The HP Envy 14 started landing on our fair shores recently and as such I felt it was as good a time as any to replace my HP DV5 with something new. Now I've only been using the computer for a few hours now, so this isn't going to be an in depth review, but I figured I'd sketch out my initial impressions for anyone who might be interested. If first impressions count, this laptop is an absolute stunner. After tenderly disassembling the beautiful box and removing the provided soft cover carry sleeve, you're left looking at a very nicely textured lid atop a smoothly contoured all metal body. Opening her up, there's a textured palmrest, large touchpad and a chiclet keyboard that, even though it's the same size as that of the DV5, just feels so much larger. And it's amazing to type on, I'm still getting used to it but it already feels like I'm typing faster and more accurately. Probably the placebo affect, but I really do love this keyboard. There's a touch of keyboard flex around the 'p' button, but apart from that, I couldn't possible ask for anything more from it. For me, the touchpad is certainly interesting - while its surface area is very generous, part of it is taken up by the buttons, and therein lies the problem. Integrating the buttons into the touchpad surface certainly requires some adjustment in usage style - I've found that I'm unable to rest my thumb on the buttons like I'm used to, lest I cause the mouse cursor to bounce around. That said, I've used the same model touchpad on the DV6 and Envy15 and 17, and while it's similar superficially, the touchpad drivers have been updates to make using it a much more pleasant (and forgiving) experience. The model I'm using is the i5-520M with the 14.5" 1600x900 radiance display panel, which, so far, has provided a brilliantly crisp image with no color bleed. The Envy14 does also come in a model with a 1366x768 display, but if you can find someone stocking the 1600x900, it's worth any extra amount of money you might have to lay down. Be aware though - HP apparently encountered supply problems with the 1600x900 screen in the US and eventually stopped stocking them, so I would imagine that there would be a limited supply available in Australia before all laptops sold ended up running with the lower resolution (and less visually impressive) panel. The only thing I've really been able to test so far is the audio performance. Now the Envy14 is advertised as having 'Beats' audio (the same people who make those ridiculous 'Beats by Dr Dre' headphones), and is marketed as having superior audio quality, enough to professional edit audio and play movies with the greatest detail. There are two software activated audio modes available, with beats and without. With beats, the audio isn't too bad, but without it has, by far, the worst audio performance I've ever heard coming out of a computer. I know laptops don't exactly have the best speakers ever, but the four previous laptops I've owned/used leave it in the dust. With beats, it's a bit bass heavy, but it's not too bad. I tested it with a few different songs - 'List of demands' by Saul Williams and 'Oppenheimers Brother' and 'First it Giveth' by Queens of the Stone Age - and while bass response isn't too bad, and vocals are crisp, guitar noise just felt like it was getting a bit lost under the beats audio mode. That said, the system does come with a software equalizer, so perhaps a bit of tweaking might yield better results, but out of the box, well, it's not the best. That said, I've heard great things about the audio response using headphones, but I'm currently unable to test that. That said, I have a rather vexing ear infection right now, so take my audio comments with a grain of salt I guess. As a final note, the system has, so far, run fairly quietly, and without much temperature build up, besides a slight warm spot in the bottom right hand corner of the palm rest. While some Envy 14 owners have mentioned problems with CPU whir while the computer is whiring (apparently this is a problem with the mobile intel processors) I haven't really fount it to be an issue, there's a faint noise, but it's nothing noticeable. I must say I did buy this laptop with some sense of trepidation, due to concerns about switching to a slightly smaller, wide screen display, especially considering the amount of work I'm going to have to do on it over the coming year, but I've been rather won over after a few hours use. I'll see how I feel in a day or so, but so far, so good.