HP ENVY – The MacBook’s evil twin from Palo Alto
Two weeks ago, HP unveiled their ENVY line of notebooks, and today HP passed the ENVY through the FCC. The most striking feature of the ENVY line is an unmistakable resemblance to Apple’s flagship MacBook Pro notebook.
Whether you like HP’s move to crib Apple’s design, you have to respect what the ENVY has under it’s hood. According to Engadget, the 13 inch version will sport Intel’s new Core i7 processor, a Radeon HD 4830 graphics card with 1GB of VRAM, and space for dual SSD drives.
HP’s FCC filing reveals, among other things, the materials used for various parts of the ENVY. Much of the notebook’s body will be magnesium, including the cover, bottom and keyboard surface. The touchpad is made of glass, while the keypad itself features plastic keys similar to a Mac.
The ENVY’s six cell battery has a slim design, with a footprint nearly as long and wide as the ENVY itself. Unlike the MacBook, however, the ENVY’s battery is removable.
It’s interesting that HP went this route with their ENVY line. The ENVY’s design is stunning, but the similarity to the MacBook gives it the feeling of a knock-off.