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.
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 .
Excerpt: HP’s ENVY brand once represented the finest consumer laptops the company had to offer. You were certain to pay for it, but you could also be fairly certain you weren’t going to be disappointed by what you got.
Pros: Good computing performance, Large keyboard with numeric keypad
Cons: Unacceptably low 1366x768 resolution, Heavy at 2.6kg, bulky at 30mm thick, Slow mechanical storage
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.
Conclusion: On paper, the specifications are impressive for the price, but the cut corners are obvious in the keyboard, touchpad and screen. A solid laptop then, but we’d hope for more to replace our desktop full time.
Pros: Impressive specs for the price, Great game performance for a laptop, Impressive sound output
Cons: Lack of SSD makes a speedy laptop feel sluggish, Flakey keyboard and uninspiring trackpad, Unimpressive screen
Conclusion: Op een aanzienlijk aantal gebieden is de HP Envy TouchSmart 15 vies tegengevallen. Het scherm, de harde schijf en de kwaliteit van de behuizing zijn onder de maat voor een laptop van een krappe 1.000 euro. Daar staat wel het één en ander tegenover, maar eerlijk gezegd vind ik niet dat HP een goed product biedt voor deze vraagprijs. Voor dit geld mag je tegenwoordig in mijn ogen op zijn minst een hogere schermresolutie, een SSD en meer werkgeheugen verwachten.