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HP’s new Envy 13 laptop is thinner and more powerful than ever

By Koh Wanzi - on 17 May 2018, 11:45am

HP’s new Envy 13 laptop is thinner and more powerful than ever

HP Envy 13

HP has announced updates to its Envy laptops in both the standard clamshell and convertible for factors. These feature all-metal designs and competitive specifications, with AMD’s Ryzen processors now joining Intel’s 8th-generation chips on the Envy x360 convertibles.

The HP Envy 13 and Envy 17 have undergone the biggest design refinements, and they now feature more compact and thinner chassis than before.

The bezels have also been slimmed down, with the top bezel shrinking by a good 31 per cent. That said, there’s still enough space here for the webcam, so you don’t have to deal with an awkward camera placement in the bottom bezel.

HP also built a wide vent into the hinge area directly below the display, the better to facilitate the expulsion of heat. HP’s Command Center software could further help with this, as it lets you easily prioritize performance, fan noise, or system temperatures depending on your preferences.

However, even though the Envy 13 is quite thin at 14.9mm, it still includes two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports, in addition to one USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C port. You don’t have to subscribe to the dongle life with the Envy 13 and 17, and that’s thanks to the drop-jaw design on the Type-A ports, which has allowed HP to accommodate their full depth in such a thin design.

The USB Type-A ports on the Envy 13 feature a drop-jaw mechanism to fit onto such a slim body. (Image Source: HP)

The Envy 17 is thicker at around 23.1mm, and it includes a wider complement of connectors such as a Gigabit Ethernet port, a multi-format card reader, three USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports, and a HDMI 2.0 output.

HP has also chosen to include an optical drive on the Envy 17. 

There are other neat design flourishes as well, such as a small strip of Damascus steel patterning laser-etched onto the hinge area at the rear.

A small strip of Damascus steel patterning has been laser-etched onto the hinge area at the rear. (Image Source: HP)

Another new feature is HP’s Sure View technology, which first debuted in its more premium Spectre laptops. This makes it far more difficult to view your display at an off-angle, so you can get some added privacy at the push of a button.

Elsewhere, the laptops also come with Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers and support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds.

You’ll be able to equip both the Envy 13 and 17 with up to an Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8GHz, 8MB L3 cache), an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (comes default on the Envy 17), and a 4K IPS touchscreen display, but they differ in terms of memory and storage configurations.

HP Envy 17

The Envy 13 will take up to 8GB LPDDR3 memory, while the Envy 17 gets a boost to 12GB of DDR4 RAM. The latter also supports dual storage solutions, including Intel’s Optane Memory.

The Envy x360 13 and 15 share a lot in common with the clamshell Envy laptops, and the main difference – other than their 2-in-1 form factor – is the available of AMD’s Ryzen APUs. Both can be equipped with either a Ryzen 5 2500U (2.0GHz, 4MB L3 cache) or Ryzen 7 2700U (2.2GHz, 4MB L3 cache), but the Envy x360 15 will also offer the option for up to an Intel Core i7-8550U.

I’ll update once there’s news of local availability and price.

Source: HP

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