HP ENVY 750-140 Desktop Review

December 1, 2015
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I’ve said this before, but new desktops from HP tend to look good. I think also HP ENVY 750-140 sports a neat silver-type design, making this little thing pleasing to look at. But a more important thing for many is the engine room… indeed, how fast a computer is?


The essential trio of processor, memory and storage drive seem to be in good balance here. Starting with the processor, you’ll find Intel Core i5-6400 inside. It’s one of the 6th Generation units, offering four cores with 2.7GHz base speed. The turbo boost increases the frequency to 3.3GHz. It’s a pretty decent chip with over 6400 points score in CPU Mark, you’ll find the i5 sufficient for both daily tasks and power user activities.

The 8GB memory complements the processor, ensuring that no software should have problems running on this computer. I’m quite sure it’s installed on one stick, leaving the other memory slot free. Hence, 16GB is the maximum memory this computer accepts.

The 1TB 7200RPM storage drive is a logical choice for such a power user oriented desktop, at least for people who store plenty of data on their systems. For people who are more after performance than storage, a solid-state drive is a good solution. But guess what? According to official HP specifications, also a 128GB 2.5″ SATA SSD is installed in this machine. That’s not listed on Amazon, but if the solid-state drive is indeed there, you’ll get an excellent storage set-up for sure.

Does the computer work for gaming?

It’s not the hardcore gamers who would be very happy with the HP. The graphics engine in this computer is called GeForce GT 730. It’s a dedicated unit (2GB GDDR5), and according to various, trusted benchmark tests it’s much better than mere integrated engines. However, it can’t still be called a true gaming card. You can play many games from 2014-2015, including GTA 5, but keep settings around medium and resolution 720p to get playable frame rates.

What ports and connections are there?

The desktop includes a full set of connections in the back panel, those include two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports and two HDMI-outputs. Also LAN (RJ-45 1000Mbps) is there. The front has four more USB ports (two USB 2.0 and USB 3.0).

A dual-band WiFi A/C card is installed in the unit, it supports Bluetooth 4.0 too.

DVD burner, ultra slim type, is available so you can create discs as you wish.

You can increase the local storage or just move files to the computer by using the built-in 7-in-1 media card reader.

Miscellaneous yet important things

As always, this system unit does not come with a monitor. You must get a display separately (or use an existing one, also HDTV is supported). Keyboard and mouse however are included.

The PSU is rated at 300W. Keep this in mind if you’re upgrading the PCI-e x16 graphics card – also, it will most probably fit only a low profile card.

The operating system is pre-installed, it is the Windows 10 Home (64-bit edition).


There are some good reasons to get HP ENVY 750-140. For example, if you’re a more demanding user that also likes to play games now and then, the HP would be sufficient for you. Powerful CPU and especially the hard drive + solid-state drive combo will ensure smooth operations, and with the entry-level graphics engine gaming is entirely possible. Just pair this desktop with a quality monitor and you’re on the road to effortless everyday computing I’d say.

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