HP ENVY 15-v010nr

The HP ENVY 15-v010nr is a mid-range notebook with decent performance ratings that doesn’t truly shine in any area, but as a whole is a great device. Despite the numbers, the HP feels lighter than it actually is and on the surface of things gives a higher quality vibe thanks to its decent building materials.

At a glance

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  • Pros
  • Good overall specs
  • Decent battery life
  • Good build quality
  • Snappy touchscreen experience
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Cons
  • No Solid State Drive
  • No dedicated video card

HP ENVY 15-v010nr Review

The processor that the guys at HP have fitted within the ENVY 15-v010nr is the industry standard dual core Intel i5-5200U. As we’ve mentioned in many other reviews, this CPU will effortlessly handle multitasking or any other day to day activities. It isn’t a spectacular processor, but it gets the job done and furthermore it’s a 5th generation Intel, which means it will stand the test of time by not becoming obsolete or decrepit in the next 3 years at least.

HP ENVY 15-v010nr Side View
Side view of the HP ENVY 15-v010nr

System memory is the department where the HP has the most oomph going on. With 8 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM, the HP ENVY 15-v010nr will run every day to day program or app you can think and then some more, having copious amounts to spare. Some would see this as overkill for a notebook that’s intended to be used by the average user, but we think it’s a great way for HP to lift up the specs. Furthermore, should you ever need more RAM, you can always upgrade it to the motherboard’s maximum hold capacity of 16GB. Now that would be overkill.

Storage-wise, the HP ENVY 15-v010nr also comes equipped with an industry-standard 1TB, 5400 rpm Hard Disk Drive, enough for plenty of movies, music or photos to be stored (and sometimes forgotten about) on it. A solid state drive upgrade would drastically improve performance, but seeing as the laptop it’s a bit expensive to start with, we’d recommend a cheaper SSD.

One of the big pluses for the HP is the screen: a beautiful full HD, 15.6 inches across snappy touchscreen. The hinges are also pretty sturdy and can withstand vigorous touches without making the screen bounce back and forth like a rocker chair. Of course, it doesn’t come with an integrated video card, but uses a shared Intel Mobile HD to render graphics. Despite of the good overall technical specifications, no recent games can be played on the HP, not with adequate frame rates anyway.

HP ENVY 15-v010nr Front View
Front View of the HP ENVY 15-v010nr

It also has 3 USB 3.0 ports and comes with HP’s optimized Control Zone precision track pad and Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The battery is good, but not great: it will hold a charge for up to six and a half hours, enough to enjoy using it on your home couch or when going to a business lunch, but not so much as a trusty travel companion.

Technical Specifications

Product HP ENVY 15-v010nr
Details Click here to see the price on Amazon.com
CPU Name Intel Core i5-5200U
CPU Type Dual Core (2 cores, 4 threads)
CPU Speed 2.2 GHz up to 2.7 GHz
Chipset Broadwell
CPU Cache 3MB L2 Cache
Installed Memory 8 GB
Maximum Memory 16 GB
Memory Type DDR3L SDRAM
Total Memory Slots 2 slots
Storage Capacity 1 TB
Storage Type HDD
Storage Technology 5400 rpm, SATA
Screen Size 15.6″
Screen Type WLED
Screen Technology
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen Yes
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 5500
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
Audio Technology Beats Audio
Speakers 2 speakers + 1 subwoofer
Webcam Intel RealSense 3D Camera
Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
USB Ports 3 x USB 3.0
Sleep-and-Charge USB Unknown
Headphone/Mic Audio COmbo
Multi Card Slot Yes, SD card reader
LAN (RJ45) Yes
Touch Pad / Track Pad HP Control Zone Trackpad
Number of Keys Full size island-style (104 keys)
Backlit Keyboard Yes
Battery Type 4 Cell Lithium Ion
Battery Capacity 41 Whr
Maximum Battery Life Up to 6 hours and 15 minutes
Other Features
Operating System Windows 8.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 15.14″ x 10.37″ x 1.14″
Weight 5.74 pounds
Warranty 1-Year Limited Hardware

Final thoughts

The HP ENVY 15-v010nr is a good, sturdy workhorse of a notebook, perfect as a desktop replacement or even as a business companion for those professionals who don’t necessarily need extra portability. The combination of hardware and build quality found in the HP ENVY will not impress, but it will provide satisfaction through consistent usage.

References and further reading

HP ENVY 15-v010nr Data Sheet [PDF]
Intel Core i5-5200U Specification Sheet
PassMark Benchmark Score for the i5-5200U

HP ENVY 15-v010nr Amazon customer reviews