CES 2021: HP ENVY 14 Refreshedby Brett Howse on January 10, 2021 8:00 PM EST
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One of the best value laptops in HP’s lineup is their ENVY series. Featuring premium materials, the ENVY lineup brings a lot of the best of HP, without the higher price tag of some of their higher end lineups such as the Spectre series. For 2021, HP has refreshed the ENVY 14 with the latest internals, but also added a 16:10 display.
|HP ENVY Laptop|
Up to 4.2 GHz
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
|Display||14-inch 1920x1200 IPS
16:10 Aspect Ratio
|RAM||16 GB DDR4-3200 (not accessible)|
|Storage||256 GB M.2 PCIe|
|Networking||Intel AX201 W-Fi 6
|I/O||1 x Thunderbolt 4
2 x USB Type-A 5 Gbps
1 x Headset jack
1 x HDMI 2.0
Micro SD Reader
|Dimensions||313 x 224 x 18 mm
12.33 x 8.82 x 0.71 inches
|Weight||1.60 kg / 3.53 lbs|
HP ENVY 14
Powered by the latest Intel Tiger Lake platform in the Core i5-1135 G7, the new 14-inch ENVY gets off on the right foot, but the new laptop also features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q graphics card, meaning this portable laptop has some very powerful graphics available in a non-gaming laptop. The laptop offers 16 GB of DDR4-3200, and a 256 GB M.2 SSD.
The biggest change for this year though is the introduction of a taller 16:10 display, similar to what we’ve seen in several laptops over the last few months. The 1920x1200 resolution IPS panel offers 400 nits of brightness, and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. It also includes touch, and the bezels offer an 87% screen to body ratio.
The laptop features a sandblasted anodized aluminium finish, meaning it should not be as big of a fingerprint magnet as some of the glossier finishes.
The ENVY 14 offers lots of connectivity, with one Thunderbolt 4 port, as well as two USB Type-A ports for legacy devices. There is an HDMI 2.0 output, as well as a Micro SD card reader.
Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX201 network adapter powers the wireless, and brings with it Bluetooth 5.0.
The ENVY 14 offers an above average battery capacity, coming in at 63 Wh, so battery life should be quite good. It also features a 135-Watt AC adapter.
The new ENVY 14 will be available in January on HP.com starting at $999.
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jeremyshaw - Sunday, January 10, 2021 - linkOne thing that I often wonder about laptops that dump a lot of heat next to one hinge, do the hinges wear out at different rates?
That being said, if it's $1000 for the i5 Tiger Lake, GTX1650Ti, 16:10 400nit FHD, 16GB RAM, 256GB NVMe, 63Whr battery, and 1TB4, then the pricing doesn't seem too bad.
Samus - Sunday, January 10, 2021 - linkThis has been a design trend for a long time. Macbooks have exhausted heat onto the hinge\screen for 15 years. It used to be a problem with the backlighting was CCFL because the excess heat would kill the invertor but that's mostly irrelevant now with LED lighting as the driver is tiny enough to integrate onto the motherboard.
KaarlisK - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkNon-accessible DDR4 is an irritating tradeoff. It has the downside the it cannot be upgraded (same as always-soldered-down LPDDR4X), but does not have the 1.5x greater speeds of LPDDR4X.
Prestissimo - Monday, January 18, 2021 - linkYup, soldered DDR4 is a deal-breaker. Why not just make the laptop thicker and add 2 ram slots, a full sized SD reader and 2 more USB-C ports because people will absolutely use that TB4 for charging.
It's like manufacturers think it a sin to add any more chassis thickness. Well, at least Apple had the courage to make their MacBooks thicker last year after lots of consumer feedback.
scineram - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkNot Cézanne, not interesting.
lemurbutton - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkNot Apple Silicon, not interested.
nico_mach - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkOffering 16gb of RAM at the $1k level is a pretty compelling response when you get owned by the CPU that you don't produce yourself. I think this is as good as they can do.
Ultimately, Microsoft needs to get their platforms/frameworks lined up in a single direction for the future. A lot of the Apple Silicon performance comes from the intersection of their custom chip design and dev environment. Quallcomm's monopolistic mediocrity is only half the story.
lemurbutton - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkMost tests suggest that Apple Silicon's 8GB memory integrated into the SoC is more like 16GB.
lemurbutton - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkI, myself, upgraded from a 16GB Intel-based Mac to an 8GB Apple Silicon Macbook Air. The Apple Silicon Macbook Air definitely feels like a 16GB+ computer despite having only 8GB of RAM.
nico_mach - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - linkThat is definitely intriguing. I wasn't suggesting that the HP was better, but only that HP probably has the right response, given Wintel's shortcomings.