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HP ENVY NV4-1130US 14" Ultrabook

  • Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz
  • 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD + 32GB SSD
  • 1366 x 768, Intel HD Graphics 4000
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Krish S.
  • 2/27/2013 11:07:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggscorrection

Pros: In my review I mentioned that only one dimm was available for RAM upgrade and that the rest of the ram was soldered on board. That was wrong and resulted from bad research. There are two easy to reach dimm slots. Noticed it when I was upgrading the hdd to a samsung series 840 256GB SSD. Also an easily accessible 32gig msata ssd for ssd caching.

Sorry for the mistake and hope the correction helps.

Cons: Still the same cons I listed in my original review.

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  • Justin S.
  • 2/24/2013 10:03:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid 4 egg machine

Pros: --The build quality is good on this computer, and this was very important to me considering that I carry my laptop with me regularly.

--I was looking at business class notebooks at a comparable price range or even a bit more expensive, and while there were some solid business machines, I didn't see any of them with features such as backlit keyboard, 32gb SSD for caching, decent webcam, etc that this machine had.

--I like the feel of the keyboard and the backlight on it is fantastic. It does not bleed from around the keys very much at all which is great.

Cons: --The screen is probably the weak point of the machine but is certainly manageable. First of all, adjusting the graphics settings like other reviewers have suggested is helpful with the dullness of the screen out of the box (I will post the values I used at the end of the review)... Since the color problem can be resolved, the main problem with the screen is really that vertical viewing angle is pretty small. Thankfully, the hinges on the computer are good and so the computer is easy to vertically adjust. The horizontal viewing angles are actually pretty good and so if multiple people are looking at the screen, the picture will be fine so long as the vertical angle is aligned.

--The computer attracts fingerprints quite a bit. I do not understand if brushed aluminum is just naturally like that, and that is still why computer manufacturers still use it, but is unfortunate nonetheless. I think I will definitely keep microfiber cloths around for this one.

Other Thoughts: --Windows 8 can be easily altered to essentially function like Windows 7. I don't understand what all the hullabaloo is about. If you install Classic Shell to replace the start button and turn off edge swiping, Win 8 is very similar to Win 7. Click the Desktop icon as soon as Windows starts up on the Metro screen and you'll never have to deal with Metro. It will be basically the Win 7 desktop feel with a few enhancements to file explorer provided by Win 8 and Classic Shell.

--I've given the Turbo Boost enhancement on the Ivy Bridge/ HD 4000 combo a few good tests by running Google Maps. On my home internet connection, it runs Maps a bit better than my last laptop which had a AMD Turion/ Radeon HD 5450 dedicated GPU combination and ran Maps acceptably.

Overall, I'd say the computer is a great buy in this price range. HP seems to have put out a pretty good computer for what I needed. The performance is snappy, the construction is solid, and the added features are great. The screen is not particularly great but adjust the graphics properties and pay attention to the vertical viewing angle, and it is fine. It does prevent it from being a 5-star machine, however.

The graphics settings I used are: Brightness: -13; Contrast: 47; Gamma: 0.8; Hue: 0; Saturation: 11... Access these settings by right-clicking the desktop and selecting Graphics Properties, then selecting basic settings and Display> Color Enhancement.

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  • Krish S.
  • 2/16/2013 9:36:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIts a keeper

Pros: Let me start off by saying that i don't do a lot of reviews but the lack of reviews on this ultrabook almost stopped me from buying it. Anyway, here goes:

1. Build quality is top notch

2. Backlit keyboard is very handy. Its a white backlight and i am happy to say there isn't a lot of light bleeding through the keys.

3. The touchpad is important, especially with Windows 8 and i am happy to say it worked perfectly out of the box.

4. My other usual pet peeve is fan noise. With these ultra low voltage ivy bridge chips, there is no excuse to always have the fan running. Happy to report that fan noise is not disruptive even when the CPU ramps up.

5. Don't care to comment on the beat audio hype but as far as laptop speakers go, these are decent enough. No complains.

6. 14 inch form factor gives it a perfect footprint for mobile productivity and the light weight helps too.

