Sylish, magnesium-alloy frame; excellent LED display; jet-fast benchmark performance.
Expensive; mediocre battery life; no optical drive.
It's called the Envy 13 for a reason. From its magnesium alloy frame, to its beautiful display and its laser etched hand-rest, HP's Envy 13 is sure to turn a few of your friends green. The only setback to this ultraportable? It's going to cost you a lot of green, too. The system starts out at $1,450, and as configured here, costs $1725.
The Envy 13 looks a lot like a MacBook Pro. It has a beautiful and large island-style keyboard that was easy to type on almost immediately. Below it is a multitouch trackpad that worked well for zooming in and out of websites and photos. If you've never used a multitouch trackpad, think of it like an iPhone screen: Simply pinch to zoom in and pull your two fingers apart to zoom out.
The notebook's 13-inch LED HP Radiance Infinity widescreen display, with a 1366x768 resolution, was stunning while viewing photos and movies during our tests. Colors, in comparison to a standard glossy display on a Gateway notebook, popped off the screen. To keep the system thin and light, HP ditched the DVD drive altogether. An external DVD RW drive will set you back $50, or you can purchase a $200 Blu-ray drive. For a rich audio multimedia experience, HP includes Beats Audio support. We noticed an audio improvement while listening to the new LCD Soundsystem album over headphones, but not so much through the device's speakers.
Powered by Windows 7 Home Premium, the 3.7-pound Envy 13 is equipped with a 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L9600, 3GB of RAM, and a 160GB solid state hard drive (hence the price premium). The system also comes with a 2-in-1 card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an HDMI port for displaying video, photos, and more on an HD television.
|Zero Point ||Alienware M11x |
|Premiere Pro CS3 (sec)||1,260 ||2,400 (-47.5%) |
|Photoshop CS3 (sec) ||164||245 (-33.1%) |
|ProShow Producer (sec) ||1,482||1,198 (-25.8%) |
|MainConcept (sec)||2,453 ||5,040 (-51.3%) |
|Far Cry 2 (fps) ||13.0 ||18.2 |
|Call of Duty 4 (fps) ||25.5||35.8 |
|Battery Life||125||300 (140%)|
Our zero point notebook is an Asus N61J with a 2.26GHz Core i5-430M, 4GB DDR3/1066 RAM, a 500GB Seagate hard drive, a GeForce GT 325M, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Far Cry 2 tested at 1680x1050 with 4x AA; Call of Duty 4 tested at 1680x1050 with 4x AA and anisotropic filtering.
|HP Envy 13 |
|CPU||2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L9600|
|Chipset ||Mobile Intel 4 Series |
|Hard Drive ||160GB SSD |
|Ports||HDMI, 3.5mm, 2-in-1 Media Card, 2x USB 2.0 |
|Screen||13-inches 1366x768 pixel resolution |
|Lap/Carry||3 lb, 10 oz / 4 lb, 10 oz|