HP ENVY 13-d061sa 13.3" Laptop - Aluminium £599.99 with voucher  @ pcworld
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HP ENVY 13-d061sa 13.3" Laptop - Aluminium £599.99 with voucher @ pcworld

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Found 15th Dec 2015
PC World currently have a voucher on at the moment, £200 off any HP Envy 13 ("HP200"). The £799 model strikes a sweet spot in my opinion:

* Core i5 6200 2.3GHz / 2.8GHz
* 8GB RAM
* 256GB SSD
* 3200*1800 13.3" IPS LCD
* Fingerprint reader

No touch for those that prefer that, for those that want touch look elsewhere.

Looks like a very well built laptop, all aluminium build, 1.36KG.
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Mine arrives tomorrow as well, I'll give some impressions then.
This seems like a really good deal! Should hopefully get very hot, very quick!
i5-6200U Processor - good but not blazing - 3909 cpubenchmark
After having two failed laptops from HP recently (both motherboard failure) I'm not a fan of them personally. Shame as it looks a decent spec and decent casing.
saintagnes

i5-6200U Processor - good but not blazing - 3909 cpubenchmark


That's actually a damn good score for a low-power CPU!
This or the asus zenbook?
Very nice. Wish it had come up in the Black Friday week or I'd have changed my mind on what I ended up with.
Never a right time to buy.
looks good. There are some interesting comments here through :

hotukdeals.com/dea…801
Original Poster
I looked at the Zenbook. In the end the Core M vs an i5 drove me to the HP. That and the Zenbook had half the SSD.

I'm unsure which screen I'd prefer, 1920 on the zenbook seems like a better resolution. I don't know how well Windows 10 will handle scaling with the higher resolution on the HP.
I had this laptop but returned it, twice. Couple issues.
1) The screen is really quite poor. The first one had really severe screen bleed issues. The second less so, but still irritating enough to warrant a return.
2) Generally the glossiness of the screen is such that you need it at really high brightness to make it usable. This means the battery life is pretty poor.
3) Spec wise, still decent for the price. The market is shocking at the moment in my opinion (still trying to find a replacement! I missed Black Friday waiting for my money to be refunded from this). The build quality is excellent aside from the screen, which is just too thin (if you touch the back you get a big orange glare across it).
Edited by: "Unchange" 15th Dec 2015
Cannot see any reference to the voucher on their website.
Do you have a link to something or a voucher code?
Bought one!!
I'm just struggling a bit to figure out what would make it worth £799, originally, especially when it uses integrated Intel graphics rather than a Nvidia solution. Perhaps the screen is amazing. The 1 year warranty isn't very reassuring, though not unusual, alas. Hot-ish, I guess, if HP appeals more than i5 6200U Lenovo or Dell? I don't seem to have much luck with HP.

Edited by: "Noclouds" 15th Dec 2015
Would love a dell xps 13 but cannot justify it.
I've been after a 13.3 laptop with similar specs to this Envy for a while, and got all excited when I found the voucher code 'HP200' here last week.

hotukdeals.com/vou…573

This link takes you to the 3 HP Envy's which the code is valid for. However after doing a bit of research, I've decided against a purchase due to issues with the screen, battery life and fan:

forum.notebookreview.com/thr…571
hotukdeals.com/dea…743
hotukdeals.com/dea…e=2

gathering.tweakers.net/for…ast
(this is a Dutch site, so use Google Translate)

There are variations to the Envy range (HP's own site has one which differ from the 3 available at Currys), with different screen, RAM and storage combinations (SSD or HDD). It appears that the 1080p screen isn't as bad as the higher res screens (less reflective and backlight bleed not as severe). A 1080p screen is all I want really, as I think anything substantially higher would be pointless on such a small screen.

But the 1080p one which Curry sells HP ENVY 13-d050sa 13.3" Laptop - Aluminium only has 4GB RAM, and cannot be upgraded as the RAM is soldered on across the Envy 13 range. The SSD however can be swapped, but not sure if that'd void the warranty.

I'm now looking at the Dell's 13 Inspiron 2-in-1 instead, as it looks to be a good alternative for £599:

