HP Announces Tons of New Laptops

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:08


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Today, HP has announced a whole slew of new laptops, ultrabooks, and "sleekbooks." From a refresh of their Pavilion series of laptops to new Envy ultrabooks and sleekbooks, there's something for everyone here. The new Envy's are actually a pretty good offering. For under $1000, you can get a pretty good, surprisingly small computer. If you couldn't have guessed, the "sleekbook" is just like an ultrabook but with a few minor changes, such as no SSD and no Intel processor, or something of the sort. The new Pavilion series is a refresh of the old, but with new specs, a new design, and an entirely new computer too.

The new Envy sleekbooks excited me the most. Aside from the two sleekbooks, there's a new Spectre XT ultrabook as well. The two sleebooks and the Envy 4 and Envy 6, which are 14" and 15.6" laptops, respectively. While the ones on sale now sport Sandy Bridge processor, and are called ultrabooks, the Envy 4 will soon be offered with Ivy Bridge and the Envy 6 will be offered an AMD APU (and their names will changed to sleekbooks when that happens). With the timing of the release of the Envy 6, the APU will probably be Trinity. Both the Envy 4 and Envy 6 have discrete graphics options. The Spectre XT is the ultrabook Envy, and is typical of other ultrabooks. Pricing and release info is at the end. Check out this link for the current lineup of Envy laptops (including Sandy Bridge version of the Envy 4 and Envy 6).

The Pavilion refresh is pretty interesting. Above is a video showing off their new design style, dubbed "Mosaic." The dv-series and the g-series get a new design, and the m6 is a brand new computer. The m6 is a 15.6in, brushed-aluminum laptop that supposedly gets up to eight hours of battery life. Another nice touch on the laptop is the option for discrete graphics, which I always love to see on any laptop. Processor-wise it has options for both AMD and Intel. The dv-series gets a whole new design, and while processor options aren't listed in the press release (probably will be Ivy Bridge, but that's just my guess), they do say it will sport NVIDIA discrete graphics if you buy that option. The g-series might get a processor upgrade as well as the design update, but nothing else looks new. No discrete graphics, sadly.

From the Envy press release and the Pavilion press release:


  • The HP ENVY SpectreXT is expected to be available in the United States on June 8 with a starting price of $999.99.
  • The HP ENVY Ultrabook systems with 14-inch and 15.6-inch display sizes are expected to be available in the United States on May 9 with starting prices of $749.99 and $799.99, respectively.
  • The HP ENVY Sleekbook with 14-inch display size is expected to be available in the United States on May 9 with a starting price of $699.99. The HP 15.6-inch Sleekbook is expected to be available in the United States on June 20 with a starting price of $599.99.
  • HP Pavilion m6 will be available this summer at Best Buy, BestBuy.com and HP Direct with pricing to be determined.
  • HP Pavilion dv4, dv6 and dv7 are expected to be available in the United States on June 20 with starting prices of $549.99, $549.99 and $799.99, respectively.
  • HP Pavilion g6 and g7 are expected to be available in the United States on July 25 with starting prices of $449.99 and $499.99, respectively.


The Envy 4 is the most tempting for me. I love the size and discrete graphics of it, but I'm not so sure if the processor will be powerful enough. We'll see what the reviews have to say, but so far HP has got me hooked. Does this announcement change your plans for your next laptop purchase?
 

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