Hp Envy 14 for gaming

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by RollTide, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. RollTide macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    I was curious if anybody had this laptop and what your impressions were. Seems like they took a looooooot of cues from the MBP.
  2. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    No personal impressions, but according to these guys, it ranks in with a score of 608, a good bit ahead of the 330M in the current MBPs. (Which scores a 482.)

    Should run most games pretty well at native res with medium settings.
  3. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Envys are pretty good mobile gaming solutions.
  4. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    If I absolutely HAD to go back to a Windows machine the Envy 14 would be the only laptop I would consider. Great build quality, reasonable battery life, good overall performance, and it's purty.....
  5. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Yeah for gaming it's solid. It's not a gaming machine, but it can definitely game and hold up. It has a ATI 5650 which is about a little better than a 335m, whereas the 335m is a good step ahead of the 330m. But yeah, 14" with a 1600x900 screen (not sure if they still offer it) is pretty damn nice IMO + i5/i7 options. It's overall build quality isn't as good as a MBP but everything else seems great. I looked into one of these for the longest time before going with the MBP13"
  6. Mike225, Nov 11, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010

    Mike225 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
    SF BAY
    They dont have the Radiance which was a huge factor in buying it for me (Plus I got a huge deal on it).

    Build quality is good, but doesnt feel as solid as a MBP still (battery cover mostly responsible). From forums QC seems kind of low though. No chassis flex. 4.5hour battery life. Trackpad is okay after latest driver update but MBP is better.

    I chose it because I prefer Windows and I got an i5-450m, 6gb ram, 160gb SSD, with Radiance screen for $1095 which was too good to pass up.

    I'll let you know how gaming is on it since I havent done it much yet. Black Ops, which people seem to have issues with in terms of performance, ran at 1280x720 to get good performance. Ill let you know about Medal of Honor in a bit.

    New Medal of Honor runs at 1600x900 pretty easy
  7. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    Ya I really only need the extra gfx power that the envy offers to play a new combat flight sim that is coming out, the mb 13 should play it ok, but graphics are important when looking at an enemy 2 miles away. I just can't give up OSX, I LOVE. If apple would at least update to the 330m I'd be sold. That or the wife let me spend the extra cash for a 15 incher!
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    ASUS has the G7x monsters with GTX 460M or Mobility HD 5870 solutions. It's on the edge of what you call portable. It's not as pretty as the Envy but ASUS made it a quiet and cool gaming solution if you have to have it on the go.
  9. JackAxe macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.

    Which combat flight sim?
  10. RollTide thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006

    Storm of War: Battle Of Britain Made by Oleg Maddox and is successor to IL-2 1946. Such a great sim with TONS of followers.

    Check it out. Most of who play now are hardcore.
  11. bhayden macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2010
    Sorry for bumping an old thread, but where'd you find those specs for only $1095? That's a super steal. I'm looking at the base i5 with a 300GB drive/4GB of memory and Radiance display for $935 refurbished.
  12. SmokeyRobinson macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2010
    There were 30% back deals from Bing a while back.
  13. Mr.Bullitt macrumors regular

    May 15, 2009
    It should be good. I have the Envy 17" with 8GB and Radeon 5850 amd iCore7 from work. I even runs ARMA 2 decently.


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