HP Envy 4-1010ea 14in Ultrabook review
HP made quite a fuss when it launched its Spectre Ultrabook back in May, and whilst we praised its gleaming, glass design we also noted that the Spectre was a bit on the porky side for what was meant to be an ‘ultraportable’ laptop. It was also burdened by a £1200 price-tag that might make even Apple blush.
Surprisingly nifty: HP's Envy 4-1010ea Ultrabook
So now, with considerably less fanfare, HP has quietly released the Envy 4, a second Ultrabook that – while still somewhat well-upholstered by Ultrabook standards – costs considerably less than the Spectre. In fact, at £649, the Envy 4 is one of the least expensive Ultrabooks we’ve seen so far.
For that price there are sacrifices and the Envy’s spec is relatively modest. It’s equipped with a 1.4GHz Intel Core i3-2367M processor, running at just 1.4GHz. Indeed this is last year's Sandy Bridge CPU but it's worth mentioning that there will also be a model called the Envy 4-1020ea that will offer an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU for a still attractive £700. No doubt the price of this 2nd gen Core i3 review Ultrabook will fall further when that model materialises.
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The Envy 4 has on-board 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk that is backed up by a 32GB SSD module. This hybrid set-up helps to keep the price down, while improving the boot time – 25 seconds from a cold start. This works out as twice as fast as my non-ultra Sony Vaio laptop. This SSD/HHD combo also allows it to wake from sleep with barely a two-second pause to gather its thoughts.
Performance is good too, with the Envy 4-1010ea managing a score of 2743 when running PCMark 7. That comfortably outpaces Toshiba’s more expensive Portégé Z830 Ultrabook, which has the same processor and a 128GB SSD drive too. In fact, it even produced a better result than some of the Core i5 laptops we’ve seen recently – including the score of 2450 from testing a Boot Camped Apple’s 13in MacBook Pro.
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I can live with a 2011 CPU, but I can't live with 1990s screen resolution. 1366 x 768 is a joke.
...shit resolution screen. And 1.8kg. What's 'ultrabook' about that FFS?
Re: How on earth
14" 1366x768 == 'Ultra'
Does not compute.
one advantage of that Metro start screen
These low resolution 768 displays are highlighted by the number of tiles on the Metro start screen so come October they'll stick out like sore thumbs at PC World and other retain outfits so even the least knowledgable consumer can see they are bargain bin not premium products. This HP Envy model is set for a short shelf life.
Re: How on earth
"Can an i3 processor laptop be called an ultrabook??!!"
How about a new form factor called the "shitbox" (TM)?
It's for any machine that is touted as being something it really just isn't. A poxy i3 for £600+? Tell him he's dreaming.