HP Envy Rove, 20-inch portable touchscreen desktop with Win 8
HP has taken a stab at the fledging mobile desktop market with its new Envy Rove. Like the Sony Vaio Tap 20 and the Dell XPS 18, the Envy Rove does double duty as an all-in-one touchscreen Windows 8 desktop computer, while it also incorporates an in-built battery for mobile use around the house. The Envy Rove is one of three new all-in-ones HP announced today, which also offer a choice of the latest Intel ‘Haswell’ silicon scheduled for widespread availability in July.
$250 off HP Envy x2
This week, OfficeDepot.com has slashed the price on the HP Envy x2 11.6-inch convertible tablet from $850 to $600, a savings of $250. That's about $67 less than the lowest price offered on this computer anywhere else. The HP Envy features a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space as well as a detachable keyboard. Windows 8 is pre-installed, and a one-year warranty is included from HP.
HP intros two new all-in-ones, Envy 23 and Pavilion 23
HP has given its latest 23-inch all-in-one desktop the Envy moniker, which it up until now, has typically reserved for the company's high-end offerings. At first glance it does not meet this criteria, looking quite similar to the also just released entry-level Pavilion 23 all-in-one. However, it is a thinner design that the Pavilion, and also offers the higher-end componentary that users would expect for a desktop starting from $949.
Envy laptops also get upgrade to Radeon HD 7850M graphics
HP has quietly updated part of its Envy line of notebooks to use Intel Ivy Bridge processors. Specifically, the Envy 15, Envy 17, and Envy 17 3D have been upgraded to use Intel's third-generation Core technology, also featuring a boost in graphics power courtesy of the AMD Radeon HD 7850M.
HP Spectre XT is an SSD-only premium ultrabook with Core i5
Along with a number of other notebook debuts at an event in Shanghai, HP has unveiled the Spectre XT ultrabook. The high-style device spots a 13.3-inch, 720p, LED backlit screen and comes with Intel's Core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. The ultrabook weighs 3.07lbs and is just 14.5mm thick, while wrapped in an all-alloy body.
Ultrabook starting at $871
The previously leaked HP Envy 4 is now available for pre-order in China, with international availability expected to follow soon. The Envy 4 is the lowest-priced option in HP's Envy ultrabook line.
HP Envy 4, Envy 6 internal documents leaked
Leaked HP internal documents show that HP is prepping the release of two new ultrabooks that are set to join its HP Envy 14 Spectre, although likely at the lower end of the price range. The HP Envy 6 (15.6-inch) ultrabook has had its key specifications spilled in the leak, while the details of smaller Envy 4 (14-inch) ultrabook can only currently be speculated at.
Models don't correlate with existing products
HP's support pages have leaked varying configurations of the as yet unreleased Envy 4 and Envy 6 notebook series. There are no other details as of this writing in regards to the size and configuration of the existing units.
Color representation may be different but not off
In January, many owners of the latest generation HP Envy 15 notebook began to complain that the optional Radiance Display upgrade for the ultrabook was not reproducing colors properly. HP has now responded to its customers' complaints, and reassured them in a statement that the panel is "functioning properly." At the same time, HP has advised them that it will be offering a software utility download in the coming weeks which will let them adjust the default color settings.
HP winter quarter defined by broad PC losses
HP reported results for its quarter ended January that reflected a bruising in the PC business regardless of category. Its net earnings dropped 44 percent to $1.5 billion following a seven-point loss in revenue to exactly $30 billion after the core Personal Systems Group saw its revenue down 15 percent versus a year ago; the enterprise server group dipped 10 percent. The PSG's losses were mostly pinned on home users, as mainstream PCs made 25 percent less revenue while pro workstations were flat.
HP Envy 14 Spectre tackles Apple
HP on Wednesday began selling its most direct competitor to the MacBook Air, the Envy 14 Spectre. The pseudo-ultrabook starts at a relatively steep $1,400 with a 14-inch, 1366x768 display, a 1.6GHz low-voltage Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. Options can take it to a 1.8GHz Core i7 and a 256GB SSD.
HP agrees to pay $425k fine, Envy screens are off
PC maker HP has agreed to pay a civil fine of $425,000, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed. The fine is a result of HP failing to immediately report a possible defect of its lithium-ion batteries, as required by federal law. The flaw, like with most batteries, could result in a fire.
We test the HP Envy 14 Spectre at CES
We had an opportunity to try the HP Envy 14 Spectre this evening. The ultrabook is HP's most advanced and bears an uncanny similarity to a cross between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro through its attention to design. Is it a replacement for a Mac, though, or a try at riding Apple's coattails? Read on for our take.
HP Envy Spectre set to be unveiled next week
HP has teased the Envy Spectre for the second time ahead of CES 2012. The new notebook looks as though it will be the first Envy notebook to fall into Intel’s new ultrabook category. As the photo (and the video below) shows, the new device appears to be quite thin as well as sport the look of the recent HP Envy 15.
