HP Envy Takes Aim at MacBook Air, Dell XPS 13

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HP has announced its thinnest laptop yet, the sleek 0.51-inch thick Envy (starting at $850), which is a hair thinner than Apple's 12-inch MacBook (0.52 inches). Available for sale starting October 18, the Windows notebook is powered by sixth generation Intel Core processors and features a fingerprint reader integrated into the deck. 

When we got our hands on it at a recent HP press event, we observed how the Envy opens, with its hinge elevating the deck. It improves typing by bringing the keyboard up at an angle, and also allows for greater stability. 

While its silver magnesium body and high performance chipset gives the Envy all the trimmings of a top tier business class machine, the 2.82-pound notebook also features enhanced sound by Bang & Olufsen, which works with HP on the audio quality across its range of devices. 

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While the entry-level Envy has a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, you can upgrade it (for a price HP has yet to reveal) to a Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display. The Envy comes with 4 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SD card reader, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage. Note that HP isn't offering a touchscreen option on this model. That's what the new Spectre X2 is for.

We didn't get a chance to put this machine to the test, but HP says the elevated chassis design also allows for the Envy to better dissipate heat so the body doesn't get too hot. HP also claims the Envy will offer up to 10 hours of battery life, which we'll evaluate in our forthcoming review.

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On paper, the HP Envy looks like a formidable foe for the MacBook Air but also the Dell XPS 13, which is our current top laptop overall. The Dell starts at $799 for a full HD display, but you can order it with a touchscreen for $1,349. The HP is priced $50 more to start and doesn't have an edge-to-edge screen like the Dell, but the 6th-generation CPU and overall design look promising.

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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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7 comments
  • Shabbir rana Says:

    I am using hp pavillion dv6 since five years i am very happy to use it as well as satisfied because it is a very adorable and cheap laptop as well as user friendly.

  • Nitin Gupta Says:

    When i purchased the laptop (2 weeks back), I was told that the battery life is 10 hours. But with full charge, the battery last only 3.5 hours. Please let me know if this is normal or my product is faulty.

  • Anindya Says:

    Guys, Please don't buy this laptop. HP compare it with Apple but they are not near to them.

    All the hardware are belong to Samsung HDD,RAM,Display,Camera etc.

    Camera quality is poor.
    I recently found that my Seagate Expansion external drive is also not working with this laptop.
    Battery is decent but get heat-up too much.
    Exhaust fan make noise like aeroplane taking take off.

    You can buy because this laptop is cheap as compare to Dell XPS and Apple Air.

    Quality wise is not good. I made a mistake.

    HP support people didn't know what they are doing.

    My recommendation will be not to buy this laptop.

  • Gordon Says:

    I own the i7 model of this laptop, with no experience of aluminium bodied ultraportables I have nothing to compare against but I find the underside of this laptop gets very hot not long after switching it on. Is this normal?

    Also, please review this, it's one of the most affordable aluminium super thin ultrabooks and it is being as good as ignored by most tech review sites.

  • Steve Jackson Says:

    When are you going to review this product? I'm waiting for months

  • Miiko Says:

    Is the ram upgradable or it is soldered to the motherboard itself?

  • Varun Says:

    Full review please? Preferably in a hands-on video.

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