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HP Envy 15-3040nr Laptop Review
Envy series of laptops from HP have always fascinated and impressed us because of its perfect combination of built quality, high-end looks, and features. The “Radiance” high-resolution IPS screen delivers a totally mesmerizing visual experience.
Today, we review HP’s Envy 15-3040nr laptop, inside-out. We look at its screen, keyboard, internal core, battery, overall performance, and many other things, one by one.
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Features of HP Envy 15-3040nr Laptop
The HP Envy 15-3040nr features a brand new chassis design that somewhat resembles Envy 17 3D and Apple’s MacBook Pro. However, HP has added in a lot of curves throughout the device’s case so that it doesn’t look like a ditto copy of MacBook Pro.
The flat surfaces, gray coloring scheme that has been used for matte-finish aluminum alloy base, and leveled thickness right from front to back – all these features make the design of this device great.
The laptop certainly looks a lot more improved when compared to the 2009 and 2010 predecessors. Overall, the case has a uniform and smooth design that gives it a solid and sophisticated look.
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The minimalistic design, smooth curves, and solid edges make this device very stable. Although the case has a matte finish, it attracts quite a lot of fingerprints. But when it comes to palm and keyboard area, both stand pretty resistant to the fingerprints.
Seen as a whole, the redesigned Envy for this year looks great altogether. It can be one of those designs that HP is going to utilize in its upcoming notebooks, at least for 2012.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The HP Envy 15-3040nr features a chiclet-style backlit keyboard that has a size of 30 cm x 10.5 cm. We assume it to be appropriately sized for any laptop. Also, the keys have been spaced pretty evenly. Actually, except the numeric keypad, nearly all the keyboard is similar to that found in Envy 17 3D. The key drops are short, crisp, and quiet.
Although the backlit keyboard looks nice, but it is not absolutely perfect. The brightness at corners and edge keys (especially at Esc and Delete keys) is less as compared to rest of the keyboard. The Up/Down arrow keys have been reduced to nearly half as compared to the older Envy models.
On the other hand, Shift and Enter keys have been given a little more plastic. Any hand would take a little time to get acquainted to this keyboard. Also, the F1, F2, and other “F” keys have been associated with the Fn (Function) key, just like in other Envy laptops. Other keyboard features a proximity sensor which switches the back light “ON” when a user gets close enough to the keyboard.
Coming to touchpad, it measures 11 cm x 6.8 cm, which is identical to what we have seen in Envy 17. It can be enabled/disabled pretty quickly double-tapping the icon present on the top left corner of the touchpad. The scrolling works pretty well, so does clicking.
All in all a great keyboard and touchpad.
The Envy 15-3040nr includes a large range of connectivity options and features. We do not know whether you would agree or not, filling the ports either at back or front of a laptop can be a little problematic, for accessing the back is cumbersome and attaching something at front interferes with your palms/lap/etc.
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Therefore, Envy does not have any ports, whatsoever, on front or rear edge. The only places left are right and left edges. On its left edge, the machine features a slot-loading DVD drive along with 3.5 mm microphone, two USB 3.0 ports, and two 3.5 mm audio jacks. On the right are MMC card reader, one USB 2.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, Kensington Lock, Gigabit ethernet, and AC adapter.
Users might miss features like Smartcard, ExpressCard, GPS, and WWAN in this laptop.
Envy 15-3040nr features the renowned “Radiance” IPS panel that even manufacturers like Apple do not offer. The single word for display here is “wow”. The laptop is capable of producing clean, crisp, and vivid pictures; probably best in its category.
The display has a resolution of full HD 1080p with a contrast ratio as high as 831:1. When it comes to display quality, viewing angles, and sharpness, this laptop wins over all the others in its category.
Processor and Power
Let us go into the core and see what runs this Envy. The HP Envy 15-3040nr can even be compared to some of the in-line performers featuring i7-2670QM. The Envy under review features the new Core i7-2670QM with a frequency of 2.2GHz.
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Such a quad-core Sandy Bridge central processing unit is only found in high-performance or dedicated gaming notebooks like Acer Aspire 5755G or MSI GT780DX. The laptop has has a combined RAM of 8 GB (with two Samsung 800 megahertz DDR3) that can be easily expanded to a maximum of 16 GB.
The Envy 15-3040nr features up to 1 terabyte 5400 RPM HDD. However, the one we are using for review features a 750GB 7200 RPM HDD from Hitachi. The machine is capable of delivering average data transfer rates at 92.7 MB per second. Nearly 21 GB out of 750 is reserved for system recovery; around 670 GB is available for the end-user and operating system.
To support the discrete graphics on a 15+ inch screen along with quad-core CPU and bright display, the laptop is fixed with an 8-cell lithium-ion battery. Per manufacturer, it can easily last up to 7 hours on average usage (with minimum brightness and without WLAN). However, the time reduces to nearly 4 hours with WLAN and just to one hour with complete load and maximum brightness.
Price and Availability of HP Envy 15-3040nr
Envy 15 is available for delivery and can be had from any HP store, online, or from the leading dealers. For this high-performance device, users will have to shed anywhere from $1,000 to $1,100, depending upon the configuration.