Summary: Slim all-rounder. It's a slim 15.6-inch all-rounder including a touchscreen that Hewlett Packard has with its Pavilion TouchSmart 15. A Core i7 and GeForce core provide enough computing power. Owing to the ULV CPU, the laptop should also offer long battery runtimes. Our test report reveals whether the laptop sticks out from the crowd.
Pros: Decent application and gaming performance, Modest power consumption, Good battery runtimes, The decent application performance.
Cons: Dark screen with bluish cast, 12 month warranty only, No VGA out, Fast Ethernet only, A much brighter screen, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a VGA out and a longer standard warranty.
Summary: If you're looking for an attractive touch notebook with a full HD display and a comfortable keyboard, the $1,058 HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is definitely a strong contender. We also like the sharp and bright webcam on this notebook and crisp Beats Audio. However, this laptop had trouble with the most demanding games, and it can run hot under stress.
Conclusion: I wouldn’t advise the HP Envy 15 to users who want to have faster access to apps on the go but those looking for higher performance for office and home workloads and require large amounts of storage, this notebook is built for them.
Review HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg Notebook
23 June 2013
Summary: Low-cost touchscreen. Laptop sales are in decline, the outlook is gloomy. Can a touchscreen help reverse this trend? HP certainly hopes so, equipping a 450 Euros (~$588) device with such a panel. But does this also equate to a possible tipping point for the cheap laptop segment?
Pros: Very silent, Low power consumption, Touchscreen is nice to have, Nice keyboard, Slim chassis, The sturdy display lid of the touch panel. Silent and cool - this is how every laptop should be.
Cons: Short battery life, Low display brightness, Strong blue tint (without calibration), Mediocre speakers, Rather heavy at 2.5 kg, Barely any gaming performance, Low system performance, If it had to be a slow laptop, it could at least have been a highly mobile one, meaning one with a very bright display, great battery life and a stable base unit. HP manages to deliver none of these.
Excerpt: One of the key benefits of Intel's new Haswell processors is the improved power-efficiency that leads to greater battery life and portability. It seems a little odd, then, that the first Haswell laptop we've seen from HP should be a 15.6-inch desktop replacement system rather than a slimline Ultrabook .
Conclusion: The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is quite the powerhouse and thus is a suitable desktop replacement for those wanting a portable machine with gaming capabilities similar to those of a mid-range gaming tower PC.
Pros: Slim for a desktop replacement, stylish aluminium body, super-fast application performance, responsive touchscreen.
Cons: Lack of SSD storage can slow down the Envy when starting up and shutting down., Keyboard is irritatingly difficult to master, touchpad is a little stiff, unimpressive battery life.
Conclusion: The TouchSmart 15 is potentially a great option for creative pros, or someone looking for a premium entertainment laptop that can do games and Full HD movies. It's a shame this its most notable issues are in such important areas, but they're by no means fatal flaws. HP has struck a great balance of quality, features and price here. If the problems sound like the kind of things you can live with, we think it's a great option.