HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart: Conclusion

October 30, 2012 by Jerry Jackson Reads (195,723)
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

Conclusion

The HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart Ultrabook might not be the least expensive Windows 8 laptop that you can find but it is one of the most affordable Windows 8 notebooks that offers a great Windows 8 experience complete with a touchscreen. Yes, you are almost certain to find cheaper laptops on sale this holiday season that come loaded with Windows 8, but one of the biggest reasons to use Windows 8 is the tile interface and that interface was designed with touchscreens in mind.

Not only that, but the combination of 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor, high-capacity hard drive with 32GB of SSD cache and great battery life wrapped in a thin shell make the ENVY 4 a genuinely modern laptop; not just an old-fashioned notebook with a new version of Windows installed.

In short, you can save a little money and buy a cheaper laptop running Windows 8 without a touchscreen or you can spend just a little extra and get a relatively thin and light Ultrabook with a touchscreen interface that makes using Windows 8 a much more enjoyable experience.

Pros:

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

Cons:

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


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