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Hello,

I was thinking on getting the HP Envy 14.5 but after reading some complaints about overheating, downsizing screen resolution and numerous hardware issues I am not sure what would be the best laptop for my buck. I was thinking I would spend about $1,000 to $1,200 would like something like an i5 460 or greater have good battery life like at least 5 hours. The Envy said it would get 6.5 hours which I would have went with if it were not for reading the problems others where having which got me to thinking perhaps the quality of the Envy 14 has gone down. please help I am a student and can't spend all my time looking for the right laptop. How is a Sony Vio i5 with good battery life?
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    If your main usage isn't gaming,then Dell XPS 15 is worth of a look
  2. Maziar said:
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    If your main usage isn't gaming,then Dell XPS 15 is worth of a look


    The battery does not last long enough on the Dell XPS 15. I would like something like a 9 cell or an 8 cell that would last as long as an HP Envy 14. What is your oppinion of the Envy 14, did I just read some bad opinions or did the build quality really go down on those?
  3. We'll as I just posted in another thread and since I'd make the same recommendation to you.
    I really love the Acer TimelineX's. I recommend them to anyone not interested in gaming.
    Replace the HDD with one of these SSDs, you'll have an external for backups and a great laptop.
  4. djehuti93 said:
    The battery does not last long enough on the Dell XPS 15. I would like something like a 9 cell or an 8 cell that would last as long as an HP Envy 14. What is your oppinion of the Envy 14, did I just read some bad opinions or did the build quality really go down on those?

    Envy 14 is overall a good laptop.The build quality is also good but it runs hot because of having a quad core CPU(in a 14" chasis).
    The Acer timelineX which wribbs recommended is also a good choice.
  5. Maziar said:
    Envy 14 is overall a good laptop.The build quality is also good but it runs hot because of having a quad core CPU(in a 14" chasis).
    The Acer timelineX which wribbs recommended is also a good choice.



    The one I was looking at is an Intel Core i5-480M (2.66GHz)

    HP
    Series
    ENVY
    Model
    14-1210NR
    Part#
    XZ212UA#ABA
    General
    Operating System
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    CPU Type
    Intel Core i5-480M (2.66GHz)
    Screen
    14.5"
    Memory Size
    4GB DDR3
    Hard Disk
    750GB
    Optical Drive
    DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics
    Video Memory
    1GB
    Communication
    Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Battery Life
    Up to 6 hours and 30 minutes
    Dimensions
    14.01" x 9.33" x 1.16" - 1.18"
    Weight
    5.57 lbs
    Other Features
    Laser-etched aluminum finish in carbon relic
    CPU
    CPU Type
    Intel Core i5
    CPU Speed
    480M(2.66GHz)
    CPU Support
    3MB L3 Cache
    Turbo Boost up to 2.93GHz
    Display
    Screen Size
    14.5"
    Wide Screen Support
    Yes
    Resolution
    1366 x 768
    LCD Features
    LED backlight & BrightView
    Operating Systems
    Operating System
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 + Intel HD
    Video Memory
    1024MB DDR3 with up to 2714MB total graphics memory
    Graphic Type
    Switchable graphics
    Hard Drive
    HDD
    750GB
    HDD RPM
    5400rpm
    HDD Interface
    SATA
    HDD Spec
    HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    Memory
    Memory
    4GB
    Memory Type
    204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM
    Memory Slot (Total)
    2
    Max Memory Supported
    8GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type
    DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface
    Integrated
    Optical Drive Spec
    Slot-Loading SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
    Communications
    LAN
    10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN
    802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Ports
    USB
    3 x USB 2.0 (3rd port shared with eSATA)
    Video Port
    1 x mini Displayport
    HDMI
    1 x HDMI
    Audio Ports
    1 x Headphone-out/Microphone-in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic)
    Audio
    Audio
    Beats Audio
    Built-in microphone
    Speaker
    Internal Speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad
    HP Clickpad with On/Off button
    Keyboard
    Full-size backlit island-style keyboard
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader
    Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital cards and Multimedia cards
    Webcam
    HP TrueVision HD Webcam
    Power
    AC Adapter
    90-watt AC adapter
    Battery
    8-Cell 59WHr Lithium-Ion Battery
    Battery Life
    Up to 6 hours and 30 minutes
    Physical Specifications
    Dimensions
    14.01" x 9.33" x 1.16" - 1.18"
    Weight
    5.57 lbs
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Parts
    1 year limited
    Labor
    1 year limited
  6. With the i5,you'll probably won't run into overheating problems.Other specs look decent too.
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