HP Envy 13


HP Envy 13Notebook: HP Envy 13
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330
Display: 13.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.7kg
Price: 1500 euro
Average Score: 76.44% - good
Average of 16 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 68%, features: 67%, display: 90% mobility: 57%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the HP Envy 13

80% HP Envy 13 Review
Source: Bright Hub English
The HP Envy 13 is one of the most stylish notebooks I've seen. It is packed with great hardware and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. The hardware configuration is customizable, it starts at $1199 for the minimum configuration and stretches all the way upto $1999 for the best configuration. The configuration mentioned in the review costs about $1899. It is one of the best alternatives to the Macbook Pro. I would definitely recommend it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/15/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HP Envy 13 Review
Source: Maximum PC English
The Envy 13 is the ultraportable to be beat in terms of performance. HP will soon begin offering two new versions of the system, 14-inch and 17-inch models. With an elegant design that will impress just as much in the boardroom as it will in coffee shops, and hardware power that's nothing to sneeze at, the Envy 13 is a first-class device. Still, it lacks an optical drive, which the Toshiba R600 manages to accommodate, weighs a pound more than the R600, and doesn't have as good of a battery life, all of which are important considerations in an ultraportable notebook.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/11/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% HP Envy 13 Review
Source: English
Without a doubt, the Envy 13 is among the most innovative consumer notebooks that HP has ever created. However, it still feels like HP engineers spent too much time and effort trying to make a "MacBook alternative" and missed the mark completely. Yes, the Envy 13 offers exceptional build quality, a fantastic keyboard, good battery life and a stylish design, but it lacks a number of ports and is more expensive than a 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 50% performance: 80% features: 90% ergonomy: 90%
60% HP Envy 13 13.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
HP's Envy 13 is designed as a luxury ultraportable laptop and it does succeed well in the appearance and performance department. Pricing is another matter as the system is fairly expensive even considering its similar looking competitor the Apple MacBook Pro 13. While the luxury price does offer good performance and excellent support, some might balk at the limited expansion ports and less than stellar battery life compared to newer ultraportables.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/18/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
90% HP Envy 13
Source: PC Authority English
It's frustrating to have to so criticise the Envy 13, as in many ways it's up there with the best. Build quality is excellent, battery life with the slice is unparalleled, it's nippy in use and the display is outstanding. But, at this price, we'd expect a complete performance, and the Envy 13 fails to provide that. We hope HP issues drivers to fix the trackpad problems soon, but as it stands that seemingly small flaw is enough to bring it crashing down to earth.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/17/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 40% display: 90% mobility: 90%
80% HP Envy 13 review
Source: Techradar English
A stylish, well-made laptop, but the price tag may well deter some consumers. HP's Envy is the company's range topping brand, looking to take on Apple's MacBook Pro, Dell's Adamo and Sony's high-end VAIO models. With amazing quality and a neat design, there's a lot to like about the Envy 13, but there's no getting away from the high price. The finish and design are eerily similar to Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro, so the fact that it costs over 50 per cent more is inexcusable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/26/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% HP Envy 13 review
Source: PC Advisor English
There’s a lot to like in the HP Envy 13, an executive-level notebook with good performance and real longevity. Its premium price reflects what HP thinks it can charge for a notebook embued with more quality than its Pavilion and Compaq lines, although a better balance of performance, build quality and functionality is still to be found in the MacBook Pro line.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
67% HP Envy 13
Source: PC Pro English
It's taken them quite a while, but PC manufacturers are increasingly seeking to compete on even terms with Apple's iconic designs. The Dell Adamo was among the first to try its hand, and despite a weak, low-voltage CPU, keen pricing and a gorgeous physique won it a deserved place on our A-list. A lavishly designed ultraportable with staggering battery life, but more liable to frustrate than excite.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 83% features: 67%
70% HP Envy 13 notebook
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Despite its excellent speed, our verdict on the Envy 13 is that there really is no need to be envious of anyone who owns one. There are notebooks on the market from other vendors that offer you similar performance and many more features for much less money. The Satellite U500 is the obvious choice for around $1999, even though it has a slower hard drive, is slightly heavier and isn't made out of metal. However, the Envy 13 does shine when it comes to performance and build quality, so if those two features are of the utmost importance to you, and price is no object, then the Envy 13 can be considered.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% HP Envy 13
Source: PC World English
Snarky bloggers (ahem) could easily dismiss the HP Envy 13 as a MacBook Pro plus $300, say so in a tweet, and call it a day. Hell, I was certainly tempted. The Envy 13 starts at $1699. As configured, our review unit would cost you $1799.) If it looks like a MacBook and feels like a Macbook, it's got to be from Apple, right? Wrong! The Envy 13 is the PC's answer for slim, stylish computing. Only more expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
86% HP Envy 13
Source: Computer Shopper English
When it comes to super-thin ulraportables of late, you can either spend a lot (close to $3,000) and get an executive-chic powerhouse like the Toshiba Portégé R600 or go the more affordable route with a coffee-house–friendly MSI X-Slim X340 ($749). And that’s not even mentioning the Apple MacBook Air, which for the most part, remains in a class all its own, for better or worse. All of these laptops will turn heads, but all have serious trade-offs in terms of price, performance, or connectivity. The sleek HP Envy 13 offers the best balance of performance and portability yet. It offers an amazing screen and long battery life, making this 13-inch ultraportable perfect for road warriors.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 86%

