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HP Envy 14


$999.99 Released June, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Now includes a USB 3.0 port. Really solid build. Improved 'ImagePad' multitouch trackpad.

The Cons:Heavy - well over 5 pounds, over 6 with the A/C adapter. Same external design as previous generation Envys. Trackpad functionality, while improved, isn't quite as good as the competition.

The HP Envy 14 is a premium entertainment notebook packed with powerful components. The 2011 iteration of the Envy 14 brings several upgrades. These include second generation Intel Core i series processors, AMD Radeon HD 6 series dedicated graphics processors and HP CoolSense Technology.

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Product Shot 2 The Envy 14 is one of the first HP notebooks to feature CoolSense, it is advertised to improve notebook cooling system by a combination of fan cooling control and hardware design (vent placement). The HP Thermal Assistant software is also provided for users to tailor their computer cooling preference. This is a welcoming change as some previous HP notebooks have had user complaints about over heating computers. Features that are unchanged include the 14.5'' LED backlit display, the optional backlit keyboard, and switchable graphics capabilities (integrated/dedicated). The 2011 HP Envy 14 is a good option for buyers looking for a portable multi-media notebook with high performance components. 

Features / Specifications

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 14.5'' HD LED backlit display
  • Second generation Intel Core i5/i7 processors
  • AMD Radeon HD6xxx series dedicated graphics
  • Beats Audio branded speakers
  • HP CoolSense
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Clickpad with integrated buttons
  • 1 year warranty (upgradeable)

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Pros
  • 2

    now includes a USB 3.0 port

  • 2

    really solid build

  • 1

    improved 'ImagePad' multitouch trackpad

  • 1

    Beats Audio audio - clearly better sound than the majority of 14" laptops

  • 1

    HDMI and mini DisplayPort digital video outputs

  • 1

    powerful AMD Radeon 6630 graphics - capable of running the latest games at native resolution

  • 1

    improved battery life over the previous generation design

Cons
  • 2

    heavy - well over 5 pounds, over 6 with the A/C adapter

  • 1

    same external design as previous generation Envys

  • 1

    trackpad functionality, while improved, isn't quite as good as the competition

  • 1

    regular function buttons are replaced by their Fn equivalents (eg/ refreshing a website requires you hit Fn-F5)

  • 1

    mediocre 14" display shares the same resolution as most 11.6" designs (1,366x768px) - no option to upgrade

  • 1

    lacks eSATA - found on the current generation

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