HP revives one of our favorite laptops, plus new Envy, Pavilion systems

An 11-inch budget laptop gets a new name in the Pavilion 11 TouchSmart.

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Alongside the frankly more interesting Rove 20 tabletop PC , HP has also announced revisions to the rest of its Pavilion and Envy laptop lineups. However, included in this bundle is one product that caught our eye: an update to one of our favorite laptops.

The new HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart is an 11-inch semi-sequel to the low-cost, AMD-powered HP dm1 , a system we loved when it was released in 2011 because it offered decent, portable performance at near-Netbook prices.

The new version, also with an AMD CPU, adds a standard Windows 8 touch screen and will start at $399 (yes, that includes the touch screen), and it should be available at the end of June.

The 11-inch Pavilion TouchSmart 11. Dan Ackerman/CNET

The rest of the new Pavilion lineup consists of the Pavilion 14, 15, and 17. These look to be midprice systems, and frankly a bit of a throwback, as only the 15-inch will include a touch screen. They'll be available in early June, for between $429 and $479, with both AMD and Intel processors.

The higher-end Envy line has three new models. The Envy TouchSmart 14 Ultrabook is a late-summer update that has one notable option: a super-high-res 3,200x1,800-pixel display, similar to what you'd find on a Toshiba Kirabook or Retina MacBook Pro. We don't yet know when this option will be available or how much it will cost.

The Envy TouchSmart 15 starts at $529 and does not has a Retina-like screen option; the Envy 17 starts at $699 and can be upgraded to include discrete Nvidia graphics and 2TB of storage. It comes with four-way speakers plus a subwoofer, but no touch screen. Like most of these new laptops, it will be available starting June 5.

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