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HP Envy 14 Beats Edition  (Source: HP)

HP Envy 17 3D  (Source: HP)

HP Pavilion dm3  (Source: HP)
One of the machines supports 3D

HP today announced new notebooks which have some interesting features including one that supports 1080p 3D and has Blu-ray capability.

That 3D capable notebook is called the HP Envy 17 3D and it is packed with features. The machine uses Beats Audio and has a HP Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer to produce theater style sound. The machine supports 3D stereoscopic video with active 3D glasses that are included.

When the user doesn’t want to watch 3D, the Envy 17 3D also supports standard 1080p content.  The screen is a 17.2-inch unit and uses HP Ultra BrightView technology. The notebook is covered in brushed and precision-etched aluminum. Hardware options include up to 2TB of storage, an array of processors including Core i7 quad-core offerings, and graphics options include the Radeon HD 5850 GPU. HP won't come clean with the price of the Envy 17 3D notebooks right now and expects the notebook to ship in time for Christmas. Considering the standard Envy 17 is close to $1,400, the 3D version won’t be cheap.

Another new notebook unveiled today is the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition. As the name suggests, this machine uses Beats Audio sound for better audio playback. The machine is black and has red light accents with a red backlit keyboard. This is a very cool looking computer. 

The black chassis is covered in brushed aluminum and it ships with a set of Beats by Dr. Dre Solo headphones. The Envy 14 Beats Edition can be optioned with Radeon HD 5650 graphics, Intel Core processors, and promises up to 13 hours of runtime per charge with the optional extended battery. The Envy 14 Beats Edition starts at $1,249 and is available now.

HP is also talking about its Pavilion dm3 notebook that is a thin and light machine with a 13.3-inch screen. The screen has HD resolution and the notebook uses special HP CoolSense technology. That CoolSense tech combines hardware with intelligent cooling software to keep the notebook running cool and performing well.

HP designed the machine so that the heat vents channel heat away from sensitive components and the user for comfortable use. HP claims that the notebook is good for up to 7.5 hours of battery life per charge and the machine is under an inch thick. The dm3 starts at $549 and is available now and has a lot of hardware options that will drive that starting price up considerably.

HP also revealed a new Wireless TV Connect Kit alongside the new notebooks. The kit allows users to stream 1080p multimedia content from the notebook to a TV without needing cables. The streaming device supports Blu-ray movies and DVDs in addition to streaming web content. The adapter gets its port from the USB port of the computer and will work with any notebook that has an HDMI port. The Wireless TV Connect Kit sells for $199.

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By zmatt on 9/1/2010 10:04:54 AM , Rating: 2
What is the consensus on beats audio? is it any good or is it another lame setup with marginally better hardware and bloated audio software?

RE: Beats
By feelingshorter on 9/1/2010 11:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
Its completely horrible.

Did I mention "Beats" audio is from the same company as Monster Cable? HP is needlessly giving Monster Cable money when the Envy series can sell on its own merits.

Battery Life
By GreenEnvt on 9/1/2010 10:11:17 AM , Rating: 2
I have to say, HP has been doing a good job with battery life of late.
At work we've been buying Toshiba's for years because the Canadian purchased ones come with a worldwide warranty.

The battery life on them never seems to improve much though (Satellite Pro line). Their new i3/i5 models claim 4 hours, which means about 3, which has been the same for a few years.

I bought a HP Probook 4720s that claimed 6 hours, and I get over 5 hours. That is with a i3 and a ATI 5470 video card too.

I think I'll be ordering HP's more often for staff that stay in North America.

Plus one thing that massively pisses me off with the Toshiba's is most of their Satellite Pro line has 100 meg NIC's in them, WTF is that??
How can they be offering 100meg instead of 1gig? Even on the cheapest consumer model 1gig should have been standard a couple years ago.

RE: Battery Life
By ebaycj on 9/1/2010 4:10:36 PM , Rating: 1
Even on the cheapest consumer model 1gig should have been standard a couple years ago.

Ab-so-f'in-lutely. Why are 100mbit NIC's chipsets even manufactured anymore?

By raumkrieger on 9/1/2010 3:17:36 PM , Rating: 2
Please, kill it.

It's only missing two things
By InternetGeek on 9/2/2010 12:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
ATI 5870 HD
Memory expandable beyond 8gb.

The Asus G73 has both these things while the HP comes in an aluminum body.

Useless, hope this will end soon.
By ax on 9/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Useless, hope this will end soon.
By Micronite on 9/1/2010 11:18:53 AM , Rating: 2
Ever heard of Aero-snap?

If you are docking two documents side-by-side, it's the best way for a single widescreen to get the vertical layout you mention but also to mimic the functionality of a dual-screen setup. For a notebook this is really slick and pretty simple to use.

Granted, the resolution of your notebook screen probably isn't as large as two 4:3 screens put together, but it's a good start.

