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alaTest has collected and analyzed 227 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. Reviews about the usability and price are overall positive. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the touchpad and image quality.

performance, portability, design, price, usability

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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alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of HP ENVY 4 from 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 People really like the price and design. The usability and portability also get good comments, but comments about the image quality and durability are different.

performance, portability, usability, design, price

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

This summary is based on the products: HP Envy dv4-5220us 14-Inch LaptopHP Envy dv4-5220us 14-Inch Laptop

Oct, 2017

Expert review by: Katherine Stevenson (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

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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 (

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 (

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


Front camera resolution:1280 x 720


Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.65
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
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 outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:49022 / 54834 / 59798 / 65697 / 65707 / 72055 / I5-3317U
Processor package size:31


Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:32
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500