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
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.
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.
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.