Could Apple have delivered an ultra-portable knock-out punch with the latest version of its MacBook Air? Already Dell has dropped the price on its Adamo 13 laptop to $899, and now HP has slashed the price on its Envy 13 notebook by $450 to $999.
While the Adamo offers more RAM (4GB to the Envy's 3GB) and a faster processor, the HP provides a discrete graphics card (the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330), more storage (a 250GB hard drive instead of the Dell's 128GB solid-state drive), and an external optical drive for the extra $100. Both come with 13-inch LED-backlit displays and are under an inch thick.
You won't be able to locate the Envy 13 in the regular laptop section of the HP Web site, where Envy 14 and Envy 17 are still being sold. Instead, the Envy 13 has been relegated to the outlet center, and you can find the product page here.