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Excellent laptop at a fantastic price,
This review is from: HP ENVY Touchsmart 15 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop Computer, Intel 4th generation Quad Core i7-4700QM 2.4GHz, 8GB Memory, 750GB Hard Drive, Wireless, HDMI, backlit Keyboard, Windows 8 (Personal Computers)
I got this laptop about a week ago as a gift for x-ms and it exceeded all my expectations. I was looking for a laptop with at the very least a core i7 ivy bridge quad processor with a healthy amount of ram and 64 bit windows 8 os. I do a lot of video transcoding and encoding as well as other extremely CPU intensive tasks, so a quad core processor was essential as was a minimum 4gb of ram. This was the best sub $800 core i7 laptop that met my other requirements, at least on paper, which if you know anything about computers you know that specs don't always equal performance.
The good: -the core i7-4700qm is lightning fast, seriously it outperforms even my wildest expectations daily and I haven't yet needed to over clock it so I imagine it will still blow me away for a long time to come.
-8 GB ram expandable to 16 GB
-Integrated Intel HD 4600 graphics is a massive, massive step up from past incarnations, just don't expect it to compare to a laptop with a discrete GPU.
-touchscreen is a nice, but not entirely necessary, addition.
The bad: -Integrated graphics will never compare to discrete GPUs limiting this laptops gaming capabilities, but this isn't a gaming laptop anyway
-Windows 8 isn't exactly the most user friendly OS and has a steep initial learning curve compared to past Windows incarnations, but once you get the hMg of it it's not bad at all
-Battery life is abysmal when doing anything more than browsing the web, I get about 3-4 hours out of a full charge when watching HD videos
-trackpad is one of the worst I've used, get a wireless mouse if you plan on getting this laptop and save yourself hours of frustration
-display is only 1366x768, not quite 720p. It looks beautiful, crisp and clear considering it's resolution however.
Overall, this is an incredibly powerful and capable laptop, especially given it's sub $800 price. It performs like a champ and can breeze through anything I throw at it. The downsides are, for me at least, just minor things with the exception of the horrible battery life. All in all, I love this laptop and cannot recommend it enough.
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Initial post: Mar 1, 2014 1:42:01 PM PST
Gabriel Smith says:
3-4 hours of battery life watching HD videos on a 6 cell battery? That's perfectly acceptable. I'd consider that to be above average.
"Not quite 720p."
This laptop is a higher resolution than 720p. Most 720p tvs switched to 1366x768 or 1360x768 a few years back anyway, making most 720p tvs technically 768p. But the resolution is higher than 1280x720.
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