Summary: Multimedia with quirks. HP's multimedia newcomer is positioned between mid-range and premium range in terms of configuration and price. Its balanced combination of power and ergonomics is appealing. Will the now matte screen also make a better impression than the former models from 2013?
Pros: Wide range of models, No issues with fingerprints, Solid build, Innovative Control Zone ClickPad, Nice keyboard backlight, Wi-Fi with first-rate configuration and very good reception properties, Plenty of power, Good Turbo utilization, Quiet, cool, Lightning-fast SSD, HP packs powerful hardware i...
Cons: Production flaw: Keyboard bed around the A key lifts, Very pliable lid, Some ports in the front, No maintenance cover, difficult to open, Except for brightness, a middling screen..., ...with very poor viewing angle stability, GeForce GTX 850M runs with reduced speeds, Sound does not meet expectat...
Summary: The HP Envy 15 X360 is an interesting hybrid product, which could be defined as 80% to 20% of laptop and tablet. While relying on a low-power processor and integrating a dedicated graphics solution, this HP offers an experience base in a Windows environment quite pleasant, smooth and flexible, while...
Pros: : Experience in using flexible, Good battery life, Attractive design and solid, Very quiet, 8 GB of RAM, Adequate performance for basic use.
Cons: : Low angle view screen, Touchpad custom not intuitive, Processor unsuitable for advanced usage.
Summary: Green with envy? The Envy 15-j011sg is aimed at price-conscious multimedia users. Powerful mid-range hardware in the form of a Core i5-4200M, and a GeForce GT 740M has been packed in an elegant 15 inch chassis along with a Full HD screen. The sound system proves to be the biggest highlight.
Pros: Quite thin and light casing, Backlit keyboard, Great battery runtime, Compact power supply, Appealing looks, Good sound, 4x USB 3.0, The slim chassis ensures good portability.
Cons: Glare screen with catastrophic viewing angles, GT 740M's narrow memory interface, No optical drive, Bloatware, Does the screen have to be so incredibly bad?
Excerpt: It is no surprise, looking at the power package, that the HP ENVY 15 j-001TX has performed so well. The latest generation Intel Core i7 processor, paired with 8GB of RAM, a 1080p display and a fairly powerful graphics card is the foundation of extremely good performance.
Techbargains Review - HP ENVY Intel Core Quad-Core 15.6 inch Laptop Computer
21 October 2012
Excerpt: The HP ENVY is the result of a collaboration between HP and Voodoo. Voodoo Computers designs and manufactures some of the highest-end computers in the industry, catered primarily towards gamers and enthusiasts.
Summary: At a price of 1000 Euros, the HP Envy 15-k010ng shows a powerful multimedia performance with the combination of Core i7 processor and a GPU from Nvidia. The TN display screen has a good brightness level. The feedback response of the input devices without producing noise adds to its value.
Summary: The Radiance Notebook. What makes this high-end multimedia laptop so great? For starters, how about its bright 15.6-inch 1080p IPS display? In this review, we scrutinize the latest HP 2012 Envy 15 and explain how it managed to miss an even more spectacular rating.
Pros: Excellent workmanship and stability, Sleek design, Gorgeous IPS display, Fast 7200RPM HDD, Fast CPU performance, Excellent analog volume control, Easy access to RAM/HDD/motherboard, In terms of hardware, the 2012 Envy 15 is built superbly to reflect its price. Sound quality is better than expecte...
Cons: Inaccurate color reproduction (IPS only), Extreme screen glare, Hindered AMD 7690M GPU, Permanently active fans, Hard-to-click touchpad, Tight spacing of ports, no VGA/eSATA, Average battery life, As much as we think the IPS display is brilliant, its poor color accuracy is the largest drawback of...
Conclusion: The other major consideration is that the Envy 15 comes with those two pieces of Adobe software. You could, of course, buy just one of those programs (and it would be the newer version) and install it on the VAIO for the same total price as the Envy 15. Plus, you'd have it on a faster machine.
Pros: Eye-catching design, Terrific audio, with volume dial on laptop's side, USB 3.0 ports, Excellent software bundle, including premium Adobe apps
Cons: Not the speediest machine for the price, Multitouch touch pad could be better, Hefty chassis, Runs warm
Summary: Last year's Envy laptops were a bit of a disappointment. The design that wowed me in 2010 had grown stale by 2011; at that point, the rest of the world had caught up to and surpassed the Envy's design, while HP was content to update only the system's internal components.
HP Envy 15: A great laptop marred by serious flaws
26 January 2012
Excerpt: Last year's Envy laptops were a bit of a disappointment. The design that wowed me in 2010 had grown stale by 2011; at that point, the rest of the world had caught up to and surpassed the Envy's design, while HP was content to update only the system's internal components.