Summary: Overall features and performance has been acceptable; however touch pad makes use difficult. The touch pad is stiff and unresponsive. Clicking and double clicking is difficult (would prefer buttons). Backspace key is too small.
Summary: The out of box experience was good. I anticipated it 2 days earlier, however; an Act of God prevented the computer arriving on its scheduled E.T.A. Windows 8 is confusing to those that are used to earlier versions. I'm having a good time personalizing my new H.P. Envy Select, that has a few customizations. The touch pad works well and contrary to other reviews, the very smooth touch pad also clicks on the left and right bottom corners.
Summary: - Compatibility issues wuith certain USB flash drives and HP Recovery Manager.
Pros: It came as described. Maybe the refurbished pieces adds to some consistency issues, but mine is pretty perfect. The backlit keyboard is great. The laptop has all the highend features that mattered to me. The fan is super quiet and the unit is always running cool. I had to put my ear up to it to make sure it was running.
Summary: First thing I noticed was the keyboard was not lit. I had a little trouble navigating through Windows 8.1 (coming from a Windows 7) but was able to get everything connected/set up( wireless, users, printer, etc.) and during set-up noticed the finger scanner was not working. After waiting 14 business days for delivery I was disappointed but will probably just return computer thanks to Costco's great return policy.
Pros: fast i-5 processor good beats sound nice design silent
Cons: backlit keyboard not working finger scanner not working
Summary: The features are easy to use and for the first time, I have been enjoying taking my time learning how to maneuver through the different features. The "Demo Videos" are very helpful and simple to understand. In addition, I am finding that the Templates appear to make class assignment projects easy to setup and follow. I am loving the new system!
Excerpt: This is a great computer it is powerful and beautiful, however there are a few problems. First the battery life is not so great, 3 hours when using it sparingly is terrible and maybe an hour when doing intensive tasks is worse. The second problem is with the mouse, the mouse is terrible it often...
Summary: This is my second 15.6 hp quad-core laptop. They weigh the same even though my first one has a Blu-ray player. I cannot explain why this laptop weighs as much as it does. In addition, you cannot install Windows 7 on it: at the very end of the install, you get a fatal hardware error. But with 8.1 and classic start, it's pretty much what I want. I replaced the sloooow HD with an ssd for the operating system and then added an msata card for data, and it is MUCH improved.