76
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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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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90
jlmarsha
It's not as thin as it looks in photos, the weight is strangely distributed...read more
80
karan1003
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
theoc94
Build quality: Overall the build quality is very good. For the price you would...read more
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Model
15-j050us

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to4.45 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Number of cores
Quad-core

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

System

Chipset
Intel (Core i7-4700MQ)
System bus speed
2.4 GHz

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to4.45 hour
Battery type
Li-ion

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
Model
15t-j000

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to4.45 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows (8)

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7) (4700MQ)
Processor speed
2.4 GHz
Number of cores
Quad-core

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
no
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (NVIDIA)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

System

Chipset
Intel (Core i7-4700MQ)
System bus speed
2.4 GHz

Other features

Integrated webcam
yes

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to4.45 hour
Battery type
Li-ion

Input

Keyboard
yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0, 2.0 (2 port(s)) (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
no
FireWire / 1394
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Built-in microphone
yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no
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