HP Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook - Brilliant Mid-Range Laptop

12/29/2012 9:11:48 AM

The HP Envy 6 Sleekbook represents AMD’s answer to Intel’s Ultrabook; in fact, the only difference between this Envy 6 Sleekbook and the Envy 6 Ultrabook is the processor inside.

Both Ultrabook and Sleekbook use the same chassis. We like the modern design of brushed black aluminium on the lid and around the keyboard, with a red matt-finish plastic base. The down side to this is a mass of uninvited fingerprints.

HP Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook

HP Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook

For a 15.6in laptop, this 2kg HP is easy to handle, if a little big to be a true ultraportable. In common with the Envy 6 Ultrabook, the keyboard is of a good quality, and we found typing smooth on the plastic Scrabble-tile-style keys.

The trackpad is large and responsive, with two integrated buttons below. But HP’s software implementation is poor, so clicking the button moves the mouse cursor.

HP CoolSense is touted, and in use we found the wrist rest remained cool. We weren’t so impressed by the audio, labelled Beats Audio.

In common with the Envy 6 Ultrabook, the keyboard is of a good quality.

In common with the Envy 6 Ultrabook, the keyboard is of a good quality.

The Sleekbook trumps its Ultrabook counterpart in price, with $150 off the ticket. That’s because it runs a cheaper AMD A6-4455M, a 2.1GHz dual-core APU that includes Radeon HD 7500G graphics. HP has added 6GB of memory, which is 2GB more than is found in Its Ultrabook. Storage is a 500GB regular hard disk.

In WorldBench 6 the Sleekbook scored a disappointing 82 points. That’s 30 points fewer than its Intel-based counterpart. We also ran PCMark 7, in which it managed 1,493 points. But while the benchmark figures are low, in normal Windows use the laptop feels responsive.

The integrated graphics averaged a playable 51fps in Fear at Maximum detail, beating the Intel equivalent by an impressive 31fps.

The display’s native resolution of 1366x768 pixels doesn’t provide high detail across the 15.6m panel. It has far from wide viewing angles, and suffers a glossy, reflective finish.

The HP Envy Sleekbook 6 is a brilliant mid-range laptop.

The HP Envy Sleekbook 6 is a brilliant mid-range laptop.

The selection of ports is good for a thin-and-light laptop, comprising HDMI, gigabit ethernet, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, headphone-out, mic-in and an SD card reader. There’s no room for an optical drive.

HP lists longer battery life for the Envy 6 Sleekbook than the Ultrabook. In our tests, however, it ran dry 26 mins earlier, managing 6 hours 40 mins.


·         Price: $899

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·         2.1GHz AMD A6-4455M dual-core

·         Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

·         6GB DDR31,600MHz RAM

·         500GB hard drive

·         15.6in (1366x768) gloss LCD

·         AMD Radeon HD 7500G

·         802.11b/g/n

·         Gigabit Ethernet

·         Bluetooth 4.0

·         1x USB 2.0

·         2x USB 3.0

·         HDMI

·         Kensington lock slot

·         SD slot

·         Beats Audio

·         59Wh, non-removable battery

·         374x253x20.5mm

·         2.07kg


·         The HP Envy 6 Sleekbook is $150 cheaper than HP’s Intel-based version, and features improved graphics. Raw performance is much lower, however.

·         Build: 3.5/5

·         Features: 3/5

·         Performance: 3/5

·         Value: 3.5/5

·         Overall: 3/5


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