HP ENVY 4 Ultrabook: We Review!

This is one sexy and thin piece of equipment. Did I also mention it’s small (but good small) and very light? Where smaller is better, the stylish ENVY 4 Ultrabook is less than an inch thick and under 4lbs. (It makes my Mac Book Pro feel like a lead weight.) If you are a mover-and-shaker (I know I am) – this is a great laptop to lug around for travel or take to class. (Upgrade the experience with a padded Select 120 Backpack.) Throw in nine hours of battery life and you’re sorted for coast-to-coast plane ride, laptop heaven.

My initial out-of-the-box factor: wow! All you have to do is hit the boot button and it’s ready to go in seconds; the quick boot up time doesn’t sacrifice any storage space. As a nurtured, life-long Mac person, the ENVY 4 excites. I was never a fan of HP’s right click/left click mouse functions. BOOM; it’s gone; let’s get down to easy-maneuverability. No longer is it like solving a Rubik’s Cube in order to navigate around the screen. And get this: the ENVY 4 clocks in at affordable: $879. (In your face expensive Mac price-points!)

Sure aesthetics are great and all, but what makes the ENVY 4 unique? It’s all about sound. The HP has hooked up with Beats by Dr. Dre to bring you the best sound possible in a laptop. The ENVY 4 comes loaded with Beats Audio, and you know what that means: lower lows and deeper bass notes. Though most laptops don’t have great speakers—this is a step above the rest. The speakers are loaded on the front edge of the laptop and are full and loud. Beats Audio has also provided a high-end hardware and software-based audio-out experience.

Another feature I can sink my lap into: Do you know when you’re working on your laptop and after a while your lap starts getting hot? (In the past I’ve developed weird rashes because if this issue.) Don’t sweat; the ENVY 4 comes loaded with HP CoolSense technology that can detect if the device is resting on your lap; in turn it sets off an internal fan to cool down the lap area. Genius! No one likes working with an overly hot lap.

Overall, the ENVY 4, the price is right, the sound is awesome, it’s lightweight, and it looks damn sexy!


Processor:    Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz)
Memory:    8GB, 1,600MHz DDR3
Storage:    500GB HDD with 32GB SSD
Chipset:    Intel HM77
Graphics:    Intel HD Graphics 4000 / AMD Radeon HD 7670M
Operating System:    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Dimensions:   340 x 236mm
Height:    19.8mm
Screen Size:    14-inch
System Weight:    1.8kg

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