HP Spectre may be ultrabook Envy
HP has teased that it might have more at CES than it has told the media in a teaser slipped out Monday. Called just the Spectre in the video (below) seeded to Engadget and multiple other sites, and believed to be part of the Envy line, it looks to be an extremely thin notebook with a flat lid. Very little else is shown other than patterns that infer the very thin design.
HP Envy 14 Spectre makes first appearance at FCC
HP will release an updated version of its Envy 14 notebooks, if a recent FCC filing is any indication. Called the Envy 14 Spectre, it has dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Other specs aren't yet available, though the product's technical drawings show new vents and labels.
HP considers fresh device logos in new strategy
HP contractor Moving Brands has proposed a remake of the company's signature logo that would be as much a change of philosophy as image. Its remake would go to four angled lines that imply the logo and would be more modern than the current design, which is still closer to the icon from the company's early days. The angle would not only dictate the theme of promo material but even integrate into products, such as the capacity on inkjet printers.
HP Q3 2011 results held down by split talk, iPad
HP reported dour results for its third quarter of the year that showed the weight both of its own indecision and pressure on its core PC business. Its revenue was down three percent to $32.1 billion, but its profit dropped a steep 91 percent, down to just $200 million. Gains in its services and software were more than offset by drops in the PC and printer businesses, each of which saw their own revenue drop two and 10 percent respectively.
HP overhauls Envy 15, 17, and 17 3D for audio
HP in one of its more surprising unveilings Wednesday night completely remade its Envy 15 and 17 notebooks. The new versions take more of their visual cues from the MacBook Pro, adopting its silver-colored metal, but put an even heavier emphasis on Beats audio processing than they did in the past. Each has six speakers and a subwoofer, even going so far as to have an oversized thumb dial for volume that both gives it finer volume control and a more iconic look.
HP CTO jumps ship amid wider chaos
HP's PC division faced more repercussions from recent months on Monday as its Personal Systems Group's CTO Phil McKinney said he would be retiring from HP. He planned an active retirement and would be an advisor to others without conflicts of interest or other "corporate restrictions," he said. The exit from HP was on friendly terms, but he wanted to "help innovators get better at innovating."
HP Mini 210, Envy 14 and dv4 upgraded
HP kicked off the week with a slew of notebook upgrades, headed up unusually by its netbooks. The Mini 210 has been given its first real redesign with a more minimalist, colorful look. It's also HP's smallest system to get Beats audio processing and should have unusually good sound quality for the 10-inch size.
Speedier, better specified
HP’s revamped notebook range with Intel Sandy Bridge processors are now available for purchase. LogicBuy has made three models available to customers for immediate delivery. Among them are the HP Pavilion dv6 Quad Edition, the HP Pavilion dv7 Quad Edition and the HP ENVY 17.
Microsoft's Rahul Sood says HP failed to fight Mac
Voodoo PC founder, former HP CTO and now Microsoft Xbox GM Rahul Sood has offered both criticism and advice to HP both on Facebook and on Twitter in the past day. He argued that HP hadn't put enough faith in the Voodoo PC team and had dissolved it before really had a change to compete with Apple in industrial design. The high-end PC division had just needed a "few years of patience, and investment in our tooling/process" but was folded in quickly, with its most unique product the Envy notebooks designed to match the build quality and attention to detail of the MacBook Pro.
HP home PCs decline in Q1, get shaky outlook
HP signaled potential problems with its home business both in its past quarter and in the near future. The Personal Systems Group, which covers its PCs and mobile devices, saw its winter revenue dip one percent year over year in a market where others were growing. It specifically singled out the home as sales of regular PCs, like the Pavilion line, plunged 12 percent.
HP drops Envy 13 in favor of Envy 14
HP said late Friday that it had phased out the Envy 13. The ultraportable notebook has now been officially discontinued following its recent price slash. It phased out as the Envy 14 "basically replaced" the design, CNET was told.
HP upgrades Envy 17, dv6 and dv7 to 2011 Core
HP kicked off its CES plans with speed upgrades to three of its highest-end notebooks. Both the Envy 17 and the Pavilion dv6 and dv7 now use Intel's Sandy Bridge-based Core processors and AMD's newer Radeon HD 6000M graphics. Systems can use up to the quad Core i7 and, on the Envy 17, AMD's completely new Radeon HD 6850M with graphics switching to save power by using Intel video.
May hint at discontinuation
HP is now offering an instant discount for its Envy 13 ultrathin laptop, bringing the price to $999. For that price, customers get an aluminum chassis notebook with an Intel 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 3GB RAM, a 250GB, 5400RPM hard drive, and AMD Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics with 512MB of dedicated memory. An external 8X DVD burner also comes in the box.
Rahul Sood announces departure from HP
Rahul Sood, the founder of Voodoo PC and the CTO of Global Gaming at HP, announced on his blog on Monday that he will leave his post at HP effective December 2. In the lengthy letter, Sood reflects upon his time at HP and starting the Voodoo brand out of high school, but does little to explain his hard-fought decision to leave HP. Sood does take the time to thank all those involved in helping him along his career path, however, including fans, partners at AMD, ATI, Intel and NVIDIA.
