HP Envy 14 Laptop: A Real Contender For MacBook Air

With competition rife in the laptop world, the deciding factor on which laptop to choose can be made even more awkward. Lately, there has been news on Dell’s Inspiron duo, Acer’s Iconia, Apple’s MacBook Air and now it seems HP are a strong contender with their very own Envy 14.

Although each and every one of the Laptops have fantastic features to shout about, it’s the new Apple and HP devices that we have inspected a little closer. Both the HP model and the base level MacBook Air retail at the same price of $999, but it can only come down to personal preference at the end of the day. For the HP model you can expect to find 2.4GHz Core i3 processor which can be changed to 2.53GHz Core i5-460M for an extra $50. The MacBook Air on the other hand packs a slightly disappointing Core 2 Duo processor.

Included in the HP price will be Windows Home Premium and 14.5 LED-backlit display. On picking up the two laptops, you will notice straight away that the Envy 14 is heavier than it’s counterpart. In fact the Envy weighs in at around 5.3 pounds compared to the 2.3 pounds of the MacBook Air. Unfortunately as Blake Robinson at Mashable pointed out, the HP lacks USB 3.0 but gains eSATA port, as well as an HDMI port making it accessible to get streaming to Netflix or Hulu Plus, along with enhanced sound quality from Beats Audio software.

Considering the HP Envy 14 and the base level MacBook Air are retailed at the same price but each have their own for’s and against, which one would you opt for? Let us know.

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