HP has expanded their line of stylish, Envy-branded products with a new performance notebook and a high-end desktop. The Envy m4 notebook is basically a smaller, 14-inch version of the 15-inch m6 that HP launched earlier this year, rocking the same aluminum design as well as Beats Audio and built-in subwoofer.
Under the hood, the Envy m4 will be powered by an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and up to 8GB of RAM, with a choice of either a 1TB hard drive for more storage or a solid state drive for better performance. Despite the premium design, the Envy m4’s 14-inch screen comes with a rather average resolution of 1366 x 768, but if you’re fine with the standard number of pixels, the m4 offers a number of extra features.
The Envy m4 features an HP TrueVision HD Webcam above the screen, with some models packing Intel WiDi that’ll let you wirelessly stream content to an HDTV. As previously mentioned, the notebook will also feature Beats Audio tech for enhanced audio features, as well as two built-in speakers and a subwoofer. The notebook also comes preinstalled with their Connected Photo and Connected Music software.
The Envy Phoenix h9 is a performance desktop that features an “armor plated” design and red illumination that should appeal to enthusiasts and gamers. Powered by a choice of Intel Ivy Bridge processors paired with a choice of AMD or NVIDIA graphics, the desktop can also be fitted with either a regular hard drive or SSD storage.
The case has space for adding up to three drives, and comes with interior features that should appeal to enthusiasts, such as tool-free drive bays and routed cables to enhance airflow. For users who want to push performance, the interior also has space for adding a liquid cooling kit (HP offers this option), as well as an ExpressCache SSD for faster boot times. Like the rest of HP’s premium Envy-branded products, the Phoenix m9 also comes with Beats Audio features, and HP Connected Remote and HP Connected Photo.
The display that the h9 ships with is also a nice highlight. Designed with a super slim profile (it measures only 11mm thick), the 24-inch display features a full HD resolution, and can be set up on a desk with a stand or mounted on a wall. The display is also listed with a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and comes with DisplayPort and HDMI connections.
The HP Envy m4 notebook will start at $900, while the Phoenix h9 starts at $899. Both computers are designed to run on Windows 8, and will arrive on October 26th with the new OS installed.