HP Envy 14 Beats Edition review: HP Envy 14 Beats Edition

The Envy also features switchable graphics, which means the ATI card can be turned off to save battery power when not needed, instead running the default Intel HD graphics. It's a nice option to have, but unlike Nvidia's Optimus solution for laptops running Nvidia GPUs, you have to manually switch the graphics here by clicking an onscreen button, which, frankly, feels archaic at this point (although you can configure the system to automatically jump to the integrated graphics when using the battery).

Juice box
HP Envy 14 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.88
Sleep (10%) 1.16
Idle (25%) 16.48
Load (05%) 55.02
Raw kWh Number 65.83
Annual power consumption cost $7.47

Annual power consumption cost
Asus N82JV-X1
$6.17 
HP Envy 14
$6.66 
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
$7.47 

The HP Envy 14 ran for 3 hours and 20 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included eight-cell battery. That's very good for a midsize laptop, especially one with a decent CPU/GPU combo.

HP includes an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the system. Upgrading to a three-year plan starts at $399, but includes accidental damage protection and on-site service. Support is accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line, and a well-maintained online knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14
681 
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
689 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
109 
HP Envy 14
110 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14
143 
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
146 

Unreal Tournament III (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1280x768, 0X AA, 0X AF  
1366x768, 4X AA, 8X AF  
Asus N82JV-X1
125.1 
98.1 
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
90.3 
72.3 
Gateway ID49C08u
80.4 
75.2 
HP Envy 14
92.6 
57.8 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14
200 
HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
195 

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System configurations:

HP Envy 14 Beats Edition
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Gateway ID49C08u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite M645-S4055
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Asus N82JV-X1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 335M + 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

HP Envy 14
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M450; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

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    HP Envy 14 Beats Edition

    Part Number: XC509AV Released: Oct 1, 2010
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    Quick Specifications

    • Release date Oct 1, 2010
    • Weight 5.69 lbs
    • Installed Size 4 GB
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