HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart (ENVY 4-1102xx) Ultrabook Review

Posted March 8, 2013 by Sam Chen in Reviews
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Great Ultrabook, One Flaw

hp-envy-4-touchsmart-custom-pc-review-17Years ago when HP/Voodoo first unveiled the ENVY, it was one the best looking ultraportable notebooks on the market. It had a full carbon fiber chassis topped off with a high gloss layer and boasted an ultra thin profile even before Ultrabooks were cool. Now years after that first introduction, HP has fully incorporated the ENVY line into their lineup of notebooks, so let’s see what HP has done with their latest iteration of their finest ultraportables.

Today we’ll be reviewing the HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart (ENVY 4-1102xx) Ultrabook. As suggested by its name, the ENVY 4 TouchSmart will include a touchscreen, which has gotten more and more popularity lately with the rise of smartphones and tablets. Additonally, since the ENVY 4 TouchSmart is an Ultrabook as well, we can also expect that it’ll be thin, it’ll have a long battery life, and it’ll have an Intel processor.

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HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart Specifications

Notebook HP ENVY 4 TouchSmart (ENVY 4-1102xx)
CPU Intel Core i5-3317U 1.70 GHz (2.60GHz Turbo) 3M Smart Cache
Motherboard Intel Panther Point HM77 Chipset Motherboard
Memory 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3-1600 Samsung SODIMM Memory
Graphics Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics
Storage 1x500GB 5400 RPM HDD + 1x32GB mSATA SSD Cache
Optical Drive N/A
Display 14″ HP TouchSmart LED Multitouch Glossy Display (1366×768)
Sound Built-in Stereo Speakers (Beats Audio)
Networking Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps + Wireless a/b/g/n + Bluetooth v4.0
Keyboard Built-in Keyboard
Mouse Built-in Touchpad
Battery 4-Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack 3400mAh
Webcam Built-in HP TrueVision HD 720p Webcam
I/O Ethernet, HDMI, Headphone, Microphone, Kensington Lock; 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (64-bit Edition)
Dimensions 13.38″ x 9.28″ x 0.78″
Weight 4.77 lbs
Warranty 1-Year Limited Warranty
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Here’s a look at the specifications for our specific sample. Since the unit is an Ultrabook, we’ve got an Intel Core i5 3317U, which is a 17W TDP Ultrabook oriented processor based off the Ivy Bridge architecture. We’ve also got 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, a 500 GB 5,400 RPM hard drive paired with a 32GB caching SSD, and a 14″ 1366×768 multi-point touchscreen.

While the unit isn’t necessarily large in size, it’s important to note that the unit is quite hefty coming in at 4.77 lbs. This is largely due to the touchscreen as the non-touch edition of the ENVY TouchSmart 4, the ENVY 4 (4t-1200), weighs in at 3.98 lbs, approximately 0.79 lbs lighter.


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