As the line between home and work continues to blur, HP has modernized its standard Envy 14 laptop with a brand new design, which includes a higher screen, a physical webcam shutter and faster components for better balance between gaming and productivity .
By moving up from last year’s 13-inch chassis, the new Envy 14 is a little more spacious and better equipped for work or education. HP has switched from the previous 16: 9 screen to a higher 14-inch 16:10 1920 x 12900 IPS touch screen. And with its larger body come new internals, including an 11th generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB m.2 SSD and an optional Nvidia GTX 1650 Ti GPU. This means that with the right configuration, Envy 14 should be more than capable of handling some video editing tasks or playing games (although you may need to adjust the settings depending on the title).
To get the job done, Envy 14 comes with dedicated keys to mute your microphone or activate the physical shutter on HP’s somewhat low-resolution 720p HD webcam, so you can be pretty sure you’re not in the middle of a video call “event.” On top of that, HP even includes incloffers another AI removal feature reduce ambient noise and make sure you sound clear and sharp, and a improved lighting function such as will help you look better on video, also.
HP says it has even increased the Envy 14’s airflow by 11% to improve performance, while adding IR sensors inside the case to measure system temperatures more accurately. And while the manufacturer’s claims about battery life are always a bit idealistic, if the Envy 14 can come anywhere near delivering on HP’s requirement of 16.5 hours of battery life, we’re looking at a rather lengthy system.
So while the Envy 14 may not be as tough as a standard gaming laptop or as sleek as HP’s more premium laptops, the new Envy seems to offer a nice balance between power and portability, along with a slightly larger and higher screen for better productivity at home. And from just $ 1000, the Envy 14 price is pretty nice, also. Envy 14 is expected to be sold sometime later this month.
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