Whilst we here mention the ‘Ultrabook’ term an awful lot there are a range of laptops out there which run AMD based processors and deserve to be mentioned. Why? Well that’ll be because we have no specific brand allegiance to Intel or AMD, despite what our name may suggest.
Yes it is true, ‘Ultrabook’ is a term given to laptops which meet certain hardware requirements and run Intel processors. That means that any Ultra-thin laptop which runs an AMD processor, even though it may be as thin as an Ultrabook, can not carry the term, often leading consumers away from AMD powered Ultra-thins and in to the purchase of an Intel powered machine.
When an Ultra-thin laptop is on the market which offers excellent performance for your money though, you do not deserve to be led away from a great deal. Enter, the HP Envy Sleekbook.
HP ENVY 6 Sleekbook / HP Envy 6 sleekbook 1006sa 15.6″ laptop
The HP Sleekbook line was introduced alongside similar machines which ran Intel-based processors, of which claimed their fame and were allowed to be called ‘Ultrabooks’. HP released the Sleekbook Envy 6 with the aim of offering a low-cost AMD version to its higher specification laptops.
Today we are introducing you to a laptop which has been on the market for a few months now, however since then has sold quite well in the UK; the HP ENVY 6 Sleekbook 1006sa 15.6″.
This laptop has a 15.6″ display running at a resolution of 1366 x 768 which isn’t the best resolution in a laptop. The Asus Zenbook Prime for example rocks a 1920 x 1080 resolution 13.3″ display, however at least the build of the Envy itself has a rather sumptuous high quality brushed aluminium effect throughout. You will also find Beats Audio technology, Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) pre-installed and a 500GB 5,400rpm HDD to store files on. Now whilst it does not feature an SSD, yet another reason why this is not an Ultrabook, all of the niggles fall away when you consider the price you’ll be asked to pay for it.
Currently you can pick one of these laptops up for under £550 online through Google shopping (link to URL, non affiliate). At this price point, the HP Envy Sleekbook is one of the best looking 15.6″ laptops on the market, and also one of the thinnest 15.6″ laptops on the market full stop.
Moving on to the heart of the machine, and you will will find the following AMD processor within:
AMD Dual-Core A6-4455M
- 2.1 GHz
- 2.6 GHz with TurboBoost
- 5 GT/s
- 1 MB L2 cache memory
Naturally, the above processor is not as powerful as current Intel offerings as seen in Ultrabooks (Core series). This processor is however good for internet browsing, bashing out Word and Excel documents and running home-school or revision software (note: there is no optical drive, however you will be able to download, naturally).
This laptop also pulls away from other mid-range laptops on the market when you start to dwell in to connectivity and ports. This particular laptop features 2 USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a HDMI port, Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
If you are in the market for a low cost laptop which packs decent specifications and is portable whilst offering up a 15.6″ display, then the HP Sleekbook 6 is hard not to recommend.
Okay so it isn’t as fast as Intel Core based machines, and it doesn’t feature an optical drive, however what it does have going for it is competitive pricing, solid connectivity and a great design. We’ll leave you to research this laptop further yourself and decide whether it is right for you.