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

Andy Vandervell

By Andy Vandervell



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Another feature HP makes something of is the presence of an instant-on OS. It's another re-skinned version of DeviceVM's Splashtop, which this time goes by the name of ENVY IOS. Strangely there's no dedicated button for booting into it, and instead it appears at the beginning of the boot process and times out if you choose not to use it. This timeout it set to 15 seconds by default, but can be reduced to as little as three seconds using the configuration tool in Windows - where you can also turn the feature off altogether. Web browser excluded, however, the Splashtop OS is of arguable benefit and we can see most people turning it off.

That said, considering the battery life of the Envy 15, using the less demanding Envy IOS mightn't be such a bad idea. In MobileMark's Productivity test the Envy lasted just two hours and 25 minutes, a figure slashed to just 81 minutes in the DVD playback test. These aren't terrible results for such a powerful machine, but you won't be going far without the power supply - which is rather large, so you probably won't want to carry it around.

HP does have a solution, though, in the form of a slim-fit extended battery that attaches to the bottom of the laptop. Unfortunately this is an optional extra and as yet we haven't seen anyone, HP UK included, selling it - it's a $125 extra on HP's US website. According to HP this can extend battery life to 'up to seven hours' when working in conjunction with the normal, removable six-cell battery. This is obviously a very cool feature, though one that will inevitably add bulk and thus make the Envy 15 considerably less portable.

This is another example of how the Envy 15 is a very innovative machine, but its innovation is somewhat haphazard. It's an impressive feat to make such a powerful laptop so sleek and portable, not to mention attractive, but the amount of heat and noise created when it's taxed makes one wonder about the wisdom of such a move.

It's really a lack of attention to detail that undermines it, though. Clearly the touchpad is the main culprit here, but the keyboard is also problematic and we find it difficult to reconcile the mediocre display to the price of this machine. In a sense, the latter problem is a localised one, in the US you get the brighter, Full HD display, but that'll be little solace to UK buyers.

Given all these issues, we'd sooner recommend something like the Dell Studio XPS 16. These days it also offers a Core i7 processor, but the options for a 1,920 x 1,080 white-LED backlit display or the outstanding RGB-LED backlit option are more in line with our expectations. It might not be as portable as the Envy 15, but it's probably a good deal more sensible.


There's no denying the impulsive appeal of the Envy 15: it's an innovative, attractive and incredibly powerful machine. Unfortunately, though, it seems like a work in progress. Hopefully HP will nail the formula if and when it revisits the concept.


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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