HP has been providing us with some of the nicest machines ever. Whether it is about ultraportable laptops, lightweight netbooks or all purpose notebooks; HP has always served us the best. The Envy series is one of its greatest all purpose laptops, and I am going to discuss one of the Envy laptops here in this article. The Envy 14 is one great looking and nicely priced notebook by HP that has to be adored for its looks as well as its performance.
HP Envy 14
Let us have a look at its specs and features.
- Manufacturer: HP
- Usage: Home
- Chassis: Metallic; brushed aluminium in carbon relic
- Dimensions: 14.01 in x 9.33 in x 1.09/1.11 in
- Weight: 5.57 lbs
- Display: 14.5 in diagonal, HD HP BrightView Infinity LED display (1366 x 768)
- Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OR Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OR Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
- Processor: OPTIONS: Intel Core i3-370M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache); Intel Core i3-380M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache); Intel Core i5-450M Dual Core processor (2.40GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz; Intel Core i5-460M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz; Intel Core i5-560M Dual Core Processor (2.66 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz; Intel Core i5-580M Dual Core Processor (2.66GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz; Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz; Intel Core i7-740QM Quad Core processor (1.73GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.93 GHz; Intel Core i7-840QM Quad Core processor (1.86GHz,8MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz
- Memory: OPTIONS: 4GB DDR3 System Memory; 6GB DDR3 System Memory; 8GB DDR3 System Memory
- Graphics Card: OPTIONS: 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics [HDMI] (for Dual Core Processors); 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics [HDMI] (FOR Quad Core Processors)
- Recovery media: OPTIONS: System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit; System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit; System Recovery DVD with Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Hard Drive: OPTIONS: 500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection; 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection; 750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection; 256GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)
- Optical Drive: Slot load; SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
- 2 in 1 integrated Digital Media Reader
- 2 accessible memory slots
- 3 USB ports (one is shared with eSATA port); an HDMI port
- Beats audio for great sound quality
- Backlit keyboard
- HP TrueVision HD webcam, built in microphone
- 2 year hardware limited warranty
- Battery: OPTIONS: 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (standard) Up to 6 hours of battery life; Two 8 Cell Lithium Ion Batteries (standard); One 8 Cell Lithium Ion (standard) + HP ENVY 6 cell Slim Fit Extended Life Battery (over sized)
- HP Mobile Broadband with GPS
- Intel Wireless-N card with Bluetooth
- Price: Starts from $999.99
This is a relief seeing a solidly built metal body after all those plastic machines. Envy 14 has beautiful design and patterns on the lid as well as on the wrist rest area. It is available in gunmetal grey colour yet, and the pattern goes nicely with this hue. You might find it a bit heavy to carry, but enjoying the solid metal built is worth it. Best part is the price factor; Envy 14 has a very reasonable starting price of $999.99. This price brings some very nice specs with it, too.
Envy’s keyboard is backlit, something I would love to see on every notebook. It gives you the freedom of typing flawlessly while sitting in a dark room or a dark corner of a room. The keys are widely spaced, flat topped and island-kind; protruding out of a low platform. Touchpad has multi touch functionality (a bit shabby, though) and is placed right in the middle under the keyboard. It is a large touchpad and has ample space for easy scrolling.
The 14.5 inches LED display is certainly something you will love. It is neither too small nor too big; just the perfect size for gaming and watching movies. Equally great is the audio feature of HP Envy 14; the company has included Beats Audio that offers you great sound quality and minor details.
You must not face difficulty while playing games on this laptop, as the graphics are pretty good. I will certainly not advise you to go for high end gaming with Envy 14; but I am sure it will suffice your basic gaming needs. The ATI graphics card can be switched off in order to activate the Intel HD graphics whenever you need. This helps lower battery consumption.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN, an HDMI port, a mini display port, 2 USB ports, 1 USB+eSATA port and a 2 in 1 digital media card reader. An HD webcam is also present for your video chatting needs; it has the ability to adjust itself to whatever light settings you are present under.
Software that have been pre-included in Envy 4 are Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 and Adobe Premiere Elements 8. You can choose from different packages of Microsoft Office. The overall performance of Envy 14 is nothing less than good. It has a nice battery backup time.
One thing that is going to bother you is that whenever you will try to increase, decrease or mute the volume via function keys, the volume setting box shows up on the screen. It will happen even if you are playing a game or watching a movie; thus depriving you off the full screen immediately. This is quite a frustrating experience.
Product’s Unique Selling Points:
- Beautifully designed
- Strong built
- Metal chassis
- Variety of customizable specs to choose from
- Nicely priced
- Fair battery backup time
- Good performance
- Backlit keyboard
- A bit heavy for its display size
- Switchable graphics feature is not smooth
- Volume settings hinder with full screen gaming and video watching