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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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...
Pros: Attractive design, Excellent touchpad, Good performance
Cons: Heavy for an Ultrabook, Lots of bloatware, Narrow viewing angles on display, Unimpressive battery life
Conclusion: The HP Envy 4-1043cl ultrabook offers plenty of fine features, like Beats Audio, WiDi 2.0, and generous offerings in software and warranty, not to mention a strong performance boost from Intel's latest third-generation processor.
Pros: Ivy Bridge processor. Beats Audio. Six-month trial of Norton Internet Security. Two-year warranty period. Decent all-around performance.
Cons: Ho-hum 1,366 by 768 display. Bloatware. Battery life is good, but not great.
Conclusion: We're not sure how the new form factors and hybrid laptop/tablet options will shake out in the market in the months and years to come. But for us, Windows 8 works just fine on a laptop with a touch screen, especially if you aren't often trying to compute while walking around.