HP Envy 6 (1010TU) review: HP Envy 6 (1010TU)

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CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Atttractive styling. Decent port selection. Excellent price point.

The Bad Using last generation hardware. Worse than usual speakers. Bog standard, 1366x768 screen. Keyboard isn't backlit.

The Bottom Line For less than AU$1000, the Envy 6 is quite a good deal, with an excellent build quality and attractive design. To get there, though, the company had to use last-generation specs. For most this won't be a bother, but if you want better performance, wait for the refresh.

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It's kinda weird to get an ultrabook using last year's hardware, and be told that it's a new product.

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 2
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • Optical: None
  • Video: HDMI
  • Ethernet: Gigabit
  • Wireless: Single-channel 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0

Such is the case with HP's Envy 6, which uses a Core i5 2467M. Not necessarily a bad thing, but with third generation Core around and offering marked performance increases, it's at the very least anachronistic. Things become a little clearer when you realise it's all to hit a price point, with the Envy 6 selling for AU$999, even at the likes of Harvey Norman.

It is attractive, at least. Black, brushed aluminium, a red base and a thin profile for a 15.6-inch laptop all add up to something that's quite appealing. It's not as thin as the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, which comes up at the same height as the Envy 6's keyboard, but it's nice to see the mid-weight crowd get decidedly slimmer.

Sadly, the screen doesn't match the same rate of progress. At 1366x768 and TN-based, this is standard budget laptop fodder, which cheapens the Envy brand. There is a 500GB mechanical hard drive inside though, paired with a 4GB flash drive to assist boot speed.

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HP Envy 6 (1010TU)

Part Number: CNETHP Envy 6 (1010TU)

Typical Price: $999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.