A number of these newly-minted products are attention-getters for their looks and specs; but perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch would have to be the new HP ENVY 13 laptop. The ENVY 13 uses an all-metal design, made from aluminum and magnesium. The laptop's design is very stylish and even includes a design pattern laser-etched onto its wrist rest. Its most distinctive feature, however, would have to be its super-bright 13.1-inch (1366x768) LED display, which uses a technology that HP calls "HP Radiance." The LED-backlit display has a maximum brightness of 410 cd/m2, an 82-percent color gamut, and an 8ms response time. HP claims that the removable battery provides up to 7 hours of battery life, and the included "Slim Fit Extended-Life" battery-slice bumps up the ENVY 13's battery life to 18 hours. The battery slice adds only a few more millimeters to the laptop's already low profile of less than an inch thick. The ENVY 13 also manages to cram some impressive components (see below) into its small frame, while keeping its weight under 4 pounds. The ENVY 13 will ship with Windows 7 and its price will start at $1,699.
HP ENVY 13 specifications
- Intel Core2 Duo Processor SL9400
- 3072MB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM)
- 250GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics M92LP with up to 1757MB total graphics memory with 512MB dedicated
- External SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
A bit larger and a tad more expensive (starting at $1,799), the HP ENVY 15 is geared more as a performance laptop, with an Intel Core i7 processor, 1066MHz DDR3 memory, ATI Radeon HD 4830 GPU (1GB), and dual hard drives (SSD drives are available as options). The ENVY 15 has a 15.6-inch display, but it does not use the same display technology as the ENVY 13, so the ENVY 15's maximum brightness is around 300 cd/m2. The ENVY 15 is 1-inch thick and weighs just over 5-pounds.
Another HP design that is sure to get a lot of attention, belongs to the HP Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje. This $399 netbook is based on the existing HP Mini 110, but with some significant stylistic additions. This version of the Mini 110 is an all-white affair and features a unique lid design that was manufactured using an ink-layered system, which gives the lid a true 3D effect. This special edition of the Mini 110 will sell for $399.
Another new HP netbook is the $399 HP Mini 311, which features a 1366x768 (16:9) 11.6-inch display, and is powered by an Intel Atom CPU and an Nvidia Ion chipset. The Mini 311 weighs 3.22-pounds and comes with a 6-cell battery, which HP claims will last over 6 hours. The Mini 311 will ship with Windows XP or Windows 7; but Vista will not be an option.
HP Mini 311 specifications
- Intel Atom Processor N270
- NVIDIA Ion LE for Windows XP with up to 319MB total graphics memory
- 1024MB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM)
- 160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
Rounding out HP's new mobile offerings are the HP ProBook 5310m and the HP Pavilion dm3. The ProBook 5310m features a 13.3-inch display, is less than 1-inch thick, weighs under 4-pounds, and starts at $699. The Pavilion dm3 also has a 13.3-inch display, but it is not quite as svelte as the ProBook (the dm3 is 1.23-inches thick at its meatiest section) or as light (the dm3 weighs 4.21-pounds). The dm3 will come in a $649 version that uses an Intel Pentium SU4100 CPU, and a $549 version that uses an AMD Athlon Neo X2 Dual-Core L335 processor. HP claims that the Intel version has a battery life of up to 10 hours, while the AMD version has a battery life of up to 6 hours.
On the desktop front, HP has a new all-in-one desktop with an 18.5-inch display. The HP MS200 All-in-One desktop is powered by an AMD Athlon X2 3250e Dual-Core processor, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, integrated ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics (256MB), and comes with a 320GB (7200RPM) hard drive. Prices start at $599. HP is also coming out with two new business desktops: the Intel-based HP Compaq 6000 Pro Business and the AMD-based HP Compaq 6005 Pro Business. Both lines are available in micro-tower and small-form-factor desktop configurations. Pricing for the 6000 starts at $605, with the 6005 starting at $550. To go along with these new business desktops, HP also have seven new business LCD monitors that range in size from 17 to 24-inches, with prices starting at $190.
HP MediaSmart EX495
Rounding out HP's new products for the fall are two new HP MediaSmart servers. Similar to the MediaSmart LX195 we previously reviewed, the new MediaSmart EX490 and MediaSmart EX495 devices are based on the Windows Home Server OS, with some heavy-duty interface and software add-ons from HP. What these new models bring to HP's growing MediaSmart family are greater storage capacity, more-powerful processors, and some new Mac-friendly features, such as a Mac-based admin console, Mac bare-metal restore from server-based Time Machine, and an always-on media collector app that monitors and automatically copies media files from Macs up to the server. (Mac users will be disappointed to learn, however, that the initial, out-of-the-box setup still requires a Windows PC.) The $549 EX490 uses a 2.2GHz Intel Celeron processor, has 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, and comes with 1TB of storage. The $699 EX495 has a 2.5GHz Intel Pentium dual-core processor under its hood, along with 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, and 1.5TB of storage.