HP Envy 17 3D notebook dated, priced
The HP Envy 17 3D notebook introduced at the start of September will begin shipping from HP on November 5. The base system starts at $1,600, and for that money, buyers get 3D active shutter glasses, a quad 1.6GHz Core i7 CPU, a dual-layer Blu-ray writer and 6GB of RAM. The GPU is a 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 with HDMI output.
Editorial: Acer next in line of Apple imitators
Acer is well on its way to becoming the world’s largest PC manufacturer. And it has done that by capitalizing on the success of Windows. But now the company is taking aim at Apple, and it's becoming evident that it's the latest victim of a bipolar behavior in the tech industry whenever Apple is a competitor.
HP Envy 17 gets 3D display, Envy 14 Beats audio
HP's notebook updates today included a pair of special versions of its Envy notebooks. Topping the mix is the Envy 17 3D; as HP's first real 3D notebook, it has a 120Hz, 1080p display that works with bundled active shutter glasses to produce a stereoscopic 3D image. It's seen as a movie-focused system and comes with both a Blu-ray drive and a new version of its MediaSmart app that will play 3D movies.
Envy 17 prices start at $1400 with Core i5
HP has begun shipping its flagship Envy 17 notebook, along with several new Pavilion models. The 17-inch Envy 17 starts at $1,400 for the 2.26GHz Core i5-based configuration with 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD and Radion HD 5850 graphics.
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.
Intel backtracks on apparent leak
Intel late Thursday tried to downplay the Core i5 MacBook Pro e-mail it had sent out to its Retail Edge program partners. The company now says the prize promo, which was sent out fully translated in multiple languages, was just a "communications problem" with Intel's marketing agency and was allegedly a mistake. A new copy of the e-mail has been sent out that replaces the Apple notebook in the giveaway with an HP Envy 15.
HP Envy 15 gets USB 3.0 in certain configs
HP today claimed a pioneering role in the PC business as one of the first to ship a computer with native USB 3.0 ports. Certain trim levels of the Envy 15 quad-core notebook will carry the technology and support much faster transfers of up to 5Gbps. USB 3.0 is already being used for hard drives from LaCie and Western Digital and should be particularly useful for SSDs that are often bottlenecked by USB 2.0.
HP Envy 14, 17, others, leaked in Korea
A recently spotted Excel document on HP's website reveals the computer maker will soon release two new Envy-series notebooks, the previously leaked Envy 14 and a larger Envy 17. While the leak only shows the model names, HP's traditional naming convention indicates the former will have a 14-inch screen while the latter will sport a 17-inch display. It's also more than likely that the Envy 17 will have a 1920x1080-pixel display, with the Envy 14 using a 1600x900 panel.
Envy 15 Beats touts headphones, Traktor
HP this afternoon provided fuller details of its special-run Envy 15 Beats (link active soon) notebook. It expands on the reference version by bundling a pair of Beats over-ear headphones as well as bundling Traktor LE for live DJing. Cosmetically, the model comes in the same glossy black and red as most Beats earphones.
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.
Dell Adamo Power Leak
A leak of a 45W power adapter on Wednesday has revealed key details of Dell's Adamo notebook ahead of its official debut. Since changed to anonymize the description, the entry has previously described the power brick as designed specifically for the "Adamo Thirteen," confirming that at least one Adamo model will carry a 13-inch display and that the future system won't use any processor more demanding than the low-voltage Core 2 Duo chips used in Apple's MacBook Air, Lenovo's ThinkPad X301 or similar systems.
HP ships Voodoo Envy
HP on Tuesday announced it is shipping the Voodoo Envy 133 notebook, while Voodoo co-founder Rahul Sood alludes to a mystery product on the company's blog. CNET reveals that the MacBook Air and Lenovo X300 competitor saw an exclusive rollout event in Germany, easing concerns that HP would roll the Voodoo line into its consumer products. The Envy offers users a sleek computing experience, reminiscent of Dell's Alienware line of computers.
HP on Multi-Touch Notebook
Users should expect multi-touch displays in notebooks well before the release of official operating system updates like Windows 7, Hewlett-Packard's consumer notebook general manager Kevin Frost says. The feature won't officially appear in Microsoft's software until 2010 but should be available "long before" then in shipping products, according to the executive. Technical marketing head Kevin Wentzel supports the notion and mentions that the advancement is more a question developing software than any limits in current hardware.
Voodoo Envy 133 and Omen
HP's performance label Voodoo PC today launched a complete overhaul of tis designs with systems that directly challenge the design aesthetics of the MacBook Air and the Mac Pro. The Envy 133 notebook joins both the Air and the ThinkPad X300 in the newer class of ultra-thin but still fast portables: the use of an LED-backlit screen and a carbon fiber chassis help the Envy measure 0.7 inches thick at every point while weighing under 3.4 pounds. A new generation of Intel's notebook platform helps reach these dimensions while still supplying speed, the company says. Voodoo's design is also the third after those from Apple and ASUS to sport a multi-touch trackpad with support for pinching and scrolling.