HP is updating its Envy line of laptops with new processors, a webcam privateness change, and, in some instances, built-in assist for Alexa. The Envy sequence sits one step under HP’s top-of-the-line laptops, providing barely lesser specs for costs which can be normally a couple of hundred {dollars} much less.

This yr, there are 4 fashions: the Envy 13 x360 and Envy 15 x360, each of which may flip round right into a pill, and the Envy 13 Laptop computer and Envy 17 Laptop computer, which may’t flip round.

The road is fragmented in some unusual methods. The laptop computer fashions can solely be configured with Intel processors; the 13-inch x360 can solely be configured with AMD processors, and solely the 15-inch x360 may be configured with both. Full specs aren’t accessible but, nevertheless it appears to be like like there’ll be choices for Intel’s Whiskey Lake i5 and i7 chips, and AMD’s second-gen Ryzen 5 and seven.

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That’s essential for one different purpose: solely the Intel fashions assist Alexa. This can be a characteristic that’s been coming to a handful of PCs over the previous yr — together with an HP all-in-one — and it must be useful for anybody who’s already stuffed with dwelling with Echo units.

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HP Envy 17 Laptop computer. You possibly can see the webcam privateness change beside the CD drive.
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The opposite huge characteristic coming to this yr’s Envy fashions — all of them, on this case — is a webcam privateness change. It’s positioned on the facet of the laptops, and it’ll disconnect the webcam from the machine. This can be a nice characteristic, and each laptop computer ought to embody it.

All 4 fashions now have narrower bezels across the display. The ports state of affairs is just a little bit completely different from laptop computer to laptop computer — the 17-inch mannequin even comes with a CD drive — however all of them include a number of conventional USB ports and a single USB-C port.

The laptops all launch in April and can present up in Greatest Buys beginning in Could. The Envy 13 x360 will begin at $700, and the Envy 15 x360 will begin at $800 for AMD and $870 for Intel. The Envy 13 Laptop computer and Envy 17 Laptop computer will each begin at $900.

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