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The HP Envy 13 is one of two laptops released in 2009 as HP’s new flagship units for the Envy line.

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Pros

high resolution LED backlit display (1600 x 900px) - superior colour gamut than the Envy 15

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lightweight and thin (3.74 pounds, <1" thick)

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HDMI output

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dual core 1.86GHz processor

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comes with the latest generation, powerful ATI Radeon HD 4330 graphics chip with 1GB of dedicated RAM

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7 hours of runtime on battery

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slick aesthetic

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available extended battery for up to 18 hours of use off the mains (claimed)

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glass touchpad

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great keyboard

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instant on lightweight OS lets you check e-mail, surf the web (with flash!), and skype and boots in 7 seconds

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monitor has 410 nits of brightness which is very bright

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Cons

not the best value - closer to the underpowered ultra-portable side, quite expensive

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only 2 USB ports

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poorly implemented touchpad

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quite expensive

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default battery life without slice isn't very long

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Beats branded audio

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built-in speakers underperform

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not Voodoo DNA branded

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The HP Envy 13 is one of two laptops released in 2009 as HP’s new flagship units for the Envy line. It hosts a luxurious new design with a pure-grade aluminum chassis and magnesium alloy bottom; and it weighs only 3.74 pounds and is less than 1” thick. It’s the weaker of the two, as it powered by a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo SL9400 processor; its superior rival, on the other hand, can handle Intel’s new mobile Core i7 quad-core processors. Note though that the Envy 13 does come equipped with a Radeon HD 4830 graphics card with 1GB of VRAM, making it especially friendly to serious gamers. As for the screen, it’s a relatively small 13.1” WXGA display. Additional features of the HP Envy 13 include 7 hours of runtime, a tiled keyboard with a glass touchpad, and an optional Slim Fit extended battery life that supposedly goes for up to 18 hours.

Features
  • HP Envy Flagship (2009)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400
  • Radeon HD 4830
  • 13.1” WXGA Display
  • Integrated Webcam
  • Tiled Keyboard
  • Glass Touchbad
  • Beats Audio
Inputs
  • USB (2)
  • HDMI
  • Microphone
  • Headphone
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Omar
09/21/2009 06:08

Wow... this thing looks damn sweet. It is pretty pricey, but it does come with a dedicated graphics card which is a big difference from the 13" MBP.

It's got better specs, and while expensive seems better priced than the MBP.

As I'm currently in the market for a new computer/laptop this is looking VERY interesting. Though considering the MBPs may be up for a redesign in Oct 2009, I'm remiss to wait and see if anything gets announced.

Shadowtech
09/21/2009 05:38

Is it just me, or does this thing look nearly identical to the Macbook Pro? Not saying it's a bad thing, but the "Envy" name sure does describe the product. ;)

Yale
09/21/2009 03:08

What a slick machine! I'm impressed. A bit rich for my blood, but I'd love to get my hands on one of these to see how it feels.

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