HP Envy 15 - 15 Inches of Envy

Launch SRP: S$1999

The HP Envy 15

The HP Envy 15

So what do you do when you’re the largest personal computer manufacturer in the world, and other manufacturers are nipping at your heels, waiting for you to trip? Do you quiver in fear, threaten to wind up your business and call it a day? Nope. You do what HP does, which is to get back in there, and continue to churn out products that people actually want to use. Products like the new HP Envy 15. This 15.6-inch, Core i7 notebook is one of the latest additions to the Envy line of products.

The HP Envy 15 is one of the better looking notebooks we've seen in a long time. Although some may point to hit looking somewhat like an Apple MacBook Pro, the Envy 15 has got its own appeal.

By now you should already know that the Envy line is made up of HP’s premium notebooks, and of course, the 2.63kg Envy 15 is no different. It has all the premium features and ports one can hope for in a Windows based mobile workhorse, and naming all of them would simply take up too much space. To save you the hassle, we point out the most notable aspects of the Envy 15 in this review (with the main specs lined out here). 

Although it has a massive 15.6-inch screen, it only weighs 2.63kg. That doesn't however, make it the smallest or thinnest notebook out in the market. 

To differentiate themselves from the bottom-of-the-barrel type of notebooks, HP opted to build the Envy 15 (mostly) out of aluminum, a 'premium' feature for a notebook's build quality. Two basic colors, black on the lid and bottom, silver in the middle, gives the notebook a clean and classic look. While it’s basic shape (and even color and build) reminds us greatly of an Apple MacBook Pro, it may not be a bad thing. In fact if you observe close enough, it’s actually slightly curvier than a MacBook Pro, and is easier to grip like a folio.

The HP Envy 15 looks like a MacBook Pro, but it's a tad curvier and has chamfered edges, making it more comfortable to hold and handle the notebook.  

The HP Envy 15 also has no shortage of ports and should easily satisfy the most demanding multimedia content creators who need to dabble with multiple inputs and outputs. It's got two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a RJ45 LAN port, an HDMI port, and a regular sized DisplayPort. Hopefully you wouldn't mind the lack of an old school VGA port. Apart from connectivity, one of the better features implemented on the notebook that caught our attention was the side volume jog dial that is accessible even without opening the lid or using the OS volume control. It's not a lifesaver nor a deal breaker, but it just makes volume control a tad more effortless. 

Can you think of any other way you'd rather control your music without opening your notebook? We can't, because we think the jog dial is a fun and practical way to change volume.

Heat vents on the Envy 15 are found at the back of the machine, where it is logically located to avoid setting fire on your sensitive areas. All necessary and usable ports have been lined up at the sides of the machine to accommodate this design. 

On the bottom machine, the HP Envy 15 is quite featureless. All you can see are a couple of vents, and a line that reveals the existence of an aluminum cover that hides the battery. Once you pop it open, you will be able to see the unit’s massive battery, and a couple of small subwoofers. So where are the main speakers? Those have been consciously positioned upfront where it makes listening to audio much more pleasant and clear.

The bottom of the lid is made of aluminum as well, making it easy to dissipate heat.

Subwoofers are found right under the battery cover. And because there are a pair of them firing down, they seem to have a bit more punch than the usual single subwoofer driver on multimedia notebooks.

The Good
Beats Audio jog dial
All aluminum exterior
Full HD screen
Good audio quality
Removable battery
The Bad
Quite heavy

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