13.3 1080p screen
i5-6200U
8GB RAM
500GB Hybrid HD
And most importantly, a backlit keyboard

dell.com/uk/…_OC
Edited by: "weirdo" 15th Dec 2015
weirdo

I've been after a 13.3 laptop with similar specs to this Envy for a … I've been after a 13.3 laptop with similar specs to this Envy for a while, and got all excited when I found the voucher code 'HP200' here last week.http://www.hotukdeals.com/vouchers/currys.co.uk?vb=94573This link takes you to the 3 HP Envy's which the code is valid for. However after doing a bit of research, I've decided against a purchase due to issues with the screen, battery life and fan:http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/envy-13-dxxx-intel-skylake-notebooks-2015.782571http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-envy-13-d008na-windows-10-i5-6200u-skylake-8gb-ram-256gb-m-2-ssd-fhd-1920x1080-2322743http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-envy-13-d004na-new-2015-windows-10-i7-6500u-skylake-8gb-ram-512gb-m-2-ssd-qhd-2321400?page=2#commentshttp://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1655720/last(this is a Dutch site, so use Google Translate)There are variations to the Envy range (HP's own site has one which differ from the 3 available at Currys), with different screen, RAM and storage combinations (SSD or HDD). It appears that the 1080p screen isn't as bad as the higher res screens (less reflective and backlight bleed not as severe). A 1080p screen is all I want really, as I think anything substantially higher would be pointless on such a small screen.But the 1080p one which Curry sells HP ENVY 13-d050sa 13.3" Laptop - Aluminium only has 4GB RAM, and cannot be upgraded as the RAM is soldered on across the Envy 13 range. The SSD however can be swapped, but not sure if that'd void the warranty.I'm now looking at the Dell's 13 Inspiron 2-in-1 instead, as it looks to be a good alternative for £599:13.3 1080p screeni5-6200U8GB RAM500GB Hybrid HDAnd most importantly, a backlit keyboard :)http://www.dell.com/uk/p/inspiron-13-7359-laptop/pd?ref=PD_OC



The envy has a backlit keyboard
matengawhat

The envy has a backlit keyboard



Ah yes, you're right. I got mixed up with the HP Pavillion x360 which I've also been looking at recently which has a standard keyboard:

currys.co.uk/gbu…tml
I'm about to send my second one back, only had my replacement 5 days, first one terrible light bleed, bright spots like stars all across top edge, total rubbish, got my replacement and has back light bleed in all four corners but only on high brightness settings so was thinking of keeping it but having used now for a couple of days have cluster of dead pixels in top right and one mid left, I'm sorry to say these screens are rubbish - I bought the i7 direct from hp, the customer service is rubbish so going to have to go through all that again now!
should get 7% cash back through quidco for laptops over 599 too! every little helps. wait, that's tesc.......... o you get the point!
The brief Pros and Cons overviews is what for me makes HUKD such a great site.
You can always then in depth yourself if inclined.
For me, looking to replace my Z930 with the I7 version of this, I have decided against it.
This looked attractive, but the screen, battery, fan and hi-res issues have put me off.
I'm going to wait for the Jan sales.
It seems there is also a bundle on their website with the laptop AND a Kindle Paper White for the same £800 price. If you can use the £200 off voucher here too then you are laughing.
pcworld.co.uk/gbu…tml

Personally I'm a bit put off by the (very helpful) reviews on here and I'm not sure I'll take the plunge.
Original Poster
I've just opened mine and used it for a few minutes. Here are my initial pro's and con's:

Pro's
* Build quality is very good, entirely aluminium chassis with no flex in the keyboard deck.
* Screen resolution makes text incredibly clear, I have scaling set to 175% and it's similar to the real estate of a 1080p screen whilst having a higher PPI. Whether or not that is important to you is up to you.
* Keyboard is good, with a few exceptions

Con's:
* Light bleed is present, more noticeable on higher brightness, in the top left and right, and only on darker colours.
* Keyboard backlight is not variable or automatic so requires you to switch it on.
* Keyboard backlight leaks all around the outside of the keys showing the square shape of the keys. I don't know if this is intentional but I'd rather just have the letters light up.
* The Enter key is not the UK standard, this is a biggie for me. They have the # key right in the position where the Enter key usually extends. I can't get used to this as a fast touch typist.
*Fan's don't seem to turn off.


I'll give it a day or so but I'm not in love for sure.
Dazzla

I've just opened mine and used it for a few minutes. Here are my initial … I've just opened mine and used it for a few minutes. Here are my initial pro's and con's:Pro's* Build quality is very good, entirely aluminium chassis with no flex in the keyboard deck.* Screen resolution makes text incredibly clear, I have scaling set to 175% and it's similar to the real estate of a 1080p screen whilst having a higher PPI. Whether or not that is important to you is up to you.* Keyboard is good, with a few exceptionsCon's:* Light bleed is present, more noticeable on higher brightness, in the top left and right, and only on darker colours.* Keyboard backlight is not variable or automatic so requires you to switch it on.* Keyboard backlight leaks all around the outside of the keys showing the square shape of the keys. I don't know if this is intentional but I'd rather just have the letters light up.* The Enter key is not the UK standard, this is a biggie for me. They have the # key right in the position where the Enter key usually extends. I can't get used to this as a fast touch typist.*Fan's don't seem to turn off.I'll give it a day or so but I'm not in love for sure.



