HP Rolls Out New ENVY Notebooks, New Wireless Accessories

HP Rolls Out New ENVY Notebooks, New Wireless Accessories

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.


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"Beautiful laptop, nice matching wireless receiver. The Envy line has always been an eye catcher. Six speakers and 3 display Output support in the 17 inch, sounds good to me."

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I agree, that is a good looking laptop. Hp is stepping up it's game.

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At the risk of my words sounding like PR hype, I still have to be totally honest. I really-really like this HP laptop. Here's the whole story why. Simply, the HP Envy 17 is mostly the best of two worlds: genuine work and real fun. Being the fortunate recipient of this magnificent monster of a PC for my birthday, it has resolved all of my serious work related and down-time computer fun issues. Someone noticed me doing my homework on 17-inch PCs. Hewlett-Packard rightly should pump fists in the air for staying loyal to the Envy series' creation and continued production.

The HP Envy 17 is the portable desktop workhorse I've been waiting for, and at a truly fair price. In fact, it comes with the quality of built-in upgradable options that will give me my monies worth of real use over time. I recommend getting 6 to 8 gigabytes of memory for fast processing and the newer software that's coming in 2012 and beyond. Thankfully, I was given the 8 GB I need for my heavy small business work, and weekend high-def games. The quality is durable, stylish and clean. The overall computing engine and user functions make the Envy 17 a genuinely enviable choice if you're considering a strong, feature-rich, and truly affordable PC in these shaky economic times. I hope HP continues its loyalty and widely promotes this great product.

Inevitably, there will be the comparisons to other laptop computers, both Windows and Mac. No matter how hard anyone may want to churn the Apple hype, feature-for-feature, the HP Envy 17 stomps MacBook Pros and anything similar to them. That's fact over hype. It's not a Mac killer or competitor. Having used a MacBookPro, I believe it out-classes them. Envy 17 is really a PC game changer, period!

Compare the actual specs, along with the many potential ways the HP Envy 17 can be used right out of the box and over time. I work in the federal government sector. Among my friends that now drool at my new birthday machine are a fine artist, gamer, architect, two musicians, an office administrator, a video hog, and one public official. If you're like me and need to get some serious heavy-duty work done, and then have some outrageous entertainment fun, this very portable laptop PC is the one.

Moreover, the price is fair and affordable for its class, quality, features and user-friendly assets. Dollar-for-dollar, you get more than what you pay. For me, it was a birthday gift. Thankfully, I received my top PC wish for 2011-2012 and beyond: the HP Envy 17. I didn't mention that it has a wrap-around Beats Audio system, and a bass-pounding sub-woofer on the bottom. OMG!!! My Hip-Hop classics, Jazz and Classical music now have a new life, even without headphones.

Again, please do your homework, take a little time to compare the specs with other hot brands. You're likely to spend your money wisely on an HP Envy 17. In stressful financial times (to use for night college, self-employment, personal finances, secure online shopping, bill paying, home entertainment, or better job searching), this will surely be your best computer investment over at least the next five years. Maybe you'll receive yours as an unexpected gift too.

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