HP Envy TouchSmart 15

Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Operating system Windows 8
Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Touch technology Capacitive
CPU brand AMD
Graphics type Integrated

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Color Silver / Black

Software

Operating system Windows 8

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.6 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology LCD
Backlight LED
Touch technology Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Number pad Yes

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad

Processor (base)

CPU brand AMD
Model A8-5550M
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.1 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.1 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand AMD

Memory

Base RAM size 8 GB

Storage

Options HDD (5400RPM)
Base drive type HDD (5400RPM)
Base drive capacity 750 GB

Audio

Audio brand Beats Audio

Sensors

Biometric scanner Yes

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b

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7.3

Average User Review

of 3 total reviews
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  • Design 8
  • Keyboard 6
  • Touchpad 8
  • Display 8
  • Performance 10
  • Heat / noise 5
  • Battery life 7
  • Software 6

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by spamm (Currently owns)

    I own the version with 4700MQ, 8GB DDR3 memory, 750GB HDD, full HD display and Nvidia GT 740 discrete GPU.
    Overall this laptop is a good computer, very fast and nice to use in general but does have flaws that may really annoy some people.
    Firstly those seeking a quite laptop need to look elsewhere, this model produces as much noise as a mini hairdryer when the CPU is working flat out - seriously I'm not exaggerating!
    Also the trackpad is difficult to use at first - with practice it can become fairly responsive but trust me - it will frustrate the hell out of you initially
    My biggest gripe with this model (which doesn't seem to get mentioned much) is the power jack, it has to be the worst I've ever owned - so easy to pull out by a simple shuffle where you're sat - ridiculous really.
    The display although very sharp and detailed suffers from very poor blacks and generally the colours are
    a little washed out - shame really as it's quite a good touch screen.

    The plus points......

    Very useful back-lit keyboard, although no adjustable brightness level it is good enough for low lit rooms.
    Above average sound quality and loud enough for music or movies.
    Reasonably light for it's size and the build quality is also above average.
    Those needing a laptop for rendering, video encoding and other CPU intensive workloads will be more than happy with the speed of this laptop - in real terms around twice as fast as my previous quad-core mobile laptop which was a 2670QM.

    Incidentally if your model has a msata connector then it's possible to have an msata SSD boot drive and a secondary mechanical hard drive for large storage. Slightly difficult to perform but involves changing the settings in bios to legacy boot mode then migrating your OS to the msata (easiest to do using software that boots before OS) after that format the HDD and install your OS (Mine was Windows 8.1), once in the OS install an app that can modify a bootloader (I used BCDEdit), delete the windows 8.1 entry and set the msata as bootable. Reboot and then format the HDD again to be used as a data drive.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Dr. House (Currently owns)

    AMAZING! This is the best high performance laptop that has been launched by hp till date. The looks of this laptop can make anyone love at first sight. From the beats audio to full HD IPS display; gaming performance to media performance. It truly comes out to be a great laptop and great value for money.

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by bitbank (Currently owns)

    I ordered the custom (CTO) Envy 15 touchsmart with the following options: 8GB (2 DIMMs), 15.6" FHD (full HD) display, 1TB Hybrid HDD, backlit keyboard, Intel i7-4700MQ quad core CPU @2.4-3.4Ghz. I also own the HP Envy M6 which looks like last years version of this model. I installed a Samsung 840 250GB SSD before I even powered it up for the first time. It boots Win8 pro-x64 in about 7 seconds. Here's a simple breakdown:

    The Good
    1) The RAM/CPU is incredibly fast - runs 3x faster than my old i7 quad 2Ghz Sandy Bridge machine
    2) Fingerprint reader works well with Windows 8
    3) The built-in speakers sound reasonably good and don't distort at max volume. Low frequencies are under-represented (as one would expect in a laptop with 1" speakers).
    4) Touchscreen is fast and very smooth
    5) Trackpad is decent, but is a little rough and has a small imperfection (on mine) which feels like a piece of metal that didn't get sanded down

    The Bad
    1) The keyboard flexes in several places. The problem isn't bad enough to interfere with typing, but it makes it feel cheap.
    2) The keyboard tray and palm rest are covered in metal, but it's thinner than on previous models.
    3) The lid is made of plastic instead of metal like the previous models
    4) The lid doesn't open beyond about 110 degrees. This is HP's new hinge design for the last couple of years.
    5) The fan is loud and enabling "cool sense" doesn't seem to make it quiet down.
    6) If you're doing some CPU intensive work (e.g. just about anything), you'll chew through the battery real fast. The claimed "9.5 hours" is really 2-5 depending on what you're doing.
    7) There's no DVD and no VGA out. This is kind of odd for a 15.6" laptop. It looks like the display is a little thicker (touchscreen components?) and the body is a little thinner than older laptops, so this didn't allow room for a DVD.

    For the price I paid ($883.99), I feel this was a reasonable deal for the kind of performance this laptop delivers. In the future, I would like to see HP focus more on quality + fit/finish. They seem to be headed in the wrong direction.

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