In an effort to retool its image, HP last year decided to unify the design of every thin and light laptop it will be selling. This year, the focus has shifted to include not just thin-and-light laptops but every consumer product that the company has in its portfolio. Thus, every HP laptop that will be out in the market will have the same design by applying the same basic curve across every part of each laptop.
With CEO Meg Whitman having now mandated a unified design language across HP's entire portfolio of consumer machines, it is going to be hard for any individual laptop model to actually stand out. There are two models in the HP stable, according to a report by The Verge, that do catch your attention though.
The HP Envy 14 TouchSmart Ultrabook is definitely the first one you will notice. Like the MacBook Pro, the Envy14 comes with Retina Display. With a price range of $699 (Rs 38,950 approx), the Envy14 comes with a low-res 14-inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution. Users can optionally upgrade the screen to1600 x 900. If you are so minded, you can also upgrade to a 3200 x 1800 resolution screen, which will give you one big screen. These upgrades should be available sometime later in the year.
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The HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11, which comes in with a price range starting from $399 (Rs 22,200 approx), is another laptop that manages to stand out. This laptop uses AMD's new low-power Temash processors to power a classy little 11.6-inch touchscreen machine, and still manages to put a full keyboard, a two-button touchpad and a full array of ports, including three USB sockets, an HDMI port, VGA, Ethernet and a SD card slot into its fairly minuscule frame. HP is expecting to ship this model starting June 26.
HP has also made edge-to-edge glass touchscreens standard on both the Envy 14 TouchSmart and the HP Envy 15 TouchSmart Notebook. The 15-inch model comes in with a cheaper $529 price range (Rs 29.500 approx), though, because it comes with AMD processors and does not sport a solid state storage by default.
Another feature that both laptops have in common is fingerprint reader, which will now be a feature that is going to be standard across all of HP's Envy laptops. The Envy 14 TouchSmart will be available from June 26 onwards, while the 15-inch model is due to come in on June 5 as of now.
Additional HP models that will give you more power are the Envy 15 and Envy 17 laptops, which will come in without the “TouchSmart” or “Ultrabook” tags; instead, the models will trade the touchscreen for a range of features like a faster processor, more storage space, more speakers as well as the discrete Nvidia graphics options. While all the details are not out yet, it seems that the Envy 17 will come with a price range starting from $699 (Rs 38,950 approx) and be seen from June 5.