Summary: Let's get down to the nuts and bolts. We've seen the hard numbers and the subjective feelings towards this computer, so just where does it stack up? Taking the price into consideration, it does pretty well. The system is currently available directly from HP for $749.99 at the time of writing and can be customized with an upgraded processor and 8GB of RAM.
Excerpt: This we know: Windows 8 is more usable with a touchscreen, plain and simple. Whether that’s a practical scenario for tower-and-monitor setups is arguable, but it turns out that using touch on a laptop comes pretty naturally—even more so than we expected. So it’s good news for consumers that touchscreen laptops are now legion, and that they run the gamut in features and price. Representing the midrange is the HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Ultrabook .
Pros: Good touchscreen responsiveness; respectable parts; affordable price.
Cons: Weak screen; touchy touchpad; almost heavy for this class.
Conclusion: With a limited selection of touchscreen enabled laptops on the market the HP ENVY TouchSmart 4t really stands out as being a solid offering that won’t break the budget and doesn’t force too many compromises. While there are other touchscreen laptops that have started filtering out, none really hit the price point of the Envy TouchSmart 4t. The touchscreen feature is really great for navigating the large icons in Windows 8, much easier than using the touchpad.
Summary: Be envious. A touchscreen, strong speakers and a 32 GB SSD cache sounds like a powerful combination. Quick, clever, and versatile - but how well does the HP Envy Touchsmart 4-1102sg Ultrabook really perform the balancing act between tablet and notebook?
Pros: Aluminum casing, Good design, Touchscreen, Good speakers, Sound by Beats, the laptop speakers that clearly belong to the better class.
Cons: Reflective display with moderate brightness, The keyboard doesn't exactly excite us...
Excerpt: The HP Envy TouchSmart 4 is Hewlett Packard’s first ultrabook with a touchscreen display. It ships with Windows 8, features an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, and measures less than an inch thick. HP sent me a demo unit to review, and I’ve been surprised at how often I find myself using the touchscreen.
Summary: Entry-level Ultrabook. Premium slim and light chassis, fast processor, and a long battery life - those are the attributes of Ultrabooks. Until now, the prices for such systems have been rather steep. HP sets out to redefine the lower end of the spectrum and introduces a model with an Intel Core i3 processor. What compromises had to be made to keep the price in check?
Pros: Sturdy aluminum chassis, Upscale design, Flawless keyboard and precise touchpad, ExpressCache SSD, Affordable price, The pleasing design and high build quality definitely meets Ultrabook standards.
Cons: Low processing power, Not really suitable for games, Reflective and not very bright display, Cooling fan is always on and quite audible, Weak cooling system, More power. The old Sandy Bridge CPUs are only suitable for surfing the internet and simple tasks. Most notebooks with Ivy Bridge CPUs are not that much more expensive.
Summary: The HP Envy 1104TU sells at a price of Rs. 52,990 here in India. For that price, you get most of what you get in the Spectre XT, but for a lot less. The Spectre XT was priced at Rs. 64,990. but the 1104TU is a good Rs. 12,000 less. In that price, you also get Windows 8 and a slightly more usable notebook thanks to its larger keyboard and screen. The only actual lacking feature is a built-in SSD.
Conclusion: All in all this is a rather great machine. It's lightweight, portable, thin, powerful, sounds great, and has a bright and vivid screen. Oh and did we mention affordable. For everything you get this is certainly an affordable Ultrabook, I just wish it had USB 3.0 and possible slightly better build quality. If you've ever used a Macbook for an extended period of time you'll surely notice the build quality differences.
HP Envy 4-1015DX: A sub-$700 budget take on the ultrabook
28 November 2012
Summary: HP's Envy 4 is an attractive, affordable type of ultrabook with a basic but solid set of features, even if it lacks the speed of more expensive alternatives in our entry-level configuration. Your best bet is to pay more for a faster version, or consider the even more affordable larger-screened AMD Sleekbook 6 instead.
Pros: The HP Envy 4-1015DX has an aggressive price, a sleek design for a budget laptop, strong battery life, and extras like Bluetooth and a backlit keyboard.
Cons: This entry-level configuration has an older, slower Intel Core i3 processor, although HP's site has affordable upgrade options; also, the heavier chassis and lack of DVD drive don't quite make sense.