HP gives Envy laptops an edgier look, updates Spectre x2 with Kaby Lake CPUs

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Valentina Palladino

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HP announced a slew of updates to its Envy laptop line today, in addition to a mildly revamped Spectre x2. Many of these changes focus on elevating overall design, but in a practical way that doesn’t impede the power and efficiency of each device. Slimmer bezels, bold edges, and USB Type-C abound, giving way to a more modern-looking Envy family and Spectre x2.

Envy’s new edges

Envy laptops and convertibles are getting welcome improvements: in particular, the Envy 13 looks quite different now than when Ars’ Andrew Cunningham reviewed it last year. The most striking difference is the hinge, which now sports a shiny, sharp edge branded with the Envy name. Compared to the previous model’s rounded hinge, this looks and feels more premium, and it still lifts the laptop slightly off its surface to allow better airflow.

Although it maintains that lift-hinge and tapered design, the new Envy 13 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, measuring .55-inches thick and weighing 2.7 pounds. Combine its new edginess with its all-metal construction and you have a laptop that appears better positioned to take on devices like the Dell XPS 13.

previous, Core M-powered Spectre x2 lasted about seven hours in our testing, so we’ll have to test the new model fully to see if that claim holds up.

The HP Spectre x2 will be available in June starting at $999. The Envy 13 and Envy x360 15 will also be available in June starting at $1,049 and $899, respectively. The Envy 17 is available now on HP’s website starting at $999.


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