By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: HP yesterday launched a raft of new products for the Australian market. Two of these were the anticipated Envy models of consumer notebooks.

Available in 13.1-inch and 15.6-inch models respectively, the Envy13 and the Envy15 are the two new premium notebooks in the HP range.

“Building on the legacy of the HP Voodoo Envy notebooks, the HP Envy line includes leading edge components that are optimised to deliver a new standard of power and performance,” said an HP spokesperson.

The Envy13 is 0.8 inches thick and weight 1.67 kilograms. Users have a choice of ULV and CULV processors from Intel, which is intended to provide the best combination of appliance performance and extended battery life.

Features include ATI discrete switchable graphics technology, HP Radiance Display, Beats audio, HP QuickWeb and Action Keys. For 250-gigabyte hard disk drive and 2,048 megabytes of standard memory, the RRP is $3,199. Alternatively, for RRP $3,799 consumers can get a 160-gigabyte solid state drive with 3,072 megabytes of standard memory.

The Envy15, which is described as “art forged by engineering”, is 1-inch think and weighs 2.35 kilograms. Features include premium graphics performance, high definition resolution, Intel Core i7 processor, three USB 2.0 ports, Beats audio, HP QuickWeb 2.0 and Action Keys.

This model is RRP $2,799 for a 500-gigabyte hard disk drive with 4,096 standard memory, or RRP $3,299 for a 500-gigabyte hard disk drive with 8,192 megabytes of standard memory.

Both these two new Envy models will be available from 22 October 2009.