HP’s new ENVY 15 has the power of a workstation or gaming machine in a thin and light package. Its laser etched magnesium enclosure feels extremely solid and measures an inch thick. Its the most powerful notebook I’ve seen in the five-pound range.
The Envy 15 is going to be HP’s flagship notebook. Its starting price of $1,799 may not be affordable enough for mainstream users, but graphics profssionals and pro-sumers will appreciate what’s being offered here. The 15.6″ display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which means users have plenty of room to work on high-res images and videos. The 300-nit display is much brighter than those found on HP’s Pavilion notebooks.
The Envy 15 can be configured with an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and dual 160GB solid state drives installed. Buyers can also opt for dual hard drives for up to 1TB of storage. An ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics card with 1 GB of dedicated video memory is included in the setup for optimal performance during visually-intensive tasks.
There’s also an option to increase battery life through the Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery, which fits seamlessly onto the bottom of the Envy 15. The two batteries provide up 7 hours of battery life.
A Nightvision VGA webcam is integrated into the notebook that allows users to record video or chat in complete darkness.
HP has teamed up with Beats by Dr. Dre to create a premium software for listening to music and watching video on the machine. The ENVY 15 is also equipped with HP QuickWeb which allows you to access the Internet without fully booting up your computer.
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 processor|
|Memory/RAM||Up to 16GB|
|Display||15.6″ HP Brightview high-resolution LED backlit screen|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics (1 GB Dedicated)|
|Optical Drive||None; External optical drives in standard and Blu-Ray variety may be purchased separately|
|Battery||Up to 7 hours with optional Slim-Fit|
|Audio/Video||Stereo speakers, microphone jack, headphone jack, integrated video camera|
|Ports||2x USB 2,0, HDMI, 1 eSata/USB combo|
|Price||Starts at $1,799|
|Software||Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 and Corel VideoStudio Pro X2|
|Warranty||Standard 1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery|