HP Envy m6 Notebook Review
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Multimedia notebook for using at home is not necessarily crazy expensive. This idea inspired the design in the HP Envy M6 model. In addition, this laptop failed in a very attractive and fairly compact package, as well as to provide it, as well as other Envy models, excellent acoustics of the Beats Audio. You will know if you should buy this laptop after reading this review.
Design and Ergonomics
Skin of the HP Envy m6 is unlike the recently reviewed Envy dv6. The main difference is it is more slim – 26.5 mm compared to 32.6 mm. Plastic die under the lid is also made a bit narrower, and deprived of light logo.
This laptop looks very impressive thanks to black-and-silver color scheme. Brushed aluminum and plastic are used in the manufacture of materials. The laptop lid and work surface are coated with metal, all other surfaces are plastic, including silvery sides.
Construction of Envy m6 is strong enough, the case in the hands of squeaks and squeezes. There is no backlash, and the opening angle is not too large, of the order of 130-140 degree, but the loop is very well regulated – they are not tight and not loose at once, which allows you to open the laptop with one hand.
Set of interface connectors in Envy m6 is virtually no different from of it in Envy dv6. Even the location of ports saved. Only a couple of audio jacks replace combination mini jack.
Right DVD-drive, two USB (3.0 and 2.0) interface, connect the power supply to the indicator and a Kensington lock.
Placed on the left are combo audio jack, a pair of USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI video output and VGA. In the front is only multiformat card reader.
Provide wireless modules Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0. Of additional features – a fingerprint scanner.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Envy m6 uses standard HP keyboard key layout with island, equipped with a dedicated number pad. It is quite comfortable in the soft and quiet, and when you are not pressed. The keys are made of black matte plastic and have a completely flat surface without grooves.
HP decided to use a traditional touchpad with a pair of dedicated buttons. The entire unit is in a small recess and further edged chrome rim, so to find it in the dark without problems. The touchpad has a soft-touch matte finish, and disable it by double “tapom” in the upper left corner.
There is support for multi-touch and gestures for special management in Windows 8.
Display and Sound
The HP Envy m6 equipped with a standard glossy TN-matrix with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. Options with FullHD for this model is provided. The brightness level range from 13 to 166 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of the panel is 82:1. Viewing angles are traditionally low.
The sound system, made in partnership with Beats Audio, includes two speakers and a subwoofer to set up a special utility. The sound is clean and extensive, with plenty of volume. It is worth noting that the subwoofer is at the bottom, so that when you install on a soft surface may be too loud. The quality of sound this laptop will handicap most classmates.
The HP Envy m6 comes with a choice of processors. Basis is the model on the platform AMD Trinity – A4-4300M, A6-4400M, A8-4500M and A10-4600M. Alternatively, there are models for Intel Core i3/i5 generation Ivy Bridge. In all cases, a discrete graphics card midrange AMD Radeon HD7670M with 2GB of RAM or dual graphics system Radeon HD 7640G +7670 M laptops with processors AMD A8/A10.
The amount of memory is up to 16 GB, and storage drives offer capacities is up to 1 TB. To replace some of the internal components of the bottom there is a special hatch.
Our test HP Envy m6-1104er has the following configuration:
This laptop can easily cope with any “casual” tasks (web surfing, watching movies, photo editing) and is suitable for games on medium settings.
Autonomy provides laptop lithium-ion battery is 62 Wh (5225 mAh). One charge lasts for about 4 hours watching FullHD-video at full screen brightness when use the wireless module.
The multimedia HP Envy m6 laptop is a portfolio of stylish and sturdy case made from aluminum, with excellent acoustics Beats Audio and good performance. In the passive – it is not the best display with a glossy finish and a small supply of brightness. However, if you do not use your laptop outdoors in the bright sun, this disadvantage can be ignored. It should also be noted that it already has pre-installed system Windows 8, so that you get completely ready for operation.
Text: Victor Belugin
Photo: Oleg Pilipchuk