Hp is trying to make other ultrabooks in the market jealous of its HP’s Envy 4. The device is the latest addition to HPs premium line of laptops in the Envy line. Looking at the dimensions, the Envy 4 measures 0.78 x 9.28 x 13.38 inches. It also weighs 3.86 pounds which as tech experts say is a little bit heavy for an ultrabook that is ranging from 13 to 14 inches. Aesthetic wise, its color choice of red and black does stand out and attract at the same time. HP has even added texture on it and the wood grain-like brushed pattern that runs vertically along the ultrabook’s black metallic lid as well as palm rest. With respect to the keyboard, it is backlit. Feature and specification wise, it has a 14-inch Brightview LED screen that gives 1366×768 display resolution. The display alone allows for viewing movies or series at 720p. The operating system present is the 64-bit Windows 7. In-charge of running its various functions is a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor which was paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Graphics on the other hand is well provided by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. As for storage, it is not an issue since there is 500GB of hard disk drive. Storage can also be expanded through the SD card slot present. The ultrabook is also designed for connectivity as would be owner can find three USB ports (2 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0) and HDMI. The Envy 4 comes packed with Beats Audio thus one can expect superb audio quality. Its integrated speakers including subwoofers give a crisp and clear sound whilst also producing just the right bass.
HP’s new ultrabook is quite impressive however some of its features may not live up to what was expected from it including the display (1600×900 would have been much nicer), audio (there is stiff competition with the Bang & Olufsen speakers found on the Asus Zenbook) and storage (no SSD present). There is also a bit of concern with the keyboard especially the two half-sized up and down arrow keys and the extra-long shift key found on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Overall, HP’s Envy 4 offers plenty of features for would be users but HP could have done a bit more with it. The Envy 4 retails for $1,039.(BHD 410)