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HP Tries To Thump The Macbook Air With Its Envy 133 Notebook

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Berlin (Germany) - So maybe Rahul Sood’s cutting of a birthday cake with a Macbook Air wasn’t really a stunt after all. In Berlin today, HP has announced a new line of ultra-thin notebooks that are actually thinner and more powerful than Apple’s Air. The Voodoo Envy 133 is .7 inches thick and weighs less than 3.4 pounds. Notably it comes with an "instant-on" Linux variant and a power brick that doubles as a Wi-Fi router.

HP Envy 133

Inside the Envy’s carbon-fiber case will be an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8/1.6 GHz processor and either an 80 GB 4200 RPM hard drive or a 64 GB solid-state disk. The 13.3-inch with 1280 by 800 pixels resolution is powered by an Intel integrated X3100 graphics chip. While there’s no DVI port (this thing is just too thin), there is an HDMI port and HP helpfully includes a remote presenter unit. The other ports on the chassis include two USB ports and one of the USB ports can be used as an eSATA port.

Like Apple’s Macbook Air, the Envy doesn’t have an optical drive. However, HP has one-upped Steve Jobs by including an optical drive with these new laptops.

There are three noteworthy ’flourishes’ that make this notebook errr noteworthy. The touchpad has a proximity sensor that turns itself if you are typing on the keyboard - I can already hear the cries of joy from some journalists over this feature, nothing is more annoying than typing 100+WPM in Microsoft Word and having the cursor magically teleport to another paragraph.

The 56 watt power brick doubles up as a Wi-Fi router. You simply plug the Ethernet cable from the jack or your WAN/LAN connection into the port in the brick. Oh we almost forgot, HP claims the Envy 133’s battery will last up to 3 Hours and 45 Minutes. Finally, a Linux variant cleverly called Voodoo IOS (VIOS?) can be fast-booted for quick access to common applications like a Firefox browser or Skype.

The Envy should be available later this summer starting at $2100. Not a bad price that all those features, I’m glad I held off buying the Macbook Air.

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    waikano , June 10, 2008 5:45 PM
    Not to sound like a fanboy, but its always easier to work backwards from a forward thinking product. Will be interesting to see how quality turns out, I personally don't think of HP as putting out high quality Laptops. Might be a good move for HP though.
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    Anthony20022 , June 10, 2008 6:42 PM
    I don't see how the author gets that this computer is more powerful than the air, as the both have the exact same CPU, GPU, and HDD/SSD. Second, although the HP is technically .06" thinner, I think the MacBook Air will still seem much smaller, due to the fact that it is .76" only at one small point, ranging down to .16", whereas the Envy appears to have more uniform thickness. Also, the batteries are rated at 5 hours on the Apple vs. 3.75 on the HP. Last, the author claims that HP has "one-upped" Apple by including an external optical drive, but the MacBook Air is still $202 cheaper when the optional optical drive is included.
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    The Envy should be available later this summer starting at $2100. Not a bad price that all those features, I’m glad I held off buying the Macbook Air.


    I really don't get that at all; as far as I can tell the only thing you really gain with the Envy is an extra USB port and a higher price. Even if you hate S X , you can install windows on the Air for about the same price as the Envy.
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    waikano , June 11, 2008 2:39 PM
    Anthony20022I don't see how the author gets that this computer is more powerful than the air, as the both have the exact same CPU, GPU, and HDD/SSD. Second, although the HP is technically .06" thinner, I think the MacBook Air will still seem much smaller, due to the fact that it is .76" only at one small point, ranging down to .16", whereas the Envy appears to have more uniform thickness. Also, the batteries are rated at 5 hours on the Apple vs. 3.75 on the HP. Last, the author claims that HP has "one-upped" Apple by including an external optical drive, but the MacBook Air is still $202 cheaper when the optional optical drive is included. I really don't get that at all; as far as I can tell the only thing you really gain with the Envy is an extra USB port and a higher price. Even if you hate S X , you can install windows on the Air for about the same price as the Envy.



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