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HP's budget-friendly Envy m4 and Pavilion Sleekbooks don't skimp on style

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HP is announcing three fairly attractive new notebooks today, aimed at the value-conscious.

HP Envy m4 facing
HP Envy m4 facing

HP's new Windows 8 notebooks are geared towards the budget-conscious, but they've picked up a few fashion tips from the company's pricier ultrabook lines. Up first is the Envy m4, a 14-inch notebook with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution display. Its brushed-aluminum chassis borrows heavily from the premium Spectre XT's design book, albeit adding a bit of girth by way of an optical drive. The m4 will be powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processors, but lacks a solid state drive — there is a 32GB mSATA SSD cache option, however. Entertainment comes in the form of a pair of speakers and a subwoofer bolstered by Beats Audio. Alas, there are no discrete graphics options, which will severely limit the notebook's gaming prowess. The Envy m4 starts at $899.

HP is also expanding its Sleekbook category with the Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15, equipped with 14- and 15.6-inch displays, respectively. They've abandoned the simple two-toned color schemes of their Envy Sleekbook predecessors in favor of much brighter hues, but we'll need to spend some quality time with them to see if the new look works. The 14-inch model will use AMD processors, while the Sleekbook 15 will offer Intel CPUs. The Sleekbook 15 also makes room for a number pad, but the machines are otherwise identical. Both laptops will offer optional Nvidia discrete graphics and up to a terabyte of storage, but the SSD options are once again limited to 32GB mSATA caches. The Pavilion Sleekbook 14 and 15 will start at $499 and $559, respectively. All three notebooks will be available on Oct 26th, with the launch of Windows 8.