TechSpot: HP Envy 14 laptop review

Earlier this summer HP expanded their popular Envy notebook line with the introduction of the Envy 14 and Envy 17 models. The two new releases build on the success of last year's Envy offerings and bring several new hardware options to the table as well as a lower introductory price point. Today we will look at the smaller 14-inch version.

The Envy 14 starts at $999.99 with an Intel Core i3 processor and scales up to the Core i7. The configuration of our review system costs $1,390 with an upgraded Intel Core i5 450M processor operating at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz, 4GB DDR3 system memory (two modules), a Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics, a 14.5" HP Radiance display running at 1600 x 900 resolution, SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support, Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth and an 8-cell Lithium Ion battery.

First impressions can mean a lot and when I opened the lid of the Envy for the first time, I was certainly impressed. The keyboard design, aluminum construction and glossy full size display are all reminiscent of an Apple product. It's hard not to make that comparison when looking at the Envy. That used to be the case with the original 13-inch model, and the same remains true here, but that can only be a good thing. Read on as we take a look at the Envy 14 in more detail.

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I have an envy 15 and it is flawless. There is NO other computer in its class for the price, performance, and build quality. A++

Chadsxe said,
I have an envy 15 and it is flawless. There is NO other computer in its class for the price, performance, and build quality. A++

I've returned 2. One for a crap webcam, the other for while the box looked perfect on arrival, there were dents in the laptop. I gave up on Envy's. I wanted them to be SO GOOD and was HUGELY let down by the 15 and 14in.

Epic0range said,

I've returned 2. One for a crap webcam, the other for while the box looked perfect on arrival, there were dents in the laptop. I gave up on Envy's. I wanted them to be SO GOOD and was HUGELY let down by the 15 and 14in.

I am not going to lie and say that I have not heard of problems. The reallity though is there is not a laptop out there, including MBP, that does not have problems. I might have been lucky but mine seriously is everything I could ever asked for in a computer. There is NOTHING (in my opinon) on the market that comes close to it when considering price, performance, and quality. One thing I think worth noting is that they are only on there second generation of this computer. I know a lot of issues that I heard about the envy line were solved with the second revision. I hope things will continue to get better and better as they refine it.

None the less I am 100% happy....

I3, for over $1000, your kidding right? Just because Apple can charge an arm and a leg for their hardware, doesn't mean pc's have to. That is what separated the PC from the MAC, it is not obnoxiously overpriced. Till now.

It's worth noting that there's no way to customise the Envy in the UK and the radiance display isn't offered.

este said,
Wow.. Reminds me of a MacBook... Interesting...

I'm sure you're just trolling but I can assure you that this looks nothing like a MacBook, especially in person. It's actually a lot nicer and a lot more interesting looking IMO.

jakem1 said,

I'm sure you're just trolling but I can assure you that this looks nothing like a MacBook, especially in person. It's actually a lot nicer and a lot more interesting looking IMO.


Oh no, I wasnt trolling... Just from that picture up there on a first glance... Looks like a very similar style to a Macbook.

este said,
Wow.. Reminds me of a MacBook... Interesting...
HP is the Macbook syle notebooks for windows. Same keyboard style and now even the touch pad is clickable.

jakem1 said,

I'm sure you're just trolling but I can assure you that this looks nothing like a MacBook, especially in person. It's actually a lot nicer and a lot more interesting looking IMO.

I doubt he is trolling. It does look like a unibody Macbook, silver metal, large trackpad, chicklet keyboard etc. Nothing wrong with it, and I do agree the hardware is better if you configure it so.

It seems the chicklet keyboard is catching on, Sony uses it as well.

rrode74 said,

I doubt he is trolling. It does look like a unibody Macbook, silver metal, large trackpad, chicklet keyboard etc. Nothing wrong with it, and I do agree the hardware is better if you configure it so.

It seems the chicklet keyboard is catching on, Sony uses it as well.

That's because Sony invented it