Design wise I absolutely cannot fault this laptop,the matte dark red underside is attractive without overpowering the laptop with a bright colour and the size of the laptop means that the keypad is spacious and roomy. I particularly admire the case of the laptop which is 'metal infused' and creates a matte like finish which seems especially sturdy and attractive. The laptop itself has built-in Beats Audio which means the sound quality is better than most laptops I have, however I would say that the sound quality and volume is not as impressive as one might expect it to be, it does not reach the volume that one might expect from a Beats audio. It is a very light laptop and as it is so thin it is easily portable and fits into most of my bags which a laptop sleeve over it.
At around £350 you get what you pay for, to some extent. It is a sturdy and durable laptop which I have had for a year and a half and so far there is not a scratch on it.
The only serious problem I have had with this laptop is it overheats very often which is why I have deducted one star. Recently it has started crashing when staying in certain place, like my bed, for too long which is extremely irritating. It also means that using it whilst it is on my lap is a bit of a tall order as it overheats and causes my legs to get too warm.
I was looking for a laptop to replace my old Dell netbook which while there was nothing wrong with, was small and not practical for what I wanted to use it for.
I got the HP Envy with AMD processor just after Christmas and it has been nothing but a joy since then. It has never missed a beat and has been quick for the everyday use it gets, I don't do anything too strenuous with it, just the usual mix of internet browsing, emails, Word processing etc.
I have also installed a HD video editor on the laptop which although it is a bit slow and laggy playing the HD video back it can deal with the programme reasonably well so long as there's nothing big running at the same time. While I'm mentioning lagging, it is a bit slow on startup but I think that's the same with most computers.
I have Norton security which came with the laptop free for 6 months (which I have later extended for £14.99 for the year) and it has kept my computer virus-free.
Another big plus point over my old computer is the HP CoolSense which keeps the base of the computer cool no matter what surface it's on, a cushion, duvet, table, my lap etc. anything, its fine and unlike my old Dell which got dangerously scorching after not much use, this is quite the opposite which is fantastic. It's also pretty hushed and as I type this now it is cool and not making a sound. Only when I've got say Youtube open, and Norton is doing it's updates and I have a few more tabs open does it huff and puff but it's really rather good.
I was also pleasantly surprised at the battery life. My old Dell had a very good battery life for the majority of my time with it, this did decrease quite a bit towards the end of my ownership with it but the HP has around 4-5 hours I would say, this is on Standard mode (not Power saver) and with medium brightness. It's charger is also smaller than the Dell's and the connector is a good length if the plug isn't right by where you are sitting.
The laptop comes with Beats Audio, this isn't a particular reason why I got it but the sound certaintly isn't anything spectacular. Sure, there's nothing wrong with it, certaintly for Youtube videos and listening to the odd bit of music on it it's fine (and that's all I use it for), it's just somebody buying it with the Beats name in mind who uses it for listening to a lot of music might be a bit dissappointed.
Finally, it's a sleek and slim laptop. It's very thin, and has a lovely brushed slatey type top to it, with a red bottom. It is slimmer than most of its competitors but it does come at the expense of not having a CD/DVD drive. This isn't a problem for me, as the only time I would use one of those is when I upload CDs to Itunes, and I'd rather have a slimmer laptop for the sake of a CD drive - I actually have a USB one which is very good.
The laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium also, which is very good as I'm sure you all know. I'm not 100 % sure on what all the slots at the side are, but at a glance it has a SD card slot, 3 USB ports, a HDMI slot and microphone and headphone slots.
Overall, this laptop is fantastic and I would reccommend it to anyone. The processor is AMD, and I know some people prefer Intel - but having used both, I would say it's just as good.