Fan is permanently on in the BIOS for some reason. Just turn it off. It will still come on when required (which isn't very frequently actually, quite a cool system).
Unchange

Fan is permanently on in the BIOS for some reason. Just turn it off. It … Fan is permanently on in the BIOS for some reason. Just turn it off. It will still come on when required (which isn't very frequently actually, quite a cool system).



I wouldn't turn it off - I noticed on mine just how hot it ran especially under screen by power button on the top edge

Check your screen very carefully for broken/stuck pixels - may take you a while but open google bright white page and check it
Noclouds

I'm just struggling a bit to figure out what would make it worth £799, … I'm just struggling a bit to figure out what would make it worth £799, originally, especially when it uses integrated Intel graphics rather than a Nvidia solution. Perhaps the screen is amazing. The 1 year warranty isn't very reassuring, though not unusual, alas. Hot-ish, I guess, if HP appeals more than i5 6200U Lenovo or Dell? I don't seem to have much luck with HP.


Unfortunately I'm a PC World employee, when this came out I was very intent on buying it but the price kept on increasing and now I know why!

The i5 256gb model started at £649 then £699 then £799 so in theory only £50 reduction.
kingosticks

It seems there is also a bundle on their website with the laptop AND a … It seems there is also a bundle on their website with the laptop AND a Kindle Paper White for the same £800 price. If you can use the £200 off voucher here too then you are laughing. http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/computing/laptops/laptops/hp-envy-13-d061sa-13-3-laptop-kindle-paper-white-bundle-10141439-pdt.htmlPersonally I'm a bit put off by the (very helpful) reviews on here and I'm not sure I'll take the plunge.



The code does not work with the kindle paperwhite bundle offer.
petetate

The code does not work with the kindle paperwhite bundle offer.


That is a shame, thanks for verifying that.
Have been using mine for 2 days now. Very well made, works fast for normal day to day work, touchpad is good after adjusting cursor speed, screen is fantastic. I am not sure about the fuss about backlight bleeding. I can only notice it the screen is totally black and does not affect the performance otherwise. The fan is slightly annoying but get used to it after some time. I have a Macbook Pro with retina 2014 with same specs. Paid almost double for very similar laptop. I am happy with the purchase.
I got this laptop today. Some significant light bleeding along the edges. Not sure if thats a deal breaker for me though since that is the only issue. other than that the laptop build and quality is fantastic.

Update: Battery life is real crappy at 'QHD' resolution so that might be a factor you would want to take into accoutn before the purchase. Personally, I got mixed feelings about this one.
Edited by: "petetate" 19th Dec 2015
Bought this exact model from PC world under this deal. Screen is fine, no bleed, I love the HP sign in software, only ever need to login to any website once and now my pin or better still finger stroke does the trick.
I am a software developer, I use visual studio all day, I find this laptop great. Has a backlit keyboard but I didn't discover this straight away. Considering it is £450 quid less than the similarly specced dell which doesn't have QHD display I don't know what people are expecting. Ok the HP battery has allegedly 2-3 hours less battery (mine lasts 7 hours in power save mode).
I highly recommend this laptop. I am either very lucky with monitor, the problem has been fixed on newer stock or a bad apple has led to a lot of bad press.
Original Poster
I've used it for a few days now. I don't actually come across situations where I can see any light bleed, so it may as well not exist. The screen is so incredibly crisp and is more than bright enough at around 50-60%. I'm getting around 5-6 hours battery in normal usage. So that'll be a mix of web, email and Office. The fingerprint reader is incredibly reliable, and works with Windows Hello perfectly, makes logging in a breeze. The keyboard is incredibly comfortable as well, and you get used to the enter key pretty quickly, but my mind boggles as to why they didn't go with a standard UK sized Enter key.

Edit: Update on the fans as well, now everything is up to date (Windows, Drivers, HP Utilities), the fan noise is almost non existent. I can't hear it over the typing at all.
Edited by: "Dazzla" 20th Dec 2015
Does the code still work? Didn't seem to work for me unfortunately
tcgreenwich

Does the code still work? Didn't seem to work for me unfortunately



​dont think so as I tried to use it a couple of days ago.
Original Poster
There was another deal which was £100 cheaper. Not sure if that's still on.

I took mine back. The charger failed after 5 days. I had to reset it at PC World next to a display model to remove my personal stuff as the battery had died on me before I could do it at home.
i have the hp envy 13 inch and the fan is on constantly. from the moment it switches on. does anyone else have this issue? i know you can switch the fan off in the boot/bios menu, but is this safe to do? i dont know if this will disable the fan completely, or will it still come on when needed. please advise, thanks
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