Rated 1 out of 5Â by Geo12H Very Big Disappointment
I bought one of the original HP envy laptops which I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality and performance so when it came time to replace I priced out some pretty high end custom laptops but eventually settled with the latest HP envy because the price and my personal experience with my current laptop. To say I was disappointed with the replacement is an understatement. I purchased the Windows 8.1 upgrade and within an hour I was wiping my hard drive and installing Windows 7. This is not HP's issue obviously but I will tell you with Windows 8.1 this machine performed terribly. I threw in a SSD and installed Windows 7 and its a whole different animal. The performance is fantastic but getting there was another story altogether. One of the things I loved about my first Envy is the software was set up and configured correctly and rock solid. Backing up and restoring was easy. The new laptop, when I installed Win 7 I found getting drivers was a total pain. When it started up, no network adapter drivers, no USB, no sound or graphics. No mouse, no network adapter, couldn't use a USB adapter temporarily to get the drivers because I had no USB drivers. I worked through all these issues so the only real disappointments I am left with are leap motion which is totally useless and the build quality of this laptop which is very cheap compared with my first envy. In a nutshell, setting up this laptop was a traumatizing experience, I find the build quality below standard and leap motion a useless feature. Not the same experience I had with my first HP Envy laptop.
April 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by kirkL good performance..skip the Leap feature
the overall performance is solid; the Leap feature is a total waste..it does NOTHING!! Battery life also is not good..maybe 3 hours..For this price, you can get a better computer than this.
March 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Angel41 Poor quality
First off, the leap motion technology is next to useless. When I got the computer the space bar wasn't working unless pressed in the exact middle. The quality of the parts was so poor that the space bar would bend on the sides like a flimsy wet noodle when pressed instead of the entire space bar going down to indicate the space button was being pressed. The sound on it is barely audible even though they advertise the "beats" as some great audio innovation. It really seems as though this computer was put together to maximize profits while skimping on quality. It was a really, really bad experience.
March 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Coelubris Love my new laptop
I bought this laptop because it has a combination of the features I want, and the things that excite me. It has the good sound that the Beats Audio speakers give, which I fell in love with from my last laptop, and it has a gorgeous, incredible graphics display that runs even the most demanding games I play with no trouble at all. In addition, it has some extra features that make this laptop a wonderful new piece of technology that I can use to continue learning and growing with. HP has met my high expectations, and exceeded them again.
March 12, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by atsanice lovelyBUT
It looks nice but has problems
PROS: Screen is good size and good resolution
Backlit keyboard makes work in low brightness areas easier
Touchpad seems to accept multitouch gestures
CONS: why not 1080p screen at this price
Keys smaller than the old 17" HPs and the whole keyboard flexes with each touch
Touchpad so unstable that it is never clear what screen will show up next.
Leap Motion has no software driver for use as trackpad replacement HP phone help now says leap is only for gaming someday this might change to make it a PRO
Too much software preloaded
March 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mfree Great Upgrade From Windows Vista!
I chose this laptop because I needed to upgrade from a Vista laptop I had since 2008. I was initially concerned about upgrading to a Windows 8 laptop because I'm a PC person, but I heard that Windows 8.1 restored many of the PC features from previous Windows PC's. I'm proud to say that this laptop does not disappoint.
One of the main reasons why I chose this particular laptop was that I was able to customize it and it has a 17-inch screen. I'm planning to edit a lot of old home videos and I needed a computer that can handle the processing speed and memory. Thus, I customized this laptop with a Blu-ray burner, 16 GB of RAM, 1080p screen, 2 TB hard drive, etc. I really like the performance and speed of this laptop, such as the i7 processor.
The Windows interface is fairly similar to Windows Vista. When the computer first booted up, it went directly to the traditional Windows desktop instead of the new Start menu (with the Windows tiles and apps). I thought this was a great thing because I prefer the traditional Windows desktop experience rather than the Windows tiles and apps. This laptop provided a great transition for me to stay on top of the latest Windows experience. Even though I use the traditional desktop most of the time, I still sometimes click on the Windows icon on the bottom left corner of the desktop to go to the Start menu to use certain apps. Some of the apps I use include Netflix and VEVO. The use of these apps also provide the laptop with a more mobile experience. I also have several programs pinned to the Start menu such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, etc. I also really like that I can quickly go from the Start menu to the desktop (and back again) by clicking on the Windows icon.
I have not tried using the "Leap Motion" feature yet, but for now I don't have a reason for using it because I haven't found any apps that I would like to use for it. The other thing that I have to get used to is that I have to right click on the Windows icon (while on the desktop) in order to gain access to many of the features on previous Windows (such as the control panel, programs, etc.). I'm so used to just clicking the Windows icon to get to the features and inadvertently going to the new Start menu.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase of this laptop and I'm planning on keeping it as long as my previous laptop (5-6 years).
March 3, 2014