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HP's new Envy 14 is perfect for creators on the go

Fast, good-looking, with power to boot, this HP is worth checking out.

The HP Envy 14 in a living room Credit: HP

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Though we haven't been able to go hands-on with any of the products at this year's CES, there are still a few that have caught our eye. One of the more exciting laptops introduced so far is the new HP Envy 14.

We adored the HP Envy line from last year, with the portable Envy 13 offering superb power, a beautiful design, and excellent battery life for well under $700. The larger HP Envy 15 was similarly impressive, though it traded portability for a larger screen and several designs had gaming- and Photoshop-ready graphics cards to boot.

HP Envy Front Left Hero
Credit: HP

The HP Envy is one of the laptops we're most excited to try early in 2021.

The 2021 HP Envy 14 works to split the difference between those two, with a similar performance profile to the 15-inch but a size much closer to the 13-inch model. They all offer Intel's new 11th-gen processors, which have surprised us in the lab with their combination of speed and efficiency. You can rely on Intel's integrated Xe GPUs or opt for an Nvidia discrete GPU, which is rare in a 14-inch design.

The main draw here is the taller 16:10 14-inch screen, which only adds about an inch of height and a 1/3rd of a pound over the 13-inch Envy but gets you much more screen space and a larger trackpad. HP has also sharpened up the lines, bringing the Envy 14 more in line with the rest of its Envy x360 lineup and the flagship Spectre models.

HP Envy Front Touch Panel
Credit: HP

The HP Envy 14 offers an intriguing combination of size, speed, and power.

Overall, this is a laptop we're very excited to try for ourselves. HP's move away from 16:9 screens is a great one, and the combination of speed, power, efficiency, and price makes this one of the better laptops coming out in the first half of 2021.

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