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HP intros Envy 14, 17 with MacBook Pro in mind

updated 12:00 am EDT, Wed May 5, 2010

HP Envy 14 and 17 add optical drives, Eyefinity

HP tonight doubled the size of its Envy line with two new notebooks. Together, the Envy 14 and Envy 17 gun after the MacBook Pro in design but address a common criticism of the 13 and 15: both have slot-loading optical drives and can be used as full desktop replacements for more users. HP told Electronista that optical drives are considered less important but that buyers had been pressing to have DVD and Blu-ray back in the line.

As the new flagship, the Envy 17 has not only the largest display of the mix but a few novelties for the entire industry: it carries the first Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series chip to support Eyefinity and can drive multiple external displays on its own. It carries upgraded Beats audio processing but adds a subwoofer, and the larger chassis allows room for up to two hard drives and 2TB of internal space. Many of the options and stock features on the 7.5-pound portable are the same as on the Envy 15, such as a maximum quad Core i7 and USB 3.0 ports.

The smaller Envy 14 is unique in the industry in having a 14.5-inch display; apart from producing a smaller design, it should be about 75 percent brighter than other 14-inch displays. It appears to target the 13-inch MacBook Pro and, while thicker (1.1 inches) and heavier (5.25 pounds), is faster with options for dual Core i5 and i7 processors and an option for 3G.

HP ships the Envy 17 first, putting it on the market May 19th for a starting price of $1,400. The Envy 14's focus is clearer as it will cost $1,000, although it will only ship June 27th.

Envy 17

Envy 14

By Electronista Staff


  1. magicbumone

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    Looks nice but still not a Mac.

  1. Paul Huang

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    My god, someone call Jenny Craig, please.

    I am surprised that it's not available only in GREEN.

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  1. gitcypher

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    My Next Laptop

    As I type this comment in OSX on my DV7

  1. slapppy

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    Whats with the 1970's wallpaper on the surface. Just need green and its back to the Brady Bunch days.

  1. sonola777

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    With HP...

    buying Palm, you can expect even more Apple ripping off in the future.

  1. bobolicious

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    Some compelling options...

    ...including quad core & twin ssd all at prices comparable to Apple's dual core machines - and if multiple external (large) monitors are an option on the 17 then HP may have really upped the bar ! Very tempting !

  1. JeffHarris

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    Envy means Bloated?

    Or does Envy mean cheap looking?
    If so, these fat boys are pure Envy.
    One thing it doesn't mean is capable of running Mac OS X.

    Dual hard drives in the 17 is okay, but the thing weighs a full pound more than the 17" MBP!

    With Light Peak due to be released early next year, USB3 will be the Kindle of interfaces: too little, too limited, too late. Isn't USB3 the same processor hog as USB2, unlike FireWire?

  1. spyintheskyuk

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    Hmmm such style

    Is that exterior based on flock wallpaper from an Indian restaurant? Very tasteful.

  1. armwt

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    I'm confused....

    You say " address a common criticism of the 13 and 15: both have slot-loading optical drives and can be used as full desktop replacements"

    Last time I looked at both the 13 and 15 inch Macbook Pros they had slot-loading optical drives. I don't know too many people who have any problems using them as desktop replacements either.

    Was there a point you were trying to make somewhere? I think you might want a better argument if so.

  1. revco

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    Joined: May 2005


    Something for the ladies?

    Guys aren't going to buy that.

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