Rated 4 out of 5Â by TSpear As advertised
I purchased a custom built HP Envy 15z with an AMD A10-5750M and HD 8750M discrete card. These are the highlight of the laptop. While a bit underwhelming in DX9 games, once the hybrid crossfire kicks in between between the APU and GPU for Directx 11 titles it really shines. This combo is capable of running most DX11 titles at 1366 x 768, low to medium settings maintaining a fairly smooth 35-55 FPS. Consider it a future proofed budget gaming laptop.
Just a word of advice with the CPU, disable turbo boost. For whatever reason the AMD drivers like to constantly kick back and forth between turbo/non turbo, which in turns really increases the heat output. Since these chips will throttle themselves once they hit a specified thermal margin to keep the heat down, you can get a much more consistent computing/gaming experience with that feature deactivated.
That being said I did stick with the standard 1366x768 screen, as the hardware isn't powerful enough to drive 1080p gaming. The screen on here is noticeably cheap as there is a small amount of "pixel grain" on dark backgrounds, though I have seen worse on past laptops I have owned.
Another drawback with these units is that HP does not offer a 7200 RPM hard drive option. While I cannot speak for the hybrid drives HP offered as an upgrade, the standard 5200RPMs are extremely slow and in 2014 laptop manufacturers really need to stop skimping on the HDDs as they are largely responsible for the overall responsiveness of the OS. I would pay a few extra dollars to have a 7200 drive, even one with slightly less capacity. I do plan to install a SSD in the future.
The extra features included are nice. The Beats audio speakers beat standard laptop speakers by a mile. The fingerprint scanner is cool, even if I can't see myself ever using it. The touchpad is pretty mediocre, but easily remedied with a cheap wireless mouse. The keyboard really feels nice to type with and seems like it will last the lifetime of the laptop. The sleek silver exterior doesn't knock away any points either.
In summary, the Envy really makes a nice work laptop with the option for budget gaming when including the HD 8750M add-on. Just be aware, as other reviewers seem to not understand that the base 5400 RPM drives included will bottleneck the rest of the hardware when it comes to everyday web surfing and OS loading times. For what you pay for this laptop does offer above average value compared to the competition.
July 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by panki28 Not as described by HP
I just bought HP laptop ENVY 15z-j100 Notebook - Best Value and found that the fan was making too much noise. As claimed by HP to be high performance, I ran some games and found that it cannot run even Asphalt 8 smoothly. I performed the windows experience index score from cmd and found it to be 5.9. The graphics score was 5.9 while HP claims it to have one of the best graphics. I ran some performance tests which showed that the processor is not more than I3 while it is AMD A10 with 8GB RAM and Toshiba 1TB 5400RPM hard disk. I am very disappointed. It is not best value. The feature like backlit keyboard I like very much. I should get a replacement from HP.
July 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by gulk Disappointed
When I bought this HP laptop, I was hoping for similar or better performance than my wife's 2 year old HP laptop, because we were and still are very happy with it. She has an AMD dual core A8 and this one comes with similar AMD, but quad-core and newer generation, with some more RAM as well.
What a disappointment... Although using it mostly involves web browsing and other light applications. It got better when I replaced the default install of their anti-virus application (thanks for nothing, McAfee) and got rid of the bloatware, but it still is sloooow.
I was expecting loud fan (similar to the wife's HP) which it does have.
I don't want to blame too much on the hardware itself, because it's my first experience with Windows 8.1 and I'm unsure how taxing that OS is on the resources.
I'm thinking about installing Ubuntu and updating this review later if Ubuntu performs faster. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until I figure why (WHY???) burning the recovery DVDs always fail for the second out of 5!!!
All in all, fairly disappointed, maybe because of software, maybe because of hardware, but the way it is now isn't fun at all.
July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Meg1821 Great Gaming Capabilities
All i upgraded on this model was the gpu, i got the radeon 8750m discrete graphics. with the a8-5550m processor, It can run World of Warcraft on high, the elder scrolls online on high, pay day 2 on medium/high. All in all im super impressed. great buy, if you wanna game, this is the best option for the price 100%. It also shipped a day early, and arrived a day early.
July 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by 55HPUser55 Great Machine for the Price
Excellent laptop. It was a massive upgrade from my 6 year old dual core AMD processor HP. The fan is extremely quiet and positioned very well to keep cool air coming in. I went with the integrated graphics and the APU can handle 3D rendering for molecular dynamics with no problem. single/dual core tasks push the cores to turbo, but they don't heat up and maintain speed. Most applications I run can use all 4 cores leading to excellent performance. The battery life has been good(4-6 hours) and the build quality is very nice. The aluminum body helps keep the computer cool. Jury is still out on Windows 8
June 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Tech3 Great features, power, and looks
I went back and forth trying to decide which Envy 15 to buy. I ended up with the 15z - j100 that featured the A10 processor, 8 gigs of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and the backlit keyboard as upgrades. I am really happy so far, it will stream Pandora, download updates, surf the web, and Sync all at the same time. The stock graphics are really, really good extended to a 32" HD monitor, and with headphones the Beats audio shines. The only thing I would have liked to have is bluetooth, but for the price (640$), I'm not even complaining. It's easy enough to get an external DVD/CD drive to make up for this unit not having one, but most software is available for download these days. This is my nicest computer so far.
June 27, 2014