HP ENVY 17
Since HP is currently in the process of refreshing its notebook lineup, it should also come as no surprise that its premium line of ENVY notebooks would also get some love from the OEM in the form of upgraded hardware.
While the current batch of ENVY 14 notebooks are not going to be touched by the ‘upgrade’ arm for the time being, the ENVY 17 and ENVY17 3D notebooks have been upgraded with AMD’s switchable graphics technology. This allows users to toggle between the onboard Intel HD Graphics solution and a much more powerful AMD Mobility Radeon 6850M graphics card in order to enhance battery life and performance.
In addition, HP also claims that both the ENVY 17 and the ENVY 17 3D will receive Intel’s second-generation Core processors (Sandy Bridge, anyone?) and a new technology known as Intel Wireless Display (WiDi for short), which allows users to share content wirelessly between notebook, PC and television displays. Storage capacities have also been upgraded: both notebooks now sport up to 2TB of storage space.
Last but not least, users of the existing ENVY 17 3D notebooks can have something new to look forward to. HP has announced that a new software known as TriDef 3D is now freely available for download. This software will allow users to convert existing 2D images, videos and games into 3D for added realism and will remain as a free download until 30 June this year.
The updated HP ENV Y17 and HP ENVY 17 3D are expected to be available from end February, with a starting price of US$1699.00 and US$2099.00 respectively. Additional information about the HP ENVY range is available at www.hp.com/apac/envy
HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7
The BEATS Audio technology that was once exclusive to the premium ENVY series of notebooks is finally making its way downstream to other HP mobile computers. And this time, it will be the HP Pavilion dv6 and dv7 series of notebooks which will be getting the BEATS Audio treatment.
Created by Beats by Dr. DreTM co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine to restore the emotion that is missing from digital music, HP claims that the inclusion of BEATS Audio technologies in the Pavilion dv6 and dv7 line of notebooks will allow the users of such notebooks to experience optimal sound quality through headphones or external speakers.
Last but not least, the dv6 and dv7 notebook lines have also been given a significant hardware boost: HP has confirmed that both lines will be receiving a processor upgrade in the form of Intel’s “second generation Core processors”, which are none other than the recently launched CPUs featuring the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture.
The HP Pavilion dv6 and Pavilion dv7 are expected to be available from mid January in Asia Pacific with a starting price of US$1099.00 and US$1199.00 respectively.