Summary: - HP's latest ENVY TouchSmart 15 laptop is a series of tradeoffs that makes it just a suitable laptop for those that want some decent computing performance but aren't as concerned with the display. The 4th generation Quad Core processor certainly gives it an edge against many similarly price competing systems but it is held back by storage and graphics performance.
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: The HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 is a laptop with high performance, capable of replacing a desktop in most uses except in those extremely stressful (audio / video editing, gaming hardcore), obviously provided that you do not need a optical drive, here a priori excluded from the design. This notebook is definitely a good choice for anyone looking for a compact, portable, powerful and elegant at the same time.
Pros: Compact and stylish, CPU and GPU performance, Sound quality above average.
Cons: Autonomy is not brilliant, Lack of optical drive.
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.
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.
Summary: Well-judged blend of quality, price and features
Pros: Powerful processor, Good graphics card, Loads of RAM, Nicely made, Comfortable to use, 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. The specs in general are really solid, with 1TB of stora...
Cons: Rubbish battery life, Iffy trackpad, Poor viewing angles on screen, Loud and hot, No SSD, 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. It's also a ...
Excerpt: The Pavilion Touchsmart 15 Sleekbook is one of HP’s budget AMD-powered touchscreen laptops. Weighing a hefty 2.1kg and measuring 24mm thick, its glossy, black plastic chassis won’t appeal to everyone, but its smooth, rounded corners make it look much more stylish than other cheap laptops. What really sets the Pavilion Touchsmart 15 apart from other laptops in this price range, though, is its 15.6in touchscreen.