HP Envy
Of Thanksgiving Trip, Gadget Overloads, Cancelled Christmas Trip & Back To India
· โ˜• 4 min read · โœ๏ธ sathya

I’ve been absent in posting here - more because there’s hardly anything interesting going on. Well, there’s laziness as well. So here’s a recap.

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For the past couple of months, my colleague had returned back to India, which meant me having no company. With Thanksgiving around the corner, I decided to pay a trip to my cousin sisโ€™ place in Allen, TX. With no car with me & bus service from Austin to Allen non-existent โ€“ I decided to rent a car from Enterprise.


HP Envy 14 Review
· โ˜• 8 min read · โœ๏ธ sathya

After a long (happy) time with myย Dell Inspiron 1520, my previous laptop’s age was catching up - the processor was a bottleneck, the 8600m GT was akin to an oven stove. Figured this would be the best time to get a new laptop. I’ve mentioned previously as to why I chose the HP Envy 14 - youย might want to read up that. Like most of the items that I’ve purchased in the past year or so, the Envy 14 was also bought from HP store with certain changes as compared to the base model. Some of them include:

  • Opted for an Intel Core i5 520M instead of the base Intel Core i3 370M.

This option bumped the rate by about $100, but I felt it was worth it - going by past experience where I settled for a bare minimum Core 2 Duo ย T5250 - a decision which I kind of regretted since my processor was holding back severely. (Side note: The i5 520 is no longer available in HP store and has been replaced by the i5 560M.)

  • Bumped hard disk capacity from 320GB to 500B

You can never have enough of available space.

  • Lower resolution screen

Opted for a 1366ร—768 resolution screen, instead of a 1600ร—900. Iย really do believe that 1280ร—800 / 1366ร—768 resolution hits the sweet spot for 14/15โ€ณ screens. Here’s a glance at the laptop specifications.

Laptop Specifications: