Excerpt: Most of the 13-inch laptops I’ve reviewed over the past few years have been high-end options, typically starting at or above $1,000. Usually you’d get pretty decent hardware and features for this price, including metal bodies, gorgeous high-resolution displays, and powerful Intel Core i5 or i7...
Conclusion: You've also got one of the better values we've seen lately; as we said, the $799 Envy's specs match those of the $999 Dell XPS 13, although the latter is more compact (almost an 11.6-inch form factor despite its 13.3-inch screen).
Pros: Handsome ultra-thin design, Great Bang & Olufsen sound, $200 less than a comparable Dell XPS 13
Cons: No touch screen or PCIe SSD option, Display has thick bezels and doesn't tilt very far back
Summary: Value for money. The Envy 13 from HP is a fresh candidate for the subnotebook crown. We can say this upfront: It cannot quite keep up with the current leaders like the Dell XPS 13 and Apple MacBook in respect to the performance.
Pros: aluminum chassis with very good build quality, QHD display with high color accuracy, low temperature and noise development in all situations, business-capable security features, excellent speakers, very good price-performance ratio
Cons: mediocre webcam, input devices could be better, low amount of RAM, not expandable, below-average battery runtime
Summary: The HP Envy 13t-d000 is really thin and very light, and it offers a vivid display and impressive B&O speakers. But the Envy's battery life, at just 5:48, is downright paltry. Other ultraportables last almost twice as long.
Excerpt: Now that the hungry maw of Hewlett-Packard has devoured Voodoo, the company has been hard at work splicing “Voodoo DNA” into its mainstream products. Here’s one result: A laptop that looks a lot like an HP Pavilion but carries the high price of a boutique notebook.
Pros: Good looks and solid performance … what’s not to like? Textured palm-rest pattern evokes Death Star motif … like a million voices crying out in unison, then suddenly silenced.
Cons: Only two USB ports. Bright screen, but hardly an “unparalleled viewing experience.” Chiclet keyboard awkward at first. Middling battery life (2 hours, 10 minutes). Undersized arrow keys. Higher price than Cypress Hill concert.
Excerpt: The sleek HP Envy 13 offers the best balance of performance and portability yet. It offers an amazing screen and long battery life, making this 13-inch ultraportable perfect for road warriors.
Pros: Extra-bright 13-inch screen, Solid metal construction, Excellent performance, Switchable graphics, Slim battery slice pushes runtime past 8 hours
Cons: No onboard optical drive, VGA and LAN ports require external dongles, So-so Webcam and speaker quality, Keyboard is not backlit
Summary: There's no question that the HP Envy 13 is a stylish and powerful system. It's a sexy ultraportable that delivers the performance of a much larger machine. Everything from the Envy's packaging down to the glass display says that this is a premium notebook.
Conclusion: The HP Envy 13 is an all-metallic ultraportable that delivered phenomenal battery scores, but customers may not be ready to spend $1,899 on a laptop.
Pros: Phenomenal battery life with both batteries. Extended slice fits flush with the system's base. Metallic design is gorgeous and customizable. Media-centric resolution. Up to 5GB of memory. Very bright screen. Nice typing experience.
Cons: Pricey. No illuminated keyboard option. ExpressCard slot would be nice. Only two USB ports.