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Dr. Dre, HP Make Limited Edition Envy 15

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

It's the Dr. Dre edition.

Earlier this week, we learned about HP's impressive looking new line of premium notebooks the Envy 13 and Envy 15, both of which borrow a lot of the desirable styling of Apple's MacBook Pros.

"HP Envy includes the latest in materials and technology inside and out and pushes the technological and performance boundaries of what can be done in sleek, powerful and lightweight notebook PCs," said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. "Discerning consumers will get a premium experience and performance."

Before the notebooks are even hitting the streets, HP has announced a limited edition of its Envy 15, designed in collaboration with Beats by Dr. Dre.

Of course, both the Envy 13 and Envy 15 feature speakers that are designed in conjunction with Beats, so it appears that this limited edition Envy 15 only differentiates itself by its black exterior and Beats logo on the lid.

Although specifics of this Envy are still unknown, the Envy 15 is what HP calls its fastest consumer notebook and "dream machine," coming in a 1-inch thin, 5.18-pound package. It'll pack a 'future' Intel Core i7 processor and up to 16 GB of DDR3 1,066-MHz system memory in four SODIMM memory slots. It also has space to add two solid-state drives in a RAID-0 configuration if you need the speed.

The regular Envy 15 will run for $1,799, so expect the limited edition to be at least that much.

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    Ridik876 , September 18, 2009 7:36 PM
    That's what I want...16 GB on a laptop.
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    Ridik876 , September 18, 2009 7:37 PM
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    njkid3 , September 18, 2009 7:43 PM
    this isnt a laptop its a mini supercomputer
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    tipoo , September 18, 2009 8:13 PM
    The Envy 13 seems like a rip off, its speced and priced equally to the MBP.

    The 15 on the other hand is pretty impressive... A Core i7 in a 1 inch thick notebook that gets incredible battery life, has 16 gigs (!) of RAM and still weighs less than a 15 inch Macbook Pro? Thats some slick work right there HP.
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    leafblower29 , September 18, 2009 8:23 PM
    Now that's awesome.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 8:58 PM
    Ah yes, swooning over a still non-existant Core i7 laptop CPU. Still a dual-core, but at a much lower clockspeed, with turbo mode to 2.8ghz, which I'd assume would give you 3rd degree burns on your lap if you actually did something long and computationally intensive, like, let's say, compiling a Linux kernel, or rendering you latest hip-hop beat in Fruity Loops.
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    Shadow703793 , September 18, 2009 9:15 PM
    It will NOT be anything like the current i7s. For starters it's going to be slower (clock speed) and possibly could be the 32nm Clarkdale (2C/4T). I'd also guess Turbo would be limited.
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    doomtomb , September 18, 2009 11:01 PM
    I don't see how they are going to fit an i7 in a 5lb notebook but we'll see.
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    rpmrush , September 19, 2009 2:40 AM
    It's the newest 1156 pin I7's not the 1366 pin.
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    christop , September 19, 2009 3:03 AM
    Why would you need 16 gigs of memory in a laptop?
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    yang , September 19, 2009 3:18 AM
    looks pretty cool. but the last thing i need is to pay extra for some fancy glitter.
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    Andraxxus , September 19, 2009 10:00 AM
    The specs are crazy but I wouldn't buy it.
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    Shadow703793 , September 19, 2009 10:43 PM
    lol. Some troll -1ed all the comments.
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    tacoslave , September 20, 2009 1:17 AM
    dont worry ill take care of that just someone cover my comment.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 20, 2009 4:30 AM
    It sounds like an interesting concept but I'm wonder about all the comments about heat.
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    wildwell , September 20, 2009 10:50 PM
    -It sounds like an interesting concept but I wonder about all
    -the comments about heat.

    Totally, I'm thinking this is either gonna be a loud machine once it gets going, or another lap burner.

    If its a part of Dr. Dre's Beats line, it will be targeting professional's in the creative fields. I'm curious about the availble I/O ports. Will it have an express media slot? What about SDHC and eSATA?
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    jn77 , September 20, 2009 10:58 PM
    christopWhy would you need 16 gigs of memory in a laptop?

    I do HD Video editing on the road, and hate packing the full tower and monitors, I do batch photo processing of 1000 12mp raw still images on the road and need something that can handle that load.

    Thank you.
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2009 12:26 AM
    @JN77: So now, the $50 question is: Does task manager indicate that you're actually using that much memory, or were you just trying to be an elitist prick? If your full-tower desktop you speak of doesn't have 16gb of memory, then I think the latter is true by default.
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    surrept420 , September 21, 2009 5:40 AM
    Id like to know if they are going to have the board failure rate of their current series. We had stacks of them in the back of the shop just taking up space. Design/specs look amazing though. Will be interesting to see how its working a year after its purchase.
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    tommychan , September 21, 2009 5:24 PM
    now i wondered why does it called the "Envy"
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