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Unlike other devices created by the company.

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Pros

now comes with a cooler, more power efficient (albeit slower) Core i5 processor

6 agree

comes with fast and ample system RAM and drive capacity - even on the lowest base configuration (4GB DDR3, 320GB 7200RPM HDD)

6 agree

beautiful 1080p display (upgrade option)

5 agree

comes with the latest generation DX11 capable 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 Graphics on all models (upgraded over the previous Envy 15 model) - much improved GPU computing, Eyefinity support, better video processor, ability to transmit HD audio formats

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16:9 display aspect ratio - ideal for gaming, watching HD media

5 agree

HDMI output

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more affordable base configuration than the previous generation

5 agree

eSATA port (shared with third USB 2.0 port)

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comes with Windows 7

4 agree

all components are upgradable back to their original higher-end status

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Most expensive configuration (i7-820QM, 320GB dual SSD Raid0, 16GB RAM) is several multiples times faster than any other USB 3.0 laptop available today

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battery life is reasonable when using optional 9-cell slice battery - approximately 4 hours

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USB 3.0 on all three USB ports - lightning fast file transfers to external USB 3.0 drives

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Lightning fast working with large files in Photoshop and Illustrator

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Cons

no optical drive

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no USB 3.0 port

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no integrated mobile broadband (3G) option

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Many buyers have reported repeated "black screens" crashing and freezing due to defective ATI Radeon graphics cards

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no ExpressCard slot (no upgrade to USB 3.0 etc. possible)

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Severe graphics card issues with both ATI Radeon HD5830 as well as ATI Radeo HD4830

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base display is of poor resolution for a 15" display (1366 x 768px) compared to the older, and still available upgrade option (full 1080p - 1920 x 1080px)

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16:9 display aspect ratio - less than ideal for productivity, web browsing

1 agrees

location of special function keys to the left of the keyboard results in accidentally opening print menu, email applications, etc., while working in other applications or games

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4k read speed of dual SSD Raid0 is 10x slower than it should be, even slower than the 4k write speed

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touchpad is slightly less sensitive than MacBook Pro, often requiring repeated attempts to activate multi-touch scrolling

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to be made cheaper most changes involved using lower-end base components

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With a design that's sleek and lightweight, the HP Envy 15 is an upgraded version of the 2009 HP Envy 15, ideal for buyers looking for a model that's standard, comortable and attractive. To go with the 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor with Turbo Boost, the laptop has 6GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive that can store most large media collections and unique design programs. Unlike other devices created by the company, the laptop has an original 15.6-inch HD LED HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen display that's ideal for multimedia and for communication programs when used with the webcam and integrated microphone. To make the display graphics that much more detailed and smooth, the laptop features an upgrade in graphics as it now has a dedicated 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 video card. The HP Envy 15 also has a fluid keyboard and controls, Fast Web Access and uses Windows 7 Home Premium.

Features
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-520M processor with Turbo Boost
  • 6GB memory
  • Up to 500GB hard drive
  • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 Video Card
  • 15.6-inch HD LED HP Brightview Widescreen display
  • Lightweight body
  • Comfortable keyboard and controls
  • Fast Web Access
  • Webcam
  • Integrated microphone
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
Post Review
Omar
11/29/2010 08:06

Ok, I know not a lot of people have the same setup as me, but for those that do I just discovered an amazing tool. It's called synergy+ (http://synergy-foss.org/) and it's totally free. What it lets you do is control one computer from another computer. This isn't remote desktop or VNC, it's a third type of computer control. It's so simple, and yet somewhat difficult to explain.

The problem with remote desktop is that when you're controlling the other computer you have to take up screen real estate in your primary computer. What this lets you do is control the secondary computer without using any screen real estate on the first. How does it do that? Your second computer needs to be connected to a display itself. What I use this for is that this allows me to use my #hp_envy_15 laptop to control my #acer_aspire_revo_3610 HTPC that is connected to my TV.

So when I'm watching my HTPC with my laptop on the couch I can easily control the HTPC right from the laptop just by moving the mouse over as if the TV was a second monitor. It is super fluid and works amazingly well.

Setup was a little bit of a pain, for those on Windows download the stable 1.3.4 release and not the beta.

Instructions on setting things up here: http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/running.html

Erik

Erik

11/29/2010 08:58

Interesting. An easy way to add a wireless keyboard and mouse to an HTPC using your laptop. I'm sure there are other setups that it can help with too. Replacement for KVM switch?

Omar

Omar

11/29/2010 09:25

Ya, that's probably the best way to think of it.

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