I have owned three HP notebooks over the years, not counting my brief experience with netbooks (shudder). I have loved the look of the Envy 13 since it was released. It is a solid yet light weight machine and has the best trackpad of any computer HP has made. I just couldn't get my head around the price of the machine. So I purchased the not in the same class but still cool-looking, dm3. I kept the non-matching stand alone optical drive from my unlamented dm2 to supplement it.
All that said, I was excited when I heard about the Envy 14 because it was listed at a price below the 13. A 14 inch screen is edging up to beyond what I consider ultra-portable, but it has all that other cool Envy quality. It was a real possibility until I saw it in person. The 14 has that weird design on the lid. Jason calls it aggressive. I call it icky. The Envy 13 did not have a design on the lid, while the 15 did. Now both of the new models have it. Why HP? Why?
I was able to handle the so called "coffee" design on the dm2. And the Envy 13 has a pattern on the deck surrounding the trackpad and I could handle that. But all over the lid? It isn't subtle. It isn't attractive. I won't be buying. The dm3 with its simple brushed metal look will have to carry on for me a while longer.