Pros Great screen - very crisp, good weight and dimensions for a 15", fast, excellent audio for a laptop.
Cons Battery life isn't great, even on low brightness. The trackpad buttons are hard to push and the gestures don't offer any shortcut for right-clicking to avoid the buttons (like double finger tap on a Mac).
Summary I have used Macs for work and liked them, but all of my personal computers have been Windows-based and I wasn't willing to make the switch, especially given the cost of a MacBook. I went in search of a 15" laptop with specs as similar to or better than a 15" MacBook as possible. The Envy 15 won the contest. The dimensions are very similar, fantastic screen (I only notice the "red" issue if I look closely), decent weight for the size, same processor and RAM as a new MacBook for $1000 less. The battery is the only component that really can't compete with the Mac, but it's as good as any other Windows laptop with the same specs. The trackpad isn't great but it's tolerable, and I usually use a wireless mouse anyway. I have no regrets after 6 months!
Pros Blazing fast processing, quick startup, excellent build quality, screen quality with excellent viewing angles, and great sound quality. The volume and mute buttons are nie touches. The inclusion of Adobe software was also a nice touch
Cons A bit heavy (I wouldn't want to carry it around in a backpack for very long); touchpad is not great, and charger is pretty big.
Summary I bought this laptop because the screen on my cheapo compaq finally fritzed out. In my search I wanted a laptop with high quality build and components for around $1,000. Although I have previously owned a macbook pro and was very happy with it, it lost to the ENVY because of price and components. I have not been disappointed with my choice. As to the charge that the ENVY is a macbook poseur: 1) who cares, and 2) why would I pay $700-$800 more for a laptop with similar build quality and lesser components?
Pros Quality contruction. Great performance with plenty of upgrades. Great veiwing angles, mostly fantastic screen**, quiet and cool as well. Long battery life in my opinion (6+ hours of internet browsing and youtube videos). Dedicated customer support
Cons Screen, while great from any angle and amazing clearity has a problem producing reds. it simply cannot produce pure red.. Instead you get a redish shade of orange.
Touchpad - It's a little jerky feeling on the two finger scroll.
Summary Overall I really like this laptop and hope I can keep it. The Sceen's lack of Red has me leaning towards returning/exchanging it, as it appears to be an actual hardware (screen) problem. HP has a new vendor for the IPS screen and I think they're just not good.. The touchpad is something I'm still learning to get used to. I'm a macBook guy, and they have the best touchpad I've ever used, and I'm very used to the way theirs works. It doesn't mean HP did a bad job here. Just not what I'm used to and it has small problems with the feel. I think this is something that can be remedied with patches/software upgrades in time.
I can honestly say that if you can live with the Reds looking Orange this is BY FAR the best quality you're going to find in a PC Laptop especially at this price point.
The Dell XPS 15z has a lot of plastic. This thing is solid and all metal. A little heavy, but you feel the quality when you pick it up. The ventilation is great and this thing will run for HOURS on my lap without becoming remotely warm feeling..
I love it!!!
Pros it has all you need in a laptop plus it's windows, i always wanted a good durable laptop but non of the companies did a good job but Samsung and HP,
Cons battary is not as i expected still need little work more
Summary i think this laptop is more powerful that a macbook pro, im a windows7 and i think it's more stable than any other os that's why i like this laptopif you like macbook pro so much, why you hate all the rest ((bad memories))
Updated on Jan 21, 2012
Pros High performance speed
Cons Very short battery time
A bit heavy for its size
Summary I ordered the Envy15-3040nr. It should come with a 750GB hard drive, However, it is shipped with a 700GB hard drive instead.
When I received the first unit, it had 2 bad USB ports, which caused blue screen of death on the first night when I started to set up the computer. I was using a USB mouse and a flash drive and the Windows was aborting twice while I was working. I eventually noticed that one of the 3 USB ports on the right side of the unit was working. By avoid using the other 2 ports, the systems stay up and running just fine.
Within the first week, I called the tech support twice and reported the wrong HD and bad USB ports. I was transferred both times to the sales without issuing a troubleshooting ticket. The two sales person both insisted that the computer had nothing wrong, because no technical issue was logged by the tech support. I requested to return the unit, but in the end agreed with a replacement. The sale rep sounded very nice and professional. She insisted that I should give HP a second chance for an exchange and I was promised to receive a "brand new, fully functioning laptop with a 750GB hard drive."
I did receive a replacement unit promptly. However, it still has a 700GB hard drive. Also, under the HP support Assistant - Warranty and Services screen, it reveals that this "new" unit was a return and was in service 6 weeks before it arrived on my desk. I have been using this unit for about a week now, and noticed that the sound indicator light does not work at all. Other than that, I did not notice any other problem with this laptop.
Upon receiving the replacement unit, I contacted the technical support again. I even asked to bring the HD issue to an upper level review. However, I was only repeatedly referred to the link of the specs indicating 750GB. I was told that this link tells you what HD you get; it is 750GB; HP does not make any 700GB hard drives.
I checked the HD info both inside the Windows and in bios. Again, you can view it in the attached photo yourself. HP or the Systems info, the two do NOT match. Which party is in fault? I think it is pretty clear.
I should add that when the laptop is working, it works very well. I really like its superb display quality and speed. I was excited to switch to HP for the first time after reading laptop reviews, including the high rating score from CNet. But my experience with the computer and the technical support have been disappointing. I would NOT recommend this unit.