HP Envy 15-1060ea - 15.6in Laptop - HP Envy 15-1060ea

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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For all the aesthetic frippery, though, it's really the hardware inside the Envy 15 that sets it apart. Kicking things off is the quad-core Intel Core i7-720QM, whose 1.6GHz core clock speed is slightly misleading. Low as this may sound, its ability to turn off unused cores and divert power to others (what Intel calls Turbo Boost) allows the 720QM to run as high as 2.8GHz. As we found in the Novatech X70 CA, it performs very well indeed and as such it puts the Envy 15 into a different league of performance than Apple's Core 2 Duo-equipped MacBooks.

This bleeding-edge CPU is backed by a plentiful 4GB of DDR3 RAM, with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium installed to keep it happy. There's also a fast 7,200rpm 320GB hard drive, which could only be improved upon by adding a prohibitively expensive SSD. Added to the ATI Mobility Radeon 4830 graphics, which boasts a useful 1GB dedicated video memory, the Envy 15 should trample over most tasks.

It does. While the Novatech does best it in PCMark Vantage, primarily thanks to its even more powerful graphics, an overall score of nearly 6,000 still makes the Envy 15 the second fastest laptop we've ever tested. This makes it perfect for any number of tasks, such as HD video editing or anything that will tax all four of those cores.

This excellent performance extends to gaming as well. In Trackmania Nations (our casual gaming benchmark) it produced a very comfortable 83.5 frames per second - around 20fps more than the recently reviewed Sony VAIO CW. Our STALKER: Call of Pripyat is a little more taxing, giving us a barometer for more recent titles. Here the Envy 15 also performed well, producing an average 45.3fps across its four tests. We wouldn't qualify this system as a gaming one as such, but this clearly shows it's more than capable in this arena.

Like most laptops the system gets pretty noisy when playing games, but it also gets very warm. Indeed this is true of any intensive task, be it taxing for the GPU or CPU. We wouldn't say it was a dangerously warm machine; a menagerie of vents all round the machine help dissipate heat and the palm rest area only ever gets lukewarm, but anyone with a nervous condition about such matters will pause for thought. Vitally, however, when all the system's power isn't required the CPU is very good at clocking down and containing any such heat issues, so it's rarely a problem during regular use.


December 1, 2009, 1:09 pm

The HP Envy machines are a disaster. As you state, it's clearly work in progress but would the likes of Apple release a machine that's half baked?

I know two people that ordered the Envy and they returned them. I think you were very kind with the review, I think anyone that had paid out of their own pocket for this machine would be hard pushed to score it anything above a 3!

The keyboard itself isn't too bad, but it's the touchpad that's the real issue. Bearing in mind this is how the user interacts with the machine, I can't see how something that has been so badly implemented ever made it to market.


December 1, 2009, 5:57 pm

Interesting review, I had been considering one of these however the lack of the 1080p screen compared with the USA version for pretty much the same price points just seems an insult. Coupled with your review and others I have seen they really did drop the ball with this machine. Too bad.


December 1, 2009, 6:23 pm

I'm considering a new i7 based laptop for purchase next year. Interested in the Envy models and Elitebook range from HP as it's definately time to upgrade from my HP n610c! This model looks quite promising, but then the keyboard looks quite poor and the screen resolution is poor beyond belief. I mean, even my 6-7 year old n610c has a 14.1" screen with 1440 x 1050 resolution! It's such a shame that high spec notebook is let down with a few below par features. Is trustedreviews going to get the Elitebook 8540w or 8740w models in for review? From what I've heard they have all the right specifications including proper keyboard and full HD resolution screen in a 15.4" and 17" size.

Peter 9

December 1, 2009, 6:42 pm

As a cheaper alternative it's worth looking at the new HP DV6-2060ea. it has a lot of the same features as the Envy, but can be had for around £850.


December 2, 2009, 12:41 am

I was looking very closely at this laptop but it just costs too much!

In the end I opted for the HP ProBook 5310m, it's aimed at the business user but it's very well put together as a machine and cost only £800!

The black aluminium casing is just very sexy and everyone loves it who I have shown it to. Same great isolated keyboard as most HP laptops have these days and a very speedy HDD.

The top of the range VQ470EA#ABU also features a in built in SIM slot for mobile broadband to make it look even slicker.

This less well known ultra portable laptop is a little gem.


December 2, 2009, 1:42 am

Buy a Macbook Pro and put Windows 7 on it. It's a far better option than getting an Envy.


December 3, 2009, 2:59 am

@Sleeper I would love a Macbook Pro but they need to hurry up and introduce it with the Core i7 which this laptop has. I use my laptop for recording multitrack audio and want as much power as I can get. The Core 2 Duo Macbook Pros just seems ridiculously overpriced at the moment given their last-gen architecture.

It would also be nice if they could make a laptop with good DPC latency like my Pentium M! Most Montevina laptops - Apple Included - have dreadful DPC spikes which make audio recording a real pain.

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