Envy 14 slide show: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hp_pc/s...53419362/show/
Envy 14 dimensions: 9.3 x 14 x 1.1 inches ; 14.5" Screen; 5.2 pounds
*THREAD RULES*: (Be sure to read) *HP ENVY 14 (1XXX series) Owners Lounge, Part 1*
F.A.Q.: By poster - Htwingnut
- that's the toughest because it all depends on what you want to do with your PC but here's my summary:
i3 - dual core, multithreaded, integrated GPU, no Turbo Boost. Ok for basic desktop tasks like web browsing, flash, MS Office, and some gaming.
i5 - dual core, multithreaded, integrated GPU, Turbo Boost. i5-430 and 450 are similiar CPUs but the 450 is newer and has slightly faster clock speed. Performance between the two in general is probably less than 10%. i5-520m offers some additional instructions for hardware virtualization and AES encryption which just aid in processing more quickly with a few other benefits
i7 - quad core, multithreaded, no integrated GPU
, Turbo Boost - Quad core is powerful, capable of processing eight threads simultaneously, clock speeds generally slower than an i5, but have advantage of processing more threads. No integrated GPU means less battery life because it will be using the dedicated GPU all the time. Most likely 50% less battery life.
- 1600x900 Radiance standard option, so not much to say, just it's supposed to be the absolute best.
Note: Amazon is selling the HP ENVY 14-1010NR (WQ784UA#ABA) = 1366 x 768
. Non-Radiance display
Hard Drive / SSD
- Hard Drives = cheap, effective storage while adding noise, vibration, and heat. SSD = expensive, fast storage, with no vibration or noise with minimal heat and power consumption. SSD speed is superior to HDDs in two respects; they write 3 to 5 times faster and have seek times that are hundreds of times faster then a HDD.
Current gen SSD's have a long life, probably much longer than you'd ever keep your laptop unless you do constant large
read/writes to it 24/7.
TYPE OF SSD USED IN THE ENVY 14: (Both support TRIM)
160GB = Intel X-25M G2
256GB = Samsung MMDOE56G5MXP-0VB
= 4GB is sufficient for most. Two sticks is fine. You can get up to a negligible 5% performance benefit running dual channel, or two sticks of the same size and speed, as opposed to single stick. But a single stick gives the benefit of just popping in an additional RAM stick later. Otherwise, if you know you'll want 8GB later then maybe go with single 4GB.
Though, you are best to match RAM sticks as mix-match of RAM manufacturers can lead to problems
So if you don't want to take that chance and you know you'll need more than 4GB, you may want to get it configured with 6GB or 8GB.
A note about RAM usage:
There are not many programs that will use up the sum of 4GB. Requiring more than 4GB is reserved for multitasking of powerful programs or for multitasking very many programs at once. Adobe suite products come to mind and well as some A/V production suite programs.
- The slice battery is apparently the "6 cell" battery they offer for $200 at the moment. It basically form fits the entire bottom of the laptop and is thin and gives up to an extra 100% or perhaps more battery life. No need to swap batteries as it works "smartly" with the built in 8 cell battery (59whr, 12.6 oz). Do a search at images.google.com for "envy slice battery" to see what it looks like. The trade off is that the slice
adds weight (1lbs 15oz) and depth (14" x 9" x .5").
Preliminary Battery Runtime Results: (without Slice battery installed) (As executed by Stefan HT) Suggested insertion: jfk33
- WLAN = ON
- Display brightness 60%
- standby at 10%: disabled
Result: 4:10 hours
See Battery Life Log thread for posters with runtimes of 4:40 and 7hours.
- Important note
(submitted by poster e14) - On the German preconfigured model 1010eg, the wifi card is Broadcom and not Intel as HP has advertised. The US version is Intel as specified (Centrino advanced N 6200).
- The unit is set by default to run the fans at all times and at low speed at idle and during normal tasks. It can be disabled in BIOS. Though some users report that disabling it results in fans coming on even few seconds at medium.
Comparative of Intel CPU options [i3-i5]: (Thanks to poster "Curse the sky")
Comparative of Intel CPU options [i7 quad cores]:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CPU THROTTLING ON BATTERY IN THE ENVY 14:
- submitted by poster Aleckazee
The processor is able to run at full speed when on battery not like on the Envy 15 where it would be limited to 1.2GHz.
Proof: *HP ENVY 14 (1XXX series) Owners Lounge, Part 1*
scroll down and you will see it.
NOTE ABOUT i7 Processors
: They do not allow for switchable graphics. Only dedicated. Therefore a unit outfitted with an i7 processor will consume more power and shorten battery life.
NOTE ABOUT i3-370M Processor
: (Contributed by Bronsky and Protiod) Unlike the i5 and i7, the i3's thermal maximum is 90 DegC (unlike 105 for i5/i7). Real world use would not see temps reach that high. But during CPU stressing, it can.
|Warning: Do not touch MSCONFIG processor settings!|
If you touch the #of processor settings in MSCONFIG/boot/advanced options you will get false # of Core/Thread readings in CPU-Z.
