HP Envy 4-1015DX: A sub-$700 budget take on the ultrabook
5 December 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.
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.
Summary: The $904 HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a good-looking notebook that serves up plenty of power with a blazing fast boot time, good audio, and a fairly responsive touch-screen display. Using the screen to navigate Windows 8 worked well, as did the touchpad. However, this system loses points for its below-average battery life. And, you have to take a leap of faith that a lot more Windows 8 apps will make it to the marketplace.
Pros: Slick design, Solid performance, Fast boot time
Cons: Dim display, Mushy keyboard, Below-average battery life
The Envy Touchsmart 4 has a 14in touchscreen, but it's a heavy Ultrabook and it could use a better configuration
Good Gear Guide.au
8 December 2012
Summary: There just isn't enough good stuff inside the HP Envy Touchsmart 4 to justify its $1599 price tag. It's basically a stock-standard 14in Ultrabook with a touch panel, and it's quite heavy compared to other 14in Ultrabooks, too. We'd like to see this model offered with a better quality screen, more RAM, dual-band wireless and perhaps a 120GB solid state drive for the price.
Pros: Good selection of ports, Decent CPU performance, Decent battery life
Cons: Screen's angles and overall quality, Only single-band Wi-Fi, Keyboard not backlit