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HP Voodoo Envy 133 review

From around £1,070 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HP

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The HP Voodoo Envy 133 is a slick and shiny new ultraportable laptop, with just enough features to legitimise it as a slick business box as well.

The HP Voodoo Envy 133 is a slick and shiny new ultraportable laptop, with just enough features to legitimise it as a slick business box as well.

Like the Apple MacBook Air, the HP Voodoo Envy 133 sports enough interesting design choices for it to be a genuine attention-getter. Unfortunately, however, it also shares the Air's anaemic guts and, in the US at least, high price tag. We don't yet have UK pricing.

Whereas Apple's thin-and-light is slightly curvy and well-rounded, the HP Voodoo Envy 133 is boxy - yet with its glossy sheen, it's still sexy. This Voodoo laptop measures 323x229x20mm (closely matching the Air), and it weighs 1.6kg without its unique power brick, which we'll go into more detail about soon.

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What we need to address first, though, are the HP Voodoo Envy 133's less-than-speedy components.

For starters, the NV4040NA HP Voodoo Envy 133 we tested (a configuration that HP says is suitable for the road warrior) comes equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz CPU (SP7500), 2GB of RAM, and a poky 80GB hard drive that spins at 4,200rpm.

You probably won't be shocked to learn that the HP Voodoo Envy 133 didn't exactly sail through WorldBench 6. It received an overall score of 64, and it ran single-digit slideshows in Doom 3 (7 frames per second at 1024-by-768-pixel resolution). Nobody will mistake this Voodoo box for a game machine.

And while the HP Voodoo Envy 133 doesn't have the worst battery life, its results in our tests were far from the best: lasting 2 hours, 39 minutes, it ran a little longer than the Apple MacBook Air but fell way behind almost everything else we've seen. (By comparison, the sexy Samsung X360 hung on for 7 hours, 36 minutes.) On average, laptops we test can run approximately 4.5 hours.

HP Voodoo Envy 133

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HP Voodoo Envy 133 Expert Verdict »

Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz CPU (SP7500)
Windows Vista Business
80GB, 4,200rpm hard drive
13.3in screen
3.5mm headphone jack, USB 2.0 (x1), HDMI-out, eSATA/USB port
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

In price, performance, and specs, it's more than fair to compare the HP Voodoo Envy 133 with the MacBook Air and Samsung's X360. All have their share of design pros and cons. However, a number of less sexy but more functional laptops have fared well in our tests, and cost less.

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