HP today unveiled all new consumer notebook and netbook PCs designed to deliver the ideal balance of performance, features and style just in time for the upcoming holiday season. The team from NotebookReview was invited to spend some hands-on time with these latest laptops, and HP didn’t disappoint.
For starters, HP hopes to deliver a multimedia splash this Christmas with the HP ENVY 17 3D – the first 17 inch notebook pc to support 1080p 3D and Blu-ray – and the HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition with its impressive speaker output and all-black design with high-performance headphones included.
The popular HP Pavilion dm3 notebook also gets a major refresh this time with the latest Intel Core-series low voltage processors for better performance and better battery life along with a completely new chassis design and an HP-developed “intelligent cooling system” to minimize heat and provide consumers with an easy way to control maximum performance and still obtain maximum comfort without a burning notebook on your lap.
Last, but certainly not least, the HP Mini 210 HD likewise receives a major exterior redesign to match the new look of the Pavilion dm3 and now comes in a broader range of color options with matching available accessories priced low enough to be the perfect stocking stuffer.
HP ENVY 17 3D
While we’ve seen several 15-inch gaming and multimedia notebooks with 3D-capable displays, most of the current generation 3D notebooks require low-resolution (1366×768) displays and also require external 3D emitters for use with 3D active shutter glasses. The new Envy 17 3D features a 17.3-inch HP 3D Ultra BrightView Display that provides vivid 1,080p (1920×1080) resolution perfect for 3-D Blu-ray content. HP 3D Active Shutter Glasses provide a seamless viewing experience by wirelessly synchronizing each frame of the 3D content between the display and the glasses, enabling a higher quality image. The 3D emitter is built into the bezel of the screen so it’s easy to take your 3D viewing experience with you wherever you go.
The Envy 17 3D also features Beats Audio and an HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer to provide a better listening experience when you’re watching Avatar for the 120th time. The main body of the notebook is made from etched brushed aluminium and the hardware is configurable with up to 2TB of storage capacity, powerful quad-core Intel Core i7 processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 discrete graphics. The HP ENVY 17 also offers ATI Eyefinity Technology for multiple external display support.
The HP Envy 17 3D is expected to be available this holiday season with pricing to be determined (although it is estimated to start at less than $2,000 with full 3D capability and one set of 3D glasses). Additional information about HP Envy 17 3D is available at www.hp.com/go/ENVY
HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition
The HP Envy 14 Beats Edition combines the unique style of Beats Audio products from Dr. Dre with the high performance and feautes of the Envy 14. This special-edition notebook includes Beats Audio, a combination of audio processing and specific speakers developed by HP and Beats by Dr. Dre to provide the optimal sound experience when playing music or audio through headphones or external speakers.
Not only does the new Envy 14 Beats Edition feature a black soft-touch aluminium design, but the HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition includes a red backlit keyboard and three custom Beats-themed wallpapers. The packaging is also designed to match the look of the notebook, as the HP logo takes a back seat to the Beats Audio logo.
The new Envy 14 Beats Edition promises to provide up to 6.5 hours of battery life with the standard battery, and up to 13 hours with the optional HP Slim Fit Extended-Life battery. The HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition also includes Intel Core processors and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics for high performance.
The Beats Solo Headphones have an advanced driver design for precise audio clarity. One set of headphones is included with each HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition, and additional headphones may be purchased. The HP ENVY 14 Beats Edition has a starting price of $1,249.99.
HP Pavilion dm3
As previously mentioned, the thin and light HP Pavilion dm3 has received a redesign that is literally quite cool. HP’s new “CoolSense Technology” combines advanced hardware and intelligent cooling software to make the new dm3 feel noticeably cooler than the previous generation of laptops and automatically adjust cooling levels according to a customer’s personal preferences.
The notebook chassis itself is made of new metal alloys, features soft-touch paint, non-conductive surfaces and strategically placed vents to minimize heat and channel it away from the bottom of the PC for optimal comfort when you’re using it as a “laptop.”
HP Thermal Assistant software detects how the PC is being used – for example on a soft surface or on a desk – and an accelerometer automatically shifts into either a maximum cooling mode or maximum performance mode based on the customer’s choice.
The HP Pavilion dm3 includes a 13.3-inch diagonal HD (1366×768) display, an island-style keyboard with optional backlit feature and is stylish and durable metal finish with soft-touch surfaces in matte black. HP claims the new dm3 offers up to 7.5 hours of battery life with Intel Core i3 processor and measures less than 1-inch thin. The HP Pavilion dm3 will be available soon in the US with a starting price of $549.99.
HP Mini 210
Not to be left out, the HP Mini 210 gets a new stylish design to more closely match the new look of the Pavilion dm3 while still offering the all-day computing performance and low cost of a netbook.Most of our readers know what a netbook is, but for those who don’t a netbook is designed for people who surf the web, check email, listen to music, and need access to friends, family or information while on the go in a compact form with a low price tag.
The Mini 210 includes built-in WLAN, webcam, microphone and a nearly full-sized, island-style keyboard. It also is offered with the optional new dual-core Intel Atom processor N550, in addition to the Intel Atom N455 and N475 processors, all of which support DDR3 memory. The new Mini 210 is less than 1-inch thin and weighs 3.1 pounds. It comes standard with an inline six-cell battery that provides up to 10.75 hours of battery life (according to HP) and fits flush without sticking out of the back or bottom of the laptop.
The Mini 210 is now available in a choice of five HP Imprint finishes: charcoal, crimson red, lavender frost, luminous rose and ocean drive. An optional 10.1-inch diagonal HD (1366×768) display and optional Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator enables smooth 720p and 1080p (via external display) HD content playback and video streaming from popular websites, allowing users to experience their own personal multiplex. Dolby Advanced Audio delivers optimal playback for movies, music and gaming.
Matching accessories are available for HP Minis such as durable, neoprene mini sleeves, which include a plush interior lining and help safeguard against everyday use. Matching mice include micro-sized 2.4 GHz wireless receivers that you can leave connected to the netbook’s USB port and still fit the Mini 210 into the neoprene sleeve or your backpack. Prices for the accessories start at $19.99. The HP Mini 210 is currently available in the United States with a starting price of $329.99.