I've been looking at notebooks a long time... and something that has amazed me in the last few years is that no matter how innovative PC manufacturers get, they can't seem to get it right (at least the stuff that I like). From form factor to screen resolution to keyboard layouts... there is always something missing.
One big thing is why can't anyone make a Windows notebook with the same form factor as the Apple MacBookPros? That sleek unibody aluminum design, thin profile and yes... internal optical drive.
Last year, HP came close with their Envy line of notebooks, and it looks like their 2010 iX refresh finally gets it right. Engadget has a great article with hands-on pics and the HP press release regarding the new Envy 14 and the refreshed Envy 17:
Short list of pros: backlit keyboard, internal slot-load optical drive and ports galore. The 17 is too big for me but I like the 14 (or should I say 14.5) quite a bit. They didn't use the 15 keyboard that had that strange left row of keys but still included the right row for the Home/End/PgUp/PgDn keys.
Hopefully, it has the true 1080p (1920x1080) resolution like the 15, I'm just not a fan of what I feel is a backwards resolution 720p (1366x768). Remember when the standard was WSXGA (1440x900)? They actually took away screen real estate and I'm surprised no one cares. Personally, I miss my WUXGA (1920x1200), even Dell is starting to replace those on their new Latitude line with the 1080p resolution... ugh.
Will the Envy 14 be the answer to my search for the perfect notebook?