A few years ago, we have seen the laptops having a heavy weight along with low ram and a few good specifications, but it was not good, even for that time because the gaming companies have started releasing the high end games from that time one of them was the GTA IV which was launched a few years ago and at that time most of the Laptops failed to run it properly due to the high graphics requirement.Anyway, now the days have been changed and we are seeing Ultrabooks these a days which is kind of an elder brother to the laptops.The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is also one of the newest gadget having many features and today, we have got this product for the review purpose.So, now with out a further do let us start the review.
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 Review:
What’s in the box:
- HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4
- User manuals
- Power brick
- Carry Bag
- Warranty and Other service agreements
- Software(Including a few CDs and stuffs)
Design and Build:
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is having a very good design which is very sexy, slim and trim.The Envy name refers to the sleekness of this laptop and it is an Ultrabook thus it is very much thin what an ultrabook should be.So, there is nothing on the exterior part which is not giving the finish of an Ultrabook.So, you will be glad to know that this device is just 23.57mm thin and it is really thin device and when you will hold it in hand you will see it for yourself.Also, the Ultrabooks are meant to be that thin.HP has added a great metallic finish to HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 and if you keep your hand on the laptop,it will give you the Premium feeling, but there is a problem as well, the exterior parts of the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a finger print magnet, thus we have a solution as well.You can laminate this device, like we did to protect it from the finger prints.
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is available in Metal, Midnight Black Keyboard deck with Red bottom colors and what we are seeing here is the Midnight black model.The lower part is coated by Aluminium and if the lid is closed then it is hard to see anything and it’s quite cool as well.This device is 13.38 x 9.28 x 0.78 in in dimension and weighs about 2.11Kg.So, this is an ultraportable laptop which slim and light weighed too..Also no to forget the build is awesome since HP has added the air ventilator wisely and with HP Coolsense enabled it remains cool and we can’t hear a single noise from the fan, what we really liked about this device.Overall, the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is very solid in the segment and will attract a lot of customers.
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4: Keyboard and TouchPad
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is having a Backlit keyboard which means, now with this keyboard you can use this keyboard while their is all darkness and now, do not need to switch on the light for the whole night while working and with this device you will never create anykind of trouble for your roommates during the night time.This device’s keyboard is smartly design and we are glad to share with you guys that there is no numeric buttons are present on the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 keyboard.It is having chicklet style keys and we are quite happy to type on this device.
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 Review is going on and we are currently talking about the Keyboard.This keyboard is not meant for the professional gamers as the arrow keys are small but we have a solution for you as well.The solution is that instead if using the Arrow keys, you should use the A, S, W and D keys as the movement buttons while playing a game.The TouchPad is also nice, but we suggest you to buy an external mouse for protecting your touchpad which is having the features of pinch to zoom and also, you can use the two fingers to scroll up and down the webpages and more.
Being a Techblogger it is our job to write a lot of contents and we have found that the keyboard of HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is really nice for typing and we do not think that you will going to be disappointed by any means.
Display, Processor, Graphics and Audio:
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 is having a 14.0-inch HD BrightView LED-backlit display and it is providing a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.The display on this device is too much bright that we have always to keep it below 60% and we are not saying that it is bad, but that is too much..HP has added glossy effect to the display which adores our eyes.Now, these a days most of us are eyeing for the gaming laptops and for that we all know that the graphics card and processor are two very important parts for running games.
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 is having a 1.7 GHz 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 3317U processor providing a 3MB cache.It is also having the Mobile Intel 7 series Express chipset (HM77) chipset along with the Intel HD Graphics 4000 Graphics card.Also, there is no additional graphics card present which was present in HP Envy M6.So, it is not a gaming laptop and you should not expect any great shakes from this device on the gaming part.It is having a 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz, Expandable up to 16 GB, 2 DIMM slots and this RAM Is quite god, but the gaming laptops are having 6GB/8GB of RAM.
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 is quite good in graphics and it can run any video, but it is not capable of running all the high end games.It will, but it will get stuck in between.Anyway, this processor is also enough for handing the multitasking and running a few games.It is having the 500GB HDD and you can also expand upto 1TB by buying the HP External HDD which you can connect by the USB ports.
Also, the HP Envy TouchSmart is having 4 Beats-Audio speakers.Since the tie up of HP and Beats many users are happy and as a result the Envy Touchbook is certified by Beats Audio and has HD Audio, Dual Speakers with Internal Sub-woofer, Integrated Speaker Bar.The speakers are very good and becomes awesome while playing the games.You will get the Beats Audio control panel to make the settings according to you.You can also call HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 an Entertainment PC.
Overall, the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is quite good in this segment as well.
Operating System, Ports and Connectivity:
HP Envy TouchSmart 4 is running on the Windows 8 operating system.It comes with Windows 8 64-bit which is very easy to use and the Metro Style UI is great.Now if you are not a Windows 8 fan then we have a bad news for you,that this laptop cannot be downgraded to Windows 7.To install Windows 7 you have to change various setting in the boot menu and have to completely format the Harddisk to install it.We will not recommend Windows 7 at any cost on this laptop.Ultimately its your choice.For connectivity you get Wi-Fi,Bluetooth 4.0,3xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0, 1xRJ45, 1xHDMI, 1xHeadphone, microphone.There is a bad news for you guys as there is no optical drive present in this device, though we have a solution for it as well.You can always buy an external Optical drive.
HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is having a 4-in-1 media card readerand LAN Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000..HP TrueVision HD Webcam is also there and the performance is quite descent.There is nothing like Fingerpint matcher for the the security purpose.Norton Internet Security comes pre-installed and the trial ends after 60 days and after that either you can purchase a new license or can change the anti-virus.This device is also having the good processor which means that you can run two operating systems side by side.You can also install the Mac OS operating system as well.
HP Envy TouhSmart Ultrabook 4 is a touchscreen device which is the best key feature of this device.Now, there is no need for you to buy a Windows 8 Tablet to touch this operating system as there is a touchscreen present there.Also, we hope that you will be having a great time with this operating system.Overall, all the connectivity features are working fine and we are very happy about it.So, this device is also quite good in this segment as well.
HP Envy TouchSmart 4: Tips
- Do laminate your device for to get rid of the fingerprints and other gestures.Also, it will save your device from dust and other small sized particles.
- Don’t use VLC Player since it can damage your speakers by time.
- Do not try to downgrade to Windows 7 operating system.
- It is running on Windows 8 OS and may give you some trouble regarding the games, but you will be able to get the solutions easily.
- After the use, do shutdown the device properly and provide some time for it to rest.Also, do keep it in the carry bag to protect your fan from the dust and other things.
- Check for software updates regularly and keep the BIOS up-to-date.
- Use an external mouse and HDD for keeping the device’s health good(both interior and exterior).
HP TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 Review: The Verdict
HP Envy TouchSmart is a touchscreen Ultrabook and these kind of devices are coming out these a days, but we think that it is quite a nice one as it provides a battery life of 8 hours and we are very happy with the battery life as well.It has a great design, good for regular day to day basis, but not good for gaming.The price of the HP Envy Touchsmart Ultrabook 4 is around Rs. 59,000 and it is available everywhere in India.Overall, we will rate it 4.0/5.So, that was all out the review of this Ultrabook, in case if you want to know anything more please do comment below and we hope that you did liked our work.For more pics, do check out the Image Gallery below.