HP ENVY Sleekbook 6z Review: Is Being Thin Enough?

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 5
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 2
      • Usability
      • 7
      • Performance
      • 5
      • Features
      • 5
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 5
      • Total Score:
      • 4.83
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great battery life
    • Good touchpad
    • Nice-looking design
  • Cons

    • Awful keyboard
    • Poor screen with no upgrade option at this time
    • No user upgradeability

Quick Take

Impressive battery life and a nice design make the Sleekbook 6z quite attractive, but the weak keyboard and poor upgrade options limit the value.

The HP ENVY Sleekbook 6z (also called the Sleekbook 6z-1000) is one light and thin notebook; about two-thirds the height and weight of normal 15.6-inch notebook at just 0.78 inches and 4.75 lbs. This provides some portability, but being a 15.6-inch machine this design choice is more about form than function.

\"HPThe slim dimensions mesh nicely with the brushed aluminum exterior which provides a classy look to the device. The overall aesthetics of the machine are clean with a red soft-touch paint finish on the bottom and thin speaker grill that is placed just below the lid. Another great feature of the ENVY Sleekbook 6z is its strong battery life, which provides an even seven hours, 30 minutes of life before needing to be recharged.

While the HP ENVY Sleekbook 6z does offer a few nice attributes, it is ultimately hard to recommend for a few reasons. The first being its poorly constructed keyboard: it has an unresponsive feel and is not encouraging to use. Adding to the problem is the sub-par 1366×768 screen resolution; it suffices for basic tasks, but many users will find the display lacking space.

Considering the $599 cost ($650 upgraded), the Sleekbook 6z is not a great deal by any means. For the same price users could get themselves an HP 15.6-inch Pavillion notebook; which offers a better and keyboard and screen resolution, not mention far better upgrade options.



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