I am looking at
SONY Z Price $2200
Intel® Core™ i7-620M processor (2.66GHz) with Turbo Boost up to 3.33GHz
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
128GB (64GBx2) Solid State Drive with RAID 0 Technology
6GB (4GBx1 + 2GBx1) DDR3-SDRAM-1066
13.1" VAIO Full HD Premium Display (1920x1080) (Reg. price $100.00)
HP ENVY 14 Price $1800
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-720QM Quad Core processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz
• 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 160GB (Solid State Drive Flash Module)
• 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5650 Graphics - For Quad Core Processors
• 14.5" diagonal HD+ HP Radiance Infinity LED Display (1600x900)
• SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
I checked few videos in youtube and games like COD MW2/left 4 dead 2 are handled pretty decently by Z (even without Overclocking)!
The 3 pounds makes me slide toward the Z than the heavier 5.25 pound Envy 14
Any suggestions ??
My concern is weight and playing games!!! below 5 pounds would be ideal to carry around. I want to play games like COD MW2/NFS Shift/ GTA 4/ L4D 2 etc in med-high settings.
Essentially they are the same beast, at least spec wise. Out of the two, I'd shoot for the Sony. It may be a bit more expensive, but I've found Sony's to be more reliable than HP's. In other words, I'm thinking the Sony will last longer than the HP and give you less problems as time passes. What kind of GPU comes with the Sony?
The Sony Z11 and Z12 come with a Nvidia GT 330M which is underclocked. This is rather anemic when compared to the ATI Radeon M. HD 5650. Also... the i7-720QM ruins the battery life and graphics switching features of the HP Envy 14, as it does not contain a graphics core within the processor package itself. So if you want battery life on the Envy, you will have to use an i7-620 or less (I think the best option available is the 520M?). Considering the higher resolution and weaker GPU of the Z I would have to recommend the HP Envy simply as the limiting factor in most, if not all, laptops is the GPU. Personally, I'm happy with my old Sony VAIO FW490J but the high resolution and low power GPU really limits gaming ability.