HP Envy 15-j150us 15.6 inch Touchsmart Laptop Review

HP Envy 15-j150us 15.6 inch Touchsmart Laptop Review

HP Envy 15-j150us with Beats Audio
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HP Envy 15-j15us is a slim and beautiful 15.6 inch touchscreen laptop with superior design and entertainment capabilities. It has a full HD high resolution screen and Beats Audio with four speakers and two subwoofers. Sure the latest i7 processor, the size of RAM and a good variety of connectivity options on its thin body are all there to help you perform your work faster and more efficiently but what stands out most on this HP is the entertainment factor.

HP Envy comes with an Intel Core i7-4700MQ QC with Turbo Boost function enabling the speed to go from 2.4 to 3.4 GHz depending on the task at hand. It has two RAM slots and one of them is occupied with the 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM for smooth multitasking of several web browsers, apps and software. It has a maximum capacity of 16 GB if you think that you'd need more RAM. 1024 GB SATA hard drive at 5400 rpm with 'HP ProtectSmart Protection' is quite large to keep all your multimedia and regular files.

You'll have access to your files wherever there is internet as you're given 50 GB of cloud based storage from Box upon your purchase of this machine. Simply register through the Box tile on the Start screen of this HP. The operating system is the latest Windows 8.1 that is great to use with the responsive touchscreen supporting multiple touch gestures- the HP Envy is optimized for using Windows 8 on touch display.

Being a great entertainment machine, this HP comes with a 15.6 inch diagonal Full HD BrightView LED-backlit flush glass touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel maximum screen resolution and Intel HD graphics 4600 with 1792 MB memory offers outstandingly clear picture quality. The sound you hear from its quad speakers are rather special, thanks to also the Beats Audio and double subwoofers.

The front facing HP TrueVision is a high definition quality webcam with vibrant clarity for you to look like yourself even in dim light when you're chatting on Skype or videoconferencing with colleagues. The dual array microphone has the advanced noise reduction to let you be heard very clearly. HP Connected Photo will enable you to synchronize your images through your laptop and other mobile devices and the HP Connected Music application to access to several music and radio services from one spot. You can also send multimedia to bigger screens easily and wirelessly as the HP Envy is Intel WiDi ready.

HP Envy 15-j150us 15.6 inch Touchsmart Laptop Review
Glass fiber with silky natural silver paint HP Envy weighs 5.6 pounds and has the measurements of 9.87 x 14.40 x 1.18 inches. It is a fairly slim machine with an average weight for a 15 inch screen notebook, so it is quite a portable device when you're on the go and the HP CoolSense function will help it stay cool for hours so you can keep it on your lap and work comfortably. It comes with a 6-cell 47WHr lithium-ion battery that should give you up to 5 hours of battery life in single charge depending on how you use it. The keyboard is a full-size island style one for overall accurate typing, with 10-key numpad for easy numerical data entry.

There is no optical drive on the HP Envy 15-j15US but you'll find everything else you need on a daily basis for connectivity: 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 with WiDi, 4 x USB 3.0 ports for high speed data transfer, 1 x Audio-out port, an HDMI port on the left side, a built-in media card reader to save and share media files efficiently, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN with RJ-45 connector for wired connection, 1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack, Kensington MicroSaver lock slot and the HP Truevision Webcam.

Conclusion: HP Envy 15-j150us is a very modern 2014 model laptop with a Haswell Intel i7 processor offering both superb performance and less power usage, lots of memory and hard drive space, outstanding HD display and the best audio, great quality HD webcam and many other features that don't exist on other similar or lower priced models. At 5.6 lbs, it is not a lightweight machine but not heavy either and the metal touchpad at the front could be made a little more user friendly but these are small cons in comparison to all that you're being offered. For those that are environmentally conscious, it is Energy Star qualified, EPEAT Silver registered, low halogen and has the mercury-free display backlights.

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