HP has made a bunch of announcements today, and beside the Envy 27 All-in-One and Envy 27 4K display; we also have a refresh for the Envy laptop and the second generation of Spectre. You can read more about the Envy All-in-One and the Envy Display over here.
The Envy and Spectre laptops are nothing alike; while both are portable personal computers – they do things very differently while sharing a lot of similarities at the same time.
The refreshed Envy
The Envy laptops have always tried to bring something premium at a (somewhat) affordable price. With today’s refresh, the laptop now comes with four more hours of battery life, and 7th generation Intel Core processors.
The longer battery life is the result of better power efficiency from the 7th generation Intel processors, and a larger battery size. The larger battery size also makes the laptop a tad bit thicker and heavier than last year – however, at 14mm of thickness and 3.15 lbs of mass; the longer battery life is worth the little bit of extra thickness and weight.
One of the unique features that HP likes to mention is the elevated angled hinge design – it lifts the laptop up when you open it, allowing HP to point the heat-sink fans towards the back so you don’t have the hot air blowing towards you. It is quite ingenious – in an era where everyone is trying to solve problems by throwing more technology at it, HP has managed to do something old-school with simple engineering.
The laptop also supports HP’s Fast Charge, which will give you 90% of the battery with 90 minutes of charge – it’s sure not as fast some of the fast charging we have seen on mobile devices, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
HP is selling this laptop in a wide variety of configurations for the display other various internals – you can check those out at HP’s website – but some things don’t change: the laptop features a backlit keyboard, and two speakers on either side of that keyboard, tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
The new Envy laptop will be available on HP.com and other select retailers from October 26th, 2016. While it starts at $850 – you have a tonne of configuration options, so you will have to check out HP’s website to make sure what you want.
Spectre is quite possibly the coolest name you could give to a thing; while (arguably) James Bond couldn’t do much with the name, HP has managed to build a beautiful convertible that’s no less than an Ultrabook.
The 2nd generation Spectre now features a nearly bezel-less 13.3″ FHD touchscreen IPS display and a 7th generation Intel Core processor with a larger 57.8W battery powering it – much like the Envy; the battery size has been increased; when coupled with the higher-efficiency 7th generation Intel processors, it results in a longer battery life. Unlike the Envy, however, the Spectre managed to trim some weight.
The new Spectre is 2mm thinner than the last generation and weighs a mere 2.85 lbs, compared to the 3.2 lbs last year.
Despite the lighter weight, HP is apparently defying the laws of physics by packing more things into the 2nd generation – it now has four speakers instead of two, and everything is tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
The laptop has a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, another single USB-A 3.0 port, and the whole body is built out of a single piece of aluminium alloy.
The Spectre – like the Envy – also has the HP Fast Charge technology, which once again gives you 90 percent of the battery in 90 minutes of charging.
You can check out the full specifications and other configuration details on HP’s website; HP intends to sell this laptop on HP.com and Best Buy from October 12th, 2016, starting at $1050.
While the Spectre is a tad bit more expensive than the Envy, both laptops offer something unique – Spectre might just be worth that extra cash, if you are looking for what it offers.