HP made a splash with its Spectre laptop lineup, with the timeless design and price positioning helping it gain traction. Now the company is adding natural materials to its palette, and has just announced the Envy Wood series. Yes you guessed it right: HP is giving its new laptops the wood treatment.
The HP Envy 13, Envy 17, Envy x360 and the Envy x360 15 laptops feature a new timber finish. The wooden palm rest can be had in different shades like Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut, Ceramic White with White Birch, and Natural Silver with Pale Birch. The grain patterns will vary between each laptop.
We have seen a slew of laptops built with polycarbonate bodies, and Apple took it a step further with the aluminium casing on its MacBooks. It is also worth noting that Microsoft offers an Alcantara finish on its Surface lineup. Just yesterday, we featurde the leather-wrapped Asus Edition 30. Even HP’s Elite x2 comes dressed in leather.
It is good to see laptop manufacturers going the extra mile to better their design. HP says that the new laptops will be available from this fall but hasn’t announced the pricing. It seems like HP is pitching the wood-clad laptops as a direct competition to the Microsoft Surface. At this point in time, HP just mentions that the new laptops will come with “next generation” Intel Core processors accompanied by Vega graphics.
It remains to be seen if the wooden palm rests on the new Envy range offer reasonable grip and comfort while typing. That said, if you are looking for a laptop that screams premium, then perhaps the upcoming HP Envy series is the best bet.
Along with the new Envy range, HP also announced new models in the EliteBook and ZBook range.
New HP EliteBooks
HP’s EliteBook is aimed at mobile workers. The HP EliteBook x360 1040 is a light and convertible laptop with 4G LTE, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Meanwhile, the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 offers a staggering 24 hours of battery life and comes equipped with a 14-inch display.
HPs ZBooks lineup is crafted for creators. The ZBooks seems like a formidable choice for architects, designers, and video creators. On the hardware front, you will get a choice of 9th-Gen Intel Core processors paired with Nvidia Quadro RTX Graphics. HP suggests that the ZBooks can be used with mobile workstation displays for critical workflows.