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HP Envy 6-1006ea – Usability, Screen and Speakers

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Keyboard

Usually we’re pretty happy with HP’s keyboards, and generally the company’s only second to Lenovo in providing consistently pleasant typing experiences. While feedback on the HP Envy 6-1006ea’s keys is a little shallow, there’s a positive click for each key, and layout is both logical and comfortable. Its lack of backlighting is expected at this price point.

Touchpad

The huge multi-touch touchpad, meanwhile, is a pleasure to use. Its concentric ring patterning provides just the right amount of resistance while its integrated ‘buttons’ are clearly marked and offer good feedback. It also sports a little feature common on HP laptops, where tapping the top left corner of the pad twice disables it, lighting up a tiny LED indicator to tell you so.

Screen

As affordable laptop screens go, the 1,366 x 768, 15.6in TN panel on the Envy 6-1006ea Sleekbook does a pretty good job. Dark detailing is good enough to spot even the subtlest distinctions, backlighting is even with minimal bleed, and colours seem reasonably vibrant, aided by a glossy finish.

Only viewing angles typically let the side down, with strong contrast shift across the board. Frankly, we can’t wait for IPS or a quality alternative to become the norm as it has in the tablet world.

Speakers

Unfortunately, despite the presence of a subwoofer to help them along, the speakers are pretty poor by any standard. The Beats endorsement is a bit of a gimmick, but it should stand for a minimum level of quality on speakers that gain its stamp.

This has clearly not been the case here, as even with the inessential Beats processing and “HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer” there’s about as much bass as a soprano’s tea party. On top of this, there’s severe distortion at anything close to maximum volume, and a lack of distinction that carries across the treble range. Maybe it’s a ploy to make you buy Monster Beats headphones

Ben S

March 25, 2013, 4:56 pm

very good review, shame that laptops seem to be going backwards specwise. This was the only comparable laptop to one I brought 5 years ago and now it is discontinued for a 4gb bright red all over model.

P Cooke

April 9, 2013, 7:19 pm

Very accurate review - I bought one for the portability, looks and the battery life. Crucially I need graphics that support Open 3GL based programs. Intel can't and diagonal lines look rubbish. AMD solves all these problems. This HP works very well in the real world. It came with Windows installed and I paid PC World On-line £349 delivered. A brilliant deal.

Joe Morgan

May 2, 2013, 1:25 pm

i wanna buy a dell inspiron

Charlie F

December 26, 2013, 6:09 pm

As a owner of this particular model, there is a major fault with the bezel coming apart from the screen! I've had this fixed twice now and it keeps on happening. It is such a great laptop but I feel that this fault ruins the whole laptop. If you are looking for a laptop with durability and portability, this isn't it, as it obviously can't handle the constant opening and closing of a laptop. However I do feel that the speakers are very good quality and aren't a negative like you have stated.

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