HP Envy 14-inch (2021) Review

In this article, I give you my HP Envy 14-inch (2021) review with specs included.

This is the 2021 hp envy 14 and you know you might feel sometimes like laptops and technology or stagnating not moving along but then you look at something like this and you realize you know things are actually looking up this is a 14 inch obviously 14 inch ultrabook not very big right aluminum chassis that’s all nice that’s all good that’s an enemy for you but this brings some of the goodness of what the envy 15 was down to a pretty compact portable size so we have intel 11th gen cpus inside the ultrabook cpus and we have nvidia gtx 1650 ti max q graphics inside so it’s quite powerful for something this compact and the battery life isn’t bad either so hey that’s not too bad well how’s the rest of it we’re going to look at it now so honestly it’s hard to fault the envy line and there’s a reason why it’s popular it’s that premium without the psycho price tag kind of laptop you have a definite chill low-key design aluminum chassis that i like you know no dated funny angles and bling that might not look good a couple of years from now it’s all good the seams are all nice and flush on it there’s no creaking it’s pretty solid the stuff that you would expect for around a thousand dollars man up front and in fact our configuration with the nvidia dedicated graphics a core i5 which isn’t a slot which is about 10 slower than the core i7 and 16 gigs of ram and 256 gig ssd right now is going for about 1250 on amazon and best buy now if you’re building your own on hp’s website and you say oh man i want that core i7 but you can get that it’s like 50 more in fact on hp’s website that also takes you from eight to 16 gigs but our best buy an amazon model is a 16 gig unit already the only thing that i would complain about a bit is the display this is a traditional clamshell laptop it’s not a convertible like the hp spectre x360 the display doesn’t go that far back some of you might want to tilt it a little further back and i i don’t know why i think it’s part of the the whole lid design where the lid lifts up the bottom a little bit and yeah anyway small things to complain about there the keyboard and trackpad on this are both pleasant the drawback with hp and their silvery laptops is that it’s a little hard to see the key masking once you put the back lighting on which is pretty bright and white it actually becomes easier but in that kind of middling light it’s a little indistinct looking the tactile feel is very nice on this there’s some spring and return and all that sort of thing it’s not ultra shallow or anything like that i like it pretty well and i also appreciate the fact that the power button may be embedded in the keyboard but it is not the uppermost right key where the delete key usually is so none of that whoopsie oh i want to hit the dell key and i turned off the laptop instead the trackpad is microsoft precision hp as usual large trackpad a little on the slipping side but i think most people will find it just fine by the way the very lowest end model that’s on hp’s website that’s like a thousand sixty nine dollars us dollars right now that’s the only one that does not have the dedicated graphics inside just says intel iris xe graphics so keep that in mind if you see it at a super super cheap price make sure if you do want the dedicated graphics on it uh by the way you still get the same dual fan design cooling even if you don’t have the dedicated graphics so that one must run super duper chill so you do have your choice of an intel core i5 or a core i7 cpu intel 11th gen tiger lake and those are 15 watt ultrabook cpus inside an intel iris xc graphics said switchable via optimus with the nvidia dedicated graphics on board so fairly powerful machine and given the fact that it does have dual fans and it’s a thin chassis but not like crazy thin and the cooling on this is pretty effective so that’s the other thing that’s nice to see often when we shrink these things down it gets to be tougher but as we’ve seen with the razer blade stealth and the very few others that have this level of gpu inside in a smallish package it is doable now for ram it’s soldered on board as it is with most ultrabooks you can get with eight or 16 gigs of ddr4 ram and it has one ammo.2 ssd slot so that is upgradable and you can get anywhere from 256 gigs which are 1250 model has all the way up to 2 terabytes if you’re buying to order on hp’s website intel wi-fi 6 is standard the ax201 card and we have a fingerprint scanner that’s pretty obviously embedded in the keyboard there it has its own dedicated key there is no windows hello ir camera now hp says the display on this is calibrated at the factory and it has a delta e of two or less that which is pretty good and believe me they didn’t go for less because it’s pretty decent calibration it’s not super duper wonderful spot on but it’s good enough probably for most people and if you’re really serious about your graphics work