HP reveals new Envy Ultrabooks

At its Global Infuser Summit in Shanghai, HP made multiple product announcements. None were more indicative of the company's future direction than its Ultrabook announcements. The company announced five consumer Ultrabooks, all under $1,000, with the least expensive beginning at $599. The Ultrabooks will be released under the company's premium notebook sub-brand, Envy.

The flagship of the bunch, the Envy Spectre XT (pictured above), will cost $999 and comes in at only .97 inches thick, weighing 3.07 pounds. The entry-level configuration gives consumers a 13.3" screen (featuring a 1366 x 768 resolution), 128GB SSD drive, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU of a currently unknown speed. While the Envy Spectre XT shares its nomenclature with the Envy 14 Spectre, released earlier this year, it sports a complete redesign of its predecessor.

In addition to the Spectre XT, HP will release the appropriately-named Envy Ultrabook and Envy Sleekbook. Both the Envy Ultrabook and Sleekbook will come in 14" and 15.6" variants. The Sleekbook will be the less-expensive of the two laptops, starting at $599 for the 14" version; the Envy Ultrabook will begin at $749 for its 14" version. All the Envy laptops will include USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. Additional information and full specifications can be seen at Engadget.

HP also announced a new business-class Ultrabook, the EliteBook Folio. The EliteBook Folio will come in two versions, the EliteBook 2170p and EliteBook 2570p, which will start at $999 and $1099, respectively. The former offers consumers an 11.6" screen, while the latter provides a 12.5" screen.

Photo courtesy of Engadget

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offroadaaron said,
no docking station port.

what do you need to dock it for?

external screen > HDMI port

keyboard, mouse > bluetooth

Printers and everything else > network

mbowman said,

what do you need to dock it for?

external screen > HDMI port

keyboard, mouse > bluetooth

Printers and everything else > network

Proper I/O docks are fantastic and HP do a damn good job with them on business models. Time, convenience, external power button and in most cases, better airflow.

Aergan said,

Proper I/O docks are fantastic and HP do a damn good job with them on business models. Time, convenience, external power button and in most cases, better airflow.

They just seem a thing of the past where you had to connect up your keyboard, mouse, printer, usb coffee warmer and all the other junk you used to connect to the machine.

Dear Neowin, I would appreciate that you not censor my comments unless they contain curse words. To repeat my last censored post: (shortened a bit to make the cut)

Dear HP, and ALL the Ultrabook makers:
RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION,

I tend to want uber power or uber portability, this satisfies neither as I'd prefer a high end tablet to the low end model and a desktop replacement to the high end, which to me is not THAT big a deal at all, I mean I am still a man and can thankfully still carry my ASUS g73jh with ease all day long, so for my next machine, I won't be considering these at all.

I'm curious as to how these will sell, I don't see the specs as very appealing whatsoever.

Dear ALL CURRENT NOTEBOOK MAKERS:

Please listen up. We do not want this low resolution CRAP that you continue to put out knowing the vast majority of the consumers, the many many technical journalists and bloggers have expressed their concerns over this.

1600x900 will win you many many points. 1920x1200 would be killer. If Apple comes out with a Retina display it will make it even harder for me to come back into the PC fold.

These new HP designs are very nice and I give them credit for the design but the screen resolutions makes me want to step back again. I have a 17" MBP and 17" Dell Covet but these are not as portable as I like. I want a 15" laptop like the ENVY 6 but a high resolution screen. Even the new Spectre XT should at least be 1440 or 1600.

I know many of them read these comments and review sites like this one to gain insight on trending opinions. Samsung seems to be the only one that actually responds in kind by releasing a proper screen resolution in the new Series 9. HP, DELL, Toshiba, ACER and the likes GET WITH IT!!

Unfortunately, people do not care about Res. until they've tried a newer one. People will start trashing the new res. because it will be smaller, then they'll love how much things fit on their screen.

Second, if we actually want to start seeing High res. screens, we are needing for Apple to release Retina Dis. Macbooks. I do not know why, but lately the competition is only reacting after Apple relases "a revolutionary/magical device".

