HP Envy 14 and Envy 17 finally revealed

Well, they’re finally official now and I can quit receiving these kazillion emails about the upcoming Envy 14/17 models… wait, at least until the Envy 11 and Envy 18 emails start flooding in a couple months’ time 😉 . Right now, the information being provided by HP is scarce. But after some “digging around”, I’ve managed to compile a much more comprehensive list of specifications for the Envy 14 and Envy 17, more than you’ll find on other sites out there. All the info I’ve listed below are accurate/confirmed except where noted otherwise.

For both the Envy 14 and Envy 17, the following things will come as standard/available features:

  • Choice of Intel Core i5 dual core, Intel Core i7 dual core and Intel Core i7 Quad core processors (yes, the Envy 14 can be configured as a quad-core machine!)
  • Fully backlit, chiclet style keyboard; NO annoying ‘quick media/quick launch’ buttons to hinder typing
  • Metal/aluminum chassis with metal etching design (same patterns on the lid/palmrest as Envy 15)
  • HP True Vision “HD” webcam (I think they can record/webconference in 720p; haven’t confirmed, I’m not really a big webcam user)
  • Built-in slot-loading optical drives (contrary to earlier documents and HP info; somehow someone managed to squeeze in those optical drives)
  • 7200 rpm hard disks will come standard; solid state drives (SSD) will also come as an option
  • Dual built-in microphones
  • Extra large button-less trackpads with brand new trackpad firmware/software for improved operation (really)
  • Much improved cooling/airflow and heat dissipation
  • LAN port for you network cable users
  • Dedicated audio in and audio out ports for microphone and headphones respectively (unlike the single combo port on the Envy 15)

The HP Envy 14

And looking at them individually now, first we have the HP Envy 14:

  • 2 dedicated USB ports + 1 combo eSATA/USB port
  • Standard full-size keyboard without numeric pad (doh!)
  • 14 inch 16:9 aspect ratio “HD” (at least 1366 x 768; higher resolution panel options unconfirmed) LED backlit display; this one’s an “extra-bright” HP Radiance display (similar to how the Envy 13 had a 13 inch Radiance display)
  • Two speaker Beats-branded (or logo stamped) speakers
  • Single hard disk bay
  • 2 or 4 DDR3 RAM slots
  • 1 GB (confirmed) of ATI Mobility Radeon 56xx or 57xx graphics(unconfirmed; dm4 has ATI 5400 series graphics so the Envy 14 should have something higher)
  • Optional (or probably standard in some countries) slim battery slice (styled ala Envy 13/Envy 15 battery slices) brings battery life to “up to 13.75 hours”
  • Mini Display Port and HDMI port (No VGA out)
  • Thin design, around an inch thick

The HP Envy 17

Next up is the much-discussed Envy 17:

  • 3 dedicated USB ports + 1 combo eSATA/USB port
  • Standard full-size keyboard WITH numeric pad
  • 17 inch 16:9 aspect ratio full HD (1920 x 1080) display; appears to be a non-Radiance display
  • Two speaker Beats-branded speakers plus “Triple Bass Reflex” (fancy name!) miniature subwoofer
  • Dual hard disk bays (HP says you can have up to 2 TB of storage, not sure if they made a typo there because 2 TB in a notebook sounds… wrong)
  • 2 or 4 DDR3 RAM slots
  • 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon 5850 graphics with Eyefinity “enabled”
  • Optional extended primary battery juts out the bottom of the notebook
  • Whopping THREE display output ports: Mini Display Port, HDMI and VGA out
  • ATI Eyefinity support allows you to hook up three displays to the said three display output ports without any adapter needed
  • Thin design, around an inch thick

And finally, we have a bunch of question marks floating around which I’ll post answers to when I get more information:

  • Do the HP Envy 14 and Envy 17 support USB 3.0? If yes, how many of the ports are USB 3.0 and how many are USB 2.0?
  • Is dual monitor “Eyefinity” enabled/do-able using the Envy 14?
  • Seeing the Envy 17 has a  “stick out style” optional primary battery, will there be any (if at all) sort of slim battery slice for it?

I’m sure one of these days, either the Envy 14 or Envy 17 or both is gonna show up at my door, so meanwhile let’s discuss. You can start shooting me your questions so I can find answers to them the minute I get the chance to test out the new HP Envy’s.

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10 Comments

  1. Jurij May 6, 2010 Reply

    2TB is possible because the drive bays support discs with 12.5mm thickness – the same goes for the new Pavilions.

    There are tons of new laptops announced today from HP, not just these two Envys. New Pavilions, Probooks and Minis.

  2. bberntson May 6, 2010 Reply

    The press release shows Radeon 5830s, at least as options, in both the Envy 14 and 17.

    http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2010/100505xb.html

  3. Mike May 7, 2010 Reply

    Envy 14 will feature 3 2.0 USB-ports. The GFX is a ATI 5650. Eyefinite is possible with 2 monitors. Resolution is 1600×900. 2 DDR3 slots. Processors will be i3 i5 and i7.

    Envy 17 will feature 1 3.0 USB-port and 2 2.0 USB-ports.

  4. Jay May 7, 2010 Reply

    Hey just to answer the question on the Envy 14 having Eyefinity support on not well in fact it does as confirmed here. Skip to 1.08.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMiaR2eYwao

  5. Greg May 8, 2010 Reply

    I’d like to see a detailed comparison between this and the 8740W especially screen options, CPU options and SSD. The 8740 is nice but heavier I think and has a small trackpad.

  6. Jay May 9, 2010 Reply

    Some info here on the actual Envy site. looks like they are adding more to this site as the days go. on the view section of the site the envy 17 has its first HP demo video (advertisement)

    http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/envy/index.html

    i wonder if they will keep the Envy 15 the same or give it a makeover with a slot drive etc!!?? hmmmm

  7. Michael May 17, 2010 Reply

    Product website says Envy 14 will have USB 3.0.

  8. Bruce * May 19, 2010 Reply

    2TB is possible because the drive bays support discs with 12.5mm thickness – the same goes for the new Pavilions.

    There are tons of new laptops announced today from HP, not just these two Envys. New Pavilions, Probooks and Minis.

  9. Michael May 25, 2010 Reply

    Now the site does not say anything regarding USB. -sadface-

  10. Roee June 19, 2010 Reply

    Hi,

    The ENVY 17 looks great!
    Anybody know it can drive DELL U2711 at its max resolution 2560×1440?

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