A Look Inside the HP Envy 15-3000

One consideration when buying a laptop such as the HP Envy 15 is how easy it is to access and upgrade components.  This is especially a concern for power users who want to right away upgrade memory, install an SSD or maybe replace an optical drive with a storage drive.  There have been a few questions regarding how easy it is to access components in the Envy 15-3000 so here’s a picture tour of opening up the machine and what is and isn’t easy to get to:

Envy 15-3000 bottom

Above is the Envy 15-3000 with bottom cover in place.

Envy 15-3000 bottom battery panel removed

Half of the back panel unlocks by simply moving a switch, allowing it to be slid off and providing easy access to the battery and hard disk

Envy 15-3000 bottom panel removed

The other half of the bottom panel has six screws keeping it in place. Once they are removed, it also slides off easily. This allows access to the memory and other internals for easy upgrades.

Envy 15-3000 bottom panel removed right view

Envy 15-3000 bottom panel removed left view

One question that has popped up is in regards to replacing the optical drive (shown above) with a storage drive instead.  As you can somewhat tell from the picture, this isn’t going to be straight forward and certainly you would need to reference the disassembly documents for the Envy 15-3000 to figure out whether there’s clearance space and the right adapters there to even put in a second hard drive.  Making a modification of this type would almost certainly void the HP warranty.  Since you get a 2-year standard warranty with the Envy 15 that’s quite a valuable aspect of the laptop and not one you’d want to lose.

The full hi-res images for the internals of the Envy 15-3000 can be downloaded using this link: HP Envy 15-3000 internals images from LaptopReviews.com

 

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7 Responses to A Look Inside the HP Envy 15-3000

  1. Mark January 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    What material is it made of bottom cover? is it aluminium or plastic?

    • Ryan January 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Aluminum. The entire outer chassis is aluminum. :)

  2. Pav January 16, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi, Just have a question about the battery, Will this laptop work with it removed? I use laptops plugged into the mains most of the time and tend to remove a battery completely, when not needed. Thanks

    • Ryan January 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      Hi Pav, I share your curiosity about this. Unfortunately, removing the battery will void the warranty, so it’s something I’m not ready to try.

  3. Joe January 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Hey, Just a thought…I finally just received my Envy 15 and was wondering the same thing about replacing the optical drive with a hard drive and upgrading the standard drive with an ssd so I would be able to have the speed and storage. Anyway, my question is does the Envy 15 have an msata port like the Envy 17? I would prefer this route so I could just add the msata and keep the standard 500GB that’s already in here along with the optical drive.

  4. DHRUV ARYADhruv Arya May 17, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Hi, i have ordered hp envy 15 via hp.com but it doesnt come with blu ray reader. so i have also ordered a internal slot drive of envy 17. My question is can i replace the dvd burner inside the new envy 15 2012 with a slot drive replacement bluray reader drive of envy 17 2012. Will the drive fit in the place. Is that of same size. will it be possible n would the system pick up the drivers etc on its own. Plz let me know

  5. Dhruv Arya May 17, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Hi, i have ordered hp envy 15 via hp.com but it doesnt come with blu ray reader. so i have also ordered a internal slot drive of envy 17. My question is can i replace the dvd burner inside the new envy 15 2012 with a slot drive replacement bluray reader drive of envy 17 2012. Will the drive fit in the place. Is that of same size. will it be possible n would the system pick up the drivers etc on its own. Plz let me know.

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