Summary: Over time, the addition of the touchscreen has made ultrabooks heavy. However, if you have no problem in coming to terms with that aspect, the TouchSmart 14 ultrabook will undoubtedly impress. Excellent battery life, very good performance and a build quality that is in line with HP's push towards standardizing the design accents across machines. We are not very sure about the price, because it doesn't have a dedicated graphics chip.
Pros: Excellent battery life, Very good performance, Premium build & finish, Brilliant keyboard
Cons: No dedicated graphics at this price, Poor black levels at high brightness, Sharp edges around the keyboard
Summary: The HP Envy 14 Spectre's glassy design makes it stand out from most ultrabooks, but it's fatter, heavier and pricier than its competitors, which is likely to put many off. If you're after an ultrabook purely for portable use, your money looks to be better spent elsewhere.
Cons: Expensive; Only average performance; fatter and heavier than most ultrabooks; awkward trackpad.
Summary: The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a good gateway to the Windows 8 experience with a responsive touch screen in a traditional laptop body.
Cons: The Envy TouchSmart 4 isn't very configurable, so you can't make it too much more powerful than it already is. It's on the heavy side for an "ultrabook" (if you consider 4.5 pounds heavy). Its touch pad is jumpy at default settings.
Excerpt: Apple probably didn’t realize what it was starting when it decided to build the iPhone 4 out of two panes of glass, forgoing the traditional metal or plastic backing and causing thousands of geek brains to simultaneously explode at the prospect.
Conclusion: As with last year's product, the keyboard is a strong point for the Envy 14. There's no mushy feel when typing and the backlit keys help when it's dark. More importantly, however, are the changes that HP made to the touchpad and click buttons. Last year's touchpad was extremely bad. The company was aware of the issue and supplied updated drivers that helped to an extent but it was still a bad system. I'm happy to report that HP's new image sensor technology delivers.
Goondu review: HP Envy 14 Beats Edition with Intel “Sandybridge”
14 July 2011
Excerpt: Months after Apple’s MacBook Pro started sporting Intel’s “Sandybridge” CPUs, HP has finally caught up in the game by shipping its much-awaited update to the Envy 14 Beats Edition premium laptop. Like the previous Envy 14 Beats Edition, this top-end laptop is dressed in all black and comes with a sturdy build that looks ready to take some tough knocks.
Excerpt: Sometimes, a little identity crisis is a wonderful thing. Since acquiring Voodoo in 2006, HP has been quietly injecting the specialty gaming PC maker’s high-dollar DNA into its own mass-market machines. It’s taken some time, but the fruits of that marriage are finally ripe : an inexpensive yet fast, feature-rich, and exquisitely designed computer.
Conclusion: HP ENVY 14 Spectre – очень яркий и интересный гаджет. У нас он вызвал в основном положительные эмоции. Это ультрабук премиум-класса с эффектным дизайном и отличным подбором материалов. Превосходная акустика является приятным дополнением и одной из главных его особенностей.