HP Introduces the New Envy 14 and Envy 17

So you’re in the market for a new sleek, stylish, all-aluminum laptop but don’t want something from a company with a fruit as it’s logo. What you gonna do? If I were in your spot I’d take a look at HP’s updates to their high-end Envy line (which you may recall we covered last year). HP really is providing some solid alternatives to those MacBook Pros, particularly with these new updates on the new Envy 17 and Envy 14 (which replaces the Envy 13). What’s in these new laptops? Read on for all the details.

The Basics

Alright so here are the standard features you’ll find on both the Envy 14 and 17.

Both of these Windows 7 PC’s sport the latest Intel processors (either Core i5 or i7) with dedicated ATI graphics for better gaming and media playback, those sleek all aluminum designs now with backlit keyboards, multi-touch touchpad (like on previous Envy’s and looks similar to the MacBook’s), slot loading drives (something which was conspicuously missing from the previous Envy’s and something we’re glad to see back), HD webcams, and Beats Audio by Dr. Dre (for a better sound experience). These specs alone are pretty solid, and were sure would make a lot of people more than happy, but as these are HP’s high end line, things get raised up one more level.

Envy 14

The Envy 14 packs all the above in a 1.1 inch 5.25 pound design (which is insane! Sure 5.25 pound isn’t MacBook Air light, but should be more than light enough for taking it to school; and it’s only 1.1 inch thin!), with a 14.5 inch HD screen, those Core i5 processors with ATI dedicated graphics, optional 3G (for either Verizon or AT&T), and up to 8 hours of battery life with the ATI graphics off (we’re not sure how much you get when both are on).

The best part of all this? Price. The Envy 14 starts at $999.99, and when compared to the cheapest MacBook Pro 13 inch starting price of $1199.99 (and that’s with the slightly smaller 13 inch screen and older Core 2 Duo processors), this looks like an even better deal.

Envy 17

The Envy 17 takes all that power found in the Envy 14 up a notch. Seriously, the Envy 17 adds

  • a full HD screen
  • Blu-Ray
  • Beats Audio with HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer– for what promises to be incredible sound
  • Intel dual or quad core options
  • ATI dedicated graphics with ATI EyeFinity to connect multiple additional screens
  • USB 3.0 port! (USB 3.0 is the next version of the current USB 2.0, offering even faster transfer speeds and is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0)
  • Support for up to 2 TB of hard drive space

All this in 7.5 pound case for an also not so bad starting price of $1399.99. The MacBook Pro 17, by comparison, starts at $2,299 with no Blu-ray option and the only available upgrade — a 512 GB Solid State Drive that’s more durable than hard drives — costs an additional $1300, almost enough to buy another one of these!

The Envy 14 is be available starting June 27th, while the Envy 17 will be available in 2 weeks on May 19th.

So anyone out there interested in these over a MacBook Pro? Let us know in the comments.

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