The HP Envy 15-1110ea laptop is the Windows users' answer to the Apple MacBook Pro.

There’s no disguising the source of HP’s inspiration when designing the HP Envy 15-1110ea – this is the laptop for the Windows user who really wanted a MacBook Pro. It’s metallic chassis houses a similar keyboard and a large buttonless trackpad, while the display sits behind an edge-to-edge glass pane.

Things get a little different when you read the specifications, however. The HP Envy 15-1110ea gets one up on the Apple MacBook Pro with a full-HD (1920x1080) display, and offers Blu-ray playback – plus an extra pair of USB 2.0 ports – albeit using an external optical drive.

The HP Envy 15-1110ea's 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM quad-core processor used here powered the Envy to a very respectable 108-point tally – just a single point below the dual-core Acer Aspire 8942G-526G64Bi.

With four cores to work with, the HP Envy 15-1110ea is in effect the most powerful laptop on test.

HP has selected a powerful ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 graphics card with 1GB of video memory for its HP Envy 15-1110ea. Unfortunately, a fair amount of heat is generated as a result of this and the CPU, and this laptop gets really rather warm. This might explain the next departure from Apple’s design – extra cooling vents.

With this amount of energy being dissipated as heat, we didn’t expect to be wowed by the HP Envy 15-1110ea’s battery life result in MobileMark 2007. And we weren’t. The Envy lasted just 150 minutes, which the MacBook Pro beat by two hours even when running Microsoft Windows 7 (as we note in our review, the power-saving properties of its integrated graphics are available only when running Mac OS X).

Other premium features include high-quality sound from a pair of ‘beats’ branded stereo speakers, an infrared-assisted low-light webcam, two fast USB 3.0 ports and a combined USB 2.0/eSATA connector.

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HP Envy 15-1110ea: Specs

  • 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM
  • 15.6in gloss LED-backlit, 1920x1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 8GB DDR3 (4 x 2GB) RAM
  • 500GB 2.5in 7,200rpm SATA 3Gbps HDD
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 1GB
  • HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headset port
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA
  • BD-ROM, DVD?RW DL (external)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth gigabit
  • SD/SDHC/MMC
  • Night Vision webcam, multitouch trackpad, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Corel VideoStudio X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2, Stardock My Colors
  • 53Wh six-cell lithium-ion (removable)
  • 380x244x27mm
  • 2.35kg
  • 1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM
  • 15.6in gloss LED-backlit, 1920x1080
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
  • 8GB DDR3 (4 x 2GB) RAM
  • 500GB 2.5in 7,200rpm SATA 3Gbps HDD
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5830 1GB
  • HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headset port
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x eSATA
  • BD-ROM, DVD?RW DL (external)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth gigabit
  • SD/SDHC/MMC
  • Night Vision webcam, multitouch trackpad, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Corel VideoStudio X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2, Stardock My Colors
  • 53Wh six-cell lithium-ion (removable)
  • 380x244x27mm
  • 2.35kg

OUR VERDICT

The HP Envy 15-1110ea is a beautiful laptop which oozes quality and comes with plenty of stylish design touches. It’s more powerful and better equipped than the more expensive Apple MacBook Pro that it imitates, but its quad-core processor could prove overkill for many of us, making it hotter and shirt-lived off the mains.

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