HP has introduced its new ENVY 13 premium laptops based on Intel’s Core i-series Kaby Lake processors. The notebooks resemble their predecessors featuring Skylake CPUs, but naturally offer all the advantages that Intel’s latest chips have, including higher performance and better energy efficiency. Other notable enhancements over the predecessors are a new battery and a USB Type-C port. In addition, HP reduced the starting price of the ENVY 13 to $849, down from $899 in case of the previous-gen model.

The HP ENVY 13 2016 uses exactly the same chassis as its predecessor released a few years ago. The PCs feature lifted hinge design to enable more comfortable typing (says HP, others may disagree) and are made of machined aluminum and magnesium. As for weight and dimensions, they are up to 12.95 mm thick and they weigh up to 1.49 kilograms (3.3 lb) depending on the actual configuration. Display panels of the ENVY also remained the same: HP offers a choice between a QHD+ (3200×1800) IPS panel (with or without touch support) and an FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel.

Internally, the HP ENVY 13 also resembles its ancestor with 8 GB of DRAM (optionally upgradeable to 16 GB), 128 GB SATA AHCI or 256 GB/512 GB/1 TB PCIe NVMe SSDs. The new HP ENVY 13 is also equipped with a 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 controller, a backlit keyboard, a webcam and so on. Among external ports, the ENVY 13 offers one USB 3.0 Type-C, two USB 3.0 Type-A, an HDMI output, a TRRS connector as well as a microSD card reader.

The key improvement of HP’s ENVY 13 over previous-gen model is its processor: the manufacturer offers to install either the Intel Core i7-7500U or the Intel Core i5-7200U with Intel’s HD Graphics 620. The new CPUs feature higher frequencies, considerably improved video encoding/decoding engine, refined graphics as well as Speed Shift v2 technology, which should make the new ENVY 13 snappier and more responsive in general. It is also noteworthy that HP uses hyperbaric chamber cooling for its premium notebooks (ENVY 13, Spectre, etc.), so, everything should run more or less cool and quiet.

Yet another improvement of this year’s ENVY 13 is the new 57.8 Wh battery, up from 45 Wh on the previous-gen models. The higher battery capacity along with improved energy efficiency of Intel’s new CPUs will naturally prolong battery life of the new ENVY 13 laptops: HP claims about up to 14 hours, but everything depends on actual configuration and usage model (a notebook with a QHD+ display will not last that long).

Finally, HP decided to lower the price of the entry level ENVY 13 (Core i5-7200U, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD, an FHD panel, etc.) to $849, down from $899. The machines with higher performance and better displays will naturally retail at higher price points, when they hit the market in the coming weeks.

Source: HP via Lilliputing.

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  • Rocket321 - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Hi, how does it use hyperbaric chamber cooling, can you add a quick description of what that means? Reply
  • Tabalan - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Enter this website [ http://www.pcworld.com/article/3084723/laptop-comp... ], scroll down to "Hyperbaric chamber" section (around middle of article). There you go. Reply
  • mccuerc - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Hyperbaric chambers are steel tubes into which you put divers with decompression sickness. I do not see one of those. Nor do I see any of the other variants of hyperbaric medicine devices such as hyperbaric oxygen tubes. It is I think a blatantly wrong use of a term that sounded "cool". Hyper (high) baric (pressure) means "high pressure" so the assertion must be that all this blowing of fans creates a high pressure (duh - isn't that how fans, and wings and sails work?) that cools the device, thus "hyperbaric". A gross mischaracterization of a sealed chamber through which air is blown.

    This is how a language dies - turned over to marketers to be tortured to death.
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  • LukaP - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    Well no. there are three main ways to do air cooling. hyperbaric (positive air pressure), hypobaric (negative air pressure) and isobaric (zero net air pressure) and they all depend on how much air is being blown in versus how much is being blown out.

    everyone prefers what they do, temp wise it doenst really matter, but where it does matter is dust accumulation. with hyperbaric cooling, you only really need a filter on the intake, since you have a high air pressure situation inside the computer, meaning dust will not be able to enter through any holes.
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  • Notmyusualid - Monday, October 17, 2016 - link

    Well-said. Reply
  • tipoo - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    eli5 version: They added a seal around the fan so more air can be channeled through the heatsink. Reply
  • fanofanand - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Looks like a reasonable price for the specs, nicely done HP. Reply
  • ajp_anton - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    "refined graphics"

    Isn't Kaby Lake's graphics exactly the same as Skylake's, with only the multimedia capabilities upgraded?
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  • MrSpadge - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    Yep. Refinement comes pretty cheap nowadays. Reply
  • Morawka - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    i wish it had the Spectre HP Logo, i really like the look of it. Reply

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