Jose_49 said,
Unfortunately, people do not care about Res. until they've tried a newer one. People will start trashing the new res. because it will be smaller, then they'll love how much things fit on their screen.

Second, if we actually want to start seeing High res. screens, we are needing for Apple to release Retina Dis. Macbooks. I do not know why, but lately the competition is only reacting after Apple relases "a revolutionary/magical device".

I understand the idea behind the if you don't know you are missing it then how do you know if you need it. I have friends that ask me why my screen text is so small on the Mac or Dell so I get it. But lately they are asking about HD displays and what does that mean.

Secondly, I agree that many companies are being very reactive to what APPLE is doing instead of paving new ways to innovate early on. Samsung for example can create these great displays for APPLE yet they can't seem to market it for themselves first.

The tablet market is even worse. You have devices that wants to go toe to toe with the IPAD 3 Retina Display in price but can't even deliver it in the Screen resolution. It's not exclusive to Apple only. they are just willing to push the envelope in design and everyone just follows.

Dear WHINEY DORKS:

Please listen up. You do not understand that increased pixel density, with no regard for the OSs prefered at a given screen size, is asinine. Since these will initially be running Win7 (and not Win8) it doesn't take a Neowinian to figure out that the listed resolutions make more sense from both a usability and cost perspective. The Windows desktop has and will continue to favor a 96PPI(.) Don't like it, wait for Win8 Metro and higher end devices. (Everyone knew the entry level devices were going to be 110ppi while the slates will be closer to 300ppi - Why is this? Because you will generally hold one class of device MUCH CLOSER than the other)

Please extricate yourselves from Apple's 'retina' distortion field. You want to be a bleeding edge gadget dork, fine, but take your outraged absurdity elsewhere. Oh god, I just can't take another moment with my zomgz 'low' ppi/res 23" 1080 display (you know, the most common monitor sold) - Wait, that also comes out to...FRAKING 96PPI.

Dashel said,
Dear WHINEY DORKS:

Please listen up. You do not understand that increased pixel density, with no regard for the OSs prefered at a given screen size, is asinine. Since these will initially be running Win7 (and not Win8) it doesn't take a Neowinian to figure out that the listed resolutions make more sense from both a usability and cost perspective. The Windows desktop has and will continue to favor a 96PPI(.) Don't like it, wait for Win8 Metro and higher end devices. (Everyone knew the entry level devices were going to be 110ppi while the slates will be closer to 300ppi - Why is this? Because you will generally hold one class of device MUCH CLOSER than the other)

Please extricate yourselves from Apple's 'retina' distortion field. You want to be a bleeding edge gadget dork, fine, but take your outraged absurdity elsewhere. Oh god, I just can't take another moment with my zomgz 'low' ppi/res 23" 1080 display (you know, the most common monitor sold) - Wait, that also comes out to...FRAKING 96PPI.

Huh?! I'm not an Apple fanboy but hate 1366x768 screens as well. I can't do crap on that resolution at 15" and above. So... who's the fanboy here?

Dashel said,
Dear WHINEY DORKS:

Please listen up. You do not understand that increased pixel density, with no regard for the OSs prefered at a given screen size, is asinine. Since these will initially be running Win7 (and not Win8) it doesn't take a Neowinian to figure out that the listed resolutions make more sense from both a usability and cost perspective. The Windows desktop has and will continue to favor a 96PPI(.) Don't like it, wait for Win8 Metro and higher end devices. (Everyone knew the entry level devices were going to be 110ppi while the slates will be closer to 300ppi - Why is this? Because you will generally hold one class of device MUCH CLOSER than the other)

Please extricate yourselves from Apple's 'retina' distortion field. You want to be a bleeding edge gadget dork, fine, but take your outraged absurdity elsewhere. Oh god, I just can't take another moment with my zomgz 'low' ppi/res 23" 1080 display (you know, the most common monitor sold) - Wait, that also comes out to...FRAKING 96PPI.

So because you have bad eyesight we can't enjoy a higher resolution with the ability to fit more on the screen and be more productive?
Grow up.

