Does this AMD-powered "Sleekbook" has the power and panache to take on Intel's Ultrabook army? Stuff.tv takes a look
What do you call an Ultrabook that isn't an Ultrabook? - According to HP it's a Sleekbook - at least that's the name it's given to this skinny laptop which runs on an AMD rather than Intel processor.
AMD vs Intel
So what does that mean for you, the proud owner of a new Envy 6? Well Intel's Ivy Bridge-based Core i5s are better at traditional processing and multitasking, while AMD's A6-4455M 'Trinity' chip has more powerful Radeon graphics which will speed up photo and video editing and make games fly. Oh, and they're cheaper.
performance and battery life
That goes some way to explaining how HP's made a thin and light 15-incher for just RM2,999. Some cost-cutting has clearly been done - it has a 500GB hard drive rather than a faster SSD, for instance - but it's one of the best made machines at that price, with one the most comfortable keyboards, and a decent 6 hour battery.
HP's styling stands out in a world of uniform grey, and the Sleekbook's metal lid combined with soft rubberised bottom is a distinctive look that would grace laptops costing three times as much.
The extra screen space does come with a couple of drawbacks, though. For starters, the Envy 6 is heavy for a skinny laptop. More crucially, its resolution suffers, with its 1366x768 pixel count spread over a larger area than on its 13in rivals. That's a shame, but given its price this is a forgivable flaw. All in all, this is an excellent laptop.
bring the noise
The fan on the Envy 6 never seems to turn off completely, and as a result is always audible. It's never as obnoxious as the worst we've used from the likes of Sony, but it is a flaw in an otherwise impressive machine.
Don't be fooled by the HP Envy 6 Sleekbook's Beats Audio branding: the speakers on the Envy 6 aren't noticeably better than on any other Ultrabook. Not good, would be our general description.
AMD Trinity processors power this Ultrabook alliterative, making it cheaper and more battery-filled. The Envy 6 has a quality metal lid and rubberised base, 15.6 in screen, and its 6GB RAM gives faster boot times on its 500GB hard drive than a similar Intel Core i3. Maybe not the sleekest we’ve used but still an excellent, great value laptop.
HP Envy 6 Sleekbook review
It's not strictly an Ultrabook, but HP's Sleekbook is both great value and great to use.