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HP Pavilion, Envy PCs Sport Intel Chips, Bold Colors

HP is trying to lead the back-to-school charge with several new convertible PCs and laptops that sport more processor, graphics, and display options for the company's Pavilion and Envy lines.

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HP took the wraps off an updated line of convertible PCs and laptops with the release of the Pavilion x360s, Envy x360 premium convertible, and family of customizable Pavilion notebooks.

The Pavilion x360s and Envy x360 sport a new hinge, which uses a set of three spiral gears to synchronize precise movement for moving the display and keeping it locked in position.

The 13-inch Envy x360 supports fifth-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors and up to 1TB of hard disk drive space (HDD), or a 128GB solid state drive (SSD). It comes with up to 16GB of system memory.

The 11-inch model uses a fanless design. It's available with Intel Core M-5Y10C processors, in addition to the chipmaker's Celeron or Pentium processors, and it comes with up to 8GB of system memory.

The 11-inch version of the Pavilion x360, with an Intel Pentium N3700 processor and 500GB HDD, will be available in May for $409.99, while the 128GB SSD model, which runs off an Intel Core M-5Y10C Processor, lists for $499.99.

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The 11-inch x360 is available in colors HP calls Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple, and Minty Green, while the 13-inch model comes in Natural Silver and Sunset Red.

The Envy, which starts at $679.99 and features an aluminum top and keyboard deck, gives users the option of up to 1TB of traditional HDD storage, for maximum storage, or up to 256GB SSD, for higher performance.

(Image: HP)

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Both the Pavilion x360s and Envy x360 support a full-sized HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB 2.0 port.

The latter comes with the company's USB Sleep and Charge port, which lets users charge other devices like a smartphone while the PC is in sleep mode.

Among the most notable features of the updated Pavilion notebooks are a redesigned unibody chassis, dual speakers, and an optional backlit keyboard.

The notebooks, which start at $479.99 and will be available in June, are offered with HD or Full HD and touch or no touch, in 14-, 15-, and 17-inch displays.

The line also offers sixth-generation AMD A-Series or fifth-generation Intel Core i3 through i7 processors, up to a 2 TB HDD on select models and up to 16 GB of system memory.

All models are the first HP consumer PCs to be available with Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play audio as part of the partnership HP announced in March.

The PCs use a dedicated audio island that isolates the audio circuits from other signals on the motherboard. The headphone jack limits the amount of metal parts to reduce ground noise.

Additional customization allows users to choose from optimized presets or manually tune the sound to their liking.

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Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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