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HP Envy 14

alaTest has collected and analyzed 863 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the build quality and battery are on the whole positive. The keyboard and screen also get good feedback. Opinions about the reliability and value for money are mixed. Some have doubts about the touchpad.

design, screen, keyboard, battery, build quality

touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP Envy 14 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review HP Envy 14-2090eo Notebook

 

Compact performance. With the 14.5-inch Envy 14, HP has managed t

Attractive design; Excellent build quality; Very good overall performance; Decent gaming performance; Acceptable battery life

Low quality display panel; Poor brightness; Glossy display

One of the Envy 14's closest competitors is the Dell XPS 14z--also a "premium" laptop but equipped with a graphics solution from Nvidia.

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Review HP Envy 14 Beats Edition Notebook

 

Display Flop. We now test the "successor" of the Envy 14-1010eg's

Attractive design; High-end materials; Excellent case stability; Good loudspeaker sound; Complete connectivity; Supplies & full versions; Comfortable keyboard; Fast hard disk; Low case heating; Acceptable battery life

Contrast low & color weak TFT; Reflective display; Narrow viewing angles and low brightness; Unfavorable port distribution; High system noise under load; Persistently audible hard disk; Downclocked HD 5650

Here is a notebook that practically can't be bought anywhere.

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Review HP Envy 14-1010eg Notebook

 

en'vy (en'vé) n. There are only few handpicked devices that have

Attractive design; High-end materials; Excellent case stability; Full-fledged connectivity; Pleasant keyboard; Outstanding display; Very good application performance; Case's temperature stay within limits; Reasonable battery life

Unfavorable port positioning; Multi-touch pad needs getting used to; Possible reflections on the display; Partly high noise possible; Moderate sound output quality

In the Windows field, most likely found in business notebooks: Lenovo Thinkpad T410s, and Dell Latitude E6410, but without style factor. If design is an issue: Apple MacBook Pro 13.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Review: Something More Than Envy

 

It's interesting, we recently met up with HP in San Francisco to see what they have planned for the future (and they do have some very compelling stuff in the pipeline), but one of the quirkier things I noticed was a shift in branding. For a while now,...

I've used the phrase "you already know if you want it" for another review, but with the HP Envy 14 Spectre it again seems appropriate. This isn't a bad notebook necessarily, but its distinctive design does come with a series of caveats and compromises....

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HP Envy 14 Spectre

 

Rahul Sood founded Voodoo PC in 1991 and quickly grew the boutique manufacturer into an iconic brand, producing a number of trend-setting desktop and notebook PC designs. HP acquired Voodoo — and Sood's services — in 2006, probably in the hope of...

Beautiful design ; Great display ; High-end feature set ; Generous and genuinely useful software bundle

Expensive ; Glass likely to shatter if dropped ; Heavy for its size ; Fan turns noisy under load

If sheer performance is your foremost concern, you can leave this machine off your list of contenders. Fortunately for HP, the Spectre boasts plenty of other reasons for us to recommend it.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre Review: Beefing Up the Ultrabook

 

First impressions are important, and the HP Envy 14 Spectre makes a great one. The glossy, glass-topped display bezel and keyboard tray look elegant and understated, and the uniform, thin chassis gives the laptop a sleek appearance. Second impressions...

Superb, color-accurate, high-res display ; Very good keyboard and excellent touchpad

Heavier than similar Ultrabooks in its class ; Not quite as thin and light as it could be

Gorgeous looks plus a great interface and display overcome the Envy 14 Spectre's slightly higher weight.

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Glass Act

 

With the Envy 14 Spectre, HP takes an already out-there idea to its barely sane terminus by making a little more than half of this 14-inch laptop out of glass.

Soft-touch magnesium alloy base gives grip to the underside. Stable, with solid performance. Outstanding audio quality. Love the approach to bundling. Slim power brick includes a USB charging port

Weak on the specs: Slow CPU and no graphics card. Design is difficult to open and even pick up single-handedly. Feels awfully heavy in the MacBook Air era

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HP Envy 14 Spectre review

 

Can you believe that just six months ago, HP was thinking of ditching the PC business? It seems far fetched today, now that we know the company had laptops like the lightweight, long-lasting Folio 13 and the powerful yet relatively inexpensive Envy...

Original, attractive design ; Crisp, clear display ; Responsive trackpad ; Good allotment of ports

Crummy speakers ; Battery life doesn't match girth ; Lid hard to open ; Pricier than most

HP paints a lovely picture in bold strokes, but lacks Apple's attention to detail

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HP Envy 14 Spectre

 

In a previous life, the HP Envy 14 was a laptop's laptop: a 5.69-pound slugger with an optical drive, discrete AMD graphics and a battery that couldn't last four hours in our battery rundown test. That notebook -- one of our favorites in the 2010-2011...

Striking glass-and-metal design ; Vibrant 1600 x 900 display ; Stellar audio quality ; Two-year warranty ; Generous software package

Stiff clickpad ; Expensive compared to similarly performing Ultrabooks

The Spectre looks the part of a premium Ultrabook, but its average performance and stiff touchpad don't justify the high price.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre

 

With its sexy glass casing, fine keyboard, and great battery life, the HP Envy 14 Spectre is a slick premium package.

Sexy back, and front and palm rest, thanks to glass casing. Sunny screen and backlit keyboard. Great audio and battery life

A little heavy and costly for an ultrabook

Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer:DVD-Writer
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:2 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Portable

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / ATI
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Mobility Radeon HD 5650 / Radeon HD6630M

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel
Chipset Type:HM55 / HM65
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:I5-450M / I5-460M / I5-480M / I7-2630QM / I7-720QM
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