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HP ENVY 4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 229 reviews of HP ENVY 4. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and price. The design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but reviews are divided on the touchpad.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the HP ENVY 4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for HP ENVY 4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 user reviews of HP ENVY 4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price and design. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are mixed comments on the image quality and durability.

performance, portability, usability, design, price

75% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Envy dv4-5220us 14-Inch LaptopHP Envy dv4-5220us 14-Inch Laptop

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Jeff Parsons (techradar.com)

HP Envy 4 Ultrabook review

 

A portable and affordable Ultrabook from HP with occasional usability issues

Sexy design ; Sounds great ; Very affordable ; Light and portable ; Bright screen

Awful touchpad buttons ; Average battery life ; Rattling keyboard ; No USB 3.0 ; Integrated graphics

Like its big brother, the HP Envy 6, the 14-inch HP Envy 4 is an affordable Ultrabook with good looks and sound, priced at £650 in the UK and $800 in the US.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Jon L Jacobi (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 review

 

If the weight doesn't bother you, there's a lot to like about the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4. The keyboard is short-throw, but it types well. The touchpad is a one-piece rocking unit, and has a good overall feel, though the press to click function...

The chief issue, as mentioned, with the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is its weight. To be fair, HP is hardly alone - I've seen a number of Ultrabooks, including older, non-touch based systems come in at over four pounds. If the heft doesn't bother you,...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Martin (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP Envy 4-1020ea review

 

The trackpad is a good size and responsive to the touch, although we're not fans of the integrated mouse buttons. The natural typing position places your right hand over the trackpad but you can disable it easily.

The Envy 4 is a good looking and well-made laptop for the price. It's not as attractive at Lenovo's U410, though, and battery life is the only real standout feature. We prefer the U410's extra gaming power, but the Envy 4 remains a sensible choice if...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (techadvisor.co.uk)

HP Envy Ultrabook 4 review

 

The HP Envy Ultrabook 4 is aptly named - this Ultrabook's premium design and subtle pop of colour makes it the envy of ultraportables everywhere.

The HP Envy 4 is aptly named. It's a solid machine, with good performance scores, excellent speakers and audio enhancement software, and a mediocre screen, keyboard, and trackpad. The only big drawback is the battery life, which is disappointingly...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

HP Envy 4 review

 

Stylish, compact and well-priced, if a little slow

Sound quality was slightly more impressive. Beats Audio might appeal to a certain demographic, although it’s barely any different to applying an equalizer pre-set in the audio driver, but HP has also paid more attention to its speakers than other...

Expert review by : Jon L Jacobi (techworld.com)

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 review

 

The HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is a cleanly designed, good performing Windows 8 laptop with a nice array of ports and good input ergonomics.

The chief issue, as mentioned, with the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is its weight. To be fair, HP is hardly alone - I've seen a number of Ultrabooks, including older, non-touch based systems come in at over 2kg. If the heft doesn't bother you, then the...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (techworld.com)

HP Envy Ultrabook 4 review

 

Ultrabooks, for the most part, look the same: skinny, sleek, and an awful lot like Apple's MacBook line. But the HP Envy 4 is different. It appears to be bigger and thicker than other 14-inch Ultrabooks (it's not), but it has a design that's,...

The HP Envy 4 is aptly named. It's a solid machine, with good performance scores, excellent speakers and audio enhancement software, and a mediocre screen, keyboard, and trackpad. The only big drawback is the battery life, which is disappointingly...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (goodgearguide.com.au)

HP Envy Touchsmart 4 Ultrabook

 

The Envy Touchsmart 4 has a 14in touchscreen, but it's a heavy Ultrabook and it could use a better configuration

Good selection of ports ; Decent CPU performance ; Decent battery life

Screen's angles and overall quality ; Only single-band Wi-Fi ; Keyboard not backlit

There just isn't enough good stuff inside the HP Envy Touchsmart 4 to justify its $1599 price tag. It's basically a stock-standard 14in Ultrabook with a touch panel, and it's quite heavy compared to other 14in Ultrabooks, too. We'd like to see this...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : K. T. Bradford (digitaltrends.com)

HP Envy Touchsmart 4 Review

 

The addition of a touchscreen drives up the Envy Touchsmart's price, shortens the battery life, and makes the Ultrabook heavier. In the end, the gains don't balance the losses.

The addition of the touchscreen drives up the Envy’s price, drops the battery life, and makes the Ultrabook heavier than before. None of these trade-offs seem worth it. Touch does make the Windows 8 experience a little more enjoyable on laptops that...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (theverge.com)

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 review

 

To prepare for the Windows 8 onslaught, laptop manufacturers are trying all sorts of inventive touchscreen notebook designs. Some screens flip, some spin, some twist, and some can actually be...

Excellent touch experience ; Few potential dealbreakers ; Decent array of ports

Uninspired design ; Ugly screen ; Unimpressive battery life

Patience, friends

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Beats / Beats Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio / HD
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Built-in subwoofer: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speakers manufacturer:Altec Lansing

Battery

Battery Capacity:3550
Battery capacity (Watt hours):52
Battery life (max):9
Battery technology:Li-ion Polymer / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Video capturing speed:30

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black / Black, Red / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Metal
Product colour:Black / Black, Red / Silver
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display diagonal:35.6
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen:No / Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470 / AMD Radeon HD 7670M / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.65 / 2.202
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 500
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 766
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.65 / 1.696
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit LAN, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:-15 - 12192
Operating altitude:-15 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 10 - 85 / 10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45 / -20 - 60 / -24 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / No

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Beats / Beats Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio / HD
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 Home Premium
Display:LCD
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Manageability features:3D DriveGuard
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Quantity:1
Type:PC
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Package dimensions (WxDxH):480 x 80 x 345
Package weight:2.73
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA/USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 17 / 18
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17.1 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:2 / Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM55 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing Die size:81
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.66 / 2.7
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Arrandale / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 2.4
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I3-2367M / i3-2377M / i3-3217U / I5-3317U / I5-3337U / I5-450M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / Socket 988
Processor threads:4
Stepping:J1 / K0 / L1
System bus rate:4.8 / 5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32 / 45
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:54834 / 59798 / 65697 / 65707 / 72055 / I5-3317U
Processor code:SLBTZ / SR0CV / SR0CW / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XL
Processor package size:31 / rPGA 37.5x 37.5, BGA 34x28
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection type:Power on / Yes

Software

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Starter\nHP CoolSense\nHP ProtectSmart\nHP Games / PC\nAnalog RGB: D-sub 15 pin x 1(shared)\nA/V\nComponent Video: D-sub 15 pin x 1(shared)\nS-Video: Mini Din 4 pin x 1\nComposite Video: RCA x 1
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Trial software:Norton Online Backup / Symantec Norton Internet Security / Symantec Norton Internet Security 2013, Absolute Data Protect

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:32
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
HDD Capacity:500
HDD interface:Serial ATA
HDD Speed:5400
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:32
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA
SSD capacity:32
SSD interface:mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total HDDs capacity:500
Total SSDs capacity:32
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 352 / 500 / 532

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.5 / 23.6 / 23.7 / 34.1
Height :1.98 / 2.3
Height (front):2.5
Height (rear):3.22
Weight:1.75 / 1.8 / 2 / 2.17
Width:22.8 / 34 / 34.2