Updated 6/3/2012: HP’s latest and greatest 15.6-inch Envy 15 has just been issued a new coupon for June worth 33% off customized laptops, including free shipping! The same offer is also valid on the dv7t Quad Edition and the Envy 17.
How to use:
- Visit HP to configure
- Apply the following code in your shopping cart: NBP9668 [expired]
Expires 6/13/2012 or sooner.
Also keep an eye on the HP coupons page.
Envy 15 Overview
The brand new version of the Envy 15 does not have much in common with the older model that was launched about three years ago. Instead of the lap-melting 1st generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, this one can be equipped with the much more solid 2nd-generation (Sandy Bridge). There are options for both dual-core (Core i5) and quad-core (Core i7) CPUs, and the base model ($1,099.99) ships with a Core i5-2450M clocked at 2.5 GHz (3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost).
Add $100 for twice the theoretical computing power and a Core i7-2670QM, which has the same clocks as the base model’s Core i5 but four physical cores and eight threads thanks to Hyperthreading. Besides the i7-2670QM, the CPU alternatives also include two faster quad-core options–the Core i7-2760QM (2.4 GHz / Turbo Boost 3.5 GHz) and the Core i7-2860QM (2.5 GHz / Turbo Boost 3.6 GHz).
On the graphics side, there is just one alternative, which is a pretty good one: the upper midrange AMD Radeon HD 7690M, which recently replaced the HD 6770M as the fastest GPU in HP’s current lineup. It is slightly faster than its predecessor and roughly on par with the GT 555M from Nvidia (as seen in the M14x). Gaming benchmarks for this card are available in my recent review of the Envy 17 3D for Notebookcheck.net.
Other options and add-ons for the base model from HP is up to 16 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM or up to 8GB of 1600 MHz RAM (Windows limitation). The 500 GB hard drive can be upgraded to a roomy 1 TB variant or a considerably faster 300 GB SSD. Another important option is the upgrade from a basic 1366×768 display to a full HD “Radiance” display (IPS panel).
Something that is even more noticeable compared to the older Envy 15 is of course that the design has been completely overhauled. A new unibody chassis has been introduced that makes it somewhat reminiscent of certain “Pro” laptops from a fruit-themed company. HP’s own introduction: