HP ENVY 4 Review: Windows 8 TouchSmart Ultrabook

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 6
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 3
      • Usability
      • 8
      • Design
      • 8
      • Performance
      • 6
      • Features
      • 8
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 6.57
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great Windows 8 touchscreen experience
    • Good price/performance ratio
    • Excellent battery life
  • Cons

    • 1366 x 768 screen resolution
    • TN-type display with limited viewing angles
    • No easy access for upgrades

Quick Take

The HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart combines the best features of an Ultrabook with the touchscreen interface of Windows 8 all at a fair price.

HP is going through some pretty tough times lately, what with flagging comnsumer and business demand for news systems of any type, the contunuing dull pain of the recession, and that annoying billion-dollar write off related to an acquisition gone sour.  But, the company, which pretty much pioneered the computer industry, still makes some pretty neat laptops.

\"HPOne of its latest entries is the ENVY 4 TouchSmart Ultrabook 4t, which seems like a mouthful, but essentially gives you an idea of the general capabilities of this small and lightweight system.  Like other systems in this class the HP model has the requisite plastic and aluminum construction and is designed to look sleek and fast even when just sitting there.   It is more weighty than a lo tof its competitors, but this is beause HP took care to pack a lot of features and functionality into this machine. This includes a 4-in-1 media card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, and MMC), headphone and microphone jacks and HDMI.  It also has two USB 3.0 ports and a \’sleep and charge\’ USB 2.0 port.  There is no VGA port, however.

The ENVY 4\’s 14-inch screen is really nothing to write home about, since it is an average LED-backlit HD display with a 1366 x 768 resolution.  But, it is a touchscreen, which means that it tkes full advantage of Windows 8 capabilities and easy access and manipulation of those much talked about Windows tiles.

So, while the ENVY 4t is a bit more pricey than other systems in the Ultrabook class (just under $800 at the time of this writing) it is easily one of the better buys when it comes to the Windows 8 experience.


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