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Hipsters are going to love the 2019 HP Envy Wood series made of authentic natural wood

Hipsters are going to love the 2019 HP Envy Wood series made of authentic natural wood (Source: HP)
Hipsters are going to love the 2019 HP Envy Wood series made of authentic natural wood (Source: HP)
Why use aluminum-magnesium alloy or carbon fiber materials when you can use wood? The HP Envy Wood series will have palm rests and touchpads made of real walnut and birch wood inlays across the entire 13-inch to 17-inch range.

HP has announced updates to its consumer Envy, business EliteBook, and workstation ZBook families for the 2019 calendar year just in time for Computex 2019. The latest Envy refresh in particular, however, has caught our attention the most.

The 2019 Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 13, and Envy x360 15 will each incorporate "100 percent authentic walnut" birch wood for parts of their chassis designs. More specifically, the palm rests and Precision touchpad will have the unorthodox material and even retain the original texture, warmth, and feel of the wood inlay. HP says the material will provide a "unique sensory experience" when compared to the usual plastic, aluminum, or rubberized surfaces found on most other laptops in the market.

A white "ceramic pale birch" color will also be available as an alternative to the brown color above. HP claims birch wood is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than other types which played a big factor when deciding on which wood material to use for manufacturing.

This isn't the first time a tree bark was used on a laptop. Some older Asus laptops experimented with bamboo for the palm rests and outer lid for a similarly unique texture and user experience. It's clear that HP is trying its best to appeal to younger millennial users with off-the-wall designs like the leather-encased HP Spectre Folio and now the Envy Wood series.

Specifications, dimensions, prices, and availability of the 2019 Envy Wood laptops will come at a later date since HP wants users to focus on the unique wood chassis for now. We presume the internals will house similar configurations as the 2018 Envy series including updated AMD Ryzen and Whiskey Lake-U CPUs and potentially GeForce options for the larger Envy 15 and Envy 17 sizes. The Envy series is a step down from the flagship Spectre series in terms of price and features.

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Envy 13 colors
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Envy x360 13 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy x360 13 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy x360 13
Envy x360 13
Envy x360 13
Envy x360 13
Envy x360 13
Envy x360 13
Envy x360 15 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy x360 15 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy x360 15 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy x360 15 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy 17 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy 17 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy 17 in Pale Birch Ceramic White
Envy 17 in Pale Birch Ceramic White

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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-28 (Update: 2019-05-23)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.