HP unveils 4K Envy 27 inch PC monitor, also selling 2016 Envy 13 Kaby Lake QHD laptop

by on October 12, 2016

Stephan Jukic – October 12, 2016

HP, a company which is no stranger to either 4K PC monitors or laptops with UHD graphics power has a couple new pieces of display technology to its list of ultra HD-related electronics gadgets.

First on the table is the sleek and compact Envy 13 notebook with its powerful new 4-graphics optimized Kaby Lake chipset from Intel.

The new chips, also known by their more technical denomination as Intel’s dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U 7th-generation Kaby Lake mobile processors, have been designed particularly for use in ultra HD laptops and other compact computing devices.  As such, they’ve also been introduced to a number of other notebooks, most notably Razer’s recently released and favorably reviewed new 4K gaming laptop, the Blade Stealth. What Kaby Lake technology offers is a particularly 4K-friendly notebook experience, with support for UHD upscaling, H.265 and even VP9 4K video compression decoding along with HDCP2 2.2 4K content copy protection encryption.

Kaby Lake 7th Gen chipset technology is ideal for 4K graphics

Kaby Lake 7th Gen chipset technology is ideal for 4K graphics

This is what is now included in HP’s Envy 13 laptops, along with an Intel HD 620 GPU, fairly conservative 8GB of RAM and a 256GB PPCIe NVME M.2 SSD storage drive. Addtionally, the Envy 13 includes a single and also 4K-capable USB 3.1 Type-C port, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and HDMI 2.0 connectivity.

Basically, the 2016 Envy 13 laptop edition offers everything you’d need for a powerhouse 4K UHD office laptop except for the 4K screen resolution itself, though the notebook isn’t too far off from this spec either with its QHD display that sits at 3200 x 1800 pixels.

Intel also claims that the Envy 13 supports a 14 hour battery life and a fast charging feature built into which allows for 90% of full battery charge within just 90 minutes.

The 2016 Envy 13 QHD notebook

The 2016 Envy 13 QHD notebook

For users who want some wonderfully sharp QHD display power that doesn’t quite reach the data crunch of full 4K resolution, and the processing specs to handle said QHD resolution very robustly and smoothly, the 2016 Envy 13 notebook looks like an excellent choice thanks to its extremely impressive Kaby Lake chipset and connectivity specs.

Moving beyond notebooks, Intel has also unveiled a new 4K UHD Envy monitor with 27 inch display which does indeed sport a native 4K resolution (as its name obviously indicates). The Envy 27 comes nicely decked out with dual HDMI ports, one of which is a 4K-capable HDI 2.0 port. In addition to these there is a single gaming-ready DisplayPort 1.2 connection in the Envy 27 and the added AMD GPU-friendly inclusion of FreeSync technology built into the monitor’s SP 1.2 connection.

This new 4K monitor is an IPS model and as such it sports extremely wide 178 degree viewing angles and like the Envy 13 notebook mentioned above, it also sports a single USB-C port for Thunderbolt connectivity to Apple PCs and notebooks.

The Envy 27 will be going on sale as of December 4th for a fairly reasonable price of $499.99. Considering its 4K and gamer-friendly specs and IPS display panel, we’d call this a pretty reasonable price tag for the time being.

As for the Envy 13 Kaby Lake notebook, it’s already selling from the HP website and other retailers for a fairly reasonable price tag of $849.99.

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