HP’s Premium Laptop Revamp: More OLED Displays and 12th Gen Intel CPUs

While you may not have gotten started with spring cleaning, HP certainly has. Today, the company is essentially updating its entire premium laptop lineup with a set of new Envy and Specter laptops — whether they’re clamshells or 2-in-1s.

The two stars of the updated Envy line are the 13.3-inch Envy x360 and the 16-inch Envy. Both systems can be configured with either an OLED display or a traditional LCD panel. All new Envy laptops also get 5MP webcams with head tracking and beamforming microphones to help you look and sound your best during video calls. You even get original handwriting recognition and a magnetic stylus hidden on the side of the system. And unlike a lot of other PC makers, the HP Pen comes in the box.

The new Envy 13 features a 2-in-1 design and can be equipped with either an LCD or OLED display and a 12th generation Intel CPU.

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Starting at a reasonable $900, the Envy x360 13 seems like a great option for people on the go, thanks to its flexible 2-in-1 design and a battery that HP claims lasts up to 20.5 hours on a charge. You also get support for fast charging via USB-C, with HP promising that you can refill half the battery in just 45 minutes. And for people who want to be more independent while working away from home, HP also introduced a Quiet Performance mode designed to minimize fan noise.

However, for people who want better specs, HP claims that the Envy 16 is the most powerful Envy to date. Starting at $1,400, it not only supports refresh rates of up to 120Hz, but it also has a slightly longer 16:10 display for improved productivity. It can also be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM and either an NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU or one of the new Intel units. .

Designed to support mobile content creation, the new HP Envy allows users to output video to up to three external 4K displays simultaneously.

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So while it may not be as powerful as gaming laptops, its performance is still impressive. HP says the Envy 16 is designed to support video output for up to three external 4K displays on top of the default screen. When I had the opportunity to test this setup in person, I felt everything was very responsive. I was able to move Photoshop from one screen to another without a hitch, even while I had video editing apps and a bunch of other files open in the background.

HP also upgraded the Envy 16’s sound system with a fairly powerful quad speaker setup. Meanwhile, other useful upgrades include an infrared sensor for quick face unlock and even a sensor that can detect if your laptop is hidden in a bag, to help prevent unnecessary battery drain.

Along with the Envy x360 13 and Envy 16, HP also made a 15-inch 2-in-1 with the Envy x15 and a large screen option on the Envy 17.

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However, if the Envy x360 13 and Envy 16 don’t quite meet your needs, there’s also an updated 15.6-inch Envy x360 2-in-1 with support for both 12th Gen Intel CPUs or AMD’s 5000 series Ryzen chips. And if you need a laptop with a bigger screen, there’s the 17.3-inch Envy x360, which can be equipped with a screen up to 4K. But it’s worth noting that its GPU beats the NVIDIA RTX 2050, so it’s not quite as powerful as the Envy 16. However, starting at $1100, it’s a bit cheaper.

Finally, among HP’s deluge updates are the revamped Specter x360 13.5 and Specter x360 16, which feature slightly curved rounded edges as well as updated components. Now that might not seem like a big deal, but former Specters often felt too sharp and sharp for their own good. That’s because while these neat fonts look great in photos, they tend to dig into your palm or wrist as you type, which gets uncomfortable real fast.

HP's updated Specter x360 13 is the company's most premium laptop, featuring a 3:2 display and a CNC-machined aluminum chassis.

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Both models are part of Intel’s Evo platform, so you can expect bright displays, nearly instant wake times, and support for dual Thunderbolt 4 sockets, along with some fancy features like Gorilla Glass displays not found on all new Envy devices. And for people who really care about productivity, both new spectrums also get 3:2 screens with LCD or OLED panels, to help make multitasking easier.

And of course, the latest Specters feature updated internals including 12th generation Intel CPUs and ARC A370M GPU support on the 16-inch model. However, with prices starting at $1,250 and $1,650, HP’s most premium laptops cost quite a bit more than comparable Envy laptops.

All new HP Envy and Specter laptops are on sale today, directly from HP or select third-party retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.

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