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
The design of the HP Envy 15 is essentially the same as the Envy 13, majoring on solid construction from a magnesium alloy chassis and a multitouch button-less trackpad
Good Gear Guide.au
4 September 2013
Summary: There is potential for high performance in this laptop with its interesting processor, but there's also enough niggles to make us cautious before making a recommendation. Given the high power demands of the CPU, this is still more of a desktop replacement, a static desk design which makes the separate optical drive an satisfactory solution over a regular integrated unit.
Conclusion: On paper, the specifications are impressive for the price, but the cut corners are obvious in the keyboard, touchpad and screen. A solid laptop then, but we’d hope for more to replace our desktop full time.
Pros: Impressive specs for the price, Great game performance for a laptop, Impressive sound output
Cons: Lack of SSD makes a speedy laptop feel sluggish, Flakey keyboard and uninspiring trackpad, Unimpressive screen
Good audio performance and a useful set of features make this a worthwhile notebook, but it could use some refinement
Good Gear Guide.au
15 July 2011
Summary: While it's not the perfect specimen of a premium laptop, the HP Envy 15 still has a lot to like. It comes with a good configuration, it looks attractive and it sounds great. However, its input devices could use some refinement and its screen is too glossy for our liking.
Pros: Looks good, Backlit keyboard, Core i7 CPU and 8GB RAM, Audio quality
Cons: Touchpad could be better, Screen too glossy, Keyboard is a little bouncy
Excerpt: There’s no disguising the source of HP’s inspiration when designing the HP Envy 15-1110ea – this is the laptop for the Windows user who really wanted a MacBook Pro. It’s metallic chassis houses a similar keyboard and a large buttonless trackpad, while the display sits behind an edge-to-edge glass pane.