Alexa hits the desktop in new HP Envy PC

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HP revealed its 2018 Envy laptops, and they're even-more-true to their name than ever.

The Palo Alto, California-based computing giant is showing off a new lineup of premium laptops, desktops, and displays that are created to blend work and leisure. The devices are created to straddle work and play environments, which means they are functional but stylish.

The new Envy products are more interesting from a gaming standpoint. However, it's headline feature is a claimed up to 14 hours of battery life. Although not everyone is sold on the necessity of the having this option available.

The ENVY Curved AiO 34 packs a huge, 34-inch display, mounted in an all-new design.

"HP's undisputed design and engineering leadership is delivering the ultimate combination of style, performance and versatility", said Ron Coughlin, President, Personal Systems, HP Inc.

The company didn't offer full specifications of the EliteBook x360 1030 G3, but HP heralded it as the world's smallest business convertible, with a 15.8mm profile and a starting weight of only 2.76 lbs.

Another feature in all Envy laptops is HP Command Center, an application that optimizes performance based on your needs. It too comes with an 8th Gen Intel quad-core processor. It comes in gold or silver (May, $1,000).

HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2 is the world's first business class 34-inch curved AiO with discrete graphics, and a attractive and flexible design that makes it the flawless fit for the front desk, office or huddle room for meetings.

The Envy x360 13 is the latest addition to the line and is the first 13-inch convertible PC available with an AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega Graphics. The 15-inch model comes with either Intel or AMD processors, an optional 4K display, and up to 12 hours and 45 minutes od battery life.

The HP Envy 17 laptop is a "desktop replacement" with content creators in mind and has a 17-inch display, with an option for a 4K screen (May $1,050). Not only is it built around a 34-inch curved display, but it also has Amazon's Alexa cooked in.

Elsewhere, we can expect 8th Gen Intel processor options, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, modern flavors of USB, Thunderbolt, HDMI and an SD card slot. HP rates it for up to 11 hours of battery life. The Envy Curved AIO 27 features up to an Intel Core i7-8700T processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics.

The Elite x2 1013 G3 is probably the most versatile of the bunch, squeezing a 13-inch display into a traditional 12-inch chassis, which makes it the world's "smallest business detachable".

HP EliteOne 1000 AiO G2 is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $1,279. If you'd prefer more screen real estate, there will be a 15.6-inch Envy x360 15 with the same hardware options starting at $750. A step up the Envy range is the Envy x360 15 with touch and pen input supported.

HP ENVY x360 15 is expected to be available in May at HP.com for a starting price of $749.99 (AMD version) and $869.99 (Intel version). The Envy AIO 34 will come later in the year, starting at £1,099.

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