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Envy 14 vs. Envy 15: Pros and cons of each?

Discussion in 'HP Envy & HDX' started by oregon, Dec 28, 2010.

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  1. oregon

    oregon Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a late 2008 Macbook Pro 15". It has the unibody design but also a replaceable battery. I love everything about it except for the performance, which is not very good for most of my usage. I'm considering selling and purchasing an Envy but am somewhat skeptical because it doesn't seem to have the same level of polish as the MBP. I've read briefly and seen many issues such as heat, quality control, display, trackpad, and especially battery life. So, concerning these issues (or others), how do the Envy 14/15 compare? Are these issues equally problematic in each model?

    PS: If this topic has been covered I would appreciate links to previous threads. I did try searching this but didn't really find answers.
     
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    waleed786 Notebook Evangelist

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    The Envy 14 is a new edition which replaces the Envy 15 (which is now discontinued), the Gen 1 Envy 15 had heat issues etc., but that was solved with gen 2, however I would still recommend the Envy 14 because its the latest edition and its actually 14.5", trackpad is no where near as good as as Macbook, but its as close as you can get in a PC
     
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    Hmmm so if the heat issues were solved in Envy 15 gen 2, were there any improvements made between the 15 gen 2 and the 14? Is battery life better?

    I would prefer the smaller size of the 14, but I have seen better deals/better performance from Envy 15 models.
     
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    well the things the Envy 15 has is the optional 1080p screen, and better graphics card. The processor options are the same in both, but with the Envy 14 you get a backlit keyboard and an optical drive (as far as I know, Envy 15 has no optical drive, which explains why its slightly lighter than the 14). It basically comes down to if you're willing to sacrifice a backlit keyboard, optical drive, and small size for the better graphics card and 1080p
     
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    Screen resolution is not important to me, though overall screen quality is of course important. Graphics performance is very important, but an optical drive and backlit keyboard are both very useful too.

    Is the "900p" screen equal in quality to the 15" screen apart from resolution difference? And do the Envy 14 graphics cards compare to Envy 15 cards considering the lower resolution it displays?
     
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    well the 900p screen in the Envy 14 is no longer available unless you get a used or refurb model, the 1366x768 is still great on its own, but the 900p radiance and 1080p screen will be a noticeable difference. If you do happen to get an Envy 14 with 900p, im pretty sure the screen quality is better than the 1080p on the Envy 15.

    For graphics card, if you overclock the 5650, I dont think it will be too far behind the 4830 in the Envy 15...unless you play a lot of games or run a lot of graphic-intensive programs, I dont think you'll feel much of a difference
     
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    Depending on what country you're in, there might still be some Radiance Envy 14's in stock. I'm in Australia, and I just picked one up today from a store.
     
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    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    unless im mistaken, im pretty sure the Envy 15 has the 4830, not the 5830
     
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    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    gen 1 4830
    gen 2 5830

    and the main difference in the 5800 series is the clock and in the case of the 5830 the memory that is used (DDR3)

    as you can see the 5830 drives circles and circles around the 5650.

    I prefer much more the envy 15 due to its cooling solution ( its a pretty portable laptop with 2 fans for the CPU, and one fan for the GPU) unlike the crowded space that is the envy 14, with its tiny little fans.

    The battery life though is much greater in the envy 14, ranging at 4h or so. the envy 15 hovers around the 3 hour ballpark.

    However since that the new intel chips are going to be launched in a week, and there are places that have already started selling those, including a HP dv7 (US) and a dv6 (Singapore and Malaysia), there is actually no need to buy something that is still with its retail price, if you want to buy with the old chips, just wait a bit and the prices will drop, if you want the new chips just wait a bit and the will appear.

    The envy line is usually one marked with fast upgrades
     
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