RE: Useless, hope this will end soon.
By twhittet on 9/1/2010 12:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
Snap is awesome, but 768 or 1080 vertical still fails compared to 1200.

By ElderTech on 9/1/2010 1:12:19 PM , Rating: 2
What really defines the best utilization of the display, no matter the dimensions, is the ability to pivot. This capability been available for years for desktop displays, including some Samsung monitors that shipped with pivot softward included. This method makes the optimal use of any display dimension, whether 16:9 or 16:10 or whatever you choose. If you're a photographer working with stills, the prevalent 3:2 image dimension will fit well in all of them in both perspectives. It's just a matter of how much space you would like at the side of the frame for editing tools, etc. If you're editing video, you can optimize the dimension for the resolution you're shooting. And if you're working with multiple displays, the dimension of each monitor can be optimized for image vs editing tools, because it allows for the full utilization of your primary screen for image viewing.

As for new portable technology, the automatic pivot approach is the reason many find the tablet format desirable, particularly photographers, who would love to switch easily from landscape to portrait in the field. This capability allows the landscape dimension to be optimized for HD viewing and editing of video, and still provides the appropriate screen realestate for vertical/portrait viewing. When we see the power capabilities of the tablet increase sufficiently to handle high end photo/video editing software such as Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, etc., we'll find an optimal portable tool for editing in either perspective.

By gaborb on 9/2/2010 2:08:29 AM , Rating: 1
Agreed, 1080p is not ideal for any kind of work related activity. It is OK, but its not ideal.
People must wake up, laptops are used for mostly browsing, and word. Guess what, we are not browsing sideways.

By bug77 on 9/2/2010 8:44:31 AM , Rating: 1
It will never end. 1080 vs 1200 is 11% less space. And the form-factor also means more screens from a single LCD sheet. It's just economics. Plus 1920x1200 is too much for any screen under 17". I hate 16:9 too (hell, I hated 16:10 the moment I saw it), but I guess it's here to stay.

Finally 1080p on a notebook!
By Taft12 on 9/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Finally 1080p on a notebook!
By piroroadkill on 9/1/2010 10:11:57 AM , Rating: 1
Finally 1080p? You just look in the wrong place.

My old Dell Latitude D800 has a 1920x1200 screen in a 15.4" chassis, and that's 5 years old or something now. A lot of the mid-range to high end Dells still let you specify a 1920x1080 or (better, but rarer) 1920x1200 screen.

RE: Finally 1080p on a notebook!
By ebakke on 9/1/2010 10:38:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, my ThinkPad has a 15.6" 1920x1080 screen.

RE: Finally 1080p on a notebook!
By superPC on 9/1/2010 11:18:23 AM , Rating: 2
I love gaming on the go. and since my laptop only have a radeon HD 5650 1366x768 is as high as it can go. hate to use nonnative resolution on a LCD. it depends on what you use that LCD for.

RE: Finally 1080p on a notebook!
By zmatt on 9/1/2010 5:53:05 PM , Rating: 1
I am much more concerned about the quality of the screens and not the resolution. A netbook hardly has the kick to play a 1080p video anyways and they lack blu ray drives so it's a moot point and a useless feature. I want to see cheap laptops with good TN displays and the rest with IPS. Screen quality is a big deal for me and I feel in laptop world they cut corners at screen quality because the processor ram and hard drive specs is what sells the unit. Anyone know why OLED hasn't caught on in the laptop market? I'm guessing its a cost thing, but many newer smart phones have superior screens to laptops. And that is sad.

This article....
By nekken on 9/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: This article....
By FaceMaster on 9/1/2010 2:33:51 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, I only visit this site for the pictures. And the comments in red.

RE: This article....
By RugMuch on 9/1/2010 4:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
I always feel like I picked up the high school paper when I come here.

stu1:Did you hear her car is Red?
stu2:Red is the new Pink.
stu1:I mean what a break through, in trends
(only here it's technology?).

RE: This article....
By dflynchimp on 9/2/2010 1:12:05 AM , Rating: 4
B4 anyone asks...again.

now that's out of the way:

I don't see the point of bashing 3D. If you don't like it than don't use it, but the creation of a "3D market" for the most part is a plus to the economy for the jobs and spent disposable income it provides.

If one would gripe about 3D, it should be all those "upconverted" non-native 3D crap (think Clash of the Titans). Directors not willing to shell out for the true stuff have no need to go butchering the final product with a poorly presented faux-3D affair that gives the whole 3D market a bad rep.

RE: This article....
By aharris on 9/2/2010 3:45:50 PM , Rating: 2
I get what you're saying, but do DailyTech readers really strike you as the type to read in Chinese??

RE: This article....
By Phoque on 9/2/2010 9:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
I would guess he provided the link for the pictures, not for the chinese savvy among us.

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