"MBP 15 to Envy 14 to Envy 15 = :-)"4.5 starson by imanym
Pros: Sharp Screen, speakers are awesome, volume dial, extremely good performance, allows up to 16 gigs memory, longer battery life, touch pad has significantly improved over the envy 14 and keyboard flex no longer exists.
Cons: The directional arrows on the keyboard, they altered the up and down buttons smaller, so it will take some getting used to. Althought there is a huge improvement on the touch pad, it is not quite as good/responsive as the Mac Book Pro.
Summary: I have purchased the Mac Book Pro 15 back in the Vista days when I was frustrated with the os and the PC laptop designs that were available back then. The Mac Book did not fit the bill for me becuase it could not keep up with my demanding computing habits (that blasted color spin wheel was always a problem for me and I spent $2200 for my MBP 15). I sold the Mac and waited for the release of the HP Envy 14, that had to be the closest thing to the beauty of the Mac Book.
Now for 2012, they released the Envy 15, newly designed and corrected some hradware/software peices.
Well, I for one, am extremely happyier with this updated model.
1) They returned the higher resolution screen
2) They improved the touchpad enormously, requiring less tweaking.
3) The keyboard is much, much much better as there is absolutely no flex what so ever.
4) They added a ton of speakers as well as a woofer to the machine.
5) A volume knob as well as a button that brings up the beats audio sound
6) They removed the engraved metal design from the look and made it all brushed aluminum.
7) The back lighting of the keyboard, something as subtle as the actual function key that starts controls the keyborad light stays on so you can select it in the dark.
As I am a developer I am on the computer for very long spans of time. So, I usually have a game playing in the back goround while testing developed applications on a virtual desktop compiling code and/or run complicated sql query scripts. This machine does an excellent job of keeping up, and does not heat up.
I purchased my machine at J and R and paid $1229.00, its the i7 version with 8 gigs of Ram and the 1080 screen. I swapped the 700gb hard drive out with my Samsung 470 series SSD drive the first day. My highest windows experience index score is 7.9 (memory operayions per second) and my lowest is 5.9 (desktop performace for Windows Aero, which I do find odd becasue my Envy 14 scored higher, nothing less than a 6.7, although I think that has more to do with the drivers). I haven't tested the battery yet, but the battery is NOT consumer replaceable, which hints that it lasts longer than the average.
To be completely honest with you, the machine does resemble the Mac Book when open, although there are subtle differences, the resemblence is more so in the material used for the laptop more so than the actual design of the machine. I have had this machine for only a couple of days, but since I needed to jump right into a deliverable, I was/am able to fully gage its ability right out of the gate. Also, the exhaust fan and heat dispersment is really good. The hottest part of the machine is the very top right below the screen. On the envy 14, it eas on the right top side. Also, for the work I am doing right now the machine is relatively cool. I am doing a few things right now.
1--Playing Dragon Age (2) 2--Developing an Access Database Application in a virtual computer simulating a network client/host network application. 3-- Of course I am typing this review while searching internet for various code examples while typing this review. 4-- Creating a power point presentation as I go along in order to review with my staff as well as present to the senior execitives at the job. Really noce machine.....
Man this keyboard is SOoooooooo much better.
Well I hope this helps you when deciding.