Rated 1 out of 5Â by dkline Underwhelmed to say the least.
The construction of this laptop appears tight and rigid. The Beats audio system is good. I like the back lit keyboard, too. That's the good stuff. The rest I'm not happy about. I've had this for about 6 months. I use this laptop for streaming video on the internet and MS Word, for the most part. I'm not a gamer at all. When streaming video the unit gets uncomfortably overheated and the fan is on full blast. I have to raise the chassis off my lap when watching video to maximize airflow. It has been like this from day one. The mouse pad is very hard to use because it does not have have dedicated right and left mouse buttons like my old Pavilion, which this replaced. The pad itself rocks back and forth to the left and right which makes highlighting or click and drag functions frustrating. I upgraded to 12GB RAM and I have a 1TB hard drive. Browsing the internet, with Chrome, is still very slow. Ridiculously slow. It gets hung up on pages when trying to visit a new one all the time. I'm not sure what's wrong. My Pavilion ran much better with half the RAM and a 600GB hard drive. It also came with a CD/DVD ROM drive which this doesn't, but I knew this when I purchased this. Some of the keys on the keyboard have gotten gummed up or something and take extra effort for the letter to register on the screen, which means more proofreading, which means more work... All in all, I do not like this laptop and I should have gotten another Pavilion instead. It ran much cooler and was faster. Windows 8.1 is garbage. I never use the block interface and am always using the tried and true desktop interface instead. Also, opening up programs is cumbersome because you must now use a search feature off screen to "search" search for the program you want to open instead of going to the Program partition of the menu. Once you get used to that it's easy but it's another hoop to jump through... I thought computers were supposed to simplify life and work... not so with this laptop!
August 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Saim19 Awful
First thing you should know I got this laptop as a gift from my father on his return from US after a summer semester. And I actually send him the link to this laptop to buy it.
To my disappointment sometimes this machine gets jammed for no reason. No offense it has a great look. Well I was already using hp 1000 notebook for my excessive programming needs and honestly that notebook seems much better now.
And seriously HP! 9 hours battery life?! It doesn't even got near 4 hours!
You know for a person living in developing country, getting such a new machine feels really good. But you really disappointed me HP!
August 17, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by ZapPy Good on paper
I was very excited about this. When I first opened it, the vents went like crazy. Ok, maybe it needs some updates, removed some bloatware. Nop. Even with just chrome opened, the vents were going like I was running 10 games at once. The video card wasn't doing good either. Online you see this card playing Battlefield 4, my computer was lagging in the main menu at dishonored at everything low. Not to mention the vents going even worse. I returned it and asked for an exchange. If the new one isn't what it's supposed to be, I'll ask for a refund.
August 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by TSpear As advertised
I purchased a custom built HP Envy 15z with an AMD A10-5750M and HD 8750M discrete card. These are the highlight of the laptop. While a bit underwhelming in DX9 games, once the hybrid crossfire kicks in between between the APU and GPU for Directx 11 titles it really shines. This combo is capable of running most DX11 titles at 1366 x 768, low to medium settings maintaining a fairly smooth 35-55 FPS. Consider it a future proofed budget gaming laptop.
Just a word of advice with the CPU, disable turbo boost. For whatever reason the AMD drivers like to constantly kick back and forth between turbo/non turbo, which in turns really increases the heat output. Since these chips will throttle themselves once they hit a specified thermal margin to keep the heat down, you can get a much more consistent computing/gaming experience with that feature deactivated.
That being said I did stick with the standard 1366x768 screen, as the hardware isn't powerful enough to drive 1080p gaming. The screen on here is noticeably cheap as there is a small amount of "pixel grain" on dark backgrounds, though I have seen worse on past laptops I have owned.
Another drawback with these units is that HP does not offer a 7200 RPM hard drive option. While I cannot speak for the hybrid drives HP offered as an upgrade, the standard 5200RPMs are extremely slow and in 2014 laptop manufacturers really need to stop skimping on the HDDs as they are largely responsible for the overall responsiveness of the OS. I would pay a few extra dollars to have a 7200 drive, even one with slightly less capacity. I do plan to install a SSD in the future.
The extra features included are nice. The Beats audio speakers beat standard laptop speakers by a mile. The fingerprint scanner is cool, even if I can't see myself ever using it. The touchpad is pretty mediocre, but easily remedied with a cheap wireless mouse. The keyboard really feels nice to type with and seems like it will last the lifetime of the laptop. The sleek silver exterior doesn't knock away any points either.
In summary, the Envy really makes a nice work laptop with the option for budget gaming when including the HD 8750M add-on. Just be aware, as other reviewers seem to not understand that the base 5400 RPM drives included will bottleneck the rest of the hardware when it comes to everyday web surfing and OS loading times. For what you pay for this laptop does offer above average value compared to the competition.
July 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by panki28 Not as described by HP
I just bought HP laptop ENVY 15z-j100 Notebook - Best Value and found that the fan was making too much noise. As claimed by HP to be high performance, I ran some games and found that it cannot run even Asphalt 8 smoothly. I performed the windows experience index score from cmd and found it to be 5.9. The graphics score was 5.9 while HP claims it to have one of the best graphics. I ran some performance tests which showed that the processor is not more than I3 while it is AMD A10 with 8GB RAM and Toshiba 1TB 5400RPM hard disk. I am very disappointed. It is not best value. The feature like backlit keyboard I like very much. I should get a replacement from HP.
July 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by gulk Disappointed
When I bought this HP laptop, I was hoping for similar or better performance than my wife's 2 year old HP laptop, because we were and still are very happy with it. She has an AMD dual core A8 and this one comes with similar AMD, but quad-core and newer generation, with some more RAM as well.
What a disappointment... Although using it mostly involves web browsing and other light applications. It got better when I replaced the default install of their anti-virus application (thanks for nothing, McAfee) and got rid of the bloatware, but it still is sloooow.
I was expecting loud fan (similar to the wife's HP) which it does have.
I don't want to blame too much on the hardware itself, because it's my first experience with Windows 8.1 and I'm unsure how taxing that OS is on the resources.
I'm thinking about installing Ubuntu and updating this review later if Ubuntu performs faster. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until I figure why (WHY???) burning the recovery DVDs always fail for the second out of 5!!!
All in all, fairly disappointed, maybe because of software, maybe because of hardware, but the way it is now isn't fun at all.
July 11, 2014