HP Envy series have always been a winner in the market. At one point of time, it was the best product in its category. But with time, competition has increased and the HP Envy series have to fight hard for their place. The HP Envy 4 Ultrabook promises quite a lot, sleek and superb design coupled with a superb performance. But does it deliver the goods? Let’s find out.
Design and Hardware
The HP Envy 4, like the other offerings from HP in the Envy series has a sleek and modern design. It is has a slim design, and looks pleasing to the eye. The device is covered by a black matte finish aluminium alloy, which looks and feels premium and is resistant to scratches. The bottom of the device only has a different colour, and it is a red soft touch material. It helps with the grip of the device when you’re holding it. Since it is an ultrabook, it is expected to be light, but it also beats all competition when it comes to ultrabooks as well. It weighs only 3.7 pounds, and that along with its slim design makes it easy for carrying. The build quality is also pretty decent, and it looks pretty solid.
Coming to the keyboard, it also has a black matte finish which is superb. The keyboard is chiclet keyboard, which is pretty convenient. What’s more, the keyboard is backlit as well, so typing in the dark wouldn’t be a problem. The touchpad has undergone some changes and the spun metal texture takes some getting used to, but you feel comfortable afterwards. It doesn’t have any physical click buttons, only a demarcation on the touchpad below which you can click. Its multitouch gestures recognition is amongst the best in the segment.
The computer is loaded with a 1.7 Ghz Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM. While that is not the best, it still gives a pretty good performance. It also comes loaded with a Intel Graphics HD 4000 GPU and while that doesn’t support very taxing games, it gives a decent performance. You could select a higher end version of the Ultrabook as well, which gives a higher end AMD Radeon 7670M GPU. The LED backlit screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768p and a fairly good display, although the contrast and colours are not the best. The audio is a plus and the loudness and quality are excellent for a notebook. It has dual speakers and a pretty decent subwoofer as well. Regarding battery life, you’d expect an Ultrabook to give very good battery life. The Envy 4’s battery life, although not the best in the segment, is still very good at around 6 hours. The customer service is decent, not the best, and Envy 4 doesn’t have a dedicated customer support line.
Overall, the HP Envy 4 Ultrabook packs in quite a punch, especially considering that it has a very slim body and light weight, along with a very good battery life. In terms of Ultrabooks, it is one of the best in the segment. You also get a decent display and good audio. Overall, we’d say that it is a very good deal for the price, and you should definitely consider it.