Tech giant HP took advantage of its participation in the Cannes Film Festival to release several new premium laptops aimed at creative professionals. HP is at Cannes to celebrate its more than seven decades of "empowering filmmakers and creative visionaries."
The laptops announced at the film festival include new entries in the Spectre and Envy lines, as well as new features such as support for Windows Ink, metal chassis, and detachable keyboards.
An Artist's Dream
The newest member of the Spectre line, dubbed the HP Spectre x2 (pictured above), seems to be aimed at animators and graphic designers. The laptop comes with a Windows Ink-certified stylus that supports a wide range of artistic effects such as varying line weight, shading, and coloring. It also comes with a stainless steel kickstand, allowing artists to either draw on a flat surface or with up to a 165-degree tilt.
Photographers and graphic designers, meanwhile, will likely be pleased with the large 12.3-inch 3K2K display, featuring 6 million pixels, HD rendering, and a variety of ambient light options to help improve screen visibility regardless of the environment.
The Spectre x2 also has plenty of features that will appeal to just about any user, including a more durable aluminum chassis, a full-size detachable keyboard, and a glass trackpad. It also comes with two high-resolution cameras: a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. In addition, the device has an IR camera to support Windows Hello biometric authentication, boasts up to eight hours of battery life on a full charge, and claims to be able to recharge up to 50 percent of its battery life in as little as 30 minutes.
Portability and Power
The Envy 13, on the other hand, is being more explicitly marketed as an ultra-portable machine. It weighs only 2.72 pounds, while still offering up to 14 hours of battery life and the power of a 7th generation i5 Intel processor and 8 GB of RAM.
It also brings a UHD display with 8 million pixels to the party, along with quad Bang & Olufsen speakers, certain to please anyone hoping to catch up on their favorite Netflix shows while on the go.
The Envy 17, meanwhile, is aiming to replace the desktop with 16 GB of RAM included, a Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card, i7 Intel chip, a 1 TB hard drive and DVD-write optical drive. It also offers an edge-to-edge Full HD touchscreen that supports any Microsoft Universal Pen stylus, and has its own IR camera for password-free login.
At 6.73 pounds, though, this is probably not going to be the machine people will want to be lugging around, but it does provide all the power and capability avid gamers or professionals could want from their desktops.
The Envy x360 rounds out the new arrivals, with a 15.6-inch convertible display. Like the other premium devices in the collection, the Envy comes in a unibody aluminum chassis and offers Windows Ink support for note taking and document markups. The Envy x360 also comes with a choice of Intel i5, i7, or AMD processors, along with up to 16 GB of RAM. While the Envy 17 is currently on sale, the other models are slated to to be released next month.
The new laptops will be available by the end of June, with U.S. retail prices starting at $999.99 for the Spectre x2, $899.99 for the Envy x360 15, $1,049.99 for the Envy 13, and $999.99 for the Envy 17.