HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
SpecificationsNotebook: HP Envy 14 Beats Edition (Envy 14 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 560M
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 1024 MB
Display: 14.5 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1800 euro
Average of 9 scores (from 10 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
Display Flop. We now test the "successor" of the Envy 14-1010eg's glorious Radiance Infinity Display with quivering hands. Can the processor upgrade and the Beats Audio Sound make up for the LG screen's new "qualities"?
Source: Good Gear Guide
With great styling, a solid build quality and Beats by Dr Dre headphones, the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition notebook is hard to resist. After you use a notebook like the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition, it's hard to give it up. Part of that is do with the notebook's great styling, in addition to its top build quality and good feature set. The fact that it ships with a great pair of headphones adds to the package, and it makes you just want to listen to music all day and all night long.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/17/2010
Rating: Total score: 75%
Source: Techreview Source
This Envy 14 is a special "Beats Edition" from HP and has a special paint job and included headphones, but it also has an Intel Core i5 CPU and has a solid design. It isn't without some issues, however, including being slightly heavy and having a short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
As with the original Envy, there is also a black-clad Beats Edition of the Envy 14, which highlights the partnership with Beats Audio. Originally, this version included a pair of Beats Solo headphones, and added about $250 to the bottom line, making it a bad deal on paper, if only by a little (Beats Solo headphones will run you about $179 by themselves). HP's Envy 14 Beats Edition is a black-clad copy of the well-built standard version, available (at least for now) without a price premium.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/20/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 83% display: 67% mobility: 80% workmanship: 96% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 85%
Source: PC Actual ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 71%
Source: MuyComputer ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 76%
Source: Arturogoga ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/14/2010
Source: Erenumerique FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/29/2010
Source: Dinside NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
With everything getting slimmer, HP's Envy 14 Spectre is one of the reincarnations of ultrabooks by HP. Previous laptops which fell into Intel’s specification for ultrabooks were enclosed in either a 11” or 13” inch body. Only recently, we’ve been seeing new variations of these premium laptops.
The unique touch to this 14” HP envy Spectre would be its tough glass-covered design, which makes it not only stylish but also stays cool. Whilst Dell has used the Corning's scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass for the display of its XPS 13z and 14 ultrabooks, HP has goon a step further by covering the entire display, lid and arm rest with this glass. It feels durable and sleek at the same time. However, all this comes with a price, which is the slightly heavier feel to it but still remains lighter than many other laptops.
For a slim 14-inch ultrabook body, it comes with most requirements that are expected for a regular 14 “laptop. The available ports and the Beats powered audio system is certainly sufficient to cater for a regular mainstream use. Another major feature which sets it apart from the rest is it’s built in NFC chip. The near feel communication technology has already made its way through smart phones and it could potentially facilitate laptop users as well for wireless data transfer purposes. The multitouch touchpad also feels very responsive for a Windows laptop by far. The only downside to this ultrabook would be the asking price. A similarly equipped Dell XPS 14 ultrabook would cost at least €200 lesser.
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650: Middle class DirectX 11 capable graphics card with a power consumption of about 15-20 Watt. Supports Eyevision (up to 6 monitors)
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
The Core i5-560M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-620M) and clocks also between 2.67-3.2 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display size represents a treshold between the small sizes of subnotebooks and ultrabooks and the standard-sizes of office- and multimedia laptops on the other hand. Laptops with that size are somewhat rare, nowadays.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
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 %
79.11%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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