HP Envy 14 TouchSmart Ultrabook Review

3 June 2013

The HP Envy 14 Touchsmart Ultrabook was originally HP’s secret project. Nobody was supposed to know about it until later on. Yet it was announced anyway and now we all know it. There’s not much information on this Ultrabook, but using accurate predictions and some of the news we’ve heard, there’s a lot to go on.

Read on to find out our first impressions of the HP Envy 14 TouchSmart Ultrabook.



Screen Size

The original machine will have a 1366 x 768 resolution screen. It’s small and offers a 14-inch view. This puts it in the same category as the MacBook Pro. Later in the summer, there’s also a 3200 x 1800 resolution screen on the cards. This would give it an unprecedented resolution.

Whilst you’ll get the high quality you’re looking for, it could cause problems with the operating platform. Windows 8 hasn’t been tested at a resolution this high. Potentially, users could experience scaling issues.


There’s no official word on the sort of power the Envy 14 will have inside. Intel’s Haswell processor line will come out during Computex 2013 in Taipei. And this release date, as well as the lack of information on the processor, all but confirms it will include the fourth generation of core processors.

This would put it at the top of the spectrum for power. Users will have no problem running games or software applications at the highest graphical settings.

Fingerprint Reading

There’s no need to remember a complicated password any longer. The Envy 14 will include a fingerprint reader. Simply swipe your finger across the little space in the corner and it will automatically open your Ultrabook. It uses highly advanced encryption methods to only open to your fingerprint.


It still comes with a touchscreen. The later models traded this in for more bulk and faster processors. There’s no specific information on any changes to the touchscreen. When combined with the processor, it’s likely to provide seamless movement across the screen. It will also remove the problem of lagging on tablets when you quickly move your finger over the screen.


It comes in at 2.2kg. This is fairly heavy and dumps some restrictions on how easy it is to use. Holding it on your lap whilst on public transport isn’t possible without risking an accident. The size of the screen at just 14 inches ensures you can put it in any backpack with ease.


The SSD components inside and the 5400 speed drive will likely prevent it from making much fan noise. It’s highly likely to be one of the quietest Ultrabooks on the market. To confirm this, we’ll have to wait until we know more about the new core Haswell chips following their release.


The HP Envy 14 brings much to the Ultrabook experience. It removes many of the problems with previous Ultrabooks. Whilst it does have some drawbacks (in terms of the weight), this is well worth your consideration after it’s finally released.


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