HP announces new Spectre and Envy devices, but the gaming Pavilion notebook is rather interesting
HP unveiled some devices that feature not only updated hardware including the new Intel Skylake chips, but also overhauled design. The company also unveiled a new Pavilion gaming notebook that falls into the category of ASUS GL552, for example, due to the mid-range hardware and lower price tag.
The new notebooks part of the Envy lineup boast really thin profile – only 12.9 mm thick packing 13.3-inch screens with QHD+ resolution and IPS panels. Other specs include 6th generation Intel Core i5 processors and 8GB of RAM. With this configuration the company promises at least ten hours of battery life. Storage options start at 128GB SSD and for security measures HP has included a fingerprint scanner. Starting price is $899.
The newly announced HP Spectre x2 is a 2-in-1 device that should compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 as it offers similar hardware and capabilities. Full HD (1920×1080) display is on board with Core M CPU, 512GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. There’s also the super-cool RealSense 3D camera included so you won’t get bored with the device. Head over to our short review regarding RealSense. The tablet also has USB Type-C connector for faster charging and data transfer, backlit keyboard nad Bang & Olufsen audio. Interestingly, the device offers 4G LTE connectivity, but the stylus isn’t included in the package, so you have to buy one separately using Wacom’s technology.
As for the HP Spectre x360, we’ve got a new special Anniversary Edition with 360-degree hinge, 13.3-inch IPS panel with QHD resolution (2560×1440) as well as Intel Skylake CPU options and Bang & Olufsen audio. the whole system should be up and running for at least 12.5 hours and the asking price is $899.99.
HP Pavilion gaming notebook
This came as a surprise, but smart move, nonetheless, from HP. The company announced its budget-friendly gaming Pavilion laptop that should fill the gap between standard everyday notebooks and the HP Omen – the high-end gaming notebook from the company. But the latter wasn’t praised as much mainly due to the relatively high price tag and outdated CPU in the configuration. Luckily, the new HP Pavilion rights the wrongs in this aspect.
We’ve got NVIDIA GeForce 950M on board paired with 6th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 2TB of HDD or 1TB HDD plus 128GB SSD for internal storage. Interestingly enough, HP is shipping the unit with either 1366 x 768 15.6-inch display or with 1080p. Even at this price range 768p screen isn’t a standard anymore, especially in 2015. The asking price for this machine is $900 and can easily compete with other offerings on the market like ASUS’ ROG GL552.