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HP Envy 13, 15 gun after MacBook Pro

updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue September 15, 2009

New HP Envies bring Core i7, more

HP this morning revived its sleeping Envy label for two new systems targeted at the same slim but high-speed designs as the MacBook Pro. The Envy 13 and 15 are both housed in aluminum-and-black shells and drop the usual optical drive to shed weight and thickness: the 13-inch model is relatively light at just over 3.7 pounds and is 0.8 inches thick, while even the larger 15-inch system is slightly over 5.1 pounds and under an inch. Both also draw on Monster's Beats PC audio to produce better built-in audio than most notebooks, get color accurate displays, and have a MacBook-like trackpad nicknamed the "clickpad" that hides the main button underneath the surface.

The Envy 15 heads up the pair of notebooks and is unique in having extremely high performance parts in a thin chassis: it should support Intel's new mobile Core i7 quad-core processors, handle up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and come with a 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 4830 for graphics. Certain processor combinations will also get as much as seven hours of battery life through an extended pack, and the drive bays allow for two SSD in a RAID 0 stripe for added speed. It should stat from $1,799.

HP's smaller model is aimed more at those who would consider a MacBook Air and is slightly thicker in return for more expansion as well as faster video. It runs a low-power 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo S that gives it up to 7 hours of runtime on the stock 9-cell battery but also has a dedicated Mobility Radeon HD 4330 for its graphics. Its slightly larger size also affords it a 250GB hard drive and between 3GB and 5GB of RAM. It should cost slightly less at $1,699.

Both systems are due to ship on October 18th, just a few days before Windows 7.

Envy 15

Envy 13

by MacNN Staff



  1. cartoonasaur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not bad

    Some one, not me, but some enterprising young dude or dudette is going to hackintosh that bad boy! Mark my words, it's gonna happen.

  1. chrup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nice but ...

    I see two problems:
    1. No matter how nice the hardware, you still have to deal with the software. I for one, am not prepared to deal with Windows in its current incarnation. Linux as a desktop OS is not an option, too many missing pieces.

    2. I used an HP laptop in the past and I am so glad, I took out that extended "bumper tp bumper' warranty. The machine constantly overheated and went in for motherboard replacements three times. The HP support guys were less than capable, which is what you get, when you outsource such essential services to foreign countries that don't speak your language.

    Just my 2ยข.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Not bad

    It will be hard to hackintosh as someone would need to write up a video driver for that card. Apple doesn't use it that I can tell.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969



    No matter how much you polish a t***, it's still a t***.

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