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Decent Computer, not likely to deliver in the "envy" department
on August 28, 2011
I've had my Envy 14 for half a year now with the exact same specs as this product. This is what I though of it after 6 months of use:
1. One of the most minimalistically stylish PCs in the market currently (even if they did borrow some design choices from another computer developer)
2. Portability is nice and construction is solid, especially for an HP laptop. Perfect for college lectures
3. The video card is surprisingly competent for playing modern games on lower settings. Black Ops, Bad Company 2, and SC II ran at about 70 fps on low settings.
4. Not a lot of bloatware.
5. Stays relatively cool around the wrist-rests and keyboard, much improved over the Envy 15
1. THE SPEAKERS! I cannot express how disappointed I was when I discovered that the speakers were less competent than my 6 year old Dell Inspiron. The bass is terrible, the treble is tinny, and max volume is torturous. If you enjoy playing music, videos, or games on your speakers you WILL be disappointed too. Use independent speakers or headphones.
2. The fan is dreadfully loud. It's so loud in fact that my roommate says he has trouble falling asleep when I'm using my computer for nothing but internet and word docs.
3. Battery hog. I need a backup battery to endure 4 hours of lectures on hp recommended battery settings.
4. Sort of heavy for a 14 inch. It's five pounds, but it's probably due to the optical drive seeing as how the Envy 15 without the drive is only 4 pounds.
5. Touchpad placement is idiotic at best. As I type this review, my right palm is covering half of the touchpad and often glitches it so that I suddenly find myself typing into the search bar instead of a text box.
6. Touchpad functionality is terrible. The multi-touch is somewhat useful, but is hard to use 40% of the time. It'll be impossible to use this laptop's touchpad for longer than a few hours because your wrist will be hurting and your temper short, from frustration. I use a mouse whenever I'm not in lecture and my touchpad is turned off 70% of the time.
7. It's an HP. HP is not a high-end laptop manufacturer, and the Envy series was a good start, but HP still has a long way to go before it can compete with Macs, Asus, and Sony in terms of quality. One example, there is a headphone jack glitch that is chronic in lower-end HP laptops, but somehow, the same glitch made it to my thousand-dollar Envy 14. I, as a consumer, expect more than that when I dish out that kind of money.
Very decent, usable, portable laptop, but will not awe or impress many people in terms of usability. I don't regret buying it, but I know that I would have not chosen this laptop if I knew all these glaring issues. If you want a mid-upper end laptop, spend your money elsewhere.
Two-word product description : "Disappointingly average"