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HP ENVY 14 Review
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Publish-date-icon September 7, 2011
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When we reviewed HP’s first-generation Envy 15 last year, we experienced been impressed with its chic, level of quality structure and superb all round performance but disappointed with its deficiency of an inside optical generate and its bad battery life. HP’s most latest entry inside the line, the Envy 14, addresses people complaints mind on, sustaining the superb all round performance and sturdy design using the original, while packing an optical generate and much-improved battery existence in among one of the most stylish and protected glass windows notebooks we’ve examined so far.

The ENVY 14 is well-equipped and consists of the above regular preserve to the fast 750GB 7200RPM difficult drive, that is definitely an $80 option much more compared to regular 500GB drive. they are robust if not enthusiast-level specifications. As configured, the ENVY 14 can look after almost any job such as gaming many thanks to its dedicated AMD Radeon images card. The just one disappointment could possibly be the low-resolution 14.5-inch screen; the previous-generation ENVY 14 was offered with an superb high-gamut 1600x900 screen, which offered much a whole whole lot more space to run with.

The 14.5-inch LED-backlit display is quite crisp and bright. although the inventory Envy ships using a 1,366x768-pixel screen, our product was equipped using the roomy optional Radiance Infinity HD+ 1,600x900 display. The word is smallish inside the higher-res display, however it is sharp enough that even small fonts are fast to read. The show attributes a broad color gamut, and we could see a vibrance and richness in electronic images and digital video disc playback which is not common of the notebook computer at this price tag point. In fact, seeing DVDs producing utilization of the slot-loading 8x digital video disc writer experienced us wishing HP offered a Blu-ray generate option to the Envy 14. Unfortunately, you will should opt to the a whole whole lot bigger Envy 17 in the celebration you need hi-def capability. Also, while the display appears fantastic, as with most glossy screens, it exhibits reflections inside the glass; we’d adore to determine HP provide a matte option.

The Envy 14’s Beats audio tracks method is similarly amazing and is also just one area in which the Envy obviously outdoes the MacBook Pro. HP isolated the audio tracks components inside the motherboard to prevent the interference that may finish off direct to static on some PCs, also it also additional an amplifier and DSP to enhance and enhance the audio. The last results inside the built-in speakers are quite good—volume and clarity are much above common for just about any dual-speaker notebook. Plug the Envy 14 into exterior speakers or perhaps a awesome arranged of headphones, though, and you'll find out the audio tracks is definitely nothing short of astounding. Even on affordable earbuds, the audio tracks clarity and punch of our tunes was drastically much better than we’d presume from the notebook. Pressing Fn-B to toggle away the Beats enhancements exhibits how the method is adding considerable depth and extra bass toward the audio.

This notebook computer is just as attractive inside the within since the outside. it is powered with a 2.4GHz key i5-450M processor (supporting as a whole whole lot as 2.66GHz in Turbo enhance mode), backed by 4GB of DDR3 RAM, with 6GB and 8GB configurations available. It consists of an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 images processor with 1GB of DDR3 movement image storage for fits on top of that to other demanding 3D applications; the notebook computer can instantly revert toward the slower inventory Intel HD images made to the motherboard chipset to preserve battery life. (This is recognized as switchable graphics, but as much as implementation is concerned, this could possibly be the very least intuitive. Other switchable images possibilities use a hardware change or do so automatically.) There’s a speedy 500GB, 7,200-rpm difficult generate for storage, on top of that to the aforementioned slot-loading 8x digital video disc burner. (The inclusion using the optical generate shows the 2nd inside generate option found out inside the Envy 15 is missing here.)

The Envy 14 lasted an amazing three several hours and 17 mins on our digital video disc rundown test, a considerable advancement much more compared to Envy 15’s embarrassingly short 1:04 result. that is truly a tad short using the course common (3:26) but nevertheless much better compared to Toshiba M645. while crafting this review, browsing the Web, and hearing to Pandora, we managed just much more than 4.5 several hours on the individual charge. that is as a finish off result of its ability to shut away its ATI Radeon GPU on battery. Unfortunatley, you will should go to the look after Panel to manually re-enable the GPU when operating on battery. in contrast to the MacBook expert it pays tribute to, the Envy 14 attributes a removable battery. You can purchase an extra eight-cell inside battery for $75 when configuring the Envy 14, or opt to the $200 six-Cell Slim complement Extended existence Battery, which clips onto the bottom using the notebook computer and operates in conjunction using the built-in battery.

HP ENVY 14 Review


With its stylish and sturdy design, exemplary performance, and stellar audio, HP earned an Editors' option to the earlier Envy 15 regardless of is pitiful battery existence and optional exterior optical drive. using the Envy 14 straight addressing people complaints, HP has certainly struck gold. The Envy 14 has looks, durability, performance, and great battery life. it is quite protected to use, also it is reasonably priced for just about any pc in its class. With its super-sharp and multi-colored screen, awesome illuminated keyboard, and superb audio tracks playback, it is difficult to think about the whole whole lot that HP could do much better here.

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