HP Envy 750-114 seems to be one of the desktops that can deal with anything you throw at it: there is a beefy, 6th generation Core i5 processor leading the show and 12GB memory backing you up in case a lot of multitasking should occur. Unfortunately, I can also see some flaws in this computer. So read on to see if this HP really is a recommended choice or not…
So it’s good for all kinds of software?
Surely the most important aspect of desktop is the performance. So, let’s take a look in the engine room of HP Envy 750-114. The most essential thing would the processor that dictates the performance level. In this unit, it’s the quad-core Intel Core i5-6400 of 2.7GHz clock speed and 3.3GHz turbo. The i5s are known as upper mid-range series, often found in the computers of power users. Indeed, if you’re familiar with benchmark tests, you’ll see the ~6500 score in CPU Mark will take you far, no matter what programs you’ll use with this desktop.
Other components look proper for heavier use, too. You will not run out of RAM, there is 12GB installed. As there are two memory slots, 16GB is the maximum, but upgrading to that from 12GB isn’t going to give a visible increase in performance.
Hard drive disk is definitely big: it has 2TB storage capacity. That is the same than four hundreds DVDs. So it’s not storage you will run out of, either. The spindle speed (performance) is 7200RPM, better than old 5400RPM, but still not a match for solid-state drives. Luckily you can install one in the drive bays, just keep in mind no SSD-supporting M.2 slots are available on the mainboard.
Perhaps then, it also works for gaming?
HP Envy 750-114 has one disadvantage that doesn’t make it a great pick for gaming, and that is the lack of a dedicated graphics card. The unit that’s handling the graphics here is Intel HD 530 and it’s integrated on the processor. Luckily, it’s one of the better integrated units, so all hope is not lost. So, if you play GTA 5 you’ll get FPS between 20-30 on low settings and 720p resolution. It’s a bit choppy but many will be able to play on that. Games like Minecraft and Steam titles will work much better.
You can upgrade to dedicated graphics, the motherboard features PCI-e x16 expansion slot. If you’re putting in a very beefy card, you might need to replace the 300W PSU as well.
What peripherals can be connected?
You can connect all the usual, USB supporting devices. HP Envy 750-114 offers you two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports in the back, and a similar set-up in the front (so eight USB in total).
The video outputs include two HDMI outputs, so plugging two monitors at the same time is possible.
Audio setup is the minimal line in, line out and microphone port in the back panel. The front has a headphone & microphone connector.
What other benefits does the desktop offer?
To move some data to and from the computer, you can use the DVD burner (no BluRay support, remember that!). There is also a media card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS & variations) for some data transfers.
You can connect to Internet with wireless as well, the desktop sports a dual-band WiFi card with 802.11ac standard and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Of course, also Gigabit RJ-45 port is available.
This neat-looking computer also comes with neat wireless keyboard and mouse. However, no monitor is included.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).
If I was after a power desktop with a wicked design, I’d probably choose HP Envy 750-114. It’s up for any software-related task, including heavyweight programs such as Adobe Photoshop image editor or VirtualBox virtualization program. However, gaming is limited to low settings and/or older titles due to integrated Intel HD Graphics. So, a player’s desktop this is not, but other demanding use should be a piece of cake with this HP powerhouse!