It will also lock your processor at one core and it will run at max speed.
Discussion of SSDs: by poster "Curse the Sky"
Slice Battery Info:
Touch Pad Information: Submitted by poster e14
The user manual of the Envy 14 shows that the touchpad is NOT
the new buttonless/hingeless 4-point synaptics hardware, its the same old clickpad from previous envies that has a hinge and 2 physical buttons.
Example of what the new type of Synaptics touchpad can be seen here for comparison: http://www.trustedreviews.com/laptop...ok-Style-To/p1
*THREAD RULES*: (Be sure to read) *HP ENVY 14 (1XXX series) Owners Lounge, Part 1*
LOGIC50 = $50 off (Note: Can't be used with academic discount.)
SVMB39487= $25 off your online order of $125 or more at the HP Home & Home Office Store.
(Non-stackable... use for accessories.)
Expires: 07/31/2010 - submitted by Derpderp... (<--- yeah, I know.
SVC55871= $10 Off. Submitted by krnspadez and tornbacchus.
CashBack and Rebate Programs:
(suggested by poster octalon7 and PeterDLai)
Bing cashback: http://www.bing.com/cashback/
30% Bing Cash back is no longer available. Though, it seems to pop up early in the day and ends by mid-day EST.
NOTE: Bing cashback is now 30%! As of July 13
To access it:
1. Disable any browser ad blocking plugins
2. go to this link: http://www.bing.com/shopping/
3. Type HP Direct in bing search box
4. You will see a banner ad that looks like the following:
NOTE: Take a screen shot of page ad, search info, and Pop over in redirect that shows BCB 30% in case you run into trouble with Bing. Tip by poster andye39s.5. Click on that banner ad and bing 30% pop-over will come up as it redirects to HP.com
May not work with student discount or EPP.
HP student discount: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...udent&tab=tab1
Mr. Rebates: http://www.mrrebates.com/
Ebay Bucks: http://pages.ebay.com/rewards/faq.html
Phone in price adjustment heads up contributed by Valismp
"CPU prices for the Envy 14 were reduced July 3rd. If you ordered your Envy before the price reduction, call HP up and they will price-match your order. For instance, possible $45 back on an order for an Envy configured with an i520m. You have 21 days after receipt of the laptop to do any kind of price adjusting."
Special student phone in price adjustment for Win7 Pro heads up contributed by ChemE
|GUIDES, DRIVERS, SOFTWARE:|
HP Laptop out of the box GUIDE
Link suggested by DrPterodactyl
Drivers Thread and Discussion:
by poster justinkw1
NOTE: Some Envy 14's are shipping with older BIOS dated 4/22/2010
RECOMMENDED FREE SYSTEM SOFTWARE LIST:
RECOMMENDED COMMERCIAL SYSTEM SOFTWARE LIST:
LINUX on the ENVY 14
Windows 7 system recovery ISO
You may want to update to BIOS with date 6/18/2010
You can download it from HP's website:
Or see Justin's
driver thread above for the latest BIOS update.
Be sure to run it as administrator and have no windowed programs running (nothing on taskbar open).
Otherwise you stand the chance of bricking your Envy.
If you get startup problems and don't have a retail or OEM Windows 7 disk, you can use the following startup repair/system recovery option.
It's a downloadable ISO that just contains Windows 7 startup repair for 32 and 64bit versions.
SANITY CHECK - posted by ciaol611
NEED TO RETURN YOUR HP NOTEBOOK? You've got 21 days from day of delivery to do so.
From HP's Website: (Thanks to poster Butr0sButr0s)
To process a return or exchange
We only accept returns for orders placed with the HP Home & Home Office Store by phone or online. We can not accept returns or exchanges for the HP Parts Store, the HP Small & Medium Business Store, repairs, or any other online store or retail outlet.
Returns requests can be initiated by phone, or for many products by online chat.
Step 1: Request a return material authorization number (RMA)
* Call 1-888-650-1544 or use online chat (details below).
* An RMA is required for all returns and exchanges.
Step 2: Print your Return Label
* You will promptly receive an email notification from FedEx that your HP Home & Home Office pre-paid return shipping label is available.
* Follow the enclosed link to FedEx and print the label as soon as possible. This label will expire 5 days after issuance.
Step 3: Prepare your package for return.
* Replace the product in its original packaging, making sure to include all items originally in the box
* Remove, mark-out, or cover any original shipping labels and affix the new label
* Write in bold letters on the package: "RMA [your return material authorization number]". For example: RMA R123456789
* Take the package to any FedEx package drop-off location within 5 calendar days of the RMA issuance.
Simple as that.
How's my spelling? Dial 1-555-SPL-NAZI