HP Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 Review

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It's tough going back to a mechanical hard drive after you've experienced the snappy performance of an SSD, but if you're not ready to make the leap cost-wise, shop for a system that supplements the HDD with an mSATA SSD. it makes all the different in the world. We saw it with Dell's Inspiron 14z and here again with HP's Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000. Even with the bloat that comes pre-installed (more on that in a moment), our system booted up in 33 seconds and shutdown in 11 seconds. Those are good figures for a Windows 7 rig running a relatively pokey 5400 RPM hard drive.



Once you've booted into Windows for the first time, you'll want to spend some time assessing which bundled utilities you might use and which ones are destined for the virtual dumpster. HP didn't go completely crazy loading up the 6t-1000 with bloatware, but it's far from a clean desktop. In addition to various bits of junk (like the eBay link), HP pre-loaded several of its own software programs and utilities. The real time-suck comes from researching what each one does.



None of the utilities are particularly critical to the system's core functionality, though some provide a user-friendly frontend for less experienced users to dive into some of Windows deeper settings. The HP Security Assistant, for example, walks users through some of Windows built-in security features and also helps backup system files.



The Recovery Manager is another HP utility that isn't critical to the operation of the PC, but might come in handy for some users. Beyond that, HP included CyberLink's YouCam software and a whole bunch of WildTangent titles.

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OSunday one year ago

Why, why, why the baby resolutions HP?!

1336x768 is just sad for a 15 inch display!

I also don't understand why if they're going to use an HDD, why not at least have it running at 7200rpm?

I've had the faster RPM's in an HD can have a little bit of an impact on battery life but it's not worth the trade off to have things starting up and moving slower. Moving slower for longer isn't more productive than moving faster for less time.

It's good to see bloatware being tuned down a little bit but I know myself and everyone else just wishes it were gone entirely already.

mmo02old1 one year ago

Each person's idea is different, can't say good or bad.

quanlala one year ago

Hi I was wondering where you think I could find this 6t-1000 model and not 6t-1100 model? I cannot find this one on sale anywhere.

It seems this would be way easier than to buy a 6t-1100 and downgrading to Windows 7 (which I prefer)

blueboy2011 one year ago

This Ultrabook would be a damned beast wouldn't for a fact that it has a mediocre 768p screen. WTH were you thinking HP? Having a cheap screen in an Ultrabook is inexcusable imo. At least bump it 1600x900 if you don't want the 1080p screen? Sheesh!

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