The Bottom Line
- Excellent Build Quality
- Strong General And Graphics Performance
- Very Comfortable Backlit Keyboard
- Glossy Display
- Lots Of Uneccessary Software
- Intel Core i5-460M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 640GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 14.5" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 Dedicated Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, 2-in-1 Card Reader
- 14" x 9.3" x 1.2" @ 5.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, MediaSamrt, Photoshop Elements, Cyberlink DVD, MS Security Essentials
Guide Review - HP Envy 14-1110NR 14.5-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Nov 9 2010 - HP's Envy lineup is most often compared to the Apple MacBook Pro because of its aluminum clad exterior. It certainly offers a similar level of build quality to Apple's product and is very sturdy. While Apple has a solid brushed aluminum look, HP adds some darker color metals to it and a dimpled pattern on the outer screen lid.
Performance on the Envy 14 is very good thanks to the Intel Core i5-460M dual core mobile processor. While it may not be shattering like the Core i7 models, it does an excellent job in just about any task including Photoshop. The 4GB of DDR3 memory help mitigate slowdowns from memory intensive tasks or for heavy multitasking.
Storage features on the HP Envy 14 are very good. The hard drive provides a larger 640GB size that is 25 percent larger than the average laptop in the price range and provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. The drive spins at the faster 7200rpm rate that also gives it some strong performance. Unlike the previous Envy 13, this version comes with a slot loading, dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CDs and DVDs.
The Envy 14 uses a slightly different 14.5-inch display that makes it just a bit smaller than the average 15-inch but larger than most 14-inch laptops. The display offers some of the best brightness and colors levels available on the market. The downside is that it continues to use a glossy coating that produces a fair amount of glare and reflections. This version of the Envy 14 also only has a 1366x768 resolution while more expensive versions feature a higher 1600x900. The graphics are driven by an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics processor. While this isn't the high end graphics processors, it has plenty of performance to allow playing modern 3D games at the panel's native resolution without issue.
Unlike many 14-inch laptops that rely on a smaller six-cell battery pack to keep the weight and size down, the Envy 14 comes with a larger eight-cell pack. This results in some above average running times. In DVD playback tests, the system was able to run for a bit more than three and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. More traditional usage should yield another hour worth of running time. While it does fall short of the Apple MacBook's it still is very good.
The keyboard on the HP Envy 14 is one of the better ones on the market. It uses an isolated layout with soft matter finish for the keys. This makes it extremely comfortable to use and very accurate. For those using it in lower light conditions, it also has a backlit unlike the previous Envy 13. The trackpad still uses an integrated touchpad and button design that while sizable doesn't offer that same level of sophistication as the MacBook Pros.