Summary: The ultrabook-like HP Envy Sleekbook 6 is the sharpest-looking $599 laptop you're likely to find, although you'll pay a performance premium.
Pros: The HP Envy Sleekbook 6 has a great design for a great price, and includes Beats Audio and decent graphics.
Cons: You're trading down to AMD's A-series processors, which are not as fast or power efficient as comparable Intel parts. Unlike actual ultrabooks, this doesn't have a solid-state hard drive. Some of the construction still feels a bit budget.
Conclusion: HP has positioned its AMD-powered Envy Sleekbook 6-1010us as a lower-priced alternative to Intel-certified ultrabooks. Unfortunately, the axiom that "you get what you pay for" applies here. It's underpowered, has a mediocre screen, and may feel slow even when brand new.
Pros: Less expensive than ultrabooks. Good port selection. Metal construction.
Cons: Sluggish performance. Loaded with bloatware. Low-resolution display. Screen door effect on display. Fingerprint magnet
Conclusion: Still, considering its $599 price, the HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1010us sports the stunning good looks of a much pricier machine, as well as a larger screen than pricier ultrabooks have (which means less squinting if your eyes aren't what they used to be). It also remains thin (0.78 inches) and relatively light (4.5 pounds) for a laptop of its screen size. If you're in the market for a low-cost laptop that doesn't look like one, it's worthy of serious consideration.
Pros: Slim, attractive design for the price, Better graphics than pricier Intel options, USB 3.0 ports, Impressive speakers
Cons: Lacks speedy boot times and app launches of ultrabooks with solid-state storage, CPU performance lags well behind Intel-based machines
Conclusion: Overall, despite the obvious performance anxiety that this machine suffers from, the HP Envy Sleekbook 6-1126sa is a system that anyone looking to buy a budget laptop should look at. Its large screen and decent audio subsystem make it great for enjoying music and movies, while the comfortable keyboard and strong battery life make it a joy to use for more mundane tasks.
HP ENVY 6 Sleekbook Review; AMD’s Mobile Trinity APU Arrives
20 November 2012
Conclusion: In today’s mobile computing world, due to a myriad of reasons, consumers have begun demanding more while also making due with less. Build quality, ease of use and design appeal are gradually replacing adaptability and raw performance. Some may argue this current move towards “Appleization” has meant less customization, higher prices and a gradual slide towards one-size-fits all devices but the Envy 6 has proven those detractors wrong.
Summary: What do you call an Ultrabook that isn't an Ultrabook? According to HP, it's now a Sleekbook. At least that's the name they've given to this skinny, affordable 15.6in laptop - which thanks to its use of a 2.6GHz AMD processor cannot use the Ultrabook name (that's reserved for Intel, which gave birth to the genre). But how much of a compromise are you making in going the AMD route?
Pros: Multi-tasking oomph, Six-hour battery life, Value for money
Cons: Compromised screen resolution, Skinny but still weighty, Underwhelming speakers
Summary: • Beats Audio features • Microsoft Office 2010 Starter • HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection • Windows Live Essentials 2011 • Norton Internet Security 2012 (60 days subscription) • CyberLink YouCam DE • Adobe Shockwave Player • Snapfish PictureMover • Skype, Ebay, Blio e-Reader, Adobe Reader and EverNote included • Bigger and heavier than an ultrabook • You cannot change the battery • VGA requires adapter HP’s latest ultrabook, Envy Sleekbook 6 has been launched in...
Pros: Beats Audio features , Microsoft Office 2010 Starter , HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection , Windows Live Essentials 2011 , Norton Internet Security 2012 (60 days subscription) , CyberLink YouCam DE , Adobe Shockwave Player , Snapfish PictureMover , Skype, Ebay, Blio e-Reader, Adobe Reader and EverNote included
Cons: Bigger and heavier than an ultrabook , You cannot change the battery , VGA requires adapter