HP Envy 15 Laptop Review

Here, I make a review for a great laptop from HP company. This Laptop has intel core i5, AMD Radeon HD 7690M, and big hard drive. So it’s suitable for engineers or engineering students. Let see the review below.

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Performance

HP has actually geared up the Envy 15 with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-2430 dual-core processor and 6GB of RAM. This hardware resulted in a strong proving in our efficiency tests, but the Envy naturally fell back the superior quad-core Core i7– equipped competitors of the MacBook Pro and the Series 7– though not by much. In PCMark 7 the Envy 15 scored 2218, nearly identical to the 2235 earned by the Apple, however not quite the 2697 of the Samsung.

The greatest distinction we saw was in CineBench R11.5, where the Envy 15 scored 2.67, on par with the Dell XPS 15z (2.53) and suggesting ample horse power for the average user, if not as excellent as the results from the MacBook Pro (5.08) and Samsung Series 7 (4.55). The Envy could not keep up with them in our Photoshop CS5 or Handbrake tests, either; it required 4 minutes 1 2nd for the previous and 1 minute 51 seconds for the latter, compared with 3:39 and 1:30 for the Apple and 3:39 and 1:37 for the Samsung.

The laptop likewise offers lots of graphics power for both work and play, thanks to a discrete AMD Radeon HD 7690M video processor with manual switching. When detached from a power outlet, the laptop defaults to lower-powered integrated graphics, however you can switch back to the AMD GPU with simply a couple of clicks. With discrete graphics made it possible for, the Envy 15 produced decent results in our gaming tests. In Crysis, it handled to crank out 62.7 frames per second (fps) at 1024 x 768 resolution, with anti-aliasing turned off. With anti-aliasing showed up to 4x and the resolution cranked as much as 1920 x 1080, the Envy produced an unplayable 9.4 fps, this implies you ought to have no problem playing most games as long as you go easy on the eye sweet. We saw comparable efficiency in Lost World 2, where the Envy 15 managed 63.9 fps at lower resolution and detail, however 23.2 fps at full resolution.

Though HP claimed itĀ could produce 9 hours of battery life, we were skeptical of the claim where desktop replacements usually balance around 5 hours. Evaluating with MobileMark 2007 verified our suspicions. The Envy 15 lasted 4 hours 1 minute, one of the much shorter times for the category however still enough time to enjoy a double feature while stuck in an airport. By comparison, the Toshiba Satellite P755-S5269 lasted 5:07, the Samsung Series 7 lasted 6:41, and the Dell XPS 15z led the category with 7:13.

Its processing and graphics capabilities make the HP Envy 15 a solid alternative to pricier quad-core systems, and a true HD display screen and Beats Audio include polish to its home entertainment side. It falters on battery life and we would like to see a choice for a Blu-ray setup, so it will not change the Samsung Series 7 as our existing Editors’ Choice. But on the whole there’s little to complain about, so you can purchase the HP Envy 15 with confidence.

Style

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From its bare aluminum chassis to its large touchpad and black chiclet-style keyboard, the Envy 15 unabashedly copies everything that works well for Apple on the MacBook Pro. HP has actually included a couple of touches of its own, such as beveling the edges to increase convenience and making use of a black cover (on our design; it’s likewise offered in gray) with a glowing HP logo design in one corner. The Envy is also simply a shade heavier.

The black chiclet-style keyboard is highlighted with a subtle yet striking red strip that playings around its recessed inside edge. Each key is individually backlit with an LED; the letters are brighter however the light leak is considerably lowered. It’s also smarter than other backlights, with a distance sensing unit that triggers the backlight when you’re close sufficient to the keyboard to require it and turns it off when you move away. The large clickpad that accompanies the keyboard continues the Apple-flavored design, with the right and left buttons integrated into the surface, though its performance was not on par with Apple’s model. And though the multitouch worked smoothly, with no jumpiness or incorrect positives, it felt plastic compared with Apple’s glass-surfaced clickpad.

The Envy 15 is likewise the showcase for HP’s Beats Audio, the exact same Dr. Dre– approved stereo backing several designs of high-end headphones and making its method into mobile phones and media players. The Envy 15 is well geared up to flaunt this quality 6.1-channel sound, with 2 top-firing speakers, 4 front-firing speakers, and an integrated subwoofer providing decent bass. The audio might not superb noises, however it’s still much better than exactly what you get with the majority of laptops on the marketplace. Set into the side of the Envy 15’s chassis is a volume control knob showing a bright red Beats logo design, it’s developed to imitate the look and feel of a control knob from a high-end stereo, and supplies digital accuracy with the tactile control of analog.

The gorgeous 1920 x 1080 resolution screen on the Envy 15 looks just as excellent as the Beats Audio sounds. The 15.6-inch widescreen is brilliant and clear, with edge-to-edge glass and LED backlighting for presence even in bright environments. You’ll have to watch out for glare off of the glass, which may make it difficult to work or enjoy a film outdoors or in certain lighting conditions.

Features of HP Envy 15

The Envy 15 also packs plenty of connectivity options and entertainment functions. Along either side of the laptop you’ll discover connections for video and audio alike. There are DisplayPort and HDMI ports, for linking to an external display or HDTV. Double headphone jacks let you share the sweet noises of Beats Audio, and earphone users in fact get a more increase thanks to built-in earphone amplification. If you want to enjoy the video and audio without all those cable televisions, the Envy 15 is equipped with Intel’s WiDi 2.0 (a wireless option to HDMI) and HP Wireless Audio, which streams multichannel audio to any suitable sound system or adapter without needing a dongle for the laptop computer.

There are likewise three USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, and a card reader (SD/MMC). Internally, the Envy 15 deals 802.11 n Wi-Fi, a slot-loading dual-layer DVD drive, and a 500GB 7,200 rpm hard disk. A few newer competitors, like the Samsung Series 7 and Toshiba Satellite P755-S5269, offer larger 750GB drives, however 500GB will still hold a substantial media collection along with all your programs and files.

The Envy 15 does include some software preinstalled, but it’s far from bloatware. The Envy includes complete versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Aspects 9, as well as Microsoft Office Beginner 2010 Beginner and a 2-year membership to Norton Internet Security. HP covers the Envy with a two-year guarantee on parts and labor together with toll-free tech support, readily available 24/7 via chat or e-mail.