HP Envy 15 (late 2011)

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Six years after the introduction of the MacBook Pro, it appears the PC industry has finally realized that Apple was onto something. With laptops like the Dell XPS 15z and Samsung Series 7 Chronos, the incumbents are scrambling to build a cheaper MacBook Pro for the Windows set, and in more ways than one: not only do the Windows machines have similar metallic builds, they also attempt to copy Apple's design language. HP was one of the first to attempt to capitalize on the Apple formula with...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Thickness 1.1 inches
Weight 6.3 pounds
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Base discrete GPU brand AMD
Optical drive type Slot-loading
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours and 17 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Width 14.9 inches
Depth 9.6 inches
Thickness 1.1 inches
Weight 6.3 pounds
Color Silver / Black

Software

Operating system Windows 7

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 1366 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px

Display (max)

Size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Technology LCD
Backlit LED
Resolution (X) 1920 px
Resolution (Y) 1080 px

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Model Core i5-2430M
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.4 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 3000
Base discrete GPU brand AMD
Discrete GPU model Radeon HD 7690M
Dedicated VRAM size 1 GB

Memory

Base RAM size 6 GB
RAM type DDR3
RAM slots 2

Storage

Base drive type HDD (7200RPM)
Base drive capacity 500 GB

Optical Drive

Optical drive type Slot-loading
Compatible media DVD±R/RW

Audio

Speakers 6
Subwoofer Yes
Audio brand Beats Audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a
Bluetooth Yes
Wireless video WiDi

Battery

Size 76 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)

Benchmarks

PCMarkVantage 7360
3DMarkVantage (GPU) 5558
3DMark06 (GPU) 8988
Just Cause 2 29.24
The Verge Battery Test 4 hours and 17 minutes

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Bluedrago505 (Currently owns)

    The HP Envy 15 is a laptop to be envied as the name suggests. It may look like a Macbook Pro in pictures but up close it's extremely hard to mistake the two. It runs extremely smoothly on normal everyday tasks and can even do some gaming like the full review suggests.The Envy is also one of the first laptops that I've owned that I didn't need to reinstall Windows, the HP software is actually somewhat helpful minus 2 or 3 programs. The trackpad is one of the only two complaints I have )the other being the battery). It is completely crap, but I like using a mouse anyway so it doesn't stop me from recommending this laptop to everyone I know.

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    • Design 9
    • Keyboard 7
    • Touchpad 4
    • Display 10
    • Performance 9
    • Heat / noise 9
    • Battery life 7
    • Software 8
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