HP updates Envy, Pavilion laptops for back-to-school shopping

Summary:Highlights from the refreshed notebooks include a version of the Envy TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook with 3,200x1,600 screen and the $399 Pavilion 11 TouchSmart.

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The school year hasn't ended in many places yet, but computer manufacturers have already started prepping new systems for the next school year. For instance, HP has just previewed its back-to-school refresh of its laptop lineup, including new Envy and Pavilion notebooks.

Pricing for many of these new portables is pretty aggressive, with the new Pavilion 11 TouchSmart starting at just $399. That price includes an 11.6-inch touchscreen with 1,366x768 resolution and an AMD processor. The Pavilion 14 TouchSmart Sleekbook offers similar resolution on a 14-inch screen starting at $479.99. Both new Pavilions will be available on June 26.

HP has also updated its pricier Envy line, with the Envy TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook even getting an ultra-high-resolution display option. The 3,200x1,600 screen rivals those of the Google Chromebook Pixel and Apple's MacBook Retina display lineup, though we don't know pricing for that version yet. The base price is $699, though that only gets you a 1,366x768 14-inch display.

There's also the Envy TouchSmart 15, which isn't an Ultrabook but does boost the base resolution of the 15.6-inch display to full 1080p HD. Likewise for the Envy 17, which will also feature Intel's forthcoming Haswell processors and Nvidia discrete graphics. The Envy TouchSmart starts at $529, while the Envy 17 will be priced from $699; both will be available starting on June 5.

[Via HP, Engadget]

Topics: Laptops, Hewlett-Packard, Mobility

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