HP Thinks Thin and Light with new Ultrabook and Sleekbook Models
Let's start with the Ultrabook form factor. First up is a new 14-inch Envy Ultrabook that starts at $750 for a Sandy Bridge foundation or $850 for Ivy Bridge. Both configurations sport 4GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 500GB hard drive + 32GB NAND flash cache, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, SD card reader, Beats Audio, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The systems weigh 4 pounds and measure about 19.8mm thick. The same configurations are also available in a 15.6-inch form factor for $800 (Sandy Bridge) and $900 (Ivy Bridge).
On June 8, HP will launch its Envy Spectre XT ($1,000), a 13.3-inch Ultrabook built around Ivy Bridge. This one has 4GB of DDR3-1600 memory, 128GB SSD, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, GbE LAN, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.0, Beats Audio, and various other odds and ends. It's 14.5mm thick and weighs a scant 3 pounds.
Finally, HP introduced a pair of Envy Sleekbook models, one of which is 14 inches and ships with Sandy Bridge ($700) or Ivy Bridge ($800), and one that's 15.6 inches with an AMD Trinity APU inside ($599). Both feature 4GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, HDMI output, USB 3.0 ports, Beats Audio, and so forth. The Intel-based system has a 500GB hard drive, and the AMD-based machine is equipped with a 320GB hard drive.