HP compares its latest 2020 Envy 15 to the MacBook Pro 16 and it conveniently leaves out some important differences
HP just announced a whole family of refreshed Envy laptops this week ranging from the small 13.3-inch Envy 13 to the roomy 17.3-inch Envy 17. The Envy series is home to the company's mid-range to upper mid-range laptops just beneath the flagship Spectre series but well above the budget Pavilion series. To the eyes of HP, the Envy would make for a great alternative to the MacBook Pro 16.
During the announcement, the OEM directly compared its upcoming Envy 15 to the 2019 MacBook Pro 16 to show off all the advantages that the HP system has to offer. The most notable differences are the faster Intel 10th gen CPU options, RT-enabled GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, BIOS level security features, and wider array of integrated ports as summarized by the official HP slide below.
While we can't deny those facts, we should at least give a fairer comparison to see what advantages are on Apple's side:
|HP Envy 15 2020||Apple MacBook Pro 16|
|Display Aspect Ratio||16:9||16:10|
|Battery||83 Wh||99.8 Wh|
|Dimensions||357.9 x 236.7 x 18.5 mm||358 x 246 x 16.2 mm|
|Weight||2.15 kg||2 kg|
The differences are largely physical as expected. Apple's laptop offers a noticeably larger display while being thinner, lighter, and even smaller in volume than HP's counterpart. The larger battery, clickpad, and screen real estate make the MacBook Pro 16 the more travel-friendly system where external mice or monitors are not often available. The new vapor chamber cooler in the HP is a major contributor to the heavier weight.
Despite the pros and cons of each, the new Envy 15 should still be a tempting purchase due to its price alone. The system will start at $1350 USD when it launches this June whereas the MacBook Pro 16 can retail upwards of $3000+ USD. We can only assume that a fully configured Envy 15 won't be that ridiculously expensive.