HP Envy 6 & 4 Ultrabooks & Sleekbooks

HP Envy 6 Ultrabook

The HP Envy 6 and 4 are recently launched laptop series, including 15.6″ and 14″ Ultrabooks and similar “Sleekbook” thin-and-light systems.

The main difference between the Envy Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks is that the former include a 32GB mSATA solid state drive for faster system responsiveness and Intel Ultrabook-related technologies such as Rapid Start, Identity Protection, Smart Response, and Intel Smart Connect, while the latter lacks these and optionally comes with the dedicated 2GB AMD Radeon HD 7670M video card. However, the biggest difference is use of AMD’s processors instead of Intel’s inside select Envy 6 Sleekbook models.

When it comes to differences between the Envy 6 and 4 series, the most significant and obvious are screen sizes of 15.6 and 14 inches, dimensions, and weight. Despite different display diagonal lengths, both laptops have the same resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The smaller version weighs about 4 pounds, while the larger one weighs around 4.75lbs. The Envy 6 & 4 Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks have the same rectangular-shaped cases with a simple and elegant aesthetics and 0.78-inch height.

All of the systems come with 4 cell batteries. Their battery lives vary and are generally shorter on the notebooks with larger screens, as well as on those with the dedicated video cards included. Hewlett-Packard claims the run time is up to between 8 and 8,5 hours, depending on configuration.

Delving further inside, the Envy 6 and 4 offer many 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core processor options from the power-efficient ultra-low voltage category. The choices range from 2nd Gen Intel Core i3-2367M with the Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics to the 3rd Gen i5-3317U with HD 4000. For more graphics oomph, customers are able to select the optional AMD 2GB Radeon HD 7670M video card, which is interestingly offred only in pair with the 2nd Gen CPUs.

The 6-series Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks start at $800 and $600, respectively, while these values for the smaller 4-series are $750 and $700.

Model name HP Envy 6 Ultrabook HP Envy 6 Sleekbook HP Envy 4 Ultrabook HP Envy 4 Sleekbook
Display 15.6″ BrightView (glossy) 1,366×768 14.0″ BrightView (glossy) 1,366 x 768
Processor and graphics 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor (1.6 GHz) + Intel HD
Graphics 3000

 

3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U Processor(1.7 GHz) + Intel HD Graphics 4000

 

2nd gen Intel Core i5-2467M Processor(1.6 GHz) + AMD 2GB Radeon HD 7670M
Discrete-Class Graphics

2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor (1.6 GHz) + Intel HD
Graphics 3000

 

3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U Processor(1.7 GHz) + Intel HD Graphics 4000

 

2nd gen Intel Core i5-2467M Processor(1.6 GHz) + AMD 2GB Radeon HD 7670M
Discrete-Class Graphics

 

AMD Dual-Core A6-4455M Processor (2.6GHz/2.1GHz, 1MB L2 Cache) + HD 7500G Discrete-Class Graphics

 

AMD Quad-Core A10-4655M Processor (2.8GHz/2.0GHz, 4MB L2 Cache) + HD
7600G Discrete-Class Graphics

 

2nd generation Intel Core i3-2367M Processor (1.4 GHz) +
Intel HD Graphics 3000

 

2nd generation Intel Core i3-2377M Processorm (1.5 GHz) + Intel HD Graphics 3000

 

3rd generation Intel Core i3-3217U Processor (1.8 GHz) (17W) + Intel HD Graphics 4000

 

2nd gen Intel Core i3-2367M Processor (1.4 GHz) + AMD 2GB Radeon HD 7670M
Discrete-Class Graphics

 

2nd gen Intel Core i3-2377M Processor (1.5 GHz) + AMD 2GB Radeon HD 7670M
Discrete-Class Graphics

 

3rd generation Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (1.7 GHz) + Intel HD Graphics 4000

 

2nd gen Intel Core i5-2467M Processor (1.6 GHz) + AMD 2GB Radeon HD 7670M
Discrete-Class Graphics

RAM Up to 16GB, 2 SODIMM slots, 1,600MHz DDR3
Storage 320GB 5400RPM

320GB 7200RPM

500GB 5400RPM32GB mSATA

320GB 5400RPM

320GB 7200RPM

500GB 5400RPM

320GB 5400RPM

320GB 7200RPM

500GB 5400RPM32GB mSATA

320GB 5400RPM

320GB 7200RPM

500GB 5400RPM

Optical drive No
Webcam HP TrueVision HD Webcam with dual array digital microphone
Audio Stereo speakers + subwoofer, Beats Audio
Network 802.11n Wireless, Bluetooth, optional WiDi, Ethernet LAN
Input Chiclet keyboard with optional backlight, no numeric pad,
multi-touch trackpad
Ports and slots 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 HDMI; 1 headphone-out; 1
microphone-in
Battery Up to 8 hours, 25 minutes Up to 8 hours, 30 minutes Up to 8 hours
Dimensions 14.72 x 9.95 x 0.78 inches 13.38 x 9.28 x 0.78 inches
Weight 4.75 pounds 3.98 pounds
OS Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional
Warranty 1-year

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Danijel is a tech blogger who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based mobile PCs, from tablets and ultraportables to full blown gaming laptops.

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