HP’s popular ENVY series of PCs has aged well, but it was time for a refresh. And that is just what HP has gone ahead and done by revamping the HP ENVY 15 and 17′s design and specs, just in time for the holiday season.
This time around the ENVY has taken the audio experience to the next level, and has even integrated the Beats audio experience into its design. Under the hood the ENVY now packs in a total of 6 speakers and a subwoofer, along with Beats by Dr. Dre audio. Plus, a slick aluminum dial has also been thrown on that works as an analog volume dial, as well as being designed to work with the Beats Audio Manager software for tweaking audio levels.
The new design features the HP Radiance Backlit Keyboard which uses LEDs on each keycap. There is also an advance proximity sensor built-in which is able to detect when you approach the keyboard to illuminate the keyboard. Likewise, it will deactivate when you go away from the laptop.
Both computers will be able to run on processors as good as Intel’s quad-core processors and can also be configured with graphics cards from the AMD Mobility Radeon HD series. HDMI and display-ports are included for connecting up-to three displays, and battery life is said to be as great as 9 hours. The ENVY can ofcourse be configured with SSDs, while the HP ENVY 17 can be configured with up-to two hard drives at once.
The new ENVY laptops are hitting stores on December 7th. The HP ENVY 15 starts at $1,099, while the HP ENVY 17 starts at $1,249.99. The HP ENVY 17 3D model will sell for 1,599.99.