HP Envy 13 NoteBook Review

The HP Envy 13 is a superior laptop with a top price tag. It’s a 13.3 inch screen, energy efficient chips and switchable images. However, does the machine provide everything you want in a notebook?

Our HP Envy 13 Characteristics:

* Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
* Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL9600 (2.13GHz, 6M Cache)
* Memory: 3GB DDR3 SDRAM (1066MHz)
* Storage: 250GB 5400RPM SATA hard disk
* Screen: 13.3-inch LED HP Radiance Widescreen Display with 1366×768 pixels
* Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Pictures (512MB) with Intel X4500M integrated switchable graphics

Price as configured: $1,924.99

HP Envy 13 Review

Construct and Design

The HP Envy 13 sports a easy magnesium lid free of attention grabbing images. Build quality is great. The laptop looks and feels solid in your hand. HP envy 13-ab016nr notebook is very much efficent from other models.

The Envy 13 is not very update friendly. There aren’t any simple access panels around the base of the notebook, meaning you will be better off obtaining the vital updates when you buy the laptop instead of attempting to get it done all on your own.

Display and Speakers

The HP Envy 13 includes a 13.3 inch”HP Radiance” screen that’s remarkably bright. The screen is glistening but its brightness stinks for this. In reality it’s possible to use the Envy 13 in direct sunshine and you’ll nonetheless realize that the screen is rather readable. Viewing angles are typical.

The speakers produce clear, loud noise. Nevertheless, the overall audio quality is not very striking. Audiophiles should definitely think about investing in a set of headphones. Instead they may use the HDMI output to stream digital audio to your home stereo. “hp envy 13”

HP Envy 13 Review

Computer keyboard and Touchpad

The Envy 13 keyboard is among the best that you would locate on a 13 inch laptop. The chiclet style computer keyboard is full sized with an adequate quantity of space between each key. The keyboard does not demonstrate any flex in any way. Individual key activity is smooth and silent.

The touchpad is a Synaptics version. It’s big and spacious and includes integrated touchpad buttons.

Ports and Characteristics

Port selection is typical. There’s an SD card slot, two USB 2.0 interfaces, HDMI out along with a combo sound jack. This is very disappointing since most 10 inch and 11 inch laptops provide more. Actually given the total cost of this laptop HP might have added one more USB interface in addition to FireWire and eSATA.


Performance is satisfactory, however, it’s nothing noteworthy considering the price of this laptop. The double core SL9600 chip has sufficient power to manage day to day computing tasks. Multitasking is also quite possible.

The Envy 13 has both integrated and discrete graphics options so you could watch HD video and play video games without needing to compromise on battery lifetime. When the power adapter is plugged in, the ATI graphics solution will mechanically get empowered. When the laptop is operating on battery power just integrated images are utilized.

Battery Life

The laptop has a 4-cell battery rated in 41Wh. It gets about 7 hours of runtime that’s quite bad for a 13 inch laptop.