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HP ENVY 4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 230 reviews of HP ENVY 4. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the usability and price are overall positive. The design and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed opinions about the touchpad and image quality.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the HP ENVY 4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for HP ENVY 4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of HP ENVY 4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and design. The usability and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are mixed views on the image quality and durability.

performance, portability, usability, design, price

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Katherine Stevenson (maximumpc.com)

HP Envy TouchSmart 4 Review

 

Good touchscreen responsiveness; respectable parts; affordable price

Weak screen; touchy touchpad; almost heavy for this class

This we know: Windows 8 is more usable with a touchscreen, plain and simple. Whether that’s a practical scenario for tower-and-monitor setups is arguable, but it turns out that using touch on a laptop comes pretty naturally—even more so than we...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Karl Stiefel (notebookcheck.net)

Review HP Envy TouchSmart 4-1102sg Ultrabook

 

Be envious. A touchscreen, strong speakers and a 32 GB SSD cache

Aluminum casing; Good design; Touchscreen; Good speakers

Reflective display with moderate brightness

which is compensated for by the touchscreen.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Manuel Christa (notebookcheck.net)

Review HP Envy 4-1000sg Ultrabook

 

Entry-level Ultrabook. Premium slim and light chassis, fast proce

Sturdy aluminum chassis; Upscale design; Flawless keyboard and precise touchpad; ExpressCache SSD; Affordable price

Low processing power; Not really suitable for games; Reflective and not very bright display; Cooling fan is always on and quite audible; Weak cooling system

For about 100 Euros (~$130) more, the HP Envy 6-1000sg offers more performance and a 15.6-inch display - and weighs 400 grams (0.88 pounds) more. The Samsung Series 5 535U4C utilizes lower performance AMD hardware, but comes with a DVD optical drive...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Kif Leswing on 09/18/2012 11:34 PST var ref = docu (ubergizmo.com)

HP Envy 4 Review

 

Budget laptops, in general, used to be clunky hunks of plastic, more three-dimensional than thin, a collection of loosely grouped computer parts. Because of the recent Ultrabook (Intel's thin-and-fast laptop) craze, even mid-to-low range computers...

This kind of laptop, frankly, feels like a revelation. It wasn’t too long ago that laptops in the $600-$700 range were bulky, assembled without much care to optimize space. In that respect, the HP Envy 4 is a resounding success. There aren’t many...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

HP Envy Touchsmart 4 Review

 

The addition of a touchscreen drives up the Envy Touchsmart's price, shortens the battery life, and makes the Ultrabook heavier. In the end, the gains don't balance the losses.

The addition of the touchscreen drives up the Envy’s price, drops the battery life, and makes the Ultrabook heavier than before. None of these trade-offs seem worth it. Touch does make the Windows 8 experience a little more enjoyable on laptops that...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 review

 

To prepare for the Windows 8 onslaught, laptop manufacturers are trying all sorts of inventive touchscreen notebook designs. Some screens flip, some spin, some twist, and some can actually be...

Excellent touch experience ; Few potential dealbreakers ; Decent array of ports

Uninspired design ; Ugly screen ; Unimpressive battery life

Patience, friends

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

HP ENVY 4 Review: Windows 8 TouchSmart Ultrabook

 

HP's latest ENVY family member has a TouchSmart display and Windows 8 combined with premium components. Is this an Ultrabook worth buying?

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

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

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...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4

 

When introducing a new operating system, why not go with an established design? HP has done just that with the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, which combines the sleek looks of the Envy 4 with a touch-screen display and Windows 8. At $904, about $100...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 review

 

Laptops with touch screens aren't new territory for HP. Windows 8 and its touch-friendly interface, however, gives consumers more of a reason to have one, even on traditional laptop designs like the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 (4t-1100 series to be...

HP's Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is an attractive ultrabook with a respectable mix of components for its price, a responsive touch screen, and a backlit keyboard.

The Envy TouchSmart 4 isn't very configurable, so you can't make it too much more powerful than it already is. It's on the heavy side for an "ultrabook" (if you consider 4.5 pounds heavy). Its touch pad is jumpy at default settings.

The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a good gateway to the Windows 8 experience with a responsive touch screen in a traditional laptop body.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Cory Gunther (slashgear.com)

HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook Review

 

What we have here today is the shiny new HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook sporting a 3rd gen Intel Core-i5 dual-core processor and of course those Beats Audio speakers. It packs a lot of power under the hood and all folded up will only be about 0.78″ thick, but is...

All in all this is a rather great machine. It’s lightweight, portable, thin, powerful, sounds great, and has a bright and vivid screen. Oh and did we mention affordable. For everything you get this is certainly an affordable Ultrabook, I just wish it...

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Beats / Beats Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio / HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Altec Lansing

Battery

Battery Capacity:52
Battery capacity (Watt hours):52
Battery life (max):9
Battery performance:3550
Battery Technology:Li-Ion polymer / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Red / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Metal
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:14
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / No / Yes

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 / AMD Radeon HD 7670M / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.65
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.65 / 1.696
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit LAN, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-590.6 - 480000
Operating altitude:-590.6 - 120000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 10 - 85 / 10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:0 - 90 / 10 - 85 / 10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:0 - 90 / 10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45 / -20 - 60 / -24 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45 / -20 - 60 / -24 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical drive interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Beats / Beats Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio / HD
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Home Premium
Display:LCD
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Manageability features:3D DriveGuard
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Quantity:1
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Package dimensions (WxDxH):18.9 x 3.15 x 13.6
Package weight:6.02
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM55 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 17 / 18
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I3-2367M / I3-2377M / I3-3217U / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / i5-450M
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.66 / 2.7
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2.4
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-2367M / I3-2377M / I3-3217U / I5-3317U / I5-3337U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / K0 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:4.8 / 5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:54834 / 59798 / 65697 / 65707 / 72055
Processor code:SLBTZ / SR0CV / SR0CW / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No
Password protection:Power on / Yes
Password protection type:Power on / Y

Software

Bundled software:10.4 x 1.77 x 6.1 / Microsoft Office Starter\nHP CoolSense\nHP ProtectSmart\nHP Games
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Trial software:Norton Online BackUp / Symantec Norton Internet Security / Symantec Norton Internet Security 2013, Absolute Data Protect

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:32
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:32
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 352 / 500 / 532

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4 / 9.25 / 9.29 / 9.33
Height:0.78 / 0.906
Height (front):0.984
Height (rear):1.27
Weight:3.86 / 3.97 / 4.41 / 4.78
Width:13.4 / 13.5 / 8.98