four SODIMM memory slots. Versatile storage options include the ability to add two solid-state drives in a RAID-0 configuration to improve the overall speed of the ENVY 15 while providing excellent disk performance. Creative users will appreciate the ENVY 15 notebook’s performance and full versions of Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 for creating photo and video content.

Power users and gamers can take advantage of premium graphics performance via ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory for visually intense applications, DirectX 10.1 games and high-definition video playback.

A choice of two 15.6-inch HP Brightview high-resolution LED backlit displays, including the Full High Definition LED HP Ultra BrightView Widescreen Display with up to 300-nits brightness, provides a superb display experience for a notebook in this class. A Nightvision VGA webcam that is optimized for low-light or zero-light conditions is standard on the HP ENVY 15, incorporating an infrared LED that assists the webcam by providing the necessary illumination in dark environments.

The ENVY 15 has an optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery, giving users up to seven hours of battery life.



Pricing and availability
The HP ENVY 13 and ENVY 15 are expected to be available in the United States on Oct. 18 with a starting price of $1,699 and $1,799, respectively.Source: HP
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51 Comments on HP Redefines the Premium Notebook PC with ENVY

#1
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
wanna be mac book pro much
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#2
lemonadesoda
Yep. I guess with everyone at HP wanting an Apple Mac and an iPhone, but company policy prohibits them, it means they have to build their own. Expect an iPhone IPAQ lookalike any moment now...
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#3
Breathless
sexy. I don't think Mac should have a patent on a well built machine... get em HP.
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#5
kylew
freaksavior said:
wanna be mac book pro much
Not the worst thing in the world. Mac Book Pros looks really nice until you see the price tag.
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#6
kylew
HalfAHertz said:
Where are the speakers located?
The two lots of two small holes on the left and the right of the chassis.
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#7
techjunkie
the 4830 on it is a good thing :)
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Power users and gamers can take advantage of premium graphics performance via ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory for visually intense applications, DirectX 10.1 games and high-definition video playback.
Surrrre we can :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

4xxx series is powerful but thats just 20 short of a super sexy ultimate awesome 4850. not much to ENVY there. the DX10.1 performance is probably laughable at best. at least you can laugh yourself to death.
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#9
TheLaughingMan
Finally

Thank you HP. The original Envy was beautiful, but suck on specs. So thank you for put a "real" graphics card in the new breed. I am back on board and these are the lappies I want to buy.

P.S. The original Envy was much better looking then these. They do have a Macish look to them...but I would hold that against them.
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#10
[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
Looks awesome! If it wasn't for the price, I would totally pick one up (probably the 13", I like small laptops) I must say I like the Mac look, just not the price, and I am glad to see that HP is coming out with something that looks good
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#11
DanishDevil
For all of you that bitch about these looking like Macbooks, listen up.

HP has managed to offer a direct PC competitor to a Macbook for the same price point, and the specifications BLOW THE MACBOOKS AWAY. If they released comparable hardware on these, then you could complain all you want, but you can't deny that you're paying a HUGE premium for that Apple logo and software compared to these.
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#12
AsphyxiA
DanishDevil said:
For all of you that bitch about these looking like Macbooks, listen up.

HP has managed to offer a direct PC competitor to a Macbook for the same price point, and the specifications BLOW THE MACBOOKS AWAY. If they released comparable hardware on these, then you could complain all you want, but you can't deny that you're paying a HUGE premium for that Apple logo and software compared to these.
couldn't have said it better myself
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#13
HolyCow02
not bad looking. don't really see how there is only a $100 price difference between the 13 and 15 with how much more hardware is in the 15... oh well. If I needed a sexy lappy, I might get one.
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#14
MrAlex
FreedomEclipse said:
Surrrre we can :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

4xxx series is powerful but thats just 20 short of a super sexy ultimate awesome 4850. not much to ENVY there. the DX10.1 performance is probably laughable at best. at least you can laugh yourself to death.
I think it's due to the 4830 using 40nm, because the Core i7M uses more power, they had to save it somewhere, and the 4830 seems pretty capable: http://ati.amd.com/products/mobilityradeonhd4800/4860_index.html
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#15
phanbuey
WOW... HP ENVY...
VOODOO much?

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#16
ShogoXT
Yea seriously ive been waiting for something like this for MONTHS!!! The 4830 is the mobile version of a 4770 which means its a massive bang for the buck and power consumption. On top of that I was going to wait til the new westmere arrandale cpus came out. I wonder if this is the 32nm cpu or the 45nm cpu.
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#17
TheLaughingMan
I was going to post that, but someone beat me to it. This hardware should have been put in the Voodoo Envy, aka the Envy 133.
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#18
mdm-adph
freaksavior said:
wanna be mac book pro much
Yeah... a Macbook Pro from the year 2013.

Hopefully Macbooks will be this nice by then.
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#20
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
These things are one of the reasons I want a proper job. ^^
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#21
Soylent Joe
Very very nice, usually lappys with i7's and other nice stuff are about an inch and a half thick, this thing is sexy as can be.
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#22
ShogoXT
Soylent Joe said:
Very very nice, usually lappys with i7's and other nice stuff are about an inch and a half thick, this thing is sexy as can be.
Thats because all i7 notebooks that came before were using the DESKTOP CPU with the X58 chipset. This is fully setup to be mobile and probably similar to the P55 chipset, which includes all extra devices on it and dont really need a southbridge I dont think.
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#23
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
wow, all i said was they look like a macbook pro geeze. you guys are to touchy (pc fan boys)
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#24
TheGuruStud
freaksavior said:
wow, all i said was they look like a macbook pro geeze. you guys are to touchy (pc fan boys)
No, macs are just crap. I'm not paying 3k for something that costs 1-1.5k. I'll build/buy it and then proceed to load OSX on it. Why would I pay a thousand or more dollars just for the software? Seriously. That's being worse than m$ EVER has been.

The sad thing is that some people will pay for inferior hardware. If I need stable/secure OS, I'll load linux. If i need to run mac only programs....I'll do it in vmware.
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#25
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
hehehe you made my day by proving my point :nutkick:
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