Back in October 2012 HP discontinued their line up of HP Envy 17 and Envy 15 laptops. Within the past 24 hours, they’ve brought them both back with a new trick up their sleeve: new Haswell Core i7 processors (along with a slew of new computer lineup with Haswell). Yep, the new processor is now available at HP, though only higher-end PCs are getting them at the moment. This mostly has to do with the fact that The lower end Haswell Core i5 and Core i3 laptop processors won’t be released until Q3 2013, so you’re stuck buying a high-end Core i7 if you want gear that’ll keep up with the Jones’.
Here are the new HP Envy 17 and Envy 15 Haswell equipped laptop released from HP in descending order of price:
|HP Envy 17 Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, with option of: 1080p, GeForce 740M, and Blu-ray
from mid-$800 to $1,000
If you favor a behemoth sized laptop display size the 17.3-inch will suffice – and you’ll also get the added bonus of a number pad on your keyboard. The trend in laptops is ditch the CD drive in favor of saving cost and to add other goodies. In this machine a Blu-ray player comes standard. Upgrade options on the Envy 17 include a higher end 1080p display (which we’d recommend if you are going to make use of that Blu-ray drive), discrete graphics, up to 16GB RAM, and up to 2TB Hard Drive.
|HP Envy TouchSmart 15 Quad Edition Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, option of: 1080p, GeForce 740M
from ~$750 to $850
The 15.6-inch display size your standard laptop size these days but a new feature for the Envy 15 is the Touchscreen. It’s only about $12 more than the base Envy 15 Quad without the Touch technology but since Windows 8 was designed for Touchscreen, it’s only natural many will want this feature. You’ll also get Beats Audio with 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers for superior audio to other lower quality machines. Be warned, there’s no optical drive on this PC so you’ll have to get an external CD/DVD player if you planned on using that feature. Spec upgrades include up to 1080p display, discrete graphics, and up to 16GB RAM.
|HP Envy 15 Quad Edition Haswell Core i7-4700MQ, option of: 1080p, GeForce 740M, mSSD, Backlit Keyboard
from low-$700 to $850
Same concept as the 15t mentioned above but without a Touchscreen. 24GB mSSD hard drive acceleration is added along with backlit keyboard plus bluetooth. Perfect if you just need a new, speedy laptop to get through the day. Now, if you’re a gamer or need a bit more performance, optional add-on are included: 1080p display (+$50) and GeForce GT 740M (+$70) which comes out to be $803.99 before shipping. If you need faster bootup, the 24GB mSSD has you covered.