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2020 HP Envy 17m finally drops the DVD drive, includes Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD

HP Envy 17m launching today with Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD (Source: HP)
HP Envy 17m launching today with Core i7 Ice Lake, 12 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and GeForce MX330 graphics for $1250 USD (Source: HP)
The system integrates more multimedia and auxiliary functions on the keyboard including mic, camera shutter, HP Command Center and both Alexa and Cortana voice services.
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The 2019 Envy 17 had Wi-Fi 6, Core i7 Comet Lake-U CPUs, and above-average GPU performance for its class, but its outdated design included an optical drive that most users will probably never use on a frequent basis. For 2020, Envy users can say goodbye to the integrated optical drive for good in favor of a slimmer, sleeker, and more modern look.

Best Buy has just opened up pre-orders for the 2020 Envy 17m-cg0013dx that should begin shipping later this month according to HP. The new look includes narrower bezels for an 86 percent screen-to-body ratio, newer GeForce MX330 graphics to replace the older MX250, a Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPU to replace Comet Lake-U, and 12 GB of removable DDR4 RAM. The overall system weighs slightly less (6.02 lbs vs. 6.13 lbs) while being slightly thinner (0.76-inch vs 0.91-inch) than last year's design.

Note that the new model has dropped the RJ-45 port for one reason or another. OEMs have been pushing Wi-Fi 6 instead as laptops become thinner and thinner. We suspect that lesser configurations will be available soon through HP.com for cheaper starting prices. HP says a 4K UHD option will be on the way as well.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-04- 3 (Update: 2020-04- 3)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.