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I’ve been tweeting and crowing about how awesome my new HP Envy 15 laptop is. There are some good photos of the laptop and its packaging over at notebooks.com (this photo is borrowed from the site). Quite a few people have asked what I put in it, so I thought I’d post the specs here. I went pretty much full boat with this laptop. It wasn’t cheap (a little under US$4k), but it is blindingly fast. I figure I’m good for the next 3+ years of this Microsoft product wave, no matter what I need to do.
As an example of how great it is, I can have a MOSS VM running (4Gb), an SP2010 VM running (8Gb), and all of my usual desktop apps up and running, while listening to streaming Web radio, and the thing barely hiccups. And that’s with everything installed on the same SSDs: OS and all of the apps and VMs. (One thing to note is that the two 160Gb SSDs come set up as a single 320Gb drive.)
I can’t recommend this laptop enough!
HP ENVY 15 customizable Notebook PC
- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-820QM Processor (1.73GHz, 8MB L2 Cache,1333MHz FSB)w/Turbo Boost up to 3.06 GHz
- 16GB DDR3 System Memory (4 Dimm)
- 320GB Dual Solid State Drive Flash Modules (SSD 160GB + SSD 160GB)
- 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 5830 Graphics – For i7 Processors
- 15.6″ diagonal Full High Definition LED HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen Display (1920×1080)
- External Tray Super Multi 8X DVD+/-R/RW w/Double Layer Support with 2 USB Ports
- Webcam Only
- Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
- HP QuickWeb, Corel VideoStudio Pro X2, Corel Paintshop Pro X2, Stardock My Colors
- HP Color Matching Keyboard
- One 6 Cell Lithium Ion Polymer Battery + One 9 Cell HP Envy Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery
UPDATE 2001-05-29: One thing that I realized was missing from my monster laptop right before a presentation: a VGA port. Spring for the HP HDMI to VGA Display Adapter if you think you might be doing any presentations with a projector. Mine’s on its way.