HP Envy 14 review: HP Envy 14

The included ATI Radeon HD5650 is a midrange graphics card suitable for mainstream gaming. Playing Unreal Tournament III at 1,600x900-pixel resolution, we got 57.8 frames per second. In Street Fighter IV, at the same resolution, the system ran at 29.6 frames per second.

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
Mainstream (Avg watts/hour)  
Off (60%) 0.68
Sleep (10%) 1.09
Idle (25%) 13.99
Load (05%) 53.64
Raw kWh Number 58.66
Annual Energy Cost $6.66

Annual energy consumption cost
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
4.75 
HP Envy 14
6.66 

The HP Envy 14 ran for 3 hours and 20 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included 8-cell battery. That's good for a midsize laptop, and note that we kept the switchable discrete graphics card engaged, as many casual users would. Remembering to switch them off would lead to improved battery life.

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 Pavilion dm4-1003
680 
HP Envy 14
681 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Envy 14
110 
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
126 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
140 
HP Envy 14
143 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion dm4-1003
261 
HP Envy 14
200 

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System configurations:

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 7200rpm

Dell Inspiron 14R
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.27GHz Intel Core i3 M350; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470; 500GB Hitachi 5400rpm

HP Pavilion dm4-1003
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1695MB (Total) Intel MHD; 320GB Toshiba 7200rpm

Lenovo Ideapad Y460
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650; 500GB Seagate 5400rpm

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HP Envy 14

Part Number: WV593AV Released: Jul. 1, 2010

MSRP: $1,049.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Release date Jul. 1, 2010
  • Weight 5.57 lbs
  • Installed Size 4 GB
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