HP Envy 13 and 15: Hands-on with the green-eyed monster laptops

HP has announced two new ultra-slim laptops in the US, but there's no need to be envious of our colonial cousins: the Envy 13 and 15 will launch here tomorrow

We round out our sneak preview of the HP desktop and laptops coming to the UK with the Envy 13 and Envy 15 laptops, 13- and 15-inch sleek machines set to challenge the slimline MacBook Air.

The two computers rock aluminium and magnesium alloy bodies with a subtle etched pattern on the keyboard tray and the 15's lid. They have MacBook-style clickable touchpads but still feature left and right mouse buttons, and a button to turn off the touchpad, built into the pad itself. 

HP Envy

The Envy 15 is a mere 25mm thick yet crams in an Intel Core i7 CPU, four RAM slots for up to 16GB of memory, dual SSD hard drives and ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics. The display resolution is 1,600x900 pixels. In the States that hefty hunk of laptop starts at $1,800 (£1,090).

The Envy 13 is predictably less powerful, offering the Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400, a 1,366x768-pixel display, ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics, and supports an external DVD burner. Slightly thinner than the 15, it starts at $1,700 (£1,030).

Envy

The HP Envy 13 and 15 come in environmentally conscious paper-based packets, with the instruction manual on a bundled SD card. So you really can turn green, with Envy! We'll get our coat.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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