HP Envy 14 Notebook Review

By on October 6, 2010, 5:49 AM
Earlier this summer HP expanded their popular Envy notebook line with the introduction of the Envy 14 and Envy 17 models. The two new releases build on the success of last year's Envy offerings and bring several new hardware options to the table as well as a lower introductory price point. Today we will look at the smaller 14-inch version.

The Envy 14 starts at $999.99 with an Intel Core i3 processor and scales up to the Core i7. The configuration of our review system costs $1,390 with an upgraded Intel Core i5 450M processor operating at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz, 4GB DDR3 system memory (two modules), a Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics, a 14.5" HP Radiance display running at 1600 x 900 resolution, SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support, Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth and an 8-cell Lithium Ion battery.

First impressions can mean a lot and when I opened the lid of the Envy for the first time, I was certainly impressed. The keyboard design, aluminum construction and glossy full size display are all reminiscent of an Apple product. It's hard not to make that comparison when looking at the Envy. That used to be the case with the original 13-inch model, and the same remains true here, but that can only be a good thing. Read on as we take a look at the Envy 14 in more detail.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Was thinking the same thing, Great review and I have been keeping my eye on these since they were first released since these look like great Apple alternatives, as in design and quality of build, plus the specs are better than any Mac in that price range as well, overall I would love one of these...when i'm more rich I guess...

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

"HP has integrated the mouse click buttons within the touchpad, which is a terrible idea. There is no difference in tactical feel between the touchpad and click buttons, but what really ruined the experience for me was the fact that the mouse pointer sensitivity carries over onto the click buttons."

Isn't this how the new Macbook pros are? Except HP has included a line to indicate where the mouse zone begins, and Windows enables right click by default

Jesse Jesse said:

Isn't this how the new Macbook pros are? Except HP has included a line to indicate where the mouse zone begins, and Windows enables right click by default

Yep, and I think this is definitely just a personal preference thing. I love how the envy touchpad feels.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Not really, on Macs the whole trackpad is a button that can be pressed, and you don't have a default right-click unless you enable two finger touch + click or use Ctrl + Click.

Gars Gars said:

another great review

i like the overall look and performance

but i still prefer Lenovo ThinkPad series

its good to see more competition in the ''beauty contest'' sector

PS: id like to see more prices mentioned, not only on the US market

cos im outside US and here (eastern Europe), the prices are much higher for the all CE

thank you

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