HP expanded its popular Envy line of notebooks earlier this summer with the introduction of the Envy 14 and Envy 17. The two new releases build on the success of last year's Envy offerings, bringing several new hardware options and a lower introductory price to the table . Today we're looking at the smaller 14-inch version.
The Envy 14 starts at $ 999.99 with an Intel Core i3 processor and scales to the Core i7. The configuration of our test system costs 1,390 US dollars with an updated Intel Core i5 450M processor with 2.4 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.66 GHz, 4 GB DDR3 system memory (two modules), a Seagate Momentus 500 GB hard drive 7200 rpm and 1 GB ATI Mobility Radeon Switchable HD 5650 graphics, a 14.5-inch HP Radiance display with a resolution of 1600 x 900, SuperMulti 8X DVD +/- R / RW with double layer support, Intel wireless N card with bluetooth and an 8-cell lithium-ion battery.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is preinstalled. Other notable perks include a full-size island-style backlit keyboard and Beats Audio.
The Envy 14 comes in an elegant black box with silver lettering and the Beats Audio logo that is clearly visible on the front. The computer comes in a soft case, along with a power cord and adapter, 2 GB Envy SD card, quick setup guide, and warranty information. Today, HP comes standard with a recovery partition instead of physical disks.
First impressions can mean a lot, and when I first opened the lid of the Envy, I was impressed. The keyboard design, aluminum construction, and glossy full-size display are reminiscent of an Apple product. It's hard not to make that comparison when looking at envy. That used to be the case with the original 13-inch model, and so does the Envy 14, but that can only be good.