Among the many people working from home, the creative professionals (and creative consumers) need tools that can work from both home and on the road. In addition, many of these people want a laptop that can be used not just for working, but also for playing. Many of the creative professionals in the past used Apple Macbooks, but Apple has lagged on technology and has made controversial decisions on such basic features as keyboards and I/O ports. In the meantime, Windows 10 PCs have become more competitive and more stylish. Also, Windows PCs are a much better choice for video games.
The latest addition to Windows PC lineup geared towards creative professionals comes from HP with the introduction of a new Envy series of laptops and ZBook mobile workstations. The HP Launch was a virtual event because of the ongoing quarantines and, unfortunately, I haven’t had an opportunity to test the new laptops, but they are impressive. I hope to follow up with a hands on review later.
Great Design And Great For Designing
The new Envy laptops range in size from 13-inch to 17-inch displays and include regular laptops and Envy x360 2-in-1 convertible hinge versions. Availability of the various products varies and ranges from April to June. Most of the configurations have up to an Intel 10th generation Core microprocessor and offer Nvidia GeForce graphics. The exceptions are the Envy x360 13 convertible with the AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors with integrated Radeon Graphics and the Envy x360 15 which offers either an Intel Core processor with optional Nvidia GeForce MX330 graphics or AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Mobile Processors with integrated Radeon Graphics.
The best balanced machine is the Envy 15 on features, size and performance. All the Envy line gets a new “minimalist” design with a sleek aluminum chassis and HP’s signature diamond-cut design. In addition, the Envy line gets a layer of glass on top of the touchpad which gives it a smoother touch. The Envy 15 supports up to the 10th Gen Intel Core i9 (H-series) processor, up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and up to 32GB of DDR4 Memory. HP rounds out the design with up to a two TB PCIe SSD and RAID 0 (2xSSD) storage and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 for connectivity.