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HP ENVY 6-1010us Sleekbook,
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To be able to fairly review the HP ENVY Sleekbook, I first had to stop and ask myself what exactly the Sleekbook is and isn't. Reviewing it for what it isn't wouldn't be fair, and too many people tend to do just that leading to unfairly poor reviews. So what is the Sleekbook exactly? It is a slightly more affordable AMD version of the Ultrabooks, but it can't be called an Ultrabook because Intel owns the rights to that moniker. What you get with the Sleekbook is a non-user upgradable slimmed down laptop (or large netbook) with no built-in optical drive; the battery and hard drive are not user-removable to be swapped for other drives or a spare battery. Once the battery runs down, you are left no choice but to recharge it via the power supply they send with it. This was kind of a let down that the batteries weren't swappable, but given the price and lightweight portability factor the Sleekbook was intended for, it really isn't a fault. Given that the battery life on it is exceptionally good, a spare battery isn't really needed. It's easy to get 6+ hours off a full charge.
The processor is an AMD APU, meaning it handles both processing and graphical duties. It is a dual-core design, and has plenty of power to do most any task anyone would reasonbly ask of a laptop type of computer. Heck, it even runs some games fairly well such as Star Trek Online and World of Warcraft. It has plenty of oomph to process audio and video files for those with a portable studio, and the screen is large enough and has enough resolution for minor photo-editing tasks.
The keyboard is the chicklet style, and it does take some getting used to, as does the touchpad. First thing I had to do was turn down the sensitivity on the touch-tap controls because they really pick up the slightest touch in default configuration. If you plan to use one of these much in poorly lit environments, do yourself a favor and get the next model up with the backlit keyboard. It's very hard to see the keyboard in the dark, and the chicklet keycaps combined with the compact laptop layout isn't very friendly for the touch-typist.
They quality of the built-in speakers is worse than bad, it delves into the realm of abysmal. Even my old laptop circa 2003 had far superior sound quality from the built-in speakers. However, once you plug in a set of quality headphones or IEM's, the Beats Audio sound processing really comes to life and gives everything a rich, full sound that is sure to impress.
The finish? I love the color scheme, the dark brushed metal with deep red bottom really looks great, though as can be expected the brushed metal finish is quite the fingerprint magnet. Keep a micro-fiber cloth nearby to keep those smudges under control and you'll have a really, ahem, SLEEK looking Sleekbook that is sure to turn a few heads.
Performance to cost ratio? For the money, you get a lot of performance, more processing power than most people need for average tasks. I really have to say that the price is excellent for the performance offered. Compared to comparable offerings, you really would be hard pressed to find anything better for the price, and spending a couple hundred more isn't really going to net the average user a meaningful performance increase outside of mostly useless benchmark numbers. Overall the HP ENVY Sleekbook is a no-brainer for someone looking for a budget-friendly go anywhere lightweight/thin notebook computer.
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Initial post: Sep 20, 2012 3:14:52 PM PDT
this product is called a Sleekbook not because it does not have an Intel processor, but because of several reasons. An ultrabook must wake from hibernation in less than 7 seconds. It must have either a portion or the entirety of pc storage in SSD format. and other weight and thickness requirements.
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