HP ENVY 15.6" Core i7 TouchSmart Laptop

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HP ENVY 15.6" Core i7 TouchSmart Laptop
Price: $629.99
Shipping Options: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days (Wednesday, Mar 26 to Monday, Mar 31) + transit
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Excellent review from Cnet


Let’s learn all about USB 3.0 and check out this OK review over at pcworld.com

A good build quality laptop made of metallic top /sides,albeit with a plastic bottom it appears? Selling point would be the Haswell processor. Big minus, if you don’t count a refurb as a minus, is the fact this isn’t a 1080p screen. There’s various refurbs available from time to time with full 1080p screens at $50 or so less. I’m leaning away from this one due to the screen and price. Can anyone convince me I’m wrong?

This has substantially less RAM though not bad. The HD is smaller which isn’t a big deal if you’re thinking SSD up-grade anyway. It does have the 1080p resolution which should now days be the rule yet is still the exception. The wireless is N and, if correct, not capable of the new ac protocol…probably not a huge shortcoming since most wireless routers are g and n. So, is this a better buy or not?

Link: http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sdtid=6801932&sku=E1ASQ501LABBI5T03&ref=cj

Only reason I didn’t buy one of these is that for $80 more you can get the full HD version from NewEgg. As a photographer, real estate matters and this is just too low of a resolution to use for serious photography. If it was HD, I’d snap it up in a heartbeat.

Stunning clarity and 1366 x 768 should never be used in the same sentence together- it’s the ultimate paradox.

The Asus Q501LA-BBI5T03 to me is a much better balanced laptop. Although it’s an I5, it’s a decent performer, and the processor pull only 15w MAX TDP. The I7 in todays woot is an awesome processor, put pulls 47w TDP which means it’s going to go through your battery faster. To me the 1920x1080 display is worth the trade-off of only having an I5 vs an I7. On a 15.6 inch screen full HD is much nicer! I would probably pull the 2gb memory and replace with 4gb so it had a total of 8gb and I would add a 240gb SSD ($110 Crucial Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-240GB-2-5-Inch-Internal-CT240M500SSD1/dp/B00BQ8RM1A

I’ll second this - anything less than 1080 is really unacceptable these days.

CPUs don’t use their max wattage 24/7 unless you’re encoding video on them; if they did, batteries wouldn’t last more than 2 hours as-is. What’s more important is the idle draw, how much it uses when it’s sitting around doing nothing, which is why Haswell has better battery life than Ivy Bridge.

But yes, a true quad core will use more power than a dual core with hyper threadding, but you’re venturing into more complexity.

HUH? the specs say its 802.11AC and has 16 gigs of ram. Where are you getting 802.11n and 4 gigs???

Open the link.

These 2 laptops are not on the same playing field. The Woot laptop is in another class compared to that laptop.

Lets start with the CPUs - i5 4200U vs i7 4700MQ. The i7 is leagues better, it’s almost 3 times faster in most benchmarks.


RAM - 6GB on that one is nice and should be enough for most users, Woot has 16GB which is a ton and you would never have RAM issues.

HD - Woot’s is slightly faster but eh

Wifi- Woots is the newest chipset and is a lot faster if you have an AC router or plan on upgrading within the next 4 years.

WiDi- Basically a chromecast but a direct stream instead of sending info to Google then back down.

Screen - Woot’s isn’t 1080 but I don’t see that as a large issue but others might so the link’s screen is better.

Overall the Woot laptop is way faster but the screen is slightly worse which a normal consumer will probably not be able to tell the difference.

I have this laptop. I bought it new, and astonishingly, for less than this through another source, some time ago. But it’s a great little laptop – super fast, great for games (at least the ones I play), plenty of storage. I’ve been using it for about 4 months and I have absolutely no complaints.

I use a screen hooked up to my laptop. Does this laptop have a VGA output? If not does anyone know of a good cheap solution to run my monitor with the HDMI output. I don’t want to buy a new monitor.

What does the forum think about the fact that this laptop does not have an optical drive? HDMI out with no way to play a DVD (let alone a blu-ray) seems like a big miss. Has EVERYONE converted to viewing downloaded content only? I may have missed that conversion date if it already happened.

I realize that about the TDP, but you know running similar applications the I7 will not be nearly as efficient as the I5. Every time a program starts or a different process begins the processors will ramp to TDP momentarily until things get loaded then they will idle back down.

I do mostly streaming either through my Roku or a laptop attached to my TV. Also via my laptop or tablet. I haven’t watched a DVD or BluRay in quite a while.

Not true. Just grab an external USB blu-ray burner $85. Maybe not as convenient, but you could use it on other computers if necessary also.
Optical drives aren’t as important as they use to be. As far as movies go, many people compress them down and just keep the files. Don’t get me wrong- I love blu-ray drives, but I use externals with no issues.