Excerpt: The HP TouchSmart 15t-j100 Quad Edition gives you the power of a multimedia desktop in a semi-portable laptop. It’s a good way to get your toes wet in the Windows 8.1 pool. (3.5 out of 5) Pros Large bright touch screen Beats Audio Numeric keypad Discrete graphics Cache SSD helps performance Removable battery Very good
Pros: Large bright touch screen, Beats Audio, Numeric keypad, Discrete graphics, Cache SSD helps performance, Removable battery, Very good day-to-day and multimedia performance
Cons: Heavy, Backlit keyboard not standard, Lots of pre-loaded apps, No 5GHz Wi-Fi, Only four hours of battery life, Speakers could be louder, Narrow viewing angles
Excerpt: The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is a stylish 15-inch notebook with a beautiful display, a comfortable keyboard and good overall performance. It does have its downfalls as it suffers from below-average battery life and mediocre graphics performance.
Summary: 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.
Pros: The Intel Core i7 CPU isn’t the top of the line, but it’s one of the more powerful we’ve seen in a sub-£1,000 laptop. It’s more than capable of handling the likes of video editing and Photoshop. The graphics are also a high point. They’re not super high-end, but they’ve got plenty to offer for games and graphical applications.
Cons: The viewing angles on the screen are really disappointing – they kind of undermine its use for some of the apps it should be ideal for. The trackpad’s inconsistency was frustrating, too. The thing is, these aren’t two minor points. These are vital for how you interact with your laptop, and while they’re not deal-breakingly bad, it’s a real shame that they’re so iffy.
Excerpt: The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is an attractive notebook with a crisp screen and booming audio, but it doesn’t pack the same graphics punch as competitors. (3.5 out of 5) With a 15-inch 1080p touch-screen display, discrete Nvidia GeForce graphics, and integrated Beats Audio technology, the HP Envy Touchsmart 15 aims to be a powerful
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.
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 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.
Pros: Powerful processor, Good graphics card, Loads of RAM, Nicely made, Comfortable to use
Cons: Rubbish battery life, Iffy trackpad, Poor viewing angles on screen, Loud and hot, No SSD