then you probably have a colorimeter anyway or you know to borrow one from work my one complaint about this display is the same as with almost all of hp’s higher end laptops the glossy display is so glassy looking so there’s a lot of reflectance and the default wallpaper that is shipped with which already has a kind of dark and dithered look didn’t help in any so if you boot it up and you see a sad looking wallpaper there change it before you make your judgment on the display but glare is a reality with this one it’s available with full hd plus 1920×1200 and you can get 400 nits either way but touch or non-touch are the two options no pin support with this one we have the touch screen option on ours the rest of the metrics you can see on screen they’re pretty good the contrast is pretty decent on this color gamut is pretty nice in this price range as well so it’s a pleasant display and if you’re looking to get into some photo or video editing and all that sort of thing the display is up to the job certainly and it looks very nice if you’re consuming media on it for a relatively compact laptop the port situation is pretty good since this is until 11th gen we have one thunderbolt 4 port which is also usbc so that handles display out thunderbolt docks as well as usb c dock so that’s good to see we have two usba 3.1 ports those are five gigabit per second hdmi 2.0 be a headphone jack and a micro sd card slot so no no dongle life here and that way it’s a little more appealing than the spectre x360 maybe and though it’s not per se a gaming laptop most obviously i know some of you do like to game a little bit and that gtx 1650 ti max q i will get you there with older games or less demanding games or with your settings put the low i mean i wouldn’t pick this one for cyberpunk 2077 maybe but if you’re looking at playing something like fortnite absolutely not a problem actually or even overwatch for this one here and it’s a 60 hertz refresh display so you’re not looking to push more frames than that unless you’re using a fancy external monitor anywhere so yeah you can it’s got a little bit of game too so that’s pretty nice as well as really being designed for creators who are doing a bit more graphically speaking maybe you’re getting into rendering blender that sort of stuff yeah so battery life you know sometimes dedicated graphics not so good well we have nvidia optimus switchable graphics here and these days optimus does a pretty good job of turning off the dedicated gpu when you don’t really need it 63 watt hour battery and 135 watt charger proprietary barrel pin style connector hp’s usual sort of bigger charger here because it’s beyond the usbc power delivery limit of 100 watts required and battery life on this is actually pretty good and some are charging times it can charge fully in less than two hours from empty to full yay that but i in mixed productivity use a little streaming video a little bit of photoshop your usual office that sort of thing with the display set at 200 it’s we were getting eight to nine hours now if you’re gonna do premiere or anything that’s going to involve the dgp you do expect the battery runtimes to go down a bit from that but yeah it’s not bad at all as per usual with hp we have bang olufsen branded stereo speakers and they’re pretty decent the volume is pretty good on this don’t expect an amazing base or something like that but not too bad at all to get inside you remove four torx t5 screws the ones at the front are shorter remember that when you put it back together again and it’s mostly easy to get off you use like a suction cup or something near the front end it pops up but the plastic clips and these back corners are really tenacious so you’re just going to have a little patience and use a guitar pick or a pry tool back edge as you can see extends down the vent area right there and the underside looks like that metal and here are our internals with two pretty good size fans here since we have that nvidia gtx 1650 ti max cuticle as well as the cpu here so nice fairly beefy design given the fact this is a compact 14 inch laptop the m.2 ssd is under this copper heatsink so you can upgrade that if you want to and the wi-fi card is soldered on board here so you’re not going to be able to upgrade that yourself that is located over here and ram of course is soldered on board and your choice is 8 or 16 gigs as per usual with most laptops these days the stereo speakers flank the battery in the front here and they are down firing towards the front of the laptop so that’s the hp envy 14 for 2021 this spectre x360 might envy it get it for its horsepower granted it’s not a convertible it’s not as thin and light as a specter x360 and there’s no oled 4k option but then this one’s a lot less expensive and again in this price range this is going to be one of the ones to be for those who are looking for some graphics um in a nice kind of classy well-built machine.

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HP Envy 14-inch (2021)