HP announces refreshed family of premium ENVY laptops

HP has announced a redesigned family of ENVY laptops. The company has unveiled 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch notebooks for 2015, packing inside the latest processors from Intel and AMD, as well as powerful graphics options.

The new 14 and 15.6-inch ENVY models provide choice between an Intel i5 and i7 processor. Standard stuff. The storage options are where things get really interesting. HP will offer up to 2TB of internal storage, with options for hybrid and SSD setups. Up to 16GB of RAM will be included on Intel-based configurations, while AMD fans get up to 8GB and up to 1TB of storage.

For the display, the 14-inch ENVY will support both HD and Full HD non-touch, while the 15.6-inch model expands the choice to cover QHD+ with touch as an option. Unlike the new Pavilion x2, HP opted not to include USB-C ports on the new ENVY laptops, offering USB 3 or USB 3 and 2 depending on your choice of processor. Battery life across the two sizes clock up to 10 hours, depending on configuration.

Joining the 14- and 15.6-inch ENVY laptops is the new 17.3-inch high-end HP notebook. The new laptop comes with an Intel i7 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce 940M or GTX950M graphics, and up to 4TB of disk space, with options for SSD and hybrid. Four USB 3 ports are at hand, as well as HDMI and Ethernet. Battery life is again touted as hitting the 10 hour mark.

As an added bonus for music lovers, Intel-based configurations feature Bang & Olufsen audio, quad speakers and subwoofers to produce premium sounds. HP expects to launch the new notebooks in July in the US. Select configurations of both the 15.6- and 17.3-inch models will also be available at Best Buy in August and July respectively.

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  • Not premium without the number keys
  • That's only the 14 inch model. 15 and 17 have numeric keys.
  • ENVY is not their premium brand
  • Premium is high end proc, at least 8Gb RAM, HD screen, premium fit and finish
  • Most ultrabooks don't even have number keys...
  • 14', full hd, non touch - sounds good! I hope it has matte display.
  • Nice specs, but that thing looks fat and ugly. Hp needs to work on design
  • Agreed.  For me, after seeing the beauty of the new Dell XPSs, I don't want to buy a "premium" laptop with fat and ugly bezels.
  • Intel RealSense cameras?
  • Zero effort to actually make something different for Windows 10. :(
  • Time for a new laptop.
  • Damn why can't I get a 960 ot 965m :( I love these laptops have never had a problem where hp doesn't help me out but I need more gaming power
  • Really, so HP help you out with new drivers? Because I have Pavilion dv7 and HP refused to release any new gpu drivers since release for their Intel/AMD HD 6770M switchable graphics combo; and as a result I am stuck on Windows 7 and can't upgrade to 8.1 or 10. HP are decent when it comes to hardware warranty replacements, but that is little comfort when I have no new drivers.    
  • No info on AMD processors here. And configurations in AMD are worse too. Well, it's the price they pay for being the second place. Sad.
  • Avoid HP laptops like a plague; they don't provide any support with no updated drivers so few months after release you are screwed. Until HP starts providing new drivers for all their laptops just stay away.  
  • What?  I got Windows 10 drivers for my 8 year old laptop.
  • Which one? Because my 2011 HP Pavilion dv7 with AMD HD 6770M did not even get Windows 8 drivers when Windows 8 came out just a year after I bought the damn thing.  
  • Its a 2007 HP Pavilion dv9000 /w Nvidia GeForce 8600M, it shipped with Vista and its run that, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and various Ubuntu releases.  The GeForce card died somewhere in 2011-2012.  I got new drivers for the keyboard and touchpad when the first tech preview came around, those are the only specific ones I remember. 
  • The hinge makes it look like it'll get worn down really easily.
  • Have a 10 month old 15 HP Envy, can't really say there is anything I like about it. So many problems that I finally gave up on it and got a SP3, SOOO MUCH BETTER
  • Am i the only who went to the"14 inch HP ENVY starts at $699.99." link and saw Chrome book picture on front?
  • can anyone tell me the release date of this series in india?