Tagged With hp envy

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It's hard to build a cheap two-in-one PC that doesn't have something fundamentally wrong with it. Believe us, we've looked — lower end convertibles usually have bad screens, flimsy hinges or sell essential accessories separately. Then something like the new 10-inch HP Pavilion x2 comes along. It's small, costs only $US300 and, at first blush, seems to do almost everything right.

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What happens when you take a desktop replacement laptop and add in Leap Motion's fingertip-tracking, movement-control system? You get the special edition HP Envy 17. You can control this laptop without even touching it. But is an otherwise pretty basic consumer notebook worth $2499?

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HP's Envy line of serious fun notebooks (as opposed to serious business, bleh!) have always been a bit on the tacky side. I hate to say it, but they looked like expensive toys. Now they're grown up, in and out. (Updated with Australian pricing).

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Joining the Dell Adamo in the annals of lightweight laptop history—and unsuccessful MacBook Air competitors—is the HP Envy 13, whose smooth lines and all-metal, svelte shape weren't enough to keep HP from canning it for good this week.

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Apple makes some of the most specialised mainstream devices around, but the gear is never very cheap and, let's face it, it stinks for any one company to own your wallet. So here are the best alternatives for each iProduct.

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I've been avoiding his review for the better part of a month because, with all the hype the Envy line has gotten (some deserved), I took the Envy 15 out of the box and had one thought: "Cheap."