HP Announces New Envy, ZBook PCs

HP compares its latest Envy 15 to the Mac Book Pro 16 and it conveniently leaves out some important differences

HP compares its latest Envy 15 to the Mac Book Pro 16 and it conveniently leaves out some important differences

"Measuring 14" x 9.2" x 0.7", HP notes that the laptops are about the same size as Dell's Precision 5540 laptop (the one that uses the same chassis as the XPS 15 consumer notebook), but offers beefier CPU and graphics options.

HP has also announced new versions of its mobile workstation-level PCs the ZBook Studio and Book. Meanwhile, the ZBook Studio has even more powerful graphics from the Nvidia Quadro series-up to the Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000.

HP has been showing off its new Envy 15 - an upgraded version of its flagship MacBook Pro competitor. The OLED display is certified for VESA DisplayHDR 400 TrueBlack. HP says the screen will be ideal for video bloggers, who want to see accurate picture colors during the editing process. There will also be an option for HP's integrated privacy screen, Sure View Reflect, which prevents "visual hacking" from onlookers, HP said.

On the chip front, the Envy 15 can be maxed out with an Intel 10th Generation Core i9 H-Series processor. The laptop also contains enough room to add an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card in the event you want to do some gaming or 3D project rendering. The ENVY 15 comes with up to 32 B of RAM and 2TB of PCIe storage. It comes with Wi-Fi 6.

HP says it can fit all this technology inside the laptop at a weight of around 4.7 pounds. HP promises up to 16.5 hours of battery life with a battery that charges 50 percent in 45 minutes. The company says this move is to "ensure a smooth touch experience".

While the HP Envy line is arguably a more-affordable version of the HP Spectre line, the HP Envy 15 is still a sleek machine. Pricing will be shared closer to availability, and the laptops will go on sale via HP.com. You'll be able to purchase it from Amazon, Costco, Office Depot and directly from HP.

HP's Envy-line changes don't stop at the traditional laptops.

While the HP Envy 15 targets creators and prosumers, the ZBook aims at the prosumer and professional market where features like Quadro graphics and Xeon processors transition are necessary. It'll start at $699 when configured with an AMD processor, and $849 when outfitted with an Intel chip.

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The Envy x360 15 is much cheaper on the low end and comes with fewer premium specs.

HP is introducing a similar refresh to the Envy 13 and Envy x360 13, updating them with the latest silicon from Intel and AMD. Purchasers can also choose the OLED UHD display here.

HP ENVY x360 13 is expected to be available in early May via HP.com with a starting price of $699.99.

They also claim it is "the world's smallest 15in notebook for content creation", narrowly defining that category as "15.6in touch laptops with Nvidia GeForce RTX2060, 2070, or 2080 and Nvidia Studio Certification". The upcoming 15-inch laptops are meant for architects, graphic artists, and product engineers who need a powerhouse PC that can run heavy-duty design programs at a fast clip.

The notebook is 22% smaller than previous designs and offers an 87% screen-to-body ratio.

"This is a zero compromise notebook", HP product director Anu Herranen told journalists in a briefing. This should allow for 33% more processor power.

The two models are almost identical.

HP ENVY 13: "With an 88% screen-to-body ratio, up to a 10 Gen Intel Core CPU and optional NVIDIA GeForce MX330 graphics, up to 19.5 hours of battery life up to 4K UHD display, and fast Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, this is a powerful creator device in an 11" diagonal footprint. New "Z Vaporforce thermals" with liquid crystal polymer help keep that Core i9 running smoothly along with 3-sided venting that won't heat your lap.

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