HP Envy 14 Beats Edition: A beautiful, premium notebook for DJs and audio enthusiasts
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: Left side. You can see the slot-loading DVD burner.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: You get eSATA/USB 2.0, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, a Kensington lock and Gigabit Ethernet (which is out of the frame next to the lock).
HP's Envy 14 Beats Edition notebook gets its name and styling from the Monster Beats range of headphones, and specifically, [[artnid:335741|Beats by Dr Dre|Review: Monster Cable Beats by Dr Dre Tour]]. Not only does it sport the Beats logo and black and red styling, it also ships with a pair of Beats by Dr Dre Solo headphones.
The notebook itself is based on an Intel Core i7-720QM CPU, has 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics, and a 640GB hard drive. The focus of the notebook is more on style than outright performance, but it can hold its own when used for tasks such as photo, video and audio editing.
You get a brushed aluminium finish, a glossy 14in screen, a huge touchpad and, best of all, a red-backlit keyboard that just makes you want to continue typing forever.
With a price tag of $2299, it costs a lot, relatively speaking. But if you can afford it and you're the type who wants to stand out from the crowd with a great looking and well-featured 14in notebook -- let's face it, a Mac isn't the way to do that these days -- then the Envy Beats Edition is perfect.
The Envy ships in an impressive package (which should be expected for a notebook that has a price north of $2000), which includes the Beats by Dre Solo headphones, as well as an SD card instead of a support CD.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: Front view. You can see the screen is quite glossy.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: The keyboard has a chiclet style and it's very sturdy.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: It has a red backlight that looks great when you're typing in the dark -- or even during the day!
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: Rear view.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: The Beats logo is prominent on the lid.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: The rear has a large air vent.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: Front view. You can see the built-in speakers, which are actually high quality for a 14in notebook. You can definitely use them to listen to music while in your bedroom, for example. But they won't really fill up a living room.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: An air vent is also present on the right side.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: At the bottom of the notebook is where the 8-cell battery lives, and you can also connect a second battery.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: The Beats by Dre Solo headphones package.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: They come with a soft pouch for when you're not using them.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: The sound quality of these little monsters is great, and they are bass-heavy by default, as you would expect them to be considering they are endorsed by a hip-hop producer. You can feel them shake when the basslines drop and when the beats kick.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: The power supply is slim and very easy to pack in your notebook bag.
HP Envy Beats Edition notebook: Unlike most notebook power supplies, both ends of the supply are detachable.
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