HP Envy 6 review

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The HP puts in a solid performance elsewhere, too. The wristrest and keyboard base are both strong, with little in the way of unwanted flex, and the base is similar – a little give, but nothing to worry about. The only evidence of weakness comes from the screen, which bows slightly under pressure.

The keyboard’s layout is sensible, and the typing action is pleasingly crisp and responsive, with the firm base making up for the lack of travel on the keys. HP hasn’t managed to cram in a number pad, but our only criticism is reserved for the spacebar – it may be wide, but its loud clicking is a constant mild irritation.

HP Envy 6

If there’s a stumbling block, it’s the touchpad. It’s milled from metal, just like the chassis, but it’s also got a textured pattern of concentric circles that we didn’t warm to. It’s no deal breaker, but we’d prefer a smoother, less textured feel. Otherwise, though, the touchpad is entirely serviceable. The buttons are integrated into the touchpad’s wide surface, with the whole pad giving way under the finger and two-fingered presses acting as a right-click.

The HP’s 15.6in screen is entirely unremarkable. The 1,366 x 768 resolution doesn’t make the most of the ample panel size, and the image quality all but gives away the HP’s budget beginnings. The brightness level of 189cd/m2 sees it struggle to remain legible outdoors, and while the contrast ratio of 277:1 is pretty good by budget standards, the washed-out colour palette fails to make the most of movies and photographs.

That display puts a dampener on proceedings, but HP Envy 6 plays its trump card at the checkout. At £499 inc VAT, this laptop is substantially cheaper than the Ultrabooks it imitates. The AMD processor lags behind its Intel rivals for raw processing power, but with ample performance for everyday tasks and capable gaming potential, it isn’t hard to see the appeal. If you’re searching for a slim, stylish machine that’s more affordable than Intel-based rivals, this is a fine compromise.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions374 x 253 x 20mm (WDH)
Travelling weight2.4kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorAMD A6-4455M
RAM capacity6.00GB
Memory typeDDR3

Screen and video

Screen size15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 7500G
HDMI outputs1


Hard disk usable capacity465GB
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)1
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readerno
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use7hr 27min
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.37
Responsiveness score0.51
Media score0.39
Multitasking score0.20

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7

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