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? We will clarify this and many other questions in this review.
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 in an immaculately built, stylish casing.
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 expectations, An IPS screen matching the price would be urgently recommended - the competition sets an example.
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 containing both the size and power consumption.
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?
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 expected and overall performance in both applications and graphics should be more than good enough for everyday users. We especially appreciate the ease of disassembling the notebook.
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 the notebook. Other downsides, such as the touchpad, non-XT 7690M GPU, fan noise and super-glossy display are relatively minor complaints compared to the bad color reproducti...
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. But if you need both apps (and if the Envy's design is important to you), the HP Envy 15 just might be the better way to go.
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. The new Envy 15 and 17, which HP released right at the end of 2011, finally feature a whole new design.
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. The new Envy 15 and 17, which HP released right at the end of 2011, finally feature a whole new design.
Summary: Like J.J. Abrams' Star Trek , HP's new Envy 15 is a strong reboot of a franchise that was getting a bit long in the tooth. We like the eye-catching redesign along with the bright, 1080p display, strong performance, and excellent audio. It's not the lightest laptop in its class--and it struggles a bit with the latest games--but those looking for a stylish multimedia laptop will find the Envy 15 to be one of the best money can buy.
How many corners do you have to cut for a $1,100 MacBook Pro competitor?
4 January 2012
Summary: It might initially look like it's Designed by Apple in California, but the $1,100 Envy 15 is no MacBook Pro. Sure, HP's built a rock-solid, relatively inexpensive Windows computer from the same anodized aluminum foundations as Apple's machine, but don't be fooled: the Envy 15 misses on simple basics like long battery life and a no-nonsense touchpad.
Pros: Rock-solid aluminum construction, Excellent audio for a laptop, Optional 1080p Radiance display is sharp, colorful
Cons: Quirky touchpad with stiff buttons, Average battery life, No Blu-ray option, Unabashed copy of the MacBook Pro