Operating experience ultrabook HP Envy 4
In the concept of Ultrabooks, Intel laid the idea of creating a thin and light, but the performance of the laptop. Speaking of that computer, we usually mean the 13-inch model with a slim profile. However, today in the arsenal of some manufacturers appear 14 - and 15-inch ultrabooks, that in the eyes of consumers is a bit strange. To test whether such models are claimed Intel ideology on operating experience I took a 14-inch ultrabook HP Envy 4.
By creating a design in the HP Envy 4 put their faith in a younger audience. Laptop in black with red bottom part, all in the style of the brand Beats, whose logo is applied to the speaker grille.
Hard to say what caused the company to use this color scheme.
Maybe so wanted to emphasize musical direction Envy 4 and cooperation with Beats, HP or just tired of the constant comparisons with laptops Apple.
In any case, since the model looks interesting and will definitely stand out, standing on one leg of the competition. If we talk about the design concept Envy 4, it is consistent with other ultrabook HP.
This single style near recognizable element, for example, display a particular form hinges which affect the geometry of the housing. In the HP claim that the design of the new ultrabook is aimed at achieving a minimalist, but when it comes right before the company can do it with varying success. Wear resistance and design
Creating the HP Envy 4 is not stingy with the materials of the body, they are mainly qualitative. Conventionally, the design of this ultrabook can be divided into two parts, the upper, which is aluminum, painted black, and the lower, plastic c pleasant to the touch red soft-touch coating.
If the aluminum all clear, though he scratched, but it has little effect on the appearance of the device, how to behave with time soft-touch coating is hard to say. Despite the fact that the finished aluminum ultrabuka only the upper part and on the body, after all, much plastic is used, it does not affect its stiffness.
When folded, it is strong enough to withstand a trip on the subway at rush hour, or survive the fall from the table. At first glance, flimsy lid, which, moreover, well bent, has a very strong joints. The
Strength of the cover is sufficient for everyday use, but if you accidentally step on a laptop, it will not stand. However, this is not the test, which has been successfully tested many of the available in our market models.
As I wrote above, the materials of the body in the Envy 4 matched well, scratch the aluminum and soft-touch coating is quite difficult. The working surface is also made of aluminum, respectively, ultrabuka prolonged use, it will not be overwritten so much as plastic.
Keyboard Envy 4 is made from high quality matte black plastic, with the active use of time he is sure to be polished by contact with fingers, but it clearly will take a few years. So, all in all, the keyboard will be a long time to maintain marketability.
In general, it is worth noting that the engineers at HP have worked well, and the biggest problem of
The housing Envy 4 is dust and dirt, which is clearly visible in the black.
In positioned HP Envy 4 ultrabook as a musical youth. Probably, in the company of someone decided that for enthusiastic young people music quality of the display is not as important.
Thus, Envy 4 received a 14-inch screen with a matrix TN + Film and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Add to this more limited viewing angles and a glossy finish, and the result is an average display.
But, in fact, be used for that. If you work with Envy 4 indoor acceptable angle at which to comfortably view the screen is not quite difficult to pick up. But on the street with this ultrabook is better not to go. And, respectively, for designers and photographers, he just will not do. Keyboard and Touchpad
Even traditionally, the new ultrabook HP has not disappointed me with its keyboard and touchpad. The company began to pay more attention to this set, and everyone who is gaining a lot of text, it should be appreciated. The keyboard Envy 4 island style with well-spaced keys and a clear course that lasts only as much as is needed for a comfortable blind dialing.
The very layout is traditional for the latest models of HP and it is not hard to get used to. The only flaw in the keyboard - is the absence of light, it sometimes is not enough, and at HP, in fact, saved by removing the details of it. On the keyboard even has a separate blank button to illuminate, and, apparently, in select markets, it will still be available.
The Synaptics touchpad is still one of the best in its class, so that working with Envy 4 could well do without a mouse.
The entire surface of the touch pad, the lower part of his flex simulating mechanical buttons. During operation, the touchpad is easy to find, even in the blind, it is highlighted in the case a slight indentation.
Ports and connectors
Since the body at Envy 4 is relatively large, it was possible to place HP engineers rare for ultrabooks ports and connectors. It is worth noting that all of them are rendered on the sidewalls of the body, while the rear and front of left free.
So, the left side is Envy 4 Gigabit connector Ethernet, HDMI, two ports USB (2.0 and 3.0) and SD, MMC card reader, he immediately arranged LEDs activity.
On the right side of the ultrabook is available for the charger jack, a USB 3.0 port with the ability to charge devices when the laptop lid is closed, as well as input and headphone output for the microphone. Sound
In positioned HP Envy 4 ultrabook as a musical with all the ensuing consequences. I can only say that for the most part this is true. This particularly applies to external speakers Envy 4, they give out a loud clear sound for both embedded "tweeters", and it will be perfect for listening to music in a small room.
As for the audio, we need to be stupefied by super technology Beats and the like, but in fact, the latter is a software suite, in fact, an equalizer, with which you can achieve certain effects. Interestingly, it's funny, but nothing outstanding. If you connect to the Envy 4 good headphones and turn off the Beats, laptop anyway will produce great sound. Dimensions and weight
At our first meeting with Envy 4 you would think that an ordinary laptop in front of you. However, the very first look in profile reveals the fact that the model is really thin, like for a 14-inch. At its thickest point the thickness of 2 cm is certainly not a record, but a very good indicator.
However, here it is worth noting that for the sake of a relatively thin shell in HP decided to abandon the built-in DVD-drive. However, it has now been almost no demand. And for those who feel a sense of nostalgia in the HP provided an external USB-drive, which is sold separately and comes with a top-end version of the Envy 4.
Concerning myself, I know that over the life of ultrabook, which for more than two weeks, I have not found a reason to experience the DVD-ROM drive to work.
Envy 4 weight is only 1.8 kg, which is very good for both the 14-inch model, my 13-inch laptop weighs more than 2 kg. When operating at home and at work, these 200 gram hardly felt, but is vilified laptop with you all day long, as the difference becomes apparent.
Thus, despite the size of 340x236x20 mm, Envy 4 is still the mobile solution and comfortable to use in trains or just commuting to work. Operation and autonomy
At this point in the Ukrainian market offers several modifications Envy 4, in my copy was installed CPU Intel Core i5 1,7 GHz, 6 GB RAM, 32 GB SSD for the system, the hard drive to 500 GB, as well as built-in Intel HD Graphics 4000 . All this was more than enough for comfortable operation. In Game 4 on the Envy does not play, I have successfully launched the first Ultrabooks on this Portal on the highest setting, I think, in the medium or minimum settings and went to more modern games. In general, if you use the Envy 4 to work with the Internet, documents and mail, it almost does not heat up. But if you edit video or photos, heat will be felt. With all of this, regardless of the heating can be turned into a laptop cooler which is clearly audible. To this can be used to, but still would like it to be a little quieter.
With an average load Envy 4 battery lasts for 4.5-5 hours, which is a good result. Once we were talking about autonomy, not to mention the bundled charger. The word "ultrabook" is taken to mean a thin and light laptop, but for some reason few people think that the charger for it, too, should be
All the benefits of Envy 4 weight negates its complete charger that, the feeling, the company took a 17-inch model.
As a result,
Briefly summarized all of my experience with Envy 4, this ultrabook remember me glossy TN + Film display and a great charger and excellent build, good materials and high-quality housing with a loud sound. Here's a he turned controversial. However, if you sound, design and quality of execution is more important than the display, then Envy 4 is really worth paying attention to.