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February 12, 2011 5:56:29 PM

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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February 12, 2011 6:36:44 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums
If your main usage isn't gaming,then Dell XPS 15 is worth of a look
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February 12, 2011 8:14:27 PM

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?
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February 12, 2011 10:27:56 PM

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.
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February 13, 2011 10:21:18 AM

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.
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February 13, 2011 10:30:10 AM

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
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February 13, 2011 3:04:55 PM

With the i5,you'll probably won't run into overheating problems.Other specs look decent too.
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