ENVY 15by HP

  • ENVY 15
  • ENVY 15
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The speakers in the Envy 15 deliver excellent sound.
  • The large touchpad is comfortable to use.
  • The Envy 15 delivers decent battery life for its class.

CONS

  • The laptop is heavy by today's standards.
  • The display has narrow viewing angles.
  • The glossy screen can create distracting reflections.
HP's Envy 15 line is a flexible one for the company. It comes with or without a touch screen, and with a choice of processors from AMD or Intel. Weighing in at around 5 pounds, the unit isn't a lightweight by today's standards. The laptop can be optimized for entertainment. Its Bang & Olufsen speakers deliver excellent sound, and its 1080p display is suitable for movies. A generous 6GB of memory is basic to the notebook, but an 8GB version is available.
NameENVY 15XPS 13 (2015)Star Wars Special Edition NotebookYoga 3 (14-inch)Satellite L
ManufacturerHPDellHPLenovoToshiba
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List Price$550$800$700$959$530
94%

This laptop computer has great battery life. It will last up to nine hours with minimal use. You can expect to get up to seven hours of powe…

This laptop computer has great battery life. It will last up to nine hours with minimal use. You can expect to get up to seven hours of power on a single battery charge with continuous use, giving you the power you need for work, entertainment and additional computing needs throughout the day.

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82%

The built-in display is a TN type. So, the viewing angles are narrow. The notebook can be used outdoors-- as long as the sun does not shine …

The built-in display is a TN type. So, the viewing angles are narrow. The notebook can be used outdoors-- as long as the sun does not shine on the display too brightly.

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80%

The laptop has no optical drive, and I’m okay with that. You can stream movies, and most software installs via the Internet anyway.

The laptop has no optical drive, and I’m okay with that. You can stream movies, and most software installs via the Internet anyway.

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70%

The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 certainly feels well built. In stark contrast to the thin, light, fragile feel of some ultrabooks, this is a subst…

The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 certainly feels well built. In stark contrast to the thin, light, fragile feel of some ultrabooks, this is a substantial two and a half kilograms of weight distributed across 15 inches of solid metal frame.

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70%

With a 15-inch 1080p touch-screen display, discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics, and integrated Beats Audio technology, the HP Envy Touchsmart 1…

With a 15-inch 1080p touch-screen display, discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics, and integrated Beats Audio technology, the HP Envy Touchsmart 15 aims to be a powerful entertainment notebook.

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70%

The black chiclet-style keyboard is comfortable to use, and is solid with zero keyboard flex.

The black chiclet-style keyboard is comfortable to use, and is solid with zero keyboard flex.

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60%

The touchpad is a spacious 11 x 6.8 cm and has a smooth surface ideal for tapping and gliding. It recognises two-finger scrolling, zooming a…

The touchpad is a spacious 11 x 6.8 cm and has a smooth surface ideal for tapping and gliding. It recognises two-finger scrolling, zooming and the Windows 8 shortcuts.

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HP has pulled out all the stops to make a better all-around machine that's lighter and thinner, all while delivering better battery life. It…

HP has pulled out all the stops to make a better all-around machine that's lighter and thinner, all while delivering better battery life. It might sound like the usual slew of marketing promises, but the HP Envy 15 is shaping up to be a solid – if a bit expensive – machine for students going back to school.

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The key selling point maybe the extreme configuration flexibility, and you can order the 15-inch model with Intel or AMD processors, touch o…

The key selling point maybe the extreme configuration flexibility, and you can order the 15-inch model with Intel or AMD processors, touch or non-touch displays, and even a discrete Nvidia GPU (up to the GeForce 950M). The 15-inch Envy also offers an optical drive, which is becoming increasingly rare, even in midsize laptops.

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