Product Type: Hewlett-Packard laptops
Newest Review: ... it can handle those tasks with the ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card. At max settings the laptop can get quite warm but my solution to t... more
BEST LAPTOP I HAVE EVER USED
HP Envy 15-1060ea
Member Name: whatthefox
HP Envy 15-1060ea
Date: 05/04/10, updated on 11/04/10 (277 review reads)
Advantages: A superb all round media, pro, domestic multitasker that can handle anything you throw at it.
Disadvantages: Non as of yet.
This is the best laptop I have used, it is truly amazing.
It is energy efficient, light, gorgeous and robust.
Switch on and in seconds you have the option of using just the media player or wait 15 seconds for windows 7 to start. Bypass that 15 secs by selecting the windows icon. Not happy with that? Set it up to for a 1 to 60 sec delay.
Windows 7 starts rapidly and there are bags of free HP software to customize your Envy 15. Most notably are the 'beats' sound system and the HP MediaSmart webcam themes. (Yes it is the camera that follows your face.)
This machine (at time of writing) has cost no more than £0.25 per day to run for average of 10 - 14 hours for mixed use of multitasking, gaming, HD streaming, all the usual suspects etc.
And it can handle those tasks with the ATI Radeon HD 4830 graphics card. At max settings the laptop can get quite warm but my solution to that is ensure a good airflow under the laptop and remove battery when on the mains. Or run the settings slightly lower with the ATI Catalyst Control Center software.
It is easy to carry around as it is surely one of the lightest notebooks for its size. This is helped by the separate R/W DVD. WiFi and Bluetooth are built in. Bluetooth is fast, WiFi is tested once and there is hardly any difference when connected to Ethernet.
I have not dropped my machine but it is built very, VERY, strongly with no noticeable flex anywhere and without having a brittle feel about it.
HP made this a trendy shiny with its laser etching which looks fine and not in your face but I can't help thinking at what cost? Then I realize the performance, speed and reliability of it and and stop thinking 'at what cost'.
In my exhaustive search I found no negative reviews and one about 2 weeks after I had purchased it. I had not the same experience as that reviewer and still cannot fault my Envy 15 1060ea.
Product HP Envy 15-1060ea - Core i7 720QM 1.6 GHz - 15.6" TFT
Recommended Use Home use
Dimensions (WxDxH) 38 cm x 24.4 cm x 2.7 cm
Weight 2.4 kg
Localisation English / United Kingdom
System Type Notebook
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers, wireless LAN aerial, Bluetooth aerial
Processor Intel Core i7 720QM / 1.6 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Cache Memory 6 MB - L2 Cache
RAM 4 GB (installed) / 16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM ( 2 x 2 GB )
Card Reader 2 in 1
Hard Drive 320 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 7200 rpm
Optical Storage DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - external with LightScribe Technology
Display 15.6" TFT 1366 x 768 ( WXGA ) - BrightView
Graphics Controller ATI Radeon HD 4830
Video Memory 1 GB
Audio Output Sound card
Networking Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Notebook Camera Integrated
Input Device Keyboard, touchpad
Battery Lithium Ion
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
Environmental Standards EPA Energy Star
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
Summary: Well worth it and comparable to more expensive machines.
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