HP Envy 14-eb review – Good all-round ultrabook – LaptopSpirit – Laptop sold

Users looking for a versatile laptop can now also switch to more compact models, as its length is limited to 15 inches. Among them is the HP Envy 14, an ultrabook that weighs barely 1.5kg despite having a dedicated graphics card (GTX 1650 Ti). Enough to play on the go but also to attract video creators who will be able to take advantage of CUDA acceleration in Premiere Pro (among other things). But these are not the only advantages of the HP Envy 14 as we will do with this test.

HP Envy 14-eb features

screens) 14″ WUXGA Full HD + IPS Fine Edges 100% sRGB 400cd/m² (1920 x 1200, anti-reflective)
Healer Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake (2.4GHz, 4 cores, TDP 15W)
RAM is installed 16 GB DDR4 3200MHz (soldered)
Graphics Card NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6 Max-Q, Intel Iris Xe Optimus
storage 512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe, TLC)
connectors 2 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 4 Type-C Thunderbolt 4, 1 HDMI 2.0, 1 microSD port
network Wi-Fi Ax (2 x 2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.0
Backlit keyboard yes
Windows Hello Yes, via the fingerprint reader
Sound system 2 Bang & Olufsen speakers, HP Audio Boost
The operating system Windows 11 64 bit
Declared autonomy / battery 10 Hours / Li-Ion 4 Cells 63.3Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 1.49 kg / 313.1 x 224 x 17.9

HP Envy 14 – Body / Design

Externally, it is difficult to imagine a more discreet laptop. Its gray aluminum finish associated with the unstructured HP logo now allows the Envy 14 to blend into any environment, including a professional environment that wouldn’t be referenced in a conference room. The interior is equally elegant.

The ending does not call for reproach. Some areas, especially in the center of the keyboard and screen, are sensitive to strong pressure but this remains consistent with the mid-range mode of the HP laptop (available from 1000 euros).

Access to components is simple but insignificant apart from the SSD and the ability to remove dust after a few months of use.

HP Envy 14 – Connectors / Ports

The connection side, the necessary is present. There are two USB-A ports, a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port compatible with charging, not to mention there’s an HDMI out and a combo jack/microphone jack. A micro-SD reader is also included. No doubt some have appreciated the presence of a second USB-C port, but recharging by default entrusts it to a special port, it is not a problem.

HP Envy 14 – Audio System

Patterns on top of the chassis can cast doubt on the presence of the speakers. This is not the case, these are already on the underside of the chassis at the level of the wrist rests. The partnership with Bang & Olufsen is probably a bit overkill, as the sound delivered is simply average. A warmer sound with more bass would be welcome. However, we appreciate the impressive level of detail and excellent spatial customization despite the Envy 14 ultrabook’s compact size.

HP Envy 14 – Keyboard / Touchpad

On the contrary, the keyboard is an excellent surprise. If the size of the keys is common (15.3 x 15.1 mm – 3.5 mm of space), large stroke (1.5 mm) and above all, perfect damping allow you to enjoy particularly pleasant and discreet typing.

There is an adjustable backlight according to two intensity. Just like a Windows Hello compatible fingerprint sensor to unlock your session without having to enter your password. Its unusual location – below the keyboard on the right – will undoubtedly include a small period of adaptation for those accustomed to using the Ctrl key usually located in this place.

The touchpad benefits from a smooth and wide surface (115 x 75 mm). It is effective to use.

HP Envy 14 – Screen

Don’t be fooled by this thick bottom border, the HP Envy 14 has a 16:10 panel. An asset to take advantage of the extra 120px height. But this is not its only strong point. The AU Optronics (AUO9390) panel also provides full sRGB space coverage. The contrast ratio (1576:1) is set at medium high. Maximum brightness was also measured with 505 nits. The original white point is around 6000K, just below the standard but here again, it’s rather an asset for people sensitive to color accuracy (not to mention a DeltaE of less than 2 after characterization).

HP offers on some high-end versions of the Envy 14, a 2.2K panel. A slight excess of pixels allows you to take advantage of the increased definition (2240 ​​x 1400 pixels) and with it a feeling of greater sharpness. If you can, we recommend that you choose one of these models.

The webcam is located in its usual place, in the middle of the top standing portion of the slab. The quality remains very average with a stark lack of detail, even when the light is good. A common complaint with the majority of laptops on the market.

HP Envy 14 – Performance

Especially since the other advantage of the Envy 14 with its 2.2K screen mentioned above is that it carries more powerful Intel processors. In this case, Core i7-11390H, a quad-core CPU but with a TDP of 35W versus 28W for the Core i-7-1165G7 found in our model.

However, in practice, the differences will be limited between the two treatments. The graphics part has been delegated to the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (or even the RTX 3050 in the most powerful configuration). This provides a certain flexibility both for gaming and for accelerating certain computational operations with programs able to take advantage of GPU acceleration (via OpenCL and/or Cuda).

Tests were conducted using the Windows 11 High Performance profile associated with the HP Command Center Performance Benchmark. According to our measurements, it is the best option to take advantage of the best performance with the HP Envy 14. However, the differences are often maintained, we advise you to choose the balanced profile that offers the advantage of ventilation more conservatively

HP Envy 14 – Noise/Noise/Temperature Pollution

A powerful configuration can make you fear the worst in terms of inconvenience. Good surprise, noise is well controlled on the HP Envy. Fans are mostly unemployed with light duties. If necessary, it triggers after a short minute of intense pressure at a first level of about 42 dB and then 44 dB or even 51 dB if you choose the HP Command Center performance profile.

In terms of temperature, the processor displays between 85 and 90 degrees Celsius on average when the graphics card stays in the range of 65-70 degrees Celsius. Normal values ​​for a configuration of this type in a thin body laptop.

HP Envy 14 – Autonomy / Battery

Nomads will also appreciate the average 10 hours of autonomy provided by the Envie 14 (WiFi active, brightness at 140 nits).

The power supply measures 14 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm and weighs 265 grams. It is also possible to use a USB-C charger, but the latter will use the only port available in this format.

Our review of the HP Envy 14

With the Envy 14, HP intends to make a place for itself in the closed-circuit of 14-inch ultrabooks equipped with a dedicated graphics card. The American giant arrives with a balanced model with multiple advantages: a well-finished chassis with a discreet design, a screen in 16:10 format or even one of the most comfortable keyboards at the moment. But the Envy 14 can count on an additional argument during this sales period at a price that drops to €999. What makes it more attractive.

4 out of 5 stars

HP Envy 14 4/5 . Record

strength point
Sober look, nice ending
weight contained
sRGB panel in 16:10 بتنسيق format
Comfortable keyboard
Dedicated graphics card
for review
1 USB-C port
bad webcam
(screen circumference is not more aesthetic)

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