HP Envy TouchSmart Review

Posted: December 4, 2012
HP Envy TouchSmart Review

The 14-inch HP Envy TouchSmart features a 3rd generation Intel core processor, Windows 8 and an HP Imagepad display for the perfect hands-on experience. Matt Mira and Michael Kosta check out the device for its Gadget Pr0n rating.


What You need To Know

  • The 14-inch HP Envy TouchSmart laptop has a nice brushed metal design on the outer display and an aluminum design on the inside.
  • The glass trackpad is almost the least enjoyable one we've ever used.
  • The keys are all backlit but the backlight button is constantly on, which is annoying (and doesn't go off until all the other ones are on).
  • The ports included 2 USB 3.0., 1 USB 2.0, HDMI and Ethernet, as well as a multi-card reader.
  • There's also a Beats by Dre speaker bar, which sounds genuinely loud for a 14-inch laptop.
  • The touchscreen has a 1366x768 resolution and is glossy.
  • The viewing angle wasn't as good as we'd like to see.
  • However, we found the touch screen to be very responsive, especially with the Windows 8 UI.
  • We found ourselves skipping the sub-par keyboard and trackpad to exclusively use the touchscreen.
  • The HP Envy TouchSmart comes with an Intel i5 processor with a 500 GB hybrid drive and 32 GB cache of flash memory.
  • Graphics-wise, there is an Intel HD 4000 graphics, so it won't be the most powerful thing in the world but it was certainly serviceable.
  • There's also 4 GB of RAM with an option to upgrade to 8 GB.
  • The battery life wasn't great at a whopping 5 hours.
  • While this is better than a gaming laptop, it's still not as good as a lot of ultrabooks out there.


  • $799


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is a pretty good machine with an excellent touch interface.
  • The cost of the machine with the viewing angle and battery life are enough to dock 2 full seals.
  • This is still a viable machine, but just not the best one out there.