PurpleJelly understand that information technology is ever evolving and the rapid changes can provide a wealth of barriers for any business or individual. PurpleJelly aim to provide you with the IT Solutions your company needs to succeed and our IT support team really enjoy’s working within many technology platforms to help you reach your end goals. It seems the buzz of the moment is Hewlett Packard’s (or in short, HP) release of the Envy Laptop model and its new Pavilion X2 hybrid, both due for release next month, on July 21st 2015. So with two exciting new products available for purchase, we thought we’d give you a run-down on the models and what each one has to offer so that you can make an informed decision and spend your money where it will benefit you.
The Pavillion X2 Hybrid Laptop:
HP’s announcement of their pavilion X2 hybrid laptops have caused quite a stir, not least because of the announcement that the model will be featuring the new USB type C connectors as a charging port. For those unfamiliar with the new C-port; USB-C is a new type of port that electrical-users have been asking for for a long time; there is no ‘wrong’ (or, indeed, right!) way to connect the charger, so users don’t have to spend many a time fiddling and turning wires over in order to find the position for their usb. This means all those last minute board meetings, Costa runs and skype call presentations will become far more enjoyable. The pavilion will also still be available with more familiar USB 2.0 ports (though disappointingly, not USB 3.0 or 3.1s) although there is a mini hdmi port so that the device can connect to an external display.
USB ports aside, the pavilion is fitted with a quad core intel atom processor (unfortunately not the newer cherry trail atom) as well as up to 64GB storage space, though this can be expanded upon with the use of micro SD cards. The pavilion also boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and a detachable 10 inch hd screen, that can be attached and reorientated by the use of magnets, instead of a clunky clasp; this gives the model a much sleeker, cleaner feel and adds something of a fun novelty angle to the machine.
Available in either red, white or silver colour options from the 21st July, the 64GB model will retail at £239 in the UK, and the 32GB for 3199 – a most respectable price for what’s on offer!
The HP Envy Laptop:
The Envy laptops, on the other hand, are more befitting students and writers due to the device being something of an ‘all-rounder’ – perfect for everyday use, as well as gaming and as a media hub. The Envy series is available in a choice of 14, 15.6 and 17.3 inches, and each model has its own range of customisation choices, such as the choice between hybrid drives, SSDs, or HDDs; an optional disc drive; and discrete graphics ( either Nvidia GeForce 940M or GTX 950M for an intel processor, or alternatively a Radeon R7 and R8 chip for AMD processors). For those who choose intel processors, there is a further option between i5 and i7 processors, though the 17inch comes with i7 as standard.
Depending on the screen size, the Envy model boasts a battery life between 9.5 and 10 hours, which is a fair improvement on the previous model’s HP have produced. Those wishing to use the Envy for playing endless streams of films and music will be pleased to hear that the laptops come with a decent speaker bar, and that all the screens are available in high-resolution, each with stable viewing angles and high brightness so that the Envy can be comfortably used outside in the summer sun.
The Envy laptops are a little heftier to hold than the Pavilion x2, but HP have still managed to thin down the laptop to a more portable size than its predecessors whilst still keeping the overall design elegant; the backlit keyboard and brushed steel case are a joy to behold, and the model as a whole looks sleek and elegant.
Prices may vary depending upon options and upgrades chosen, but the starting price for the 14 inch model will be £441, the 15.6 inch price will begin at £504 and the 17inch for £630. All models are touted for release in July though the exact UK release dates still remain uncertain.