My last two notebooks have been 1920*1080 RGBLED 15.6" displays and I'd never want to downgrade.

Fred 69 said,

So because you have bad eyesight we can't enjoy a higher resolution with the ability to fit more on the screen and be more productive?
Grow up.

My last two notebooks have been 1920*1080 RGBLED 15.6" displays and I'd never want to downgrade.


Exactly. When you see that you have the power to make more things fit in the screen, you'll see what we are talking about (@Dashel,). I'm residing myself in a 1680 x1050 15.4 in and 1920 x 1080 24 in and I can't go back to something lower.

Gah! 1366x768 even for the 15.6" model. Very nearly had me being that (1) It doesn't look like a MacBook Air. If I wanted a laptop that looked like a MacBook Air then I should get a MacBook Air (2) Backlight keyboard.

This is pretty poor considering the MacBook Air (sorry, but it is the baseline comparison in this market) packs 1366x768 on the 11.6" model (HP's smallest is 13.3") and 1440x900 on the 13.3" (Higher than all of them).

Also consider that it will be "likely" that their next MacBook Air will have a super high resolution screen like the iPad, it really doesn't make sense.

I will just continue to hold on until there is an Ultrabook that can get it right. Hopefully we will see some decent Ultrabooks closer to the time of Windows 8 launch (which would also sport Touchscreens) but touch screen or not, if Apple come out first with a Super High Res MacBook Air, I don't think I would be able to contain myself.

Not everyone has poor eyesight and needs all the pixels to be blown up.

Thats one nice looking machine, shame they have let it down with the resolution. Especially when competitors like Apple are [probably] going to be announcing retina macs soon.. they are already packing the same resolution into their 11" models as the 13" ultrabooks.

So only Samsung (Series 9) and Asus (Zenbook) are currently fighting for my money. 1366x768 is a deal breaker for me.

TokiToki said,
So only Samsung (Series 9) and Asus (Zenbook) are currently fighting for my money. 1366x768 is a deal breaker for me.

I thought the zenbook had a 1600x900? My mates one does. Better specs than these too (alebiet without the ivy bridge)

Auzeras said,

I thought the zenbook had a 1600x900? My mates one does. Better specs than these too (alebiet without the ivy bridge)

Yes, both Series 9 and Zenbook have 1600x900 which is why they're the only ultrabooks I have my eyes on. I also read the Zenbook Prime will feature a 1080p screen, but I think that resolution might be too hard on my eyes.

TokiToki said,

Yes, both Series 9 and Zenbook have 1600x900 which is why they're the only ultrabooks I have my eyes on. I also read the Zenbook Prime will feature a 1080p screen, but I think that resolution might be too hard on my eyes.

Nope it won't

waqastariq said,
Give me a 15' screen with a full keyboard (with numpad) and I'm sold.

That completely destroys the point of an ultrabook

Auzeras said,

That completely destroys the point of an ultrabook


Maybe, but that's what I'd like to have, a notebook minus the DVD player, plus some slimness, that's is what I need for my work and life The HP ProBook that I have now is just too think and has too many ports in it that I do not need.

HP, and a lot of other vendors, do this. They make a fantastic product, but put an absolute TOILET of a monitor on it...which completely ruins the entire experience - yes i realise it makes it cheaper and saves battery life, but still, not acceptable!

Memnochxx said,
I see they really went all out on the resolution.

Yeah, swing and a miss yet again. They didn't even try with the high end model, or the ones with larger screens where there is some price wiggle room).

AtriusNY said,
The prices don't include VAT/Sales tax. So you need to add 10% for Australia.

Plus Import/Export costs. Plus taxes that the US govt. puts on companies that deal in foreign countries (US companies pay taxes in the country they are trading in, plus taxes in the US, while just about every other country only collects taxes domestically). Plus the costs of any regulatory filings (FCC equivalent) in that country. Plus the costs associated with employing people in foreign countries and benefits required by law in that country, plus …

There are many costs that can drive up a price above just the currency conversion, but nobody takes those into account.