HP Envy 13t Review

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HP Envy 13tThe HP Envy 13t is a notebook laptop that is precision crafted for superb performance. It features a genuine Windows 7 operating system for superior digital entertainment and advanced features. The HP Envy 13t is a combination between functionality, strength and weight. It is sculpted from the highest-grade premium materials and is crafted with refinements like HP ClickPad with integrated buttons. In terms of design, the HP Envy 13t features an HP Metal Etching Finish.

The HP Envy 13t measures 32.0 cm x 21.5 cm x 2.05 cm (W x D x H) in dimension and weighs approximately 1.7 kg. It also comes under a one-year HP pick up and return, parts and labour warranty on hardware with 30 days free limited software as well as Total Care friendly, expert, around the clock assistance that is accessible via phone, e-mail and on-line chat. Not only that, it also comes with software including Recovery partition (including possibility to recover system, applications and drivers separately), optional re-allocation of recovery partition, recovery CD/ DVD creation tool, Symantec Norton Internet Security 2009 (60 days live update), and Notebook Help and Support. Other pre-installed software include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows Live messenger, Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player. In terms of optical drive driver software, the HP Envy 13t comes pre-installed with HP Media Smart Suite, HP Total Care Setup, HP ProtectSmart, Instant-On solution, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Windows Media center, Windows Mail, Corel VideoStudio X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2 and Stardock My Colours. There is a 2-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader that is compatible with Secure Digital cards and MultiMedia cards, 2 USB 2.0 ports, one headphone out port and one microphone in port. Additional ports include VGA, RJ-45, and HDMI. Besides that, the HP Envy 13t also has two accessible memory slots that can support a maximum of 8 GB of memory expansion. It also has an integrated network card with 10/ 100/ 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) capabilities that incorporates 802.11 a/g/n WLAN technologies. In terms of its display, the HP Envy 13t sports an HP+ High Definition HP LED BrightView Widescreen Radiance Display that measures 13.1 inches diagonally with a WXGA resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. In terms of graphics, it also has an integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 Graphics card with up to 1757 MB total graphics memory with up to 512 MB dedicated video RAM. There is also a built in VGA low light HP web camera situated right above the display, as well as an integrated digital microphone for video conferencing. It is powered by a 6-cell lit-ion battery. Alternatively, it can also be powered by a 4-cell lit-ion battery or even through a wall socket via 90 W AC Power Adapter. Not only that, there is also a full size chicklet keyboard and action keys as well as a touch pad that supports multi touch gestures with on/ off button and dedicated vertical scroll up/ down pad. There is also an integrated 56K Modem port as well as Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities.. The HP Envy 13t operates on a genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system that also comes with its respective system recovery DVD. Besides that, the HP Envy 13t runs on an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SL9400 processor of 1.86 GHz level 2 Cache 6 MB. As for its system memory, it incorporates 3 GB of DDR3 SDRAM consisting of one 1024 MB and one 2048 MB DDR3 and the ability to support up to 5 GB of DDR3 memory. In terms of storage, the HP Envy 13t has an internal hard disk drive that has a capacity of 250 GB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive.


“For a laptop with a 2.13GHz SL9600 low-voltage Intel CPU, the Envy 13 performed admirably, coming close to matching the performance of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook. An ultrathin system like Dell’s Adamo, which uses an older U9300 processor, was much slower, highlighting the importance of finding the right balance between performance and power management. In anecdotal use, we found the Envy 13 to be quick and responsive, and it likely benefited from skipping Windows Vista in preference of Windows 7.” (CNET, 2009)

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