Excerpt: Ultrabooks are being sold across the board at different price ranges, and it seems like pricing of products is slowly coming down. They were first launched at price tags crossing Rs. 70,000, but with prices dropping, adoption rates are likely to rise. HP has quite a few models being launched and its Envy line-up received the Spectre XT Ultrabook a while back.
Summary: To prepare for the Windows 8 onslaught, laptop manufacturers are trying all sorts of inventive touchscreen notebook designs . Some screens flip, some spin, some twist, and some can actually be detached from their keyboards so you can have a tablet for the road. However, the craziest new laptop design may be the simplest of all: simply graft a touchscreen onto an existing clamshell .
Pros: Excellent touch experience, Few potential dealbreakers, Decent array of ports
Cons: Uninspired design, Ugly screen, Unimpressive battery life
Summary: That laptop has a far superior screen, a better keyboard and touchpad, a sturdier build quality, and the ability to fold into a tablet for times when that makes sense. And did we mention that it weighs more than a pound less? But, if you really need to count your sheckles, the Envy 4 is a serviceable touchscreen option at an affordable price.
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. We do...
Conclusion: The HP Envy 4 comes with limited amount of accessories and a non-backlit keyboard, not to mention the difficulty it took while handling the trackpad. Overall, the feel and design of the HP Envy 4 would be a downside for users but for performance hungry customers, the HP Envy 4 delivers amazing performance with the 3rd Generation Core series and AMD Radeon Mobility GPU solution.
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.
Conclusion: The addition of the touchscreen drives up the Envy’s price, drops the battery life, and makes the Ultrabook heavier than before. None of these trade-offs seem worth it. Touch does make the Windows 8 experience a little more enjoyable on laptops that convert to tablets (like the Dell XPS 12 , Lenovo Yoga , or even HP’s own Envy x2 , but the gains don’t balance the losses here.
Pros: Attractive design, Excellent touchpad, Good performance
Cons: Heavy for an Ultrabook, Lots of bloatware, Narrow viewing angles on display, Unimpressive battery life
Summary: The chief issue, as mentioned, with the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is its weight. To be fair, HP is hardly alone - I've seen a number of Ultrabooks, including older, non-touch based systems come in at over 2kg. If the heft doesn't bother you, then the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook is nicely priced, sturdy and all-around pleasant way to get the full Windows 8 touch experience.