HP Envy 14-1195ea
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
Reviews for the HP Envy 14-1195ea
Source: Trusted Reviews Archive.org version
Though it's undeniably a stylish and attractive machine which has plenty of power even for a fairly intense workload, the HP Envy 14 14-1195ea Beats Edition doesn't excel enough in any area to justify its ridiculously high price, and the inclusion of the sub-par Beats Solo headphones doesn't help.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/27/2011
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 40% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 50% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Pocket Lint Archive.org version
All that metal adds to the weight; at 2.58kg it feels like you're carrying a 15-inch laptop, but without the screen resolution. This is on the borderline of what we'd call portable and the short battery life only emphasises that. The price might also make you think twice. It isn’t quite a full-on gaming system or a pro audio setup, although it’s packed with goodies. With this specification, the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition is much more like a mobile powerhouse for heavy professional users who still want a stylish system than a general multimedia laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Tech Advisor Archive.org version
The HP Envy 14 Beats Edition is a solid enough 14.5in notebook, spruced up here to appeal to a younger audience. Yet we can't help feeling that Hewlett Packard is playing the trendy dad, not really understanding the youth generation so instead buying in credibility with the heavily trademarked Dr Dre name. As a laptop, the HP Envy 14 Beats Edition has reasonably quick performance and good gaming credentials, but the quad-core processor means it gets warmer than brethren with newer Core i5 chips, and battery life suffers.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/28/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
If you read our review of the HP Envy 14 and thought to yourself, "Hmm. I like it, but it looks like a laptop for fusty old losers with no appreciation for skull-exploding bass," then we have a real treat for you. If you're after a stylish desktop replacement machine, this is a cool twist on the Envy line of laptops. The trackpad is quite annoying though, and there's no Blu-ray player on board, so think carefully before throwing down your notes
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/02/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Computer Totaal NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/25/2010
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.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
720QM: The Core i7-720QM is the slowes Core i7 Quad Core in 2009 and clocks between 1.6 and 2.8 GHz (due to the Turbo Mode). Therefore, it combines the advantages of a slow quad core CPU with a fast single core one. Compared to the faster Core i7 mobile CPUs, the 720QM only features 6MB L3 Cache.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
14 inch display size represents a middle ground between the small subnotebook formats and the screens of the standard 15 inch laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, provides good resolutions with usable detail sizes, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact.
In the past, 14-inch devices were very rare, but now they are the standard for laptops after the 15-inchers.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
HP: Founded in 1939, the US company is a major server and printer manufacturer and one of the leading IT companies in the world. Until 2015, the company was called Hewlett-Packard Company. After a split, the computer division was renamed HP Inc.
In 2023, HP had an approximate market share of 22% of global PC sales, making it number 2 after Lenovo.
62.5%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.
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