Review: HP Envy 14 Laptop

PCWorld: Review – HP Envy 14 Laptop

With a 14.5-inch screen, Core i3-370M CPU at 2.4 GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, the Envy 14 base configuration lists for $999.

“Because I’m the editor in charge of laptop coverage here at PC World, I’m quite often asked, “Which notebook should I buy?” Only slightly less often am I asked, “Which model would you buy?” This is it. The HP Envy 14 is the laptop I would buy for myself, were I in the market for one right now. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right laptop for you, because everyone has different needs, but I get my hands on a lot of laptops, so it’s high praise indeed.

The HP Envy 14 starts at $999 in its base configuration, with a Core i3-370M CPU at 2.4 GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. My test model came upgraded to a Core i5-450M, also a dual-core CPU with hyperthreading at 2.4GHz, but supporting Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. It also has a 500GB hard drive and HP’s Radiance display, a $200 option that gives you a higher-resolution screen (1600 by 900) and better brightness, contrast, and color. All Envy 14 models have a slot-loading 8X DVD-RW drive and ATI’s Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics card. To save battery life, you can switch graphics between the Radeon card and Intel’s integrated high-def video chip.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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