7. Finally, initially i thought it was a hybrid drive but reading further, it seems that its a 500 gig 5400 rpm hdd with a 32gig msata drive. I have a 256gb samsung series 840 ssd standing by to replace the mechanical hdd but to be honest this thing is super snappy with very fast boot times. The third gen core i5 and 6 gigs of RAM are great as well. As far as upgrading RAM goes, its typical ultrabook fare where 4 gigs is soldered on and there is one DIMM slot to possibly upgrade. Not quite sure what the RAM can be maxed to but i would assume 8 gigs tops would be cheap to do and suffice quite well.

8. Another very important thing for laptops as far as i am concerned is wireless connectivity and again happy to list that as a strength for this ultrabook.

Summary: With a $50 rebate, this was an all around solid buy for $600. I am a bit of a tech addict (if you are on this site, then you probably are too!) and am guilty of changing my equipment all the time but i fully intend to use this as my daily driver for a long time.

Cons: not really cons but here are things that i can live with but wouldn't mind if there were improvements:
1. Screen. Usual 1366x768 resolution glossy screen. My 5 year old dell d620 had a 14inch 1600x900 matt finish screen that trumped this in every way. That being said, I can look at this screen all day and not be too bothered by it. I would class it as acceptable.

2. Battery is a 4 cell and again it is ok. Not sure i was able to get the claimed 5 hour life but heavy usage on about 60% brightness yielded some 4 hours and change. Again, an acceptable performance.

3. FINGER PRINT MAGNET. Outer lid and even the red finish base is not immune to finger prints. A cool skin for the top outer lid might be in order.

Other Thoughts: A few cons prevent this from being a 5 star laptop for me but i do believe the bang for your buck is amazing. There is a plethora of $600 ultrabooks popping up and this makes a compelling case for itself. Looks like with any ultrabook, it is a bit of a pain to upgrade hdd and ram but at least its upgradable. I recommend this if you are in the market for a ultrabook at this price point. Thanks for reading my review, i don't do a lot of reviews so hopefully this helped you make up your mind.

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  • Justin G.
  • 2/12/2013 4:32:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNew HP Envy NV4

Pros: Very fast, the startup time is under 10 seconds, and no issues when navigating. The processor is good, comes with 6gb ram and is lightweight. Newegg shipping is awesome and it turns out there's a $50 mail-in-rebate right now.

Cons: The only con isn't really a con for me. It isn't a touch screen, which when I ordered I didn't think and I really don't need. However after I ordered I looked up online and I found things that said it was a touch screen so I got pumped up. However, it isn't, which newegg didn't say it was so it's no big deal.

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  • Shane W.
  • 2/11/2013 8:26:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great, looks really polished

Pros: I love the HDD/SSD combo. Win8 is zippy and startup takes no time! The beats audio is nice too. Also, it looks really clean and polished. The trackpad is a nice size and I'm glad that HP didn't try to squeeze a num pad onto a 14" ultrabook. Is lighter than it looks yet feels really sturdy. The backlit keys are a nice tough too.

Cons: There is a big sticker to the left of the trackpad. It's not a huge deal but requires some goo-gone to get the sticky residue off. Also, the function buttons operate as function keys secondary. This is a bummer if you like to hit F5 a lot.

Other Thoughts: This is the 3rd HP I've bought in the past 6 years. Not because they break, but because I really like HP! I bought myself a 17" in 2007 and my wife got a 10" in 2010. This laptop is replacing my 17". So far I'm pleased with the screen size. The black and red color scheme is also pretty cool.

Lastly, I don't know what the other guy was talking about. ultrabooks don't need to be touch screen in order to be considered an ultrabook.

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  • Eric D.
  • 2/8/2013 8:53:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHP Envy 4

Pros: Lightweight, looks great. Starts quickly.

Cons: Wasnt loaded with the software for touch screen. Windows is showing nothing, not to happy, thought it was an "ultrabook", guess not.

Other Thoughts: New eggs shipping is very fast, but I should have went to a store and looked before buying online.

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