A Complete Instruction For Your PC Kit And How To Buy (Part 2) - HP Envy 14

5/30/2012 5:41:49 PM

HP Envy 14

Description: HP Envy 14


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$1,038 (VAT included)

The Envy laptops of HP are among a few of Windows-based laptops which make Apple avoid due to its design. The latest model has the strength to confront with it.

It is equipped with a dual-core Intel Core i5-2410M processor running at 2.3GHz, enough to accomplish the daily tasks. It also has its own position with the heavier workload, thanks to Turbo Boost technology, which can boost the clock speed up to 2.9GHz. Along with 4GB RAM, its overall scores were 53 in our multi-media benchmarks.

Furthermore, it can face up to games quite well, owing to the dedicated professional AMD Radeon 6630M graphics card. With 1GB of video memory, it achieved the 34fps speed in the Dirt 3 test.

The dedicated graphics doesn’t mean the battery life’s expense, because Envy 14 can switch between AMD card and integrated GPU of Intel. In the light duty test, battery life lasted for more than 5 hours; therefore, you can complete plenty of work within one single charge.

Envy 14 is also well equipped for multi-media playing. The DVD recorder is absolutely ideal for watching on the 14” screen and built-in speakers with Beats by Dr.Dre’s trademark. It doesn’t make much sense in reality, because basically Beats is such an equalizer preset. After being activated, bass is much clearer than other laptops but we still recommend you dedicated speakers.

The display screen has the 1,366x768 resolution which is big enough for you to work on 2 documents side by side. If you desire more screen space, there are options for you to choose between the HDMI and Mini DisplayPort output ports to connect with the external screen. The shiny surface of the screen creates plenty of reflective images, but the wide viewing angle prevents it to become a real problems. The image quality was above average with the sharp text and image display, except the colors seemed to be little bit pale in the default mode.

The big Chiclet-styled keyboards are absolutely perfect for dim-light typing, thanks to the bright white LCD backlight, and despite the fact that it doesn’t have the separate numeric keypad, we didn’t face with any problems in typing comfortably at high speed on the big-sized keys. Unfortunately, the integrated touchpad made us extremely disappointed. The buttons are also integrated into the touchpad, and occasionally we had troubles in identifying where the touchpad ends and buttons begin.

Description: HP Envy 14

It is such a pity that the touchpad is so fussy, though Envy is definitely a desirable laptop. Sadly, it is not a real bargain – Asus N55SF has the more powerful processor and graphics card, more memory and room for storage, a built-in Blu-ray optical drive and high resolution display screen with nearly the same amount of money; therefore, it is absolutely better value.


Comments: An amazing premium laptop with a few of weaknesses while some of its competitors have better value. .

A versatile laptop: Intel Core i5-2410M (2.3GHz), 4GB RAM, 500GB disk drive, AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics, DVD+/-RW+/-DL, 14 ½” widescreen LCD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, 28x356x237mm, 2.5kg, 1 year RTB warranty.

Power consumption: 0W standby, 22W idle, 57W active.

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