HP's newest Envy laptops are designed to run cooler, longer
The HPs of spring have sprung.
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sprinkled some fairy dust on its Envy laptops for the spring, endowing them with select features from their pricier Spectre siblings.
These new features include an OLED screen option for the 15-inch clamshell model, a fancy-looking speaker grille, narrower bezels, a camera shutter ("Kill Switch"), Sure View privacy screen options and HP command center software to help manage the power and performance settings. Plus, the
bumps from Nvidia MX150 discrete graphics to MX250.
HP claims to have improved battery life on all models and improved fingerprint readers. It's used a keyboard-lifting hinge design, similar to the one found in Asus' ROG Zephyrus gaming laptops, to enhance cooling for the clamshell laptops. There are also expanded options for second-gen
Ryzen configurations on the 15-inch convertible.
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For secure-minded AMD fans, HP launched two new Ryzen-based models in its ProBook 400 series, the ProBook 445R G6 and ProBook 455R G6. The 445R is a new 14-inch model as well. One of the neat things here is active noise cancellation optimized for keyboard and touchpad.
They're shipping in June. Pricing details have not yet been announced.