HP debuts quad-core Envy 14 and 17; start at $999 and $1,399

HP has announced the Envy 14 and 17, adding two more models to its existing lineup of 13- and 15-inch Envy premium laptops.
Written by Andrew Nusca, Contributor

Hewlett Packard on Wednesday announced the Envy 14 and 17, adding two more models to its existing lineup of 13- and 15-inch Envy premium laptops.

The new MacBook-like notebooks aren't too different from their differently-sized siblings, and fill out the lineup nicely, particularly at the large end.

Both of the new Envy notebooks feature Intel processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 discrete graphics.

Outside, you'll find a magnesium/aluminum alloy shell, backlit keyboard, slot-loading optical drive, HP TrueVision HD webcam, a mini DisplayPort Connector and several connectivity options.

The notebooks also include Beats Audio, which optimizes sound for listening through headphones or external speakers.

The Envy 14 sports a 14.5-inch diagonal HD Radiance display that HP says is some 59 percent brighter than a standard notebook. Resolution is 1600 by 900 pixels, brightness is 350 nits and color gamut clocks in at 82 percent.

It's 5.25 lbs., and sports an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. Visuals are powered by switchable graphics comprised of integrated Intel GMA HD and discrete ATI Mobility Radeon 5650 (1GB DDR3).

It's got three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA shared port, HDMI v1.3c, Mini-Display Port, a 2-1 Digital Media Reader (SD, MMC), a Beats headphone jack, a second headphone + microphone combo jack and Gigabit Ethernet.

It manages up to six hours of battery life. It offers optional WWAN/3G.

Meanwhile, the Envy 17 pretty much crams everything it can into one package -- it's clearly the barnburner of the bunch. With this model you'll find Intel Core i5 and i7 and ATI Mobility Radeon 5850 (1GB GDDR5) graphics.

You'll also find display options that go up to 1920 by 1080 pixels (up to 300 nits; up to 72 percent color gamut) and two 2.5-inch storage slots (each HDD up to 1TB; each SSD up to 160GB).

Ports are the same as the Envy 14 with a few exceptions: the Envy 17 has two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0, VGA and a 5-in-1 card reader. Optical drive options include Blu-ray, of course.

It weighs 7.51 lbs and comes with ATI Eyefinity Technology for multiple external display support and HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer for, well, all that audio work you do.

The HP Envy 14 will be available in the U.S. on June 27 with a starting price of $999.99.

The HP Envy 17 will be available in the U.S. on May 19 with a starting price of $1,399.99.

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