Foreign Reviews

90% HP Envy 13
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 60%
70% HP Envy 13
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% HP Envy 13
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
65% Ultra-portable HP Envy 13 : beau mais cher
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 65%
HP Envy 13: MacBook для любителей Windows
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2010
Rating: price: 40% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80% emissions: 90%
75% HP Envy 13 đối đầu Macbook Pro
Source: Kiến Thức Laptop VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%
HP Envy 13
Source: Komputer for alle DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/21/2010


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330: Lower clocked Radeon 4530 with a current consumption of 7 Watt (according to AMD). Supports DirectX 10.1 and Avivo HD for HD video acceleration.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).

The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.

SL9400: Power saving Low Voltage CPU featuring a large Level 2 Cache of 6MB. Therefore, the performance is better than other 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo (with usually 1-3MB Level 2 Cache).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

13.1": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.7 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

HP: The Hewlett-Packard Company, founded 1935, commonly referred to as HP, is a technology corporation headquartered in California, United States. HP specializes in developing and manufacturing computing, storage, and networking hardware, software and services. Major product lines include personal computing devices, enterprise servers, related storage devices, as well as a diverse range of printers and other imaging products. Other product lines, including electronic test equipment and systems, medical electronic equipment, solid state components and instrumentation for chemical analysis. HP posted US $91.7 billion in annual revenue in 2006, making it the world's largest technology vendor in terms of sales. In 2007 the revenue was $104 billion, making HP the first IT company in history to report revenues exceeding $100 billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

HP reviews

76.44%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

» Dell Inspiron 1570
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Mesh Discovery Slim
Pentium SU2700, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» Acer Aspire 5810TG-734G64Mn
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Dell Inspiron 1320
Core 2 Duo T6500, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Dell Inspiron 15R-N5010
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Acer Aspire 5810TG-354G32Mn
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» MSI X-Slim X600 215UK MS-1691
Pentium SU2700, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» MSI CX500
Core 2 Duo T6600, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» HP Pavilion DM3-1005AX
Turion Neo X2 L625, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» MSI X-Slim X610-02SU
Athlon Neo MV-40, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» MSI CX600-T4543W7P
Pentium Dual Core T4500, 16.0", 2.4 kg
» MSI CX700-T6547W7P
Pentium Dual Core T4300, 17.3", 3 kg
» Acer Aspire 5810TG-944G64MN
Core 2 Duo SU9400, 15.6", 3 kg
» Dell Inspiron 15z
Core 2 Duo SU7300, 15.6", 2.52 kg
» MSI X-Slim X610
Athlon Neo MV-40, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» MSI CX700-T6647W7P
Core 2 Duo T6600, 17.3", 3 kg
» MSI CX700-T6547VHP
Core 2 Duo T6500, 17.3", 3 kg
» HP Pavilion dm3-1010eg
Athlon Neo X2 L335, 13.3", 1.9 kg
» MSI CX700-021UK
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 17.3", 3 kg
» MSI CX600-049US
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 16.0", 4 kg
» MSI CX600
Core 2 Duo T6500, 16.0", 2.5 kg
» Acer Aspire 5810TG
Core 2 Duo SU9400, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Sony Vaio VGN-NS38M/W
Pentium Dual Core T4200, 15.4", 2.9 kg
» Samsung R620
Core 2 Duo T6500, 16.0", 2.75 kg
» HP ProBook 4411s
Core 2 Duo P7370, 14.0", 2.3 kg
» MSI X600
Core 2 Solo SU3500, 15.6", 2.2 kg
» HP ProBook 4710s
Core 2 Duo P8700, 17.3", 2.85 kg

Devices with Same Screen Size and/or Weight

» Sony Vaio VGN-Z21VN/X
GeForce 9300M GS, Core 2 Duo P9500
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-11-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)