HP’s Unveils Specter and Envy Laptops

HP Specter x360 16

HP Specter x360 16
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Countless laptops have been announced in the past few weeks, including Entire fleet of Acer notebooksAnd HP gaming systemspremium Lenovo ChromebookAnd Asus with hidden message Written in invisible ink. Honestly, I’m tired. However, I won’t let my cramped fingers stop me getting excited about the successors to some of the best Windows PCs of the past few years.

No, I’m not talking about the Dell XPS 13 (excellent as it is). New versions of the Envy and Specter, HP’s ultra-thin mid-range and flagship laptops, were announced today. I won’t waste your time: these are updates, not a redesign, of previous models. However, they do bring some goodies that will appeal to people who are in the market to buy a portable laptop.

HP Specter and Envy release date and pricing

Here are some quick numbers and dates. The Specter x360 13.5 and Specter x360 16 go on sale today at HP.com with starting prices of $1,249 and $1,649, respectively. It will also be available at Best Buy.

Affordable Envy x360 models are also available on the HP website. The 13.3-inch Envy x360 will start at $899 while the 15.6-inch convertible will cost $849 for the AMD model and $899 for the Intel model. The two shells, the Envy 16 and Envy 17.3, will cost $1,399 and $1,099, respectively.

HP Specter x360 13.5 and 16

I made sure. This is not a typo. HP is already calling this latest model the Specter x360 13.5 even though the previous Specter x360 14 has the same screen size. Market research may have shown that customers want the portability of a 13-inch device but with a larger screen (because 14 sounds Much larger from 13). Whatever the case, the name bothers me.

HP Spectre x360 13.5

HP Spectre x360 13.5
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If you can get past that, the Spectre x360 13.5 and 16 are shaping up to be fine laptops, retaining the best elements of the previous versions while updating certain components. If you haven’t seen the latest Spectre laptops (my Specter x360 16 OLED review Good introduction), its aluminum frame is absolutely gorgeous. While this new version forgoes gem-cut edges for a more rounded design, it boasts the same chrome trim, large touchpad, and powerful angular trims, giving it a luxurious appeal.

You also get an acceptable port arrangement considering these are fairly portable systems, especially the 3-pound, 0.67-inch Specter x360 13.5 (the x360 16 weighs 4.45 pounds). Even at 13.5 there are two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C and USB Type-A ports, a microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. The 16-inch model casts an HDMI 2.1 port as a good measure.

HP Specter x360 16

HP Specter x360 16
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The major updates are inside, with the Specter being powered by Intel 12th Gen processors – either Core i7-1255U or Core i5-1235U. The larger 16-inch model gets a Core i5-1260P or Core i7-12700H from the full H-series. Graphics is another area where x360 16 has an advantage. Or, at least it should, with the Intel Arc A370M graphics option. Intel The first discrete graphics cards are delayedbut when they arrive, the chip maker claims they’ll bring it Twice the performance compared to the compact Iris Xe. Both portable devices support up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 2TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD.

HP says the 16-inch Specter will last 12 hours and 30 minutes while streaming content over Wi-Fi, or 19 hours of pure video playback. The smaller model gets up to 15 hours of wireless transmission.

HP Specter x360 16

HP Specter x360 16
picture: HP

If there’s one feature HP seems particularly proud of, it’s the webcam. And they deserve to feel that way because, as the previous Specter x360 16 showed, the 5MP IR webcam is great. It might be the best on any laptop, and now it comes to the Specter x360 13.5 along with temporary noise reduction and a shutter shutter. It even comes with Auto Frame software features, Dynamic Voice Leveling, and Backlight Adjustment.

The other big thing is the display options. There are three different screen options for the Specter x360 13.5: 13.5-inch, 1920 x 1280 IPS with HP Sure View (Privacy Filter), 1920 x 1280 without privacy options, and a 3K2K OLED touchscreen with up to 500 nits max brightness. The 16-inch monitor bumps up the resolution of its primary panels to 3072 x 1920 (3K+) in glossy or anti-reflective options and has its own 4K OLED panel.

HP Envy and Envy x360 Printer

Four new models from Envy were also announced today, including 13.3-inch, 15.6-inch convertible, 16-inch and 17.3-inch clamshell versions. While it was a step below the Specters, HP did a great job porting key features to these cheaper mid-range alternatives.

HP Envy 17.3.1 Update

HP Envy 17.3.1 Update
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The Envy x360 weighs just 13.3 3 pounds and can be outfitted with an Intel Core i7-1250U processor, although the Core i5-1230U might be a better value option. Memory is limited to 16GB, which should be fine for most people, while storage is up to 1TB. Bigger models get better CPUs, and the 15-inch gives you a choice between an Intel Core or AMD Ryzen 5000 (not the latest 6000 chipset). Memory is limited to 16 GB and storage capacity is up to 1 TB.

HP Envy x360 13.3.0 Update

HP Envy x360 13.3.0 Update
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HP hasn’t skimped on the screen, choosing a 13.3-inch touchscreen, 2.8K OLED at the top end and a 1920×1200 IPS screen for the base model. The 15.6-inch version gets a 1080p OLED display while the 16-inch version has a 4K OLED option. The Envy 17 (sorry, Envy 17.3) drops OLED for a 4K IPS screen.

Without overwhelming you with specs, the entire Envy series gets the HP 5MP IR webcam and all the accompanying software features. It also comes with USB-C and USB-A ports and an SD card reader (micro for the smallest model).

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