Back from the (Near) Dead: HP Envy 14 Review

By on December 28, 2011, 5:39 PM

Introduced as a replacement for the Voodoo Envy in 2009, the Envy series originally kicked off with 13 and 15-inch models and was later expanded with 14 and 17-inch flavors. If you are familiar with the Envy line, there aren't many surprises from last year's models which we reviewed.

From the outside the 2010 and 2011 Envy 14 models are nearly indistinguishable. The Envy has a strong resemblance to Apple's MacBook Pro which for the most part could be considered a good thing. The latest version features the same gunmetal lid with an attractive etched pattern. A reflective HP logo is positioned on the back corner of the lid on the right side and emits a subtle white glow when the system is on.

Our evaluation system used to cost $1,079.99 but now you can get it for $899. The Envy 14 comes with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-2430M with Turbo Boost, 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, a Western Digital 750GB hard drive, Radeon HD 6630M switchable graphics, a 14.5" HD BrightView Infinity LED display, 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer support, Intel HM65 Express Chipset, Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN with Bluetooth and an 8-cell 3800mAh Lithium Ion battery. Windows 7 Home Premium is the operating system of choice.

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Guest said:

I think you tested SC2 on Intel HD 3000. 6630 GPU is same as a 5650, no?

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

You are right. I've updated SC2 scores with performance output from the discrete Radeon HD 6630 GPU. The HD 6630 should be slightly faster than the 5650.

herpaderp said:

@ Guest

Not exactly, the 6630m has 80 more stream processors than the 5650m but is usually clocked ~200MHz slower, so they're very close in performance, it's pretty much negligible.

Guest said:

"The display has a resolution of 1366x768"

... And that is where they cut corners to get the price down.

Guest said:

That's between 1080p and 720p - so pretty much perfect.

Massive Amount of Pixels squeezed into a small space is also bad as it forced you to be closer to the computer screen.

howzz1854 said:

I almost ALMOST bought the Envy last year, but when HP screwed me in the rear with the online coupon code i canceled my order. my friend bought one, and i had a chance to play with it.. can't say i was too impressed. too much plastic and smaller than the Macbook Pro 15. it's a Macbook Pro wannabe. if you want a Macbook Pro... just get a Macbook Pro. i wanted a Macbook Pro and i got one, and converted it to a Windowns 7 laptop and never looked back. Sure I paid probably $200 more for a refurbished one, but the build quality is fully unibody aluminum... you gotta give it to Apple... their build quality is just second to none. hate their prices or their apple culture all you want. truth is... you get what you paid for. both my previous HP laptops have died on me right after their warranty expired. who says you can't have a PC in a Mac

Guest said:

Apple arguably has some of the best industrial designers. That said, the Macbook Pro I have runs very hot on the bottom and near the F# keys and has noisy fans like just about every laptop I've come across.

Guest said:

The 2011 HP's aren't bad, mine only ever cracks 55 degrees playing intensive games. with general stuff like watching movies it'll stay at around 40. a great improvement over my last hp running an AMD Turion which would hit 60 just sitting there idling.

Guest said:

I got an HP laptop a year back. Some genius case designer decided to make the only fan exhaust in the case pointed at a 45 degree angle downwards, which prevents me from placing it on a ton of places (beds, desks, etc.) unless I find some way to raise it.

howzz1854 said:

Guest said:

Apple arguably has some of the best industrial designers. That said, the Macbook Pro I have runs very hot on the bottom and near the F# keys and has noisy fans like just about every laptop I've come across.

I agree on that.. apple has their OSX fan threashold setting wayyy too low, they allow the cpu to run up to 90C before the fan kick above 2000rpm (default). whether it's noise concern on apple's part or not, i personally don't like my CPUs being sunny side up or over easy, i downloaded a 3rd party CPU/fan monitor software and set my own profiles. but yeah... apple's factory CPU/fan setting design is retarded, consider how much trouble they got into in the past with overheating batteries, you would think they would be more sensitive to temperature design.

Guest said:

http://goo.gl/YBCXL

Is it better than this laptop???

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

http://goo.gl/YBCXL

Is it better than this laptop???

It is better by miles...

The price for the Envy though is also "Miles" longer in digits than your linked laptop.

Infact they are completely different leagues. Why did you ask this question?

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