Envious? You might be now. Shortly after Meg Whitman announced that the personal PC department wasn't leaving HP anytime soon, the company has introduced a spate of new ENVY
notebooks, including a refreshed ENVY 15, ENVY 17 and ENVY 17 3D. All of those are sporting the token all-metal chassis, rounded edges, a classic black / silver finish, with red accents. The Radiance Backlit keyboard is a new technology that has been developed by HP to provide outstanding keyboard illumination using individual LEDs dedicated to each keycap. In addition, the keyboard works with an advanced proximity sensor to illuminate when it detects a user approaching the notebook and deactivate after the user leaves.
With six powerful speakers and a subwoofer, the new ENVY notebooks deliver the optimal sound experience, featuring HP Beats Audio, an exclusive, high-performance technology developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre. An aluminum analog volume dial acts as a visual design cue to the premium audio featured on the ENVYs. Using ball bearings to create resistance, the dial works seamlessly with the Beats Audio Manager so users can easily and precisely adjust audio levels. The HP ENVY 15 and ENVY 17 deliver the raw performance needed for even the most demanding tasks, with optional Intel Quad Core and AMD Mobility RadeonTM HD graphic processors. With optional 3x3 wireless technology, the ENVY notebooks offer the best wireless performance options, providing up to three times the speed and twice the range of typical network connections.
Both the ENVY 15 and ENVY 17 are available with optional Radiance Full HD Infinity displays – either 15.6-inch diagonal or 17.3-inch diagonal respectively – that provide premium clarity and quality. Radiance displays offer higher resolution, improved color richness, better brightness and wider viewing angles than traditional notebook displays. The ENVY 17 display offers 50 percent greater brightness than standard. Both the ENVY 15 and ENVY 17 offer integrated support for multiple displays. The ENVY 15 includes an HDMI and full-size DisplayPort for connecting two external displays simultaneously. The ENVY 17 has an HDMI port and two full-size DisplayPorts for up to three external displays.
The ENVY 15 offers up to 9 hours of battery life while the ENVY 17 can achieve up to 9.5 hours in ideal conditions. The ENVY 17 also offers an advanced and high performance option with support for a 128GB mSATA SSD and up to two 1TB hard drives providing the ideal balance of SSD performance with the storage capacity of hard drives.
HP today also introduced two new wireless accessories – HP Wireless Audio and the HP Wi-Fi Touch Mouse x7000. Pricing is unavailable for the whole lot, but the notebooks should be shipping in early December.