The HP Envy is a notebook Laptop featuring the latest from the FX-line up, commonly known as Carrizo. The notebook has a sturdy aluminum lid branded with a mirrored HP logo.
Underneath the lid, we see a 15.6 inch 1366x768 touchscreen. While the resolution seems laughable, the FX-8800P is capable of 1920x1080 (1080P HD) VSR(Virtual Super Resolution), which makes for a vivid and sharp picture.
Just below the large screen, rests a full-size chicklet keyboard complete with a num-pad and media keys. My experience with the keyboard is very positive, with the keyboard recognizing all of my keystrokes, while the keys themselves are not too "mushy"
Inside the system,we find the Pride and Joy of this system, The FX-8800P Carrizo APU.
This is a quad-core APU (This uses the same model as the Desktop FX chips; being two cores four modules, thus being quad core) capable of clock speeds up to 3.4Ghz (However, in the case of this specific laptop, the TDP is limited to 15 watts which seems to limit the clock speed to 2.5GHZ). This APU also features Radeon R7 graphics.
Under the hood, we find 6GB of 1600Mhz DDR3, in the configuration of one 2GB stick and one 4 GB stick both manufactured by Hyundai Electronics.
We also find a 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, a Western Digital Blue, to be exact.
The HP Envy has a 3 Cell Lithium Ion battery that Is not replaceable(without dismantling the laptop). This battery takes around 2 hours to fully charge and on average has gotten me through around 2 days of use. However, when using playing playing games between classes, the laptop would only last around 10 hours. This is to say, that gaming (Terraria, Minecraft, CaveStory) will substantially decrease battery life.
While using this laptop, I have watched Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Crunchy Roll etc, without a hitch. After going through all of the streaming sites that I could think of, I then decided to test files that I had stored locally. It was at this point I was surprised. I was able to watch 4K video without any problems at all. 3840x2160 video without a hitch.Pretty Sweet.
However, gaming is not to be done on this laptop. Due to HP limiting the cTDP to 15W, the GPU and CPU portions of the 8800P cannot both be clocked up at the same time, thus resulting in getting poor frame rates due to low CPU or GPU clock speeds. Games like Terraria, Minecraft, Cavestory, and The Binding Of Isaac are able to be played however.
This Laptop is wonderful for a student. the touchscreen allows for easy access between applications and opens up some pretty smooth transitions while using web browsers. My personal favorite application of the touch screen is the ability to touch the text you need to edit while in an essay or long writing assignment. This is something that I use every time that I write, and will not be able to go back. VSR to 1080P gives this laptop plenty of screen real estate. As a summary, the 15.6" Touchscreen combined with the VSR capabilities of the 8800P makes this a spectacular buy for students or working needing plenty of room for activities.
My final verdict on this laptop:
Great Build Quality
Backlit Keyboard with numpad
Cons: Not for Gamers
Battery Life can be a bit short
I recommend this laptop for a worker or student who needs a workhorse capable of plowing the fields and playing a little. That is to say, a laptop that can get all of the work done and still allow for light gaming and heavy media comsumption.
Nice review, very much detailed! Question, how much do these laptops run? Are the speakers in the laptop any good? Never heard that brand before.
The Laptop currently retails for around 600-650USD. I think that the speakers sound very good. I was informed today that B&O are apparently a very major brand, some say even the best sound in the world.
Not a bad review,
Just a thought though, maybe a few CPU + Ram bench marks instead of the 10 CrystalDiskMark benches might not be a bad idea?
Seeing as the major selling point of this laptop is the fact it's a Carrizo APU i'm just thinking that showing off that portion instead of the HDD might be better
While I wholehearted agree, due to the limitations that HP imposed on the chip this is not an accurate representation of the 8800p. To be honest I feel that the use of the 8800p in this laptop is a waste, as they could have used a lesser variant of Carrizo and gotten the same performance. I will post them as soon as I have Internet access on my laptop though. I appreciate the feedback Bilko
Yes while that is true it is still a Carrizo APU nevertheless and since it has been locked down to fit inside the 15w TDP bracket then how is performance affected?
Those are the questions i have about it
I find myself generally disappointed with the selection of Carrizo laptops thus far. APUs can game decently (otherwise why are both the PS4 and XBOne using them?), so where are the 35-watt Carrizo laptops with Freesync? I don't have to have the thinnest/lightest laptop out there. Give me something that has a respectable 1080p display, good cooling, and doesn't feel like a toy. I bet the demo units AMD had Shuttle produce are much better than most of what is out there with Carrizo right now.
I would slightly disgree about gaming ability for this laptop. Its certainly not a 'gaming laptop' but it can do it with lowered expectations. Games like Starcraft 2, Borderlands 2, Deus Ex Human Revolution are playable on lower settings like medium etc. League of Legends plays fine but that's not the newest game either. Slower moving turn based games like Heroes of Might and Magic or Civilization would work. Basically don't try to run something really high end like Battlefield 4. So while you shouldn't buy this laptop if gaming is a priority as a secondary occasional use with the right games it can work.
In my experience, I haven't gotten this laptop to do any thing like that at all. It was getting around 15FPS in menus for some games, once the action started I started to see single digit frame rates. This is at stock resolution on low settings, while plugged into the while, in the performance preset. I'm glad to hear that you're having better results with it though.
I couldn't agree with you more. I think that all of the available laptops are very lackluster, but lets hope that something better is in the future for us.