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Hi Friends,
I'm looking to retire my trusty 5 year old HP NX 7010 and replace with a new HP ENVY 15". Has anyone got any experience with the new HP Envy series laptops? Any comments, suggestions, observations, alternatives welcomed.
BTW, I am a serious hobby photographer and all my work is done on a laptop, a desktop just will not work for me.
Appreciate your time and help
Regards
Mohammed

Feb 25, 2010 at 07:22 AM Mocca
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I have the 1st gen Envy 15 i7 720Q (european version with 1366x768 resolution )
The screen is not good for editing (IMO but I'm a desktopper ).
1: it is glossy.
2: it is not IPS technology.
It is however smoking fast. Battery life is very limited (1 1/2 hour )
You can upgrade with a lot of RAM, and you can get it with 2nd Gen SSD drives.
The 2nd Gen Envy comes with the choice of Matte screen, but the technology is also not IPS.
You will not find a faster notebook that also looks nice anywhere.
Here is a forum for both new and old Envy machines. Lots of feedback and pleasant crowd.

Feb 25, 2010 at 03:16 PM Mocca
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I just remembered that a year ago or so, there was a laptop with integrated Wacom pad and an S-IPS screen.
But I can't remember who made it, or what the price was - perhaps someone else reading knows?
Sounds like the thing for you

Feb 25, 2010 at 03:18 PM who me
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Mocca wrote:
I just remembered that a year ago or so, there was a laptop with integrated Wacom pad and an S-IPS screen.
But I can't remember who made it, or what the price was - perhaps someone else reading knows?
Sounds like the thing for you
It was the Lenovo W700 series. Here:
:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=F2A3EC7C45634AE8AB0F26CCAC867854&tabname=Features#tabstart
I couldn't find a price but I thought they were in the K range.

Feb 25, 2010 at 03:58 PM UCSB
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I don't have the Envy, but I have a new HP TM2 (tablet form factor) that has many of the Envy components. I don't use editing the computer for photo editing because I have a high performance graphics workstation and a desktop replacement notebook also. BUT, the TM2 has an HDMI output. Since the Envy also has an HDMI output, you can use a monitor that is great for photo editing on it (that can also be calibrated). I would think that it would do a nice job in this configuration. You will want to get a Wacom tablet, if you don't already have one.

Feb 25, 2010 at 07:00 PM wuchang
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You might want to look at an Asus brand laptop -- kind of a poor man's Alienware

Feb 25, 2010 at 07:11 PM ragebot
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wuchang wrote:
You might want to look at an Asus brand laptop -- kind of a poor man's Alienware
I always thought Clevo was an Alienware without the $US600 paint job. I have owned 3 Clevos since 2002 and all three still work. Clevo laptop are sold in the US under the Sager name and are available from several vendors. Here is the link at notebook forum with the Clevo blurb

I get mine from powernotebooks; but the forum I linked to has several other vendors

I can edit images and videos on the Sager; but don't do it much. Nothing compares with my Black Mamba

Feb 26, 2010 at 05:25 PM
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Mocca wrote:
I have the 1st gen Envy 15 i7 720Q (european version with 1366x768 resolution )
The screen is not good for editing (IMO but I'm a desktopper ).
1: it is glossy.
2: it is not IPS technology.
It is however smoking fast. Battery life is very limited (1 1/2 hour )
You can upgrade with a lot of RAM, and you can get it with 2nd Gen SSD drives.
The 2nd Gen Envy comes with the choice of Matte screen, but the technology is also not IPS.
You will not find a faster notebook that also looks nice anywhere.
Here is a forum for both new and old Envy machines. Lots of feedback and pleasant crowd.
...Show more →
Many thanks for the feedback and links, much appreciated, will study it further.

Feb 26, 2010 at 07:54 PM ragebot
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Here is another link you can check out. Cnet is one of the less biased reviewers I know of

For PS the rebranded Clevo does quite well. One reason I mentioned Powernotebooks is because they can set up their products just about any way you want it. Mine has two HDs in a Raid 0 array and a third HD as the PS scratch drive. I don't know of any other note book that has room for 3 HDs. My 3DMark score out of the box was over 10k with no tuning.
To me the key to lots of high end laptop reviews are comments like this
"You will not find a faster notebook that also looks nice anywhere."
as opposed to comments like here is my 3DMark score. Don't bring a nice looking knife to a gun fight. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Keep in mind this is for a two year old notebook.

Feb 26, 2010 at 08:57 PM Mocca
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^^ Sweet speed
3Dmark isn't really much use as a benchmark - better to use a Photoshop benchmark, since that's what it'll be used for.
Might make for a better workstation replacement, esp. since the screen is bigger.
Not really too pretty though

Feb 26, 2010 at 09:31 PM ragebot
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Mocca wrote:
^^ Sweet speed
3Dmark isn't really much use as a benchmark - better to use a Photoshop benchmark, since that's what it'll be used for.
Might make for a better workstation replacement, esp. since the screen is bigger.
Not really too pretty though
But running 3DMark sure is eye candy. When I ran it on my Black Mamba I got a 37k score, but it has 2 scratch HDs in a Raid 0 array. The Cnet review used some PS benchmarks and the stripped down Clevo they used (only 1 HD) was at or better than the Alienware scores. I am quite sure a maxed out Clevo would do much better.
What I like best about the Clevo is how pretty my pix look on the screen.

Feb 26, 2010 at 09:53 PM       







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