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HP ENVY 13-1030NR 13.1-Inch Magnesium Alloy Laptop Review

HP ENVY 13 1030NR 13.1 Inch Magnesium Alloy Laptop Review

HP ENVY 13-1030NR Laptop

The HP ENVY 13-1030NR laptop has Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 13.1″ display and Microsoft Windows 7.

The processor is the Intel Core 2 Duo model SL9400. The processor runs at 1.86GHz and has 6MB of L2 cache.  It is a 64-bit dual core processor built using a 45nm process. It runs with a 1066MHz front-side bus (FSB). The laptop comes with 3 GB of DDR3 system memory.

The display is a 13.1″ High Definition LED HP Radiance Infinity widescreen display with a resolution of 1366×768. This display has wide viewing angles and has twice the average brightness of most notebook displays available.  The screen is driven by the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4330 graphics M92LP with up to 1757MB total graphics memory with 512MB dedicated memory.  This graphics card supports OpenGL 3.2 and Microsoft DirectX 10.1 (Shader Model 4.1).

For storage you get a 250GB (5400RPM) hard drive (SATA).  A bit on the small and slow side, but it should be sufficient.  This system does not have an internal optical drive, but does include an external SuperMulti 8X DVD+R/RW with Double Layer support.  The card reader is a 2-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards & MultiMedia cards.

For networking you can use the external 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector), or the integrated Intel® WiFi Link 5100AGN adapter.  This laptop also has Bluetooth support.  Other ports include 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, headphone-out/Microphone in combo jack (compatible with 3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic), and an HDMI port for connecting to your HDTV.

The laptop comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition.  Other software includes HP Support Assistant, HP PC Recovery, HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection, Macromedia Shockwave, Symantec® Norton Internet Security™ 2009 (60 Day Trial), Microsoft® Silverlight, Sun® Java, Corel Video Studio Pro X2, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, HP MediaSmart Premium, Beats™ Audio, ENVY themed UI with StarDock, Adobe® Reader, Adobe® Flash, HP Set Up, Microsoft® Internet Explorer Toolbar, ENVY Instant On Solution, Windows Live™ Messenger, Windows Live™ Writer, Windows Live™ Mail, HP-AOL Portal, Skype, and TheNextBench community DT Icon.

The laptop measures 12.59 (L) x 8.46″ (D) x 0.8″ (H) and weighs 5.07 pounds. Get up to 16.25 hours of battery life from the included Lithium polymer battery.

The HP ENVY 13-1030NR laptop  can be found for around $1460.

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