The HP Envy laptop family is getting a little sibling: meet the new HP Envy 13. It joins the 14, 15, and 17 inch laptops in the HP Envy lineup.
HP’s smallest Envy laptop measures just over half an inch thick, weighs about 2.8 pounds, and HP says it should get up to 10 hours of battery life.
It should be available October 18th for $900 and up.
The HP Envy 13 is available with a Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Skylake processor, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of solid state storage.
It has a 13 inch screen and HP offers 1920 x 1080 and 3200 x 1800 pixel display IPS options. Each model has stereo speakers that face up from both sides of the keyboard. HP worked with Bang & Olufsen on the audio.
Other features include an HDMI port, SD card reader, a fingerprint scanner, headset jack, and three USB 3.0 ports including one with Sleep and Charge functionality (letting you charge your phone even when the laptop is turned off.
The all-metal notebook has a backlit keyboard and a webcam above the glossy display with dual array microphones for noise cancellation.
Sam, I’ll buy you one if you want one. Post a way for me a way to contact you.
* Sorry guys, this offer is only for Sam.
Has the economy recovered so much so that device makers feel compelled to start offering $900+ products to consumers? Take for instance the Surface Book. Instead of finding ways to incorporate its products into the dwindling middle class, it offers up something for the Richie Rich elite. I suppose the fewer numbers sold will make up for vast numbers of cheaper devices not sold.
There are plenty of low cost shitty windows laptops, thank god they are finally starting to come out with some premium devices with good high resolution screens.
It’s good to know you are well off enough to afford one.
So because you can’t afford it, no one else should be able to purchase something nice? Why is your lack of money someone elses problem?
Lots of people make their living off of their computer and as a result don’t mind spending more than average on a solid machine.
Just because you can’t, doesn’t mean others shouldn’t be able to.
I say go for it, if you can. More power to you.
$900 is an annual wage in some parts of the world….
Obviously, the Surface Book is not for those parts of the world. It belongs in a Lincoln with Matthew McConaughey.
Microsoft’s devices are not a good example– they are halo devices. They are MEANT to showcase what is possible on windows and encourage OEMs to follow and make similar devices (competition eventually pushing down prices) and are a direct reaction to the placement of Apple as the unquestioned high-end device manufacturer, whilst windows has always been full of only cheap/poor devices. I won’t buy a surfacebook as it’s waaay overpriced, but I’m delighted they made it, in a couple of generations similar devices will become commonplace because MS is leading the way (IMO this will be the normal way of making a laptop in a few years).
It’s not like the low end of windows devices isn’t thriving too, you can get very usable windows laptops for $200.
I can understand that competition will drive down prices. I always thought that Microsoft devices were for the common folk. I suppose MS wants to show Apple that it can make high-end products as well.
Your assumptions about the cause for companies offering more expensive laptops are incorrect:
In fact, the number of low cost home-computing devices are more accessible than ever before. For example, you can get a computer for ~$200, and it will be able to do everything you could have done with a $1000 desktop 10 years ago. For the demographic which you consider the “dwindling middle class”, there are already plenty of products.
In addition, the state of computing with respect to society has changed significantly
over the last few decades. In particular, children who grew up with computers now are entering the work force – not needing their parents to buy computers for them. Unlike the older populace, the tech-savvy generation are more appreciative of high spec computing. Because of the accessible availability of better hardware, software requirements have also gone up. The result is that the people who will want high-spec hardware are those people who have a need to run modern algorithms of high complexity – which happens to be a growing demographic, not a dwindling one.
Meanwhile, Moore’s Law is slowing down due to a variety of engineering issues related to transistor sizes getting so small. The result is that there is a much lesser incentive for people to upgrade their computers once every 18 months. Consequently, laptops are being engineered to last longer.
Finally, you mentioned how devices should be “incorporated” into the middle class. But this sentiment would be based on a misunderstanding of what computers actually are. Computers are machines that compute – they are mathematical devices. What you are saying is making what essentially are calculators more middle class friendly – which doesn’t really make sense.
If you mean computers should do more stuff besides computing – then maybe you are talking about Internet of Things (IoT) – which is somewhat irrelevant to the discussion of the causality of high cost laptops. If you mean they should be in better form factors, then now you understand why they are so expensive.
Thank you Mr. Alan Turing. Your evaluation of my original post is a bit over baked. Are you the same guy that’s currently tearing up Jeopardy like the bookworm that he is?
I made that remark because I feel device makers should be attempting to create these lovely machines at a more affordable price. But, I must admit, there are some members of the human race that can spill out tons of cash without blinking an eye. The Surface Book, along with Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln, are apparently for them.
As far as your reference to the Middle Class, are you saying that they should be confined to owning nothing more than set-top boxes (Xbox, PlayStation, etc.)? That they cannot comprehend the miracles that go on inside a full blown computer? I consider that an insult to the backbone of this country. Computers are much more than Mathematica devices. Oh, they run many things just as well as. But strike a user down if he/she should waste that power on Angry Birds.
In any case, I hope you enjoy your Surface Book when it comes out. I will satisfy my lowly Middle Class techie appetite by upgrading my Surface Pro 3 with a Surface Pro 4 keyboard and pen. I cannot wait.
Good day to you, sir.
I did not explicitly make any connection between socio-economic class and their computation usage. The example I gave of a cheap computer option is not representative of the entire range of options for budget computers. As others have said, there are many inferior quality laptops at lower prices.
For example, you can get a *higher* spec machine than the HP Envy 13 for *less* money but in a worst form factor. Paired with the Surface 3, you get 2 devices which together offer comparable functionality in terms of CPU/GPU and pen input to the Surface Book for about $1500.
In the end, you more or less get what you pay for. Of course, no one would disagree that they would benefit if a product they wanted was cheaper. Your sentiment will always be relatable.
But I suspect you have the perception that laptops have always been cheaper in the past and therefore current laptops, by virtue of them being more expensive, must be priced specifically for rich people.
But that viewpoint doesn’t acknowledge various factors about the market, the plight of Chinese worker wages, and changing engineering costs.The point of my previous post was to point out a few such plausible justifications for their prices – and it isn’t just because people are richer.
In the face of underlying logistics, many current laptop prices are fair for people who upgrade their machines once every 3+ years.
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