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The pain that I had with this laptop, it went back to the store about 3 times!!
First when I bought this laptop everything seems to be pretty smooth and worked excellent. After 2 months the laptop started to freeze or crash at random points and I was afraid that it was overheated as it was quite hot. When I returned it they told me that this was normal (could fry an egg on it!) but the issue was a broken hard drive.
2 weeks later i got the laptop back and after another month the corner of the screen broke off when opening the laptop.. the first response i got was 'WHAT DID YOU DO WITH IT?!'... uhm.. I opened my laptop???
Seems that this was a common issue on these HP machines... So all fixed and back home..
again 1 month later, guess what.. the screen stopped working! I was so upset that I brought it in, got everything fixed and sold my laptop including the remaining warranty..
It was either me being unlucky or HP creating something terrible!
This laptop, with its Quad Core 1.4GHz Intel i3 Processor, performs INCREDIBLY well, even for the relatively low clock speed. With the 6GB of RAM, multitasking is a breeze. I usually have a minimum of five applications on at once, including a virtual machine, and a game, and the laptop runs without any stress or strain. It is speedy, and I have NEVER had an experience of lag with my five months of having this laptop, even when pushing it to the absolute limit.
Screen and Sound:
The screen has quite a low resolution of 1366x768, which I expect from most ultrabooks, but not high end laptops. This means it has no native 1080p support, so, while films look good, it does lack a certain quality. The brightness isn't that great either, but for normal every day usage, it is nice, crisp, and clear. The laptop comes with Beats Audio, and so the sound quality is very good, but I wouldn't be wowed by it, and so I would give it an average rating. The fans are very quiet, the cooling system is efficient, and so it has a long battery life, with NO overheating.
Most low end games such as Team Fortress 2, and Warface, (all First Person Shooters) run at a very good, and steady 30-35 FPS, but higher end games usually drop to around twelve to twenty Frames per Second. The actually quality, has to be put on low, but is very good overall.
This is a very thin device, and extremely light. The trackpad is clickable anywhere, and is very large and sensitive. It has a very nice, graphite, brushed metal design, and the keyboard is thin, with very little ghosting, and high comfort.
If this is in your budget, please buy it, if it fits all your criteria mentioned above, I would recommend it to anybody.
Buying a laptop can be hard work. You can be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options that you have. My approach to this is rather simple and it works: You need to decide on the basic specs that fall in the must-have category.
Nowadays my first starting point is screen size. I would not go for a laptop that is more than 14 inches. That narrows down the field dramatically. 15.6 inches is regarded as the standard and the majority of laptops on the market are this size. For me the compromise on portability that comes with the 15.6 inch size is unacceptable. The next criterion is weight. I would not go above 2kg. Fortunately this tends to dovetail nicely with my preferred screen size. The field is thus narrowed further.
With those basics sorted, I can then go down to the nitty-gritty of the other important specs i.e. operating system, graphics and sound, screen resolution, hard drive storage capacity, memory, optical drive, connectivity (USB ports and type; HDMI; Bluetooth; SD card) etc.
With the field narrowed down, I eventually settled on the HP Envy 4-1010ea. I must confess that, in the end, it boiled down between this and its close cousin, the HP Envy 4-1020ea. The difference is in the processor with this sporting the Intel Core i3 and the 1020ea with the Core i5. For what I needed the laptop for, the more powerful i5 processor was not necessary so the extra outlay (£70) could not be justified.
The HP Envy 4-1010ea is very light (1.8kg) and a real looker with its sleek polished slim lines. However, its worth is more than skin-deep. Mine came with Windows 8 and the boot up is absolutely astonishing. You turn it on and it is there and ready for you to log-in in less than 5 seconds! From that point on, everything is butter smooth. It is also very quiet. You can multi-task to your heart's content. There is also the surprisingly good sound from the laptop speakers when you play music. It won't bowl you over but this is the first laptop I've seen where you can listen to music and actually enjoy it.
Now to the cons: The screen resolution is quite good but not fantastic. There is no CD/DVD drive so, if this is crucial to you, you will need to buy an external drive. Its battery-life is actually quite decent (over 5 hours) but nowhere near the claimed 9 hours so beware.
All in all, this laptop deserves to be a comfortable member of the ultrabook tribe and if you are after a light, smart, fast and very capable laptop, this should certainly be on your shortlist. There is the happy bonus of affordability too (It costs less than half a similarly spec'd MacBook Air).