HP envy 14, 720p screen THAT bad?

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  1. dcheng11

    dcheng11 Notebook Geek

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    To reiterate what everyone's said, it's not a bad screen, just too average for the machine lol. I personally think the screen quality could be better. It's workable, yes, by compared to dare I say a MBP (ugh, I'm not an Apple fan...), the colors just look washed out. Also, the resolution is a bit low for me too. I'm coming from a 14" laptop, so the extra 0.5" screen real estate is nice, but for more effective side-by-side docs and stuff, I would really have liked to see a 1600x900 screen. But alas, we can't have everything lol. I'm really considering getting an external monitor/TV for when I'm doing schoolwork for more screen real estate.
     
  2. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I've just had the opportunity to compare an Envy 14 with Radiance against a Sandy Bridge with Brightview. The former was quite nice, and I went in to looking at the latter with the expectation of "OMG, worst screen evar!"

    IMO, Brightview is not that bad at all. It was actually better in one aspect because the Radiance display had a dead pixel right in the middle of the screen. The Brightview's colors don't "pop" the same way Radiance ones do. Having recently returned a notebook with a 95% color gamut LCD, Brightview isn't on the same continent in that regard. The lower resolution doesn't bother me too much because I have pretty poor eyesight.

    The SB Envy I have now runs cooler, quieter, has more hard drive space, and has better overall build quality (almost zero keyboard flex) than the Radiance version. That, and the webcam actually works (which is apparently a pretty common fault among 1xxx E14's).

    I agree with everyone's analysis who says that a notebook that's supposed to be "premium" should have a high-end screen option. However, the one that's currently in the Envy 14 is far from the worst, especially considering how solid the rest of the machine is.
     
  3. lammah

    lammah Notebook Evangelist

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    The brightview is not a horrible screen, it's just average just like many other laptops out there. But It certainly looks cheap for a "premium" laptop tho.

    If you want to see how the radiance look like, look for MBP's with upgraded screen it's very similar (best buy , apple store ...)
     
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    dbohls Notebook Enthusiast

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    Having never seen a radiance screen, I got an Envy 14 and was satisfied with the brightview screen. It looked slightly better than the screen on my old Dell XPS. I returned the Envy 14 (could not stand the trackpad), and recently got an HP dv6tse with a 1080p screen. When I went back to my old Dell XPS to transfer files, I was SCHOCKED at how absolutely awful the 720p screen looked after just a short time on a 1080p screen.

    Bottom line is you won't miss it if you never had it. One you get a 1080p screen, you might have trouble going back.
     
  5. aznanarchy99

    aznanarchy99 Notebook Consultant

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    Its not bad, but I wouldnt buy a $1000+ laptop with it.
     
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    wetwillycf Notebook Consultant

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    How come? It's really not bad. Just not great either.
     
  7. ironman

    ironman Notebook Evangelist

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    hey I increased color saturation for built in display in the ati/intel control software to deal with the washed out colors. I only noticed how washed out the colors where when I connected the laptop to my Samsung TV (so the screen was mirrored on the TV). The colors on the screen are SERIOUSLY washed out.
     
  8. kingp1ng

    kingp1ng Notebook Evangelist

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    Haha yeah probably...

    I compared it to my $120 matte Hans-G monitor. Even though that monitor is cheap, I can see the a big difference in the contrast.

    On the Envy, the white is more like gray. The blacks are more like dark gray because there's light bleed. When I watch a movie, I can see little distortions in the color where the display can't keep up. On normal internet you can't tell the difference.

    It's sad that HP couldn't put a high quality screen. Well after all HP has given up in the PC business. Rage quitting jerks don't even go out in style. Might go with Apple in 3-4 yrs when I upgrade.
     
  9. h3r0

    h3r0 Notebook Guru

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    the screen res. makes or breaks a laptop for me these days.
    It's a damn shame that manufacturers can't offer better res. screens... I guess they're going to hold off and use it as a means to extort people for extra $$ (even though it's a pretty basic feature)
     
  10. linuxwanabe

    linuxwanabe Notebook Evangelist

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    The display on the Envy 14 is better than the display on the DV6, but it's not very impressive for something that's priced over $1,000. You probably wouldn't complain about it at a quarter or third of the price, and yes, it probably is the same screen that you'll find on cheap HP Pavilions - you'd have to check part numbers to be sure.
     
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