Customers Get Choice With HP’s Notebooks

HP has shown off new notebooks in its Envy line, which have several options for users: CPUs, GPUs, storage and more.

The 14″ Envy 14 and 15.6″ Envy 15 (very innovative names there, HP…) have a longer battery life than their predecessors. The larger unit also features a discrete GPU. Meanwhile, the 17.3″ Envy 17 is designed as a portable desktop replacement, with a Core i7 processor and discrete GPU.

The 14″ and 15.6″ models feature a new design, with a curved profile and elevated lift hinge. HP says that this provides a more comfortable user experience, while also encouraging air flow underneath the laptops. They feature Core i5 or i7 Braswell processors, running Windows 8.1.

As well as Intel processors, the 15.6″ unit gives users the choice of AMD FX and A10 APUs. They can also choose their GPU: Nvidia Geforce 940M/950M or AMD Radeon R6 or R7.

Battery life is up to 10.5 hours on the 14″. The 15.6″ Intel models have battery life up to 9.5 hours, while AMD models will last up to 7.5 hours.

The 14″ unit features 750GB – 2TB of HDD or SSHD storage, and 8GB, 12GB or 16GB of RAM. The 15.6″ features a 750GB SSHD, with 16GB of RAM (Intel models) or 1TB HDD with 8GB of RAM (AMD models) on the non-touch options. The touch version (Intel only) provides 1TB/2TB HDDs; 1TB SSHD; 256GB SSD; or 1TB HDD and 256GB SSD.

Resolution can be 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 on both notebooks; the 15.6″ also has 3200 x 1800 as an option, and can support touch on all screen resolutions.

HDM, USB 3.0 (x3) and RJ45 ports are featured on the 14″ notebook. The 15.6″ adds another USB 3.0 on the Intel model, or a USB 2.0 port on the AMD model.

Core i7 (Braswell) processors run Windows 8.1 on the 17.3″ unit, with a choice of Geforce 940M or 950M discrete graphics. Storage options include HDDs, SSHDs and SSDs, up to 4GB. Battery life is up to 10 hours, and resolution is 1920 x 1080. Touch is available as an option. Ports are identical to the Envy 15 (Intel version).

Set to be available in July, HP will sell its new Envy notebooks starting at $700 (Envy 14), $630 (Envy 15, AMD), $800 (Envy 15, Intel) and $1,000 (Envy 17).