Thursday, 17 September 2009

HP Envy 13 to compete for the MacBook Air or MacBookPro 12-inch market

Hands On with the HP Envy 13 and 15 - News and Analysis by PC Magazine

The Envy 13 houses a 13.3-inch widescreen and a 1,366-by-768 resolution, which are in line with the latest 16-by-9 screen formats. It's an edge-to-edge glass screen, with a brightness intensity rating of 400 nits (cd/m2). If it weren't obvious, the Envy 13's metallic design conjures up images of the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch. The Envy 13 is slightly thinner (0.8-inch) and lighter (3.74 lbs), since it omits an optical drive. The tiled keyboard and the glass touchpad—which has multi-touch functions built-in and also acts as one big mouse button—clearly took their cues from Apple's design playbook. Enhancing the design further is the etched palm rest area, where you will be unlikely to leave smudges and fingerprints behind.

More compelling, though, is the battery life that can be achieved with the use of an optional extended battery. This extended battery spans the entire base of the system. The standard six-cell Lithium Polymer battery can get you upwards of seven hours. If you add the extended piece, which you attach to the base without have to remove the standard battery, HP claims you can extend battery life for up to 18 hours.

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