To Evolution

HP intensifies the design in its Envy premium line

    Abdulaziz Sobh
    By Abdulaziz Sobh

    Categories: Technology


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    Between HP's cutting-edge spectrum PC line and Pavilion's main line, are its Envy PCs, which have an air of luxury while being reasonably priced. If you're a fan of thin metal designs, higher quality components, and additional features, you'll want to see the Envys. By 2018, HP has thinned the frames on Envy laptop screens and the x360 two-in-one models, so that when you open one, you're basically looking at nothing but the screen. They also have audio tuned by Bang and Olufsen, support for Wi-Fi Gigabit speeds and the new HP Command Center software, which allows you to easily prioritize performance, fan noise, and system temperatures according to your needs. HP is also bringing its Sure View technology to the line. The feature, which first appeared on your Specter line, makes your screen virtually unreadable to anyone, giving you privacy at the touch of a button. Side-mounted fingerprint readers and IR cameras for facial recognition will also be options. Envy laptops come in sizes of 13.3 and 17.3 inches with Full HD resolution screens. They have elevating hinges that tilt up the keyboard on the back to get a more comfortable writing angle (and it also looks good). HP created a low-jaw USB port for the 13-inch model to make it as thin as possible, keeping the USB-A port larger. The Envy 13 will be available in May starting at $ 1,000 (approximately converted to £ 740 or AU $ 1,320) and has an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVMe PCIe SSD, and integrated graphics. The Envy 17 has an initial price of $ 1,050 and adds options for Intel Optane memory and discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics, which has proven to be a good GPU for faster editing of videos and photos, and current games with low graphics settings to medium. Speaking of graphics, the new Envy x360 13 will be the first to have an AMD Ryzen 5 or 7 processor combined with Radeon Vega 8 or RX Vega 10 graphics, which will help increase your productivity with this small two in one. It arrives in May starting at $ 700 (£ 515 or AU $ 920). If you prefer more screen space, there will be Envy x360 15 of 15.6 inches with the same hardware options starting at $ 750. Intel versions with current Core i5 or i7 processors will be available starting at $ 870. HP also updated its Ency Curved AiO desktop with a new 34-inch model, which HP says is the world's widest all-in-one PC and the first with integration with Amazon Alexa. HP drilled the design by adding a dark ash wood grain finish to the back and base of the PC. The finish gives it more furniture look than the typical silver and black chassis of other all-in-ones. A row of Bang and Olufsen tuned speakers line up at the front and have a 45-degree angle to hit your ears and not your chest. The volume is controlled by a touch scroll wheel at the base, where there is also a high-speed wireless charger. A pop-up webcam is at the top of the screen to provide a greater sense of privacy when not in use. Prices, availability and exact specifications are not available for the 34-inch version, but a 27-inch Curved AiO model will start at $ 1,400 (approximately converted to £ 1,030 or AU $ 1,850) and will feature an Intel Core i7- 8700T eighth-generation processor, 16 GB of memory and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. They are also pretty on the inside, with the new processors AMD Ryzen and Radeon Vega joining the eighth generation Intel and Nvidia chips.