CES 2010: HP Envy 13, Envy 15 Updated

HP via Engadget: The major updates to HP’s Envy 13 and Envy 15 are the new prices. The Envy 15 starts at US$1299.99, $400 cheaper, and includes: 2.4GHz Core i5-520M CPU, 4GB DDR3 RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 with a huge 1GB of VRAM, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The Envy 13 starts at $1499.99, $300 cheaper, and includes: 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo SL9300, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB VRAM and a 4-cell battery.

Since HP’s Envy notebooks look strikingly similar to Apple’s MacBook Pro notebooks, I believe a quick comparison is warranted. The 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at just $1199 but lacks a discrete GPU but a much faster 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo CPU and lasts for a rated 7 hours. If a powerful CPU is in need the MacBook Pro is the better choice. On the other hand, if graphics is more important the Envy 13 should have significantly better performance.

The Envy 15 with its $1299.99 starting price is actually quite a bit more competitive to the 15-inch MacBook Pro, which lags in CPU power with a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (the Core i5 on the Envy 15 should spank it easily). The 15-inch MacBook Pro also lacks a discrete GPU but is $400 more expensive starting at $1699.00. With a similar look but much more powerful hardware the Envy 15 beats the MacBook Pro in price by a very wide margin. This was just a quick comparison and I realize it is an ‘apples’-to-oranges comparison but with the lower prices HP has made its Envy line significantly more competitive, especially the Envy 15.