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HP unveils the new 13-inch Envy 2015 notebook

HP unveils the new 13-inch Envy 2015 notebook
HP unveils the new 13-inch Envy 2015 notebook
Refreshed series will have a brighter look and an arched lid for improved ergonomics.

After unveiling the Spectre x360 2-in-1, Envy Note 8 tablet, and HP Spectre X2 detachable, HP doesn't want us to forget about the classic laptop form factor with the latest 13.3-inch Envy notebook.

  • 13.3-inch FHD or QHD
  • Intel Skylake Core i3/i5/7 CPU
  • Up to 8 GB RAM
  • Up to 512 GB SSD
  • 4x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, SD reader
  • Bang & Olufsen speakers
  • 12.95 mm thickness, 2.8 pounds

The redesigned aluminum look is 2 mm thinner than the outgoing generation while the keyboard keys have been improved with a more satisfying travel of 1.2 mm. The rounded corners and edges are quite similar to the refreshed EliteBook series and it's perhaps unsurprising that the high-end consumer-oriented Envy series is looking more and more like its business counterparts.

A feature of the new Envy, however, is its arched lid at the rear of the notebook. This is similar to the Envy 15 we reported earlier at IDF in that it's designed to lift the base and keyboard at an angle when the lid is opened. This allows for both better ventilation through the bottom of the notebook and a more comfortable typing experience. The drawback, of course, is that there can be no ports on the rear.

The 13.3-inch Envy will be available later this month starting at about $850 USD. Expect our full review to follow as we move closer to launch.




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Allen Ngo, 2015-10- 7 (Update: 2015-10- 7)