Price: 1.24.900 rupees
Specifications: 14 inch screen with 1920×1200 pixel resolution, 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 16GGB DDR4 RAM, 1TB SSD, Windows 10 Home, 1 Thunderbolt 4 with USB4 Type-C, 2 USB Type-A, 1 HDMI 2.0 , Headphone / microphone combination,
In the box: Laptop with charger (incl. Adapter)
A high performing workhorse that is convenient to transport is what creative professionals are looking for. The HP Envy 14 has it all, from design to performance.
A balanced design: 13.3-inch machines are perfect to take with you, but it may feel small to some creative professionals. However, the 15.6 incher becomes large and bulky to lug around. A 14-inch laptop is just perfect – offers more screen space to work with and is easy to carry around at the same time. The same goes for the HP Envy 14 – with a wedge shape for a slim design.
Even with an all-metal chassis, it weighs just under 1.5 kg. Unlike many companies (including HP) that offer premium convertible and hybrid laptops, my review unit was a clamshell device with a lid that opens to the maximum angle (~ 145 degrees). The overall design of this Envy 14 is very similar to the Pavilion notebook I recently reviewed. While I’m not complaining about the design, HP could have made it a little extra expensive.
A high-quality display is a must for a productivity-oriented device designed for creative professionals. Our test device has neither a 4k nor a touch display, but the screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200p is not bad either. With smooth edges on both sides, the 16:10 aspect ratio contributes to the large screen content, while the anti-glare display improves the viewing experience. More importantly, the colors appear accurate – a top priority for those involved in editing, styling, etc. – as everything appears bright and sharp.
With Delta E below 2, the color rendering looks accurate. While the default display settings are great, there is an HP Display Utility app that allowed me to switch to native (no tweaks) settings that are optimized for viewing and editing photos / videos.
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Connectivity is also not a problem with the wedge-shaped design. The Envy 14 has it all – USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI, a Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C port, an audio jack on the left and USB Type-A as well as a microSD card slot and a power connector on the right. Whether connecting the camera to output the photos, transferring data to a USB dongle / Type-C USB or even mirroring the screen on a larger display, the Envy 14 handles everything without any problems.
Since I’m addicted to AirDrop in the Apple ecosystem, I often look for a quick and easy way to transfer data. And HP’s QuickDrop worked just fine to transfer files wirelessly between my iPhone and this laptop.
The fast performance of this Envy 14 is made possible by the Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor 11. Aside from the regulars, including browsing through multiple Chrome tabs (about 25 in multiple windows), downloading heavy files, and spending hours video conferencing, too the image and video editing handled smoothly.
When testing this device, I recorded a lot of video calls that made the 720p camera feel a little less. HP added an Enhanced Lighting feature to brighten the face that allowed me to adjust the color and temperature of the circular ring that appears on the screen. A puffed up 1080p camera would have been better. The sound output from the Bang & Olufsen brand speakers is loud and clear, which is what I’ve experienced while playing games like GTA V and watching movies like Mortal Kombat, among other things.
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Overall, this Envy laptop scored 5357 points in PCMark 10, the benchmark that simulates real-world productivity and content creation experiences. Even with intensive use, there were no freezing problems or the device hardly got warm. This experience is extended to the well-arranged keyboard as well. With just the right stroke, the keyboard can be typed comfortably. The key combination with backlight to toggle between off and on (two levels) makes it easier to work in poor lighting conditions.
By adding onboard security features, HP has replaced one of the dedicated control buttons with a biometric (fingerprint) scanner, which could be a cause for concern if you are addicted to using the right button. Unlike select Lenovo devices that have a physical trigger on the webcam, HP has chosen a more sophisticated method by adding that function to a function key. There is also a physical button to turn off the microphone.
Another compelling reason to consider this powerhouse is the battery backup. It’s packaged in a 4-cell 63.3W lithium-ion polymer that HP claims can last for 13 hours. The Envy 14 lasted a little over 9 hours for me in high brightness for documenting, browsing, editing pictures, experimenting with video content and playing games.
With a price of 1,24,900 rupees, the HP Envy 14 is a powerhouse. Although HP calls it a portable creative studio, this is a great business device.
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