conclusion:We're mixed

76 November 5th 2013 12:15 pm

HP provides solid performance for the price with the Envy TouchSmart 15, but it's held back from greatness by below-average battery life and a lackluster display. At first glance, the design of the TouchSmart 15 is fine, but TechRadar takes issue with the touchpad location, noting that its offset location resulted in them "pressing right-click" when they "meant to left click." The attractive exterior is matched by interior specifications that provide good "overall performance," though gaming on the machine is "mixed" due to its GeForce GT 740M graphics card, according to Laptop Magazine. The issues with the Envy TouchSmart come from a display that TrustedReviews says has a "grainy, meshy feel" which makes icons "appear less sharp," and a less-than-stellar battery life of just over three hours, which PC World calls a "less-than-impressive metric." If you mostly use the Envy TouchSmart at home it isn't a bad laptop, but the mediocre battery life and iffy display might present some problems on the go.

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PC World Sep 23, 2013

This notebook boasts a Core i7 processor, a discrete Nvidia GPU, and a 1920-by-1080 display. It's a very good value.

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Laptop Magazine Sep 24, 2013

The HP Envy Touchsmart 15 is an attractive notebook with a crisp screen and booming audio, but it doesn't pack the same graphics punch as competitors.

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TechRadar Sep 25, 2013

The TouchSmart 15 is potentially a great option for creative pros, or someone looking for a premium entertainment laptop that can do games and Full HD movies. It's a shame this its most notable issues are in such important areas, but they're by no means fatal flaws.

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TrustedReviews Aug 2, 2013

On paper, the specifications are impressive for the price, but the cut corners are obvious in the keyboard, touchpad and screen. A solid laptop then, but we’d hope for more to replace our desktop full time.

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Digital Versus Sep 6, 2013

We don't understand why HP chose to use such a low-quality screen on one of its most high-end laptops. Add to that the similar quality in the audio components, and you have a pretty forgettable computer.

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jlmarsha jlmarsha

It's not as thin as it looks in photos, the weight is strangely distributed in the back (because it's thicker there while the front is MacBook Air-like), it lacks an optical drive, but fully-loaded it's reasonably priced, powerful, great to type on, and portable enough. Using HP's student...

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theoc94 theoc94

Build quality: Overall the build quality is very good. For the price you would expect a premium product and what you get certainly feels like one. While the photos make out the laptop to be deceptively thin in reality the laptop is twice as thick with a plastic underside as opposed to aluminium...

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ZasianinvasionZ ZasianinvasionZ

This is a great computer it is powerful and beautiful, however there are a few problems. First the battery life is not so great, 3 hours when using it sparingly is terrible and maybe an hour when doing intensive tasks is worse. The second problem is with the mouse, the mouse is terrible it often...

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devonk devonk

Spec-wise and price-wise it's awesome. Unfortunately I can't get over the cons it comes with. I got it 3 and a half months ago, and with light usage the keyboard and touchpad are both done already. It's being repaired now (or hopefully replaced) by BestBuy, but when